Cat Zakrzewski

Cat Zakrzewski

Cat Zakrzewski is a multimedia journalist currently pursuing a degree from Northwestern University. Enrolled in the Medill School of Journalism, she plans to graduate with a double major in journalism and international studies as well as a minor in political science in 2015.

Cat has worked for Medill News Service in Washington, The Chicago Sun-Times, Northwestern Magazine, and she served as a Fall 2013 College Correspondent for USA TODAY.

Cat is originally from Ambler, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.

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  • Top FCC Lawyer: Agency Will Win “Inevitable” Legal Fight Over Net Neutrality

    Top FCC Lawyer: Agency Will Win “Inevitable” Legal Fight Over Net Neutrality

    Gigi Sohn, the FCC chairman’s special counsel for external affairs, spoke to TechCrunch about the net neutrality plan FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released Wednesday. The plan, which will use Title II of the Communications Act to ensure open Internet, is the strongest protection of a neutral Internet that the agency has ever proposed. Sohn said the agency was “over the moon”… Read More

  • Health Insurance Provider Anthem Reports Massive Data Breach

    Health Insurance Provider Anthem Reports Massive Data Breach

    The nation’s second largest health insurer, Anthem, alerted its customers on Wednesday that hackers had stolen the personal information of likely tens of millions of customers. Personal information including addresses, birthdays, medical identification numbers, social security numbers and some income data belonging to both current and former customers were swept up in the cyber… Read More

  • With New Update, Yeti Hopes To Compete With Google In Local Search

    With New Update, Yeti Hopes To Compete With Google In Local Search

    Yeti, an app that is essentially Tinder for places, released an update today that makes it easier for users to use the app for local searches. Previously the app generated a stack of cards showing nearby restaurants, bars and activities, such as hiking routes or bike trails. Using the same interface as Tinder, you could swipe right to indicate that you like a place or left to discard it. Read More

  • Senator Al Franken’s Concerns About Uber’s Privacy Policy Linger

    Senator Al Franken’s Concerns About Uber’s Privacy Policy Linger

    U.S. Senator Al Franken today sent another letter to Uber’s Travis Kalanick, probing the embattled CEO to provide more information about the company’s privacy policies. Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, first contacted Kalanick about the car service’s policies in November. The inquiry came after BuzzFeed reported that an Uber executive suggested the company would intimidate… Read More

  • Millennials’ Favorite Trivia Game Dominates App Store Charts

    Millennials’ Favorite Trivia Game Dominates App Store Charts

    Trivia Crack, a game show style quiz app that launched in Argentina, is swiftly taking over schools and college campuses around the world. For months Trivia Crack has been one of the most popular apps in the American app store, currently topping both the free and paid app charts. Now boasting 85 million users and 800,000 daily downloads, the app yesterday expanded with a UK version. Read More

  • Latest Snowden Revelations Expose Scope Of NSA Interceptions

    Latest Snowden Revelations Expose Scope Of NSA Interceptions

    Over the weekend, German news outlet Spiegel published a story about the NSA’s ability to crack encrypted forms of communication, exposing the agency’s routine interception of SSL/TLS, which are used by web servers to transmit sensitive information. The report also exposed the fact that the agency has the ability to decrypt a virtual private network. Read More

  • Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    Tech’s Year Of Missed Political Gains

    The technology sector had a rough year in Washington. In the face of growing political spending, increasing economic might and stumbling government agencies, tech got nearly nothing it wanted in 2014. NSA reform died, as did copyright reform, and patent reform. Immigration reform? Kaput. And the recent election axed important politicians who were allied with the tech industry on certain issues. Read More

  • Anonymous Leaked A Massive List Of Passwords And Credit Card Numbers

    Anonymous Leaked A Massive List Of Passwords And Credit Card Numbers

    Following through on threats of a Christmas hack, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a list of what it says are usernames and passwords for 13,000 accounts on Amazon, PlayStation, XBox Live, Hulu Plus, Walmart and other retail and entertainment services. Read More

  • Deliberation Could Fix Tech’s Immigration Problem

    Deliberation Could Fix Tech’s Immigration Problem

    2014 did not bring the immigration reforms the tech lobby pushed for. Hopes of reform that would benefit high-skilled workers were initially dashed when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives blocked the Senate immigration bill. Silicon Valley was again disappointed when President Obama announced he would take sweeping executive actions to implement immigration reform. Although… Read More

  • Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

    Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

    After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC). Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors of “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling For Less,” will bring the lessons they learned from their research to… Read More

  • Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

    Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

    When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students’ forgotten passwords less. The education technology company recently launched a feature that will allow students to use a single sign on to all of… Read More

  • YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

    YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

    Amazon Prime, Netflix, utilities, the New York Times, HBO Go, the gym… When you stop and think about all the subscriptions you have, the list probably is a bit longer than you thought. But even as more subscription services become available, from ride shares to make up kits, it seems companies still offer customers limited subscription options due to constraints with their billing systems. Read More

  • Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto

    Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot.  Although it’s easy to make online purchases or order food on your phone for delivery, the way you pay for a meal when you’re inside a restaurant has relatively stayed the same. But with its iOS app that launched… Read More

  • Facebook Hosts First Hackathon For Female Veterans

    Facebook Hosts First Hackathon For Female Veterans

    There are dozens of hackathons in Silicon Valley every month, but on Monday Facebook hosted one with a twist. Rather than the college-aged brogrammers that usually dominate the coding marathons, female veterans were the only participants at the first Women Vets in Tech event. About 30 female veterans participated in the hackathon, pitching a variety of ideas from Bohdi therapies, an app… Read More

  • NSA Created Search Engine Tool To Share Communication Records With Government Agencies

    NSA Created Search Engine Tool To Share Communication Records With Government Agencies

    A set of classified documents published by The Intercept on Monday shows how the National Security Agency (NSA) makes more than 850 billion records about various forms of communications available to other U.S. governmental agencies through a portal similar in look and feel to a traditional web search engine. The search tool, called ICREACH, provides access to all communications… Read More

  • Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

    Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

    Is your payment information safe? It’s hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don’t even know it. According to a New York Times report published Friday, more than 1,000 businesses, including Supervalu and United Parcel Service (UPS), were caught up in a breach affecting in-store cash register systems. The Department of Homeland… Read More

  • Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital

    Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital

    Mobile device and location verification service Zumigo closed a Series B funding round led by Intel Capital on Friday, reporting it raised $6 million. Zumigo wants to take the password out of the authentication process. Using the location of your phone, Zumigo can identify whether you’ve made a financial transaction based on the proximity of your phone to the source of the exchange. Read More

  • Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last month. But the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals isn’t hearing it. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the court denied the company’s request to reconsider the case, classifying the… Read More

  • Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    Indiegogo reported 33 percent of its tech employees are female, a relatively higher percentage than other companies that have recently released diversity reports. In comparison, Twitter’s tech employees are 10 percent female, and those numbers are only slightly better at Snapchat (about 15 percent), Facebook (15 percent) and Google (17 percent). Both Pinterest and eBay both reported… Read More

  • Product Hunt Raises $1 Million, Launches iOS App For Hunting On The Go

    Product Hunt Raises $1 Million, Launches iOS App For Hunting On The Go

    Product Hunt on Thursday announced it raised a seed funding round of $1 million and launched its iOS app. The social network for tech products gained buzz earlier this summer as prominent investors, founders and reporters began to use the website to look out for the next hot startup. In addition to the $120,000 Product Hunt announced it raised from Y Combinator, Product Hunt founder Ryan… Read More

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