Tuesday morning tech


TELECOM STAFFER HEADS OUT: Vince Jesaitis, the legislative director for Rep. Gene GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenBottom line Texas New Members 2019 Two Democrats become first Texas Latinas to serve in Congress MORE (D-Texas), will leave the Hill for the Information Technology Industry Council on June 7. Green, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, led the effort last month by 74 House Democrats to discourage the Federal Communications Commission from boosting its regulatory power over broadband providers.


“56 friends of mine have either dropped Facebook or dropped me as a friend in the past couple of weeks. That leaves me with 1,700 friends… Of course in that same time period 185 people have requested to be my friend, so things are OK over on Facebook. :-)” @Scobleizer, Robert Scoble, tech blogger of Microsoft-blogging fame on the emphemeral nature of online friendships.


“Meet me in Mendota. ... Come see what you bureaucrats and extreme environmentalists have done." – GOP nominee-hopeful and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina in a passionate challenge to Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerBottom line Trump administration halting imports of cotton, tomatoes from Uighur region of China Biden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status MORE (D-Calif.). 


TECH LOVE: Unemployed journalists and the serially lonely should note: A new service attempts to make online dating a little easier by paying ghostwriters to craft romantic e-mails, according to a trend piece in the Washington Post. At Virtual Dating Assistants, an Internet-dating “outsourcing company,” clients pay $600 to be guaranteed two dates a month or $1,200 to be guaranteed five dates a month. The Post calls these scribes “telemarketers who toil anonymously in pursuit of love for the lonely.” Pitfalls arise, however, when the date itself cannot ultimately be outsourced. According to the founder of one ghostwriting company, “One client … came back from a date saying that ‘we maybe made him look a little too cool online.’”