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blue info button2014 January

Skype's Twitter, Facebook and blog hacked by Syrian Electronic Army   Mashable, January 1, 2014
A targeted cyber attack led to access to Skypes social media properties.

Seven social media resolutions for 2014   CNN, January 1, 2014
The dawn of a new year is a good time for a digital makeover: a new approach to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms.

blue info button2013 December

Hashtag, selfie and twerk are at the top of 2013's annoying word list   Associated Press, Dec. 31, 2013
Some 2,000 nominations were submitted to a university's 39th annual batch of words to banish due to overuse, over-reliance, overall fatigue.

2013: The year that was in tech, and what's ahead   USA Today, Dec. 29, 2013
The social media storm comes against a backdrop of wrenching changes.

Social media campaign pays off for UNC Pembroke student   Fayetteville Observer, Dec. 29, 2013
Ernest Bethel read a book about ways to do good with social media and thought, I can do that.

Julia Roberts avoids silly mess of social media   USA Today, Dec. 29, 2013
She doesn't flaunt adorable snaps of her kids on Instagram. She doesn't post her whereabouts on Twitter.

Facebook "dead and buried" for Europe's teenagers   Digital Trends, Dec. 28, 2013
Teenagers are abandoning Facebook in droves, with the presence of their parents on the network one of the key factors.

Police bust accused cop impersonators on social media   San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 28, 2013
An 18-year-old man, three girls and two boys accused of forcing motorists out of their vehicles and onto the ground as pranks.

Athletes catch fire, or get burned, on social media   Marketplace, Dec. 27, 2013
When an athletes profile rises, so does the potential for social media miscues ranging from minor slip ups to major PR problems.

McDonald's closes employee website amid criticism for out-of-touch advice   Associated Press, Dec. 27, 2013
The website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance.

Police take to social media for 21-year-old cold case   KIRO-TV Seattle, Dec. 27, 2013
When a girl disappeared in 1992, few had heard of the Internet and social media were still more than a decade away.

Bye bye, bile? Websites Try to nix nasty comments   Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2013
A recipe for the worst online comments: Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat.

The year in social media claims, from True to Pants on Fire   PolitiFact, Dec. 26, 2013
People can spread falsehoods via social media faster than we can debunk (or confirm) them.

Don't blame social media if your teen is unsocial. It's your fault   Wired, Dec. 26, 2013
Teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends, but adult society wont let them.

Aides to Texans on Capitol Hill caught altering bosses' Wikipedia entries   Dallas Morning News, Dec. 24, 2013
Eleven members of the Texas delegation had flaws removed, controversies airbrushed and positive content peppered into biographies.

Virtual reality, real spies   New York Times, Dec. 20, 2013
It seems that national security personnel have been infiltrating virtual worlds to expose hordes of terrorists.

Amputees navigate virtual world in university study   Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Dec. 19, 2013
A Nova Southeastern University researcher is studying how the virtual world 'Second Life' helps amputees adjust to prosthetics.

Public alarm over booze-soaked Facebook   Sydney Morning Herald, Dec. 2, 2013
Experts say Facebook saturation with official, unofficial alcohol marketing exposes, promotes binge drinking to young people.

Mugger apologizes to victim on Facebook 35 years later   Fox News, Dec. 1, 2013
Man who mugged stranger at American Museum of Natural History finally got to say sorry after recognizing his victim on Facebook.

blue info button2013 November

Social media playing larger role in Utah teacher misconduct   Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 30, 2013
Utah officials debate how to deal with misconduct, especially the rise in sexual crimes linked to social media.

Social media not a topic for polite dinner conversation   The Daily Mail UK, Nov. 29, 2013
Politics and religion no longer are traditionally the topics one should steer clear of at the table.

Vietnam fines citizens $5,000 for criticizing state on social media   The Verge, Nov. 28, 2013
Communist regime intensifies crackdown on internet freedom.

Second Life creator developing new virtual reality world   Dvice, Nov. 25, 2013
Philip Rosedale's High Fidelity project explores the next iteration of virtual worlds.

National Geographic Channel drops survivalist after social media complaints   Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 20, 2013
Hunter eliminated from "Ultimate Survivor Alaska" after an online petition drew 13,000 signatures in 24 hours.

Social media helps Philippine people prevent spread of illness after Typhoon Haiyan   The Independent (UK), Nov. 17, 2013
After the typhoon, a surgeon posted a simple but urgent message on social media: please donate.

Is the online social networking service Facebook fading?   Economic Times of India, Nov. 17, 2013
Lately, the formerly hyperactive Facebook life has slowed to a crawl for some.

Baptists urged to use care on social media   Greenville (SC) News, Nov. 16, 2013
The South Carolina Baptist Convention encouraged members to exercise restraint and discipline in their use of social media.

Social media is a major game changer for independent film   Huffington Post, Nov. 16, 2013
At the 2013 American Film Market, social media was a hot topic.

Utah state senator pushes for social media 'eraser'   KSL-TV, Nov. 15, 2013
Utah state senator legislation allows teens to wipe their social media history clean.

Witness intimidation by social media is growing law enforcement challenge   NBC News, Nov. 15, 2013
An Instagram account is devoted exclusively to ratting out witnesses to crimes across Philadelphia.

Teen's Facebook remark sends cops into social media action to save life   CNN, Nov. 15, 2013
A social media thread proved strong enough to pull a New Jersey teenager back from possible suicide.

The Voice puts fans in Twitter command   USA Today, Nov. 8, 2013
Singing competition introduces "Instant Save," which lets fans tweet who they want to save.

Some celebrities and athletes are burned out and signing off Twitter   Time magazine, Nov. 6, 2013
The list includes everyone from Alec Baldwin to Miley Cyrus to "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof.

Polar bear researchers crowdsourcing data on climate change effects   Associated Press, Nov. 5, 2013
Anybody with an Internet connection can monitor the annual migration in Canada.

North Carolina teachers organize on social media to protest decisions by lawmakers   Associated Press, Nov. 4, 2013
Public school teachers are upset about higher workloads, falling buying power and lost job security.

blue info button2013 October

 Social media celebrates Halloween
Fairy tales come true on social media   Fayetteville Observer, Oct. 28, 2013
Southern belle finds Prince Charming at the end of an aisle that led down the middle of all those lovely trees.

Can you imagine a Martian in your inbox?   USA Today, Oct. 26, 2013
Famous scientist making plans for ways to create new life forms.

Google Glass is a boon to disabled   USA Today, Oct. 26, 2013
The hands-free headset enables the disabled.

Murdered high school math teacher's dedication showed on social media   Boston Globe, Oct. 25, 2013
Colleen Ritzer, 24, of Danvers, Massachusetts, high school, left traces behind on the Internet.

India lays down guidelines to regulate political campaigning on social media   Times of India, Oct. 25, 2013
Candidates declare Twitter, Facebook, YouTube accounts. Political parties pre-certify advertisements before they are posted.

Most U.S. adults do not go to Facebook seeking news   Pew Research, Oct. 24, 2013
Facebook exposes some people to news who otherwise might not get it.

Red Cross wants no lawlessness in virtual worlds, and war crimes punished   Charlotte Observer, Oct. 23, 2013
You might think the International Committee of the Red Cross would have plenty to do providing humanitarian aid to people in war zones.

White House fires Twitter critic   USA Today, Oct. 23, 2013
A national security official who tweeted critical comments under a pseudonym was unmasked and fired.

Facebook backs down on beheading videos   The Telegraph UK, Oct. 23, 2013
Facebook changed its rules on violent videos after U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron branded its policy irresponsible.

Virtual world Second Life gets graphics and features overhaul   Polygon, Oct. 19, 2013
A major overhaul for the game's 10th anniversary adds features, updates graphics. New YouTube trailer »

Syria's civil war plays out on social media   ABC News, Oct. 19, 2013
One fact is emerging after 2-1/2 years – no conflict ever has been covered this way.

Social media gaining ground with Massachusetts police   News Telegram, Oct.19, 2013
Massachusetts state police rank first by far in the U.S. with more than 72,000 Twitter followers.

Social media can be your friend or enemy when it comes to relationships   KYW, Oct. 19, 2013
Whether you've just started dating or have broken up, social media can be your best friend or worst enemy.

In Illinois, the U.S. health care law turns to social media   ABC News, Oct. 18, 2013
A team of social media experts monitor chatter online, answer Facebook questions from discouraged consumers, and post advice on Twitter.

Bank of England polishes social media reputation, but not its gold   Reuters, Oct. 18, 2013
The bank entered social media as its chief economist replied to Twitter questions, including whether the bank polishes its gold bars.

Social media helps nab burglars in Mississippi   Clarion-Ledger, Oct. 18, 2013
The power of a social media campaign aims to identify suspects through creative vigilance and neighbors talking to neighbors.

Facebook teenagers now can expose themselves to the entire world   The Register UK, Oct. 18, 2013
Lockdown lifted from underage users' accounts.

Nearly half of YouTube traffic now is mobile   Tech Crunch, Oct. 18, 2013
While it's hard to get people to concentrate long on anything on their phones and tablets, YouTube seems to be the exception.

Streaming music squeezes musicians   Chicago Tribune, Oct. 12, 2013
Why would anyone want to purchase a record ever again if you can just listen to it for free?

Google will show your name, photos, ratings and comments in ads across the Web   New York Times, Oct. 11, 2013
And Facebook is changing search settings to make it harder to hide from people trying to find them on the social network.

More than half of online adults watch video on social media   Business Insider, Oct. 11, 2013
Some 78 percent of adult Internet users watch or download online videos, up from 69 percent who did so in 2009.

Twitter could catch suicides early   USA Today, Oct. 10, 2013
Researchers say Twitter may be a viable tool for real-time monitoring of suicide risk factors on a large scale.

Facebook no longer lets users hide from search   USA Today, Oct. 10, 2013
As Facebook continues to make search easier, it's important to keep in mind how these changes impact social media privacy at large.

How to keep border guards from reading your laptop   Live Science, Oct. 10, 2013
Did you know U.S. immigration agents can seize your laptop, cellphone, digital camera or other electronic devices at the border?

Social media and teacher sex abuse   WBZ-TV, Oct. 10, 2013
We entrust our children to teachers every day, but recent headlines of sexual abuse are putting many parents on edge.

Stanford researchers find sexualized avatars affect the real world   Stanford Report, Oct. 9, 2013
After women wear sexualized avatars in a virtual reality world, they feel objectified and more likely to accept rape myths in the real world.

Digital devices give a big boost to book reading   USA Today, Oct. 7, 2013
That's good news for authors, publishers and readers, but not for traditional stores..

Seven social media stats of 2013 that might surprise you   Independent Voter Network, Oct. 2, 2013
New networks, audiences, and users are creating an ever-changing landscape when it comes to social media.

blue info button2013 September

More media consumers are cutting the cable cord   McClatchy News Service, Sept. 20, 2013
The number of households that have chosen to opt out of cable or satellite TV is on the rise.

U.S. Open golf tourney town needs a website   Fayetteville Observer, Sept. 19, 2013
County economic developer says website would show local benefits to visitors at next year's U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open.

Facebook 'like' deserves free speech protection: U.S. court   Reuters, Sept. 18, 2013
Facebook users who show support for a political candidate engage in legally protected speech.

Facebook bans advertiser who used photo of dead teenager   Reuters, Sept. 18, 2013
Advertiser used photographs of a deceased Canadian bullying victim for an online dating website.

New South Wales police deploy iPad Minis for traffic citations   MacRumors, Sept. 17, 2013
Australian tablets retrieve driver history, photos, vehicle information and license information from police databases.

Animal Control uses social media to place more animals in adoptive homes   Fayetteville Observer, Sept. 14, 2013
Social media spread word of available animals across the country within minutes, far beyond the reach of one organization.

 Twitter going public
Scathing obituary about an abusive NV mother goes viral   Associated Press, Sept. 12, 2013
Her life had prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties.

#oops Companies catch flak over Sept. 11 tweets   Associated Press, Sept. 12, 2013
They learned quickly it's sometimes best to stay out of the conversation. Even if everyone else is talking.

Social media is a woman's world   Pew Research Center, Sept. 12, 2013
Women are significantly more likely than men to use social networking sites.

Fans get to know Miss America contestants through social media   KYW TV, Sept. 12, 2013
You dont have to wait for the TV show to get to know this years Miss Americas contestants.

This man wants to meet every one of his Twitter followers   TNW, Sept. 12, 2013
Scriptwriter and magician Declan Dineen is on a mission to meet them all.

Ari Fleischer gives inside account of 9/11 on Twitter   Fox News, Sept. 11, 2013
The former Bush press secretary tweeted a first-person account of events as someone with the president through that day.

Schools are monitoring social media for bullying   WISH TV, Sept.11, 2013
Social Net Watcher is a new kind of software coming to schools near you.

iPad video is key in new George Zimmerman case   Washington Times, Sept. 11, 2013
Central Florida police are focusing on a broken iPad in their investigation of a domestic dispute.

How an iPad ruined his summer   Los Angeles Times, Sept. 2, 2013
Instead of browsing dog-eared summer-house mystery novels and bodice rippers, this year he browsed the Internet.

Vietnam bans discussion of news on social media sites   Time Magazine, Sept. 2, 2013
Contentious legislation prohibits users of social sites from discussing current affairs, meets a fierce response from advocacy groups.

The 10 most annoying social media features of the past 10 years   The Telegraph UK, Sept. 2, 2013
Most of us are willing to put up with quite a lot, but now and again a feature comes along that gets under your skin.

Mixed reaction swarms social media In Syria   NPR, Sept. 1, 2013
Reaction to President Obama's announcement he would seek approval from Congress before taking military action.

Police go on Facebook to connect with public   NJ Star-Ledger, Sept. 1, 2013
A 19-year-old was charged with sexual assault of a girl under 16. Then, police released the blotter basics on Facebook.

Surveillance video posted on social media helps solve home burglary   Las Vegas Sun, Sept. 1, 2013
Metro Police credit social media with helping solve a home burglary after the victims posted surveillance footage.

blue info button2013 August

First papal 'selfie' goes viral on social media   GMA News, August 31, 2013
Pope Francis appears with a puzzled look on his face in a photo taken with teenagers visiting the Vatican.

For news from Syrian battleground, a reliance on social media   New York Times, August 30, 2013
Reports cite thousands of social media updates and videos.

North Carolina Supreme Court upholds social media ban for sex offenders   News & Observer, August 30, 2013
State law bars registered sex offenders from using social media websites where children are members.

Teens and parents struggle to share social media   Fox 13 Now, August 30, 2013
Both generations are joined in a delicate dance over privacy, safety and freedom of expression online.

Social media are important new forums for feminism   The Guardian UK, August 30, 2013
Within today's young, media-savvy, fourth-wave feminism, there's a quiet, wide revolution bubbling led by mothers.

Syria's cyber retaliation signals new era of warfare   USA Today, August 30, 2013
The latest disruption to media outlets dealt may be a precursor for warfare in the digital age.

College football relies on iPads as much as shoulder pads   USA Today, August 29, 2013
Off the field and on, America's elite college football programs are using tech to tackle the competition.

Companies rush to lock Web domains after NY Times hack   USA Today, August 29, 2013
Many companies within 16 hours of news of the Syrian Electronic Army's caper locked down their website domains.

NY Times attack shows soft spots in cyberdefense   USA Today, August 28, 2013
Media websites are increasingly complex as they integrate more software and content from vendors.

Why the First Amendment still matters to students   USA Today, August 28, 2013
Kids have rights, too. Just ask one person who took her case to court, and won.

Bar patrons must reveal social media profile for entry   KHOU, August 24, 2013
A California bar is requiring more than just valid identification to enter.

Natchez, Mississippi, is considering a restrictive social media policy   Natchez Democrat, August 24, 2013
The policy outlines who can or cannot post to social media websites – Facebook and Twitter – and what is appropriate to post.

What romantic partners do to monitor old flames via social media   Science World Report, August 23, 2013
It's common to monitor your ex friends, lovers, workers, bowling buddies, hair dressers, costume designers and puppeteers.

The top 15 American cities for social media jobs   Venture Beat, August 23, 2013
Some of the cities on this list might surprise you.

Get fitter with Twitter   Dallas Morning News, August 20, 2013
Social media have become a source of motivation to maintain exercise goals.

Your car's contribution to the "big data" cloud   Motor Trend, August 20, 2013
A typical new car generates 15 gigabytes of information per hour – a number thats climbing as sensors proliferate.

Website clamps down on bullying after teenage suicides   August 19, Reuters, 2013
Latvian social network Ask.fm, popular with teens, under fire from child safety campaigners for a string of suicides in Britain.

LinkedIn's new University Pages target students   USA Today, August 19, 2013
The professional networking giant aims to become the de facto connection destination between universities and students.

Football injuries hyped on social media   Associated Press, August 18, 2013
Every twisted ankle and sprain has become a trending topic, giving the impression theres an injury epidemic at training camps.

Hospitals are increasing their presence on social media   Concord Monitor, August 18, 2013
Life-size patient simulator Caesar debuted on Facebook in a post after a fundraising golf tourney. Immediately 60 people liked him.

Social media helps critic promote craft beer in South Mississippi   Sun Herald, August 17, 2013
Operating three social media pages dedicated to craft beer has its perks. You get to drink all the beer you can post.

The brain behind Seattle Police's social media on marijuana, twitter, and doritos   Forbes, August 17, 2013
Seattle's Hempfest is the nation's largest festival celebrating pot culture, especially the decriminalization of marijuana usage.

Virus targets a social network in new fraud twist   Reuters, August 16, 2013
In the world of cyber fraud, a fake fan on Instagram can be worth five times more than a stolen credit card number.

Jihadists organize in plain view over social media   Washington Post, August 16, 2013
They have Twitter chats about their propaganda strategies and the whole thing is out in the open for anyone to read.

Remember podcasting? It's back – and booming   USA Today, August 15, 2013
Anyone who's anyone has a podcast these days. And they're finding millions of listeners.

Hacking assaults on media sites intensify   USA Today, August 15, 2013
The Syrian Electronic Army, Middle Eastern hackers, infiltrated a news delivery service, gaining access to some large U.S. news sites.

Is the U.S. ready for Al Jazeera America?   USA Today, August 11, 2013
Al Jazeera America cable channel funded by the government of oil-rich Qatar delivers U.S.domestic news to 48 million homes.

Facebook posting of body marks grisly turn for social media   USA Today, August 9, 2013
Photo of corpse dramatizes growing role of social media enabling disturbed people to exhibit themselves.

Students post photos of STAR test cheating on social media   KFSN, August 9, 2013
Students at more than 240 California schools posted pictures including actual questions or answers while taking standardized tests.

Google Play launches discounted line of digital textbooks   PC Magazine, August 9, 2013
Renting e-textbooks lets you avoid 20-lb. packs, ripped pages, scribbled margins, and inappropriate drawings inside book covers.

Secure e-mail companies say there's no such thing anymore   Business Week, August 9, 2013
There is no technical way for them to make e-mail "unsnoopable."

Internet TVs may drive consumers to cut pay TV cord   USA Today, August 8, 2013
Evidence of pay-TV cord-cutting is growing. Most likely to cancel their pay-TV service? Owners of Internet-connected TVs.

Media groups study police action over online posts   The Nation, Thailand, August 8, 2013
Did police intimidate media when they summoned social-media users, including a Thai PBS news editor, over their Facebook posts?

The dark side of social media is a new way to rape   CNN, August 8, 2013
A drunk 15-year-old was sexually assaulted by multiple men, who took photos circulated to more than 1,000 students.

blue info button2013 July

Diplomacy in 140 characters: World leaders take to Twitter, gain followers   Miami Herald, July 26, 2013
World leaders engage in 'twiplomacy' – the use of Twitter for diplomatic relations.

Los Angeles school district to give students 31,000 iPads this year   MacRumors, July 26, 2013
The idea is to improve education and ready them for the workforce by enhancing technological skills and comprehension.

Social media turns users into photojournalists   Global News, July 25, 2013
Social media and handheld devices allow anyone in the right place at the right time to become a news photographer.

Fortune 500 social media: 77% active on Twitter; 70% on Facebook   Search Engine Watch, July 25, 2013
Which types of Fortune 500 companies are actively using social media the most?

Are you feeling social media overload?   PC Magazine, July 25, 2013
What was once a welcomed connection during a friends break in the day is feeling like an obligation.

Textbook publishers revamp e-books to fight used book market   Reuters, July 23, 2013
A booming market for selling and renting used college textbooks has saved students a ton of cash.

Apple reaches podcasting milestone with 1 billion subscriptions   MacRumors, July 22, 2013
Since 2005, Podcasts have allowed both individuals and major companies to broadcast episodic radio-style shows.

WIGS channel aims for TV-quality scripted shows on YouTube   Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2013
The female-oriented site rolled out Web dramas Susanna, Blue and Lauren to attract audience and advertisers.

iPad Minis take flight   Belleville News-Democrat, July 21, 2013
Air Force pilots' paper maps, charts give way to 11-ounce iPad Minis, replacing 50 pounds of paper.

Pope OKs indulgences for the tweeting classes   Associated Press, July 19, 2013
The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other "virtual" participants of World Youth Day.

Public schools must embrace social media   Huffington Post, July 19, 2013
The disrupted digital status quo introduces compelling new opportunities for schools.

Social media was a key player in George Zimmerman's murder trial   Orlando Sentinel, July 19, 2013
It wasn't a witness or crime-scene photo, but something anyone interested in the case had equal access to.

Step-by-step guide to handling a crisis on social media   Huffington Post, July 19, 2013
How a business owner can translate a crisis into an opportunity.

How the Internet has changed the face of Emmy   Associated Press, July 18, 2013
House of Cards is the first online series to nab a top Emmy Awards nomination.

Criminals use social media to track police   Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, July 7, 2013
Senior police warned officers criminals are using Facebook and other social media to befriend them and tap into secret information.

3D TV and movies are dead   BBC, July 6, 2013
People can't be bothered to watch 3D, even when they have the hardware, so BBC puts 3D plans on hold.

Egypt flag    Egyptian strife telegraphed to the world via social media
A metaphor for a more narcissistic culture?   Regina Leader-Post, July 6, 2013
In these hyper-connected, over-shared times some are preoccupied with photos of themselves and some haven't heard of the selfie.

Cities celebrate Social Media Day with unique twists   Mashable, July 4, 2013
The global event celebrates technologies that connect us across six continents, change our lives and empower us to do good.

Social media helps patients share their medical news   Fayetteville Observer, July 3, 2013
Medical updates are no longer hushed discussions held behind closed doors. They're going viral.

Digital media hits the mainstream in newsrooms and editorial offices   Business Wire, July 1, 2013
Video content, digital-first publishing, citizen journalism and mobile monetization are the new normal for news.

City of Stillwater uses social media to deliver news, updates to residents   Stillwater News-Press, July 1, 2013
The Oklahoma city's Twitter account has 1,577 followers and more than 2,600 Tweets.

Condom campaign leads social media marketing disasters   ABC News, July 1, 2013
A giveaway hijacked by pranksters is the latest example of a social media marketing campaign gone wrong.

blue info button2013 June

Thanks, but no: Social media refuse to share user info with Turkey   NPR, June 26, 2013
Trying to rein in vibrant social media, Turkey requested cooperation from Twitter and Facebook, but they're not playing ball.

Twitter update fires New York Yankees GM anger at star third baseman Alex Rodriguez   Associated Press, June 26, 2013
A-Rod and the New York Yankees are not seeing eye to eye on his hip injury.

Google says hacked websites are far worse than attack sites   CNET, June 25, 2013
You face a significantly bigger threat from compromised legit sites than intentionally dangerous sites.

Minnesota lawmaker apologizes for 'Uncle Thomas' tweet   Associated Press, June 25, 2013
A Minnesota Democratic legislator apologized for a tweet that referred to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as 'Uncle Thomas.'

Fowl 'Facebook' tracks birds for science   Live Science, June 25, 2013
Photos, profiles and locations of birds are on an Audubon North Carolina website similar to the human social network Facebook.

Student sues school district for $2 million over Facebook bikini photo   The Daily Caller, June 22, 2013
A former Georgia high school student claims a school administrator showed an image of her in a bikini to hundreds of parents and students.

Social media spreads and splinters protests in Brazil   Reuters, June 21, 2013
Brazil's biggest protests in decades are a confusing, conflicting mix of people and messages, and Facebook.

Narcissists love social media   Chicago Tribune, June 21, 2013
University of Michigan study finds social media in general reflect and amplify our culture's deepening narcissism.

Facebook broke Indonesia terror case   Associated press, June 21, 2013
Using social networking to groom attackers challenges authorities in the most populous Muslim country struggling to eradicate militants.

FBI seeks Twitter tips to find Times Square bike bomber   Christian Science Monitor, June 18, 2013
The 2008 bombing damaged a military recruiting center but didn't hurt anyone. Law enforcement is renewing its efforts to find a suspect.

Facebook reaches 1 million active advertisers   Reuters, June 18, 2013
One million advertisers globally used the platform in the last 28 days.

Turkey vows to attack social media, strengthen police   USA Today, June 18, 2013
Thousands of people have flooded the streets nightly in anti-government protests called via Twitter.

Twitter makes crowds less predictable   Scientific American, June 18, 2013
Connected people tend to unite around popular decisions, but that makes crowds less predictable.

Facebook helped boost organ donor registration   Live Science, June 18, 2013
Raising awareness of organ donation on social media websites can boost donation rates.

OED logo    Social media seeps into Oxford English Dictionary
You can follow Irans new president on Twitter   National Journal, June 17, 2013
He is quite the tweeter. @HassanRouhani gives some insight into his policies.

This revolution will not be televised because its already on Twitter   Take Part, June 16, 2013
Turkish protestors tell the story of escalating violence by blasting it across social media sites.

Israel military faces new social media fiasco   Associated Press, June 13, 2013
YouTube video shows female soldiers dancing suggestively around a rifle in a military barracks.

Facebook hashtag feature takes a page from Twitter   Reuters, June 12, 2013
Facebook moves to position itself as a complement to television, sporting events and breaking news.

Hillary Clinton  Hillary Clinton logs into Twitter
Twitter partners with world's largest ad agency   Reuters, June 10, 2013
WPP and the social media network have combined forces to focus advertising by using consumer data.

Six things social media are ruining   The Week, June 10, 2013
If only the consequences of our addiction to status updates stopped at narcissism.

Social media job search Hail Marys   U.S. News & World Report, June 10, 2013
Strategies for resumes, interviews, cover letters and thank-you letters.

How social media is changing disaster response   Scientific American, June 7, 2013
The convergence of social networks and mobile has thrown the old response playbook out the window.

Israeli military plans social media clampdown   Associated Press, June 6, 2013
Some Israeli soldiers will soon be unfriending Facebook following a new crackdown on social media use.

Losing weight in Second Life helps in your first life   NPR, June 8, 2013
University of Kansas Medical Center researchers used the virtual world to see if it could help maintain weight loss habits in the real world.

Should we blame social media for graffiti in national parks?   Atlantic Wire, June 5, 2013
It's disturbing to see vandalism in our national parks, but is social media exacerbating the problem?

U.S. tweens active, unmonitored on social media   Reuters, June 4, 2013
Most 10- to 12-year-olds have at least one social media account and many go online without any supervision.

Is Facebook for old people?   BGR, June 3, 2013
Youngsters tend to look elsewhere for their social networking needs.

How Twitter schooled an NYU professor about fat-shaming   Atlantic Wire, June 3, 2013
Within hours, facing rebuke from colleagues and Twitter's academic community, he replaced bad tweets with apologetic ones.

Need a Self-Esteem Boost? Look at Your Facebook Profile   Live Science, June 2, 2013
Even if you're not living your best life you can make it look like you are on Facebook.

U.S. chides China for cyber espionage   Washington Post, June 1, 2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took China to task for alleged cyber spying.

How Facebook is making people happier   Business News Daily, June 1, 2013
Facebook can be a lot like those funhouse mirrors that make you look taller and thinner than you are.

blue info button2013 May

Will Nissan's decision to yank ads from Facebook drive others to pull their ads?   Digital Trends, May 31, 2013
Facebook lost a significant friend in the automotive world when Nissan pulled its advertisements from the social media site.

Maine teens wary of social media after homicide   Associated Press, May 31, 2013
The death of a 15-year-old Maine girl in a bizarre kidnapping plot involved a fake Facebook profile.

Google brings nutritional information to search results   Tech Spot, May 30, 2013
Google gives calories, grams of fat or carbohydrates for more than 1,000 fruits, veggies, meats and other foods.

Facebook cracks down on hate speech against women   Christian Science Monitor, May 30, 2013
When women's rights activists fired off 60,000 tweets and 5,000 e-mails to advertisers protesting gruesome images, Facebook took note.

Facebook and the outer limits of free speech   Reuters, May 30, 2013
Thanks to the First Amendment, there are few U.S. laws banning expression on the Web.

Parents are over-sharing via social media   U.S. News & World Report, May 24, 2013
An author is dedicated to the jaw-dropping, self-indulgent and occasionally rage-inducing world of parent overshare.

Bail denied to Massachusetts teen accused of Facebook terror post   Reuters, May 24, 2013
He was arrested after posting lyrics on Facebook suggesting he could do worse than the Boston Marathon bombers.

UK lawmaker's wife's tweet was libelous   Associated Press, May 24, 2013
The High Court ruled a tweet about a politician wrongly linked to child sex abuse was libelous.

Syrian Electronic Army attempted attack on Haifa water system   Global Post, May 25, 2013
Hackers reportedly tried to cyberattack Israel in response to air strikes on targets in Damascus.

ITV News Twitter account hacked by Syrian Electronic Army   Reuters, May 24, 2013
British broadcaster became the latest media outlet to have a Twitter feed hacked days after Twitter beefed up security.

Twitter advertisements to read your mind by knowing your email address   Atlantic Wire, May 23, 2013
The more Twitter knows about us, the more valuable its ads, so its new custom audiences tool uses email addresses from retailers.

Is Twitter letting Jose Canseco set an example of rape victim shame?   Atlantic Wire, May 22, 2013
The former baseball player is calling into question the judgment of a woman who appears to have accused him of a crime.

Facebook posts: Suit filed over veteran's detention   Associated Press, May 22, 2013
Civil liberties group filed federal lawsuit on behalf of ex-Marine detained in psychiatric facility after posting anti-government messages.

British driver intentionally hits cyclist, brags about it on Twitter   Take Part, May 22, 2013
At Norwich, Emma Way tweeted: "I knocked a cyclist off his bike. I have right of way, he doesnt even pay road tax."

Cleveland Indians pitcher under heat deletes Twitter account   Associated Press, May 22, 2013
Indians closer Chris Perez deactivated his account following two rough outings and a slew of negative comments.

Teens care about online privacy – just not the same way you do   Pacific Standard, May 22, 2013
Why do teenagers share personal information with just about anybody who wants it? Look to the privacy paradox.

Teens are migrating to Twitter   ABC News, May 21, 2013
Teenagers complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook.

International social media networks are closing in on Facebook   Business Insider Australia, May 20, 2013
After years of double-digit expansion, social media use in the U.S. leveled off markedly last year.

YouTube celebrates its 8th birthday   PC Magazine, May 20, 2013
The Google-owned video site commemorates eight years of sneezing pandas and 8-bit flying cats.

Exposed Chinese hacking unit resumes attacks   New York Times, May 19, 2013
The unit of the Peoples Liberation Army may have returned to attacking American companies and government agencies.

How many people use the top social media, apps & services?   Digital Marketing Ramblings, May 18, 2013
The list illustrates the massive amount of people using social media, apps and services worldwide.

Cricket Australia investigates David Warner's 'abusive' Twitter posts   BBC, May 18, 2013
Australia Test opening batsman's posts contain obscene language and criticize the Indian Premier League.

Hunting for Syrian hackers' chain of command   New York Times, May 17, 2013
The question of the moment inside the murky realm of cybersecurity – who or what is the Syrian Electronic Army?

Oregon bill guards workers' social media passwords   Associated Press, May 17, 2013
Legislation bars bosses from demanding employees or applicants turn over Facebook passwords and social media logins.

The former head of the FCC is now on Twitter   National Journal, May 17, 2013
As a private citizen, Julius Genachowski has a lot more freedom to say what he wants about tech policy.

Syrian government supporters hack the Financial Times   Reuters, May 17, 2013
The Financial Times' website and Twitter feeds were hacked, renewing questions about the social media service's security.

The tragic beauty of Google+   Time Magazine, May 16, 2013
It's beautiful, but there's hardly anyone there.

Saudi Twitter users have more to worry about than going to hell for tweeting   Atlantic Wire, May 16, 2013
A Saudi Arabian sheikh doomed Twitter users to a loss of "this world and his afterlife."

Miley Cyrus refused to delete her Maxim Hot 100 tweet   Access Hollywood, May 16, 2013
The 20-year-old star took to Twitter to announce she had nabbed the top spot on Maxims Hot 100 list.

Cricket-Jeeks, 'nuffies and moms targeted by cricketing Facebook   Reuters, May 16, 2013
Wellington workers are laying the foundation for what they hope will be the next social media revolution.

UK politician sues for defamation in high-profile Twitter case   Reuters, May 16, 2013
Accuses wife of the House of Commons Speaker of implying in a tweet he sexually abused boys in a care home.

Bahrain court jails six for insulting king on Twitter   Reuters, May 15, 2013
The six were accused of "undermining the values and traditions of Bahrain's society towards the king on Twitter."

As China's social media takes off, Beijing censorship heats up   Christian Science Monitor, May 15, 2013
Well-regarded intellectuals critical of the Communist Party have drawn millions of followers on China's Twitter.

Where do Twitter's racist users live?   The Week, May 10, 2013
Humboldt State University mapping project uses Google Maps to illustrate the hate-filled language on Twitter.

YouTube starts paid subscription service   Reuters, May 9, 2013
The video service dips its toe into pay television by starting a subscription service with 30 content creators.

Miami doctor attacked girlfriend over Facebook post   Associated Press, May 9, 2013
A plastic surgeon forced her head into a toilet and stuffed a rag in her mouth.

Social media raises concern about Disney trademark   Associated Press, May 9, 2013
Disney was seeking to trademark the name of the traditional "Day of the Dead" celebrated by millions in Mexico and the U.S.

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion's Twitter account   PC World, May 9, 2013
They also compromised Twitter accounts of the Associated Press, The Guardian, the BBC and NBC News.

Texting while driving now leading cause of death for teen drivers   Newsday, May 8, 2013
It's a greater hazard than drinking and driving among teens who acknowledge messaging while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

Target tests if Facebook deals bring shoppers into stores   Reuters, May 8, 2013
Cartwheel service combines social networking and discounts.

Kick-start a dream with Kickstarter project funding   Fayetteville Observer, May 6, 2013
If you have an idea for a creative project in art, music, and inventions, you can launch an online fundraising campaign.

Science tackles Twitter talents   Scientific American, May 6, 2013
Researchers analyze 500 tweeters and a half million tweets to offer tips to racking up Twitter followers.

Cyberwarfare training gets new priority at service academies   Associated Press, May 5, 2013
Ramping up for a new breed of cyberspace warriors to confront threats to military and civilian computer networks.

Teenagers, social media, and terrorism: a threat level hard to assess   Christian Science Monitor, May 4, 2013
Authorities are leaning toward zero tolerance of teenagers who fling online threats about acts of violence or terrorism.

E! Online's Twitter, texting accounts hacked   Associated Press, May 4, 2013
Hackers sent out erroneous news alerts about Justin Bieber and Angelina Jolie.

Studios go direct to fans for social-media boost   Associated Press, May 2, 2013
Studios reward loyal fans with special footage in hopes of basking in social-media boost.

Students judge professors by Facebook profiles   Live Science, May 2, 2013
Undergraduates judge based on Facebook profiles though few are likely to friend their professors.

Hits and misses in Facebook history over the years   Associated Press, May 1, 2013
It's had a rapid growth for a service that began in a Harvard dorm room less than nine years ago.

How much state support does the Syrian Electronic Army have?   Christian Science Monitor, May 1, 2013
The Twitter hacks reflect a shift toward propaganda and attacking Syria's perceived enemies in the media.

Social media broadcasts live surgery to the masses   Live Science, May 1, 2013
A bouncing baby boy was the star of the first-ever live-tweeted Cesarean section.

Workers say bosses cause them to quit Facebook   Business News Daily, May 1, 2013
Workers really don't want to be friends with their bosses.

J.C. Penney takes to social media to ask shoppers to come back   Reuters, May 1, 2013
Recognizing mistakes in re-inventing itself, JCP launched a social media campaign to shoppers who left in droves.

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Celebrating the World Wide Web's 20th birthday   The Inquirer UK, April 30, 2013
CERN celebrates the first website and the birth of the free and open Web.

Pro-Assad Syrian hackers launch cyber-attacks on western media   The Guardian UK, April 29, 2013
The Guardian has been attacked by the Syrian Electronic Army who have targeted western media organizations.

Does Twitter have a credibility problem?   Reuters, April 25, 2013
Truth and consequences – a dilemma for Twitter and its users.

Is hands-free texting more dangerous than manual texting?   WMAR-TV, April 25, 2013
If you thought going hands-free to send a text behind the wheel was safe -- think again!

Online privacy is evolving. Does it matter to you?   Associated Press, April 24, 2013
The tech industry is finalizing voluntary disclosure of sensitive information sucked from your phone – your location, surfing habits, contacts.

BBC plans Tweet of the Day radio for birds   Associated Press, April 24, 2013
Naturalist Sir David Attenborough would return to a simpler time with an early-morning program of British birdsong.

Stocks gyrate wildly after fake terror tweet   USA Today, April 23, 2013
Wall Street briefly dropped after a phony AP tweet said the White House had been bombed and the president injured.

Social media editor charged in hacking case   Associated Press, April 23, 2013
Pleads not guilty to conspiring with the group Anonymous to gain access to the Los Angeles Times website and change a headline.

Cellphone alerts may put sirens on mute   USA Today, April 22, 2013
Smartphones' GPS technology allows alerts to push out in specific geographic areas.

Syrian Electronic Army  Syrian Electronic Army enters cyberwar battlefield
 Boston Marathon terrorism and social media
Facebook partners with states to promote teen privacy   Mashable, April 15, 2013
The program provides teens and parents with tools and tips to manage privacy and visibility on Facebook and online.

U.S. team using Twitter and Facebook to fight militants   Associated Press, April 12, 2013
Focused on al-Qaida/al-Shabab actions in Somalia, violence and brutality, the disconnect between words and actions.

E-books now are 23% of U.S. publisher sales   Mashable, April 12, 2013
E-books made up nearly a quarter of U.S. trade publishers' book sales last year, up from 17% in 2011 and 3% in 2009.

From print to broadcast: how local news transitions to digital   10,000 Words, April 11, 2013
Small regional publications are making the move, and it has been a slow, evolving process.

88% think people are less polite when using social media   All Twitter, April 11, 2013
19% have decreased their in-person contact with somebody altogether because of something they said online.

How many pages does the average Facebook user like?   All Facebook, April 11, 2013
Facebook's push to get users to like more pages appears to be working.

Why do things on the Internet go viral?   Huffington Post, April 10, 2013
From the Harlem Shake to the Rutgers basketball coach, hardly a week goes by without some video or news story going viral.

Executives prefer LinkedIn over other social media   Media Jobs Daily, April 10, 2013
Business executives at the director level and above prefer LinkedIn as their go-to social media site.

Crisis hotlines turning to text to reach teens   Associated Press, April 9, 2013
Emergency centers expand the ways troubled people can reach them.

Texting pilot blamed in fatal medical helicopter crash   Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2013
The crash at Mosby, Missouri, killed the pilot, a nurse, a paramedic and a patient.

 Television viewing habits are changing rapidly
Roger Ebert's 8 rules for using Twitter   All Twitter, April 8, 2013
The late, much-loved film critic was a prominent user of social media, with Twitter a particular favorite.

Hospital uses iPads to connect mothers with newborn babies   Cedars-Sinai, April 8, 2013
Cedars-Sinai lets mothers bond with their newborns soon after delivery, even when parent and child are hospitalized on different floors.

You're not really following @BarackObama on Twitter   Atlantic Wire, April 8, 2013
All of the president's named social media accounts, in fact, have been handed over to a non-partisan, not-for-profit group.

Google translation speaks volumes   Associated Press, April 7, 2013
Google is now doing a record billion translations on any given day.

Social media from the Great Beyond   International Business Times, April 6, 2013
LivesOn promises, "When your heart stops beating, you'll keep Tweeting."

Estonian operetta is inspired by social media debate   Associated Press, April 6, 2013
Composition inspired by social media exchange between Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman.

Social media help a sheriff's office deter drunk driving   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 6, 2013
Traffic arrests dropped when social media revealed speed traps, so sheriff's deputies moved to quick set-up operations on less-traveled roads.

Are hashtags useful?   10,000 Words, April 5, 2013
Of all of the techniques, strategies, flotsam and jetsam to spawn from social media, there may be nothing as polarizing as the hashtag.

California DMV recognized for social media innovation   Sacramento Bee, April 5, 2013
The state's most-public department is among the heaviest hitters in government and industry to receive a Computerworld Honors Laureate.

WWE social media bigger than most any other sport   ESPN, April 5, 2013
World Wrestling Entertainment does significantly better in comparison to other professional sports organizations.

Roger Ebert was a social media pioneer   Business Week, April 5, 2013
He was an old-school newspaperman whose column was syndicated to more than 200 papers for decades, who also thrived on Twitter.

Firing and resignation touch off Rutgers social media firestorm   Lehigh Valley Express-Times, April 5, 2013
Twitter and Facebook turned a spotlight of outrage on Rutgers University men's basketball coach and athletic director.

ExxonMobil oil spill blows up social media in Arkansas   KTHV-TV, April 5, 2013
For two years in a row, social media in Arkansas have blown up this time of year.

As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?   Associated Press, April 3, 2013
To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.

North Korea's Twitter account hacked amid tension   Associated Press, April 3, 2013
Also, North Korea's Flickr site showed Kim's face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest.

Beverly Hills eatery gives no-shows Twitter roast   Associated Press, April 3, 2013
A restaurant owner decided enough was enough, taking to Twitter to call out those who skipped out on their reservations.

US embassy in Cairo deletes tweet on Jon Stewart   Associated Press, April 3, 2013
Had linked a video of The Daily Show host mocking Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

 Schools of the future
How professionals use social media to shop for gadgets   Social Times, April 2, 2013
Professionals are turning to their networks to make decisions about their next purchase.

SEC gives companies OK to use social media   Associated Press, April 2, 2013
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will allow public companies to make significant announcements.

Can social media save Mexico's unwritten languages?   Christian Science Monitor, April 1, 2013
Until recently, no formal writing system represented the sounds of an indigenous language spoken by 20 small rural communities.

How social media mobilizes society   Live Science, April 1, 2013
Highly connected people with broad geographic social networks are essential to the successful mobilization of society.

BigBelly Solar trash cans send email to trash collectors when they are full   Greensboro News & Record, April 1, 2013
Sun-powered, electronically-communicating robot garbage compactors have arrived.

Web video series River Town looks back on volatile history of Averasborough   Fayetteville Observer, April 1, 2013
Each of the dozen 12-minute episodes are set in Harnett County, minimizing the intrusions of modern invention.
YouTube video: "River Town Episode 1" »

San Francisco Giants' interactive Social Cafe features live tweets and Instagram pix   USA Today, April 1, 2013
Technology is part of the overall baseball calculus that has helped the Giants win two of the last three championships.

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Google declares end of YouTube in April Fool's prank   CNET, March 31, 2013
The world's most popular video site announces it's been nothing but a contest site this whole time and says it's going dark for the next decade.
YouTube video: "YouTube's ready to select a winner" »

Google begins same-day grocery delivery service   Associated Press, March 29, 2013
Google Shopping Express will deliver products bought online by a small group of consumers in San Francisco and suburbs.

Activision animated human looks so real, it's uncanny   Mashable, March 28, 2013
Activision showed a state of the art, real-time graphics, mind-boggling character with very real skin, facial expressions and eyes.
YouTube video: "Activision R&D Real-time Character Demo" »

Johnny Manziel breaks up with Twitter, for now   USA Today, March 27, 2013
A fake tweet disparaging a fellow college athlete leads the Heisman Trophy winner to take a Twitter break.

Young people are using cellphones to access the Web   Associated Press, March 25, 2013
Monitoring youth internet access is more difficult now.

Veronica Mars lovers kick start a new path to film in Hollywood   Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2013
Some 30,000 fans pledged $2 million via the popular crowd-funding website, Kickstarter, to make it so.

Cloud developer fired for sex jokes tweet   USA Today, March 23, 2013
Her photo of a guy who made offensive sexual jokes triggered a firestorm of debate over social media decorum.

Facebook money pics bust dad for allegedly dodging child support   ABC News, March 22, 2013
The social media network helped the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office charge a wayward father.

How to spot a fake tweet   Atlantic Wire, March 22, 2013
The website 'Let Me Tweet That for You' lets you fake a tweet from someone else.

More people have access to cellphones than toilets   iTech Post, March 22, 2013
The U.N. found six billion people have cellphones, yet only 4.5 billion people have a safe, clean bathroom.

Boulder streaking overhead lights up Twitter   Fast Company, March 22, 2013
Which burns brighter, the meteor or social media reports of the meteor?

Twitter faces $50 million lawsuit in France over anti-semitic tweets   Huffington Post, March 22, 2013
The Union of French Jewish Students sued Twitter for failing to release data on the authors of anti-Semitic tweets.

 Twitter celebrates 7th birthday
Feeling down? Facebook improves self-esteem   Business News Daily, March 21, 2013
Facebook profiles help reassure people of their self-worth and feelings about themselves.

Social media hate speech rises in Kenya as nation awaits election ruling   Christian Science Monitor, March 21, 2013
Ugly and demeaning words have many in the country worried it could spark street violence.

Hawaii senators advance social-media privacy bill   Associated Press, March 21, 2013
The legislation would stop employers from requesting social media passwords.

Yoko Ono tweets against guns showing Lennon's bloody glasses   Reuters, March 21, 2013
John Lennon's widow has taken up arms against gun violence with a raft of Twitter postings.

 YouTube reaches one billion users
A problem Google has created for itself   The Atlantic, March 21, 2013
The idea looks promising, but how do we know that Google won't just get bored?

Pheed is a social network winning over teens from Facebook and Twitter   ABC News, March 20, 2013
Pheed is capitalizing on dedicated photo and audio streams and offering feeds for text, video and live broadcasts.

 Pope Francis on Twitter
How Facebook knew a man was gay before he came out   The Week, March 19, 2013
His only 'liked' pages included a politician and a local bar where he enjoyed drinking.

Expelled Indiana schoolgirls settle Facebook threat lawsuit   Associated Press, March 19, 2013
Three expelled for discussing killing classmates in posts adorned with smiley faces and LOLS have reached a settlement with the school district.

Fla. court says threats posted on Facebook are crimes   Associated Press, March 19, 2013
A state appeals court ruled that posting threats on one's personal Facebook page can be prosecuted under state law.

Twitter to tip off instant replays for March Madness   USA Today, March 18, 2013
Hoops junkies can view highlights from all 67 games within a few minutes of them happening via Twitter.

Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009.   Associated Press, March 18, 2013
These days even if you're friends with your own kids on Facebook, it doesn't mean you know what they're doing.

Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn reveal dating news in Facebook ad for Nike   Atlantic Wire, march 18, 2013
Facebook is where every relationship is confirmed these days, even if celebrities tend to go with the paid People photoshoot.

 Steubenville teens rape trial
Students bare souls and more on Facebook "confession" pages   Reuters, March 16, 2013
The confession craze captivates teenagers and 20-somethings, but alarms teachers, law enforcement officers and counselors.

Auschwitz survivor using Facebook to search for twin   ABC News, March 15, 2013
A 72-year-old man has taken his search to the social media network.

SEC says mutual funds need not report all social media postings   Reuters, March 15, 2013
The mutual funds regulators are suffering from Twitter overload.

Montana proposal would protect workers' social media privacy   Associated Press, March 15, 2013
Employers would be prohibited from requesting the username and password of an applicant or employee's social media account.

Reuters social media editor indicted for helping Anonymous hackers   Atlantic Wire, March 14, 2013
The Department of Justice alleged Matthew Keys gave members of Anonymous login information to hack the Los Angeles Times website.

Seattle station asked to post killing on Facebook   Associated Press, March 14, 2013
A man who told KOMO's newsroom he had killed his wife was arrested after a high-speed chase.

The FTC says ad Tweets need to include disclosures   Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2013
Short-form ads on Twitter and Facebook need to include some fine print, federal regulators say.

Facebook study shows 'likes' reveal a lot about you   Washington Post, March 11, 2013
Facebook users are building a surprisingly nuanced picture of themselves, even without filling out their social networking profiles.

The Internet is strangling magazines   Associated Press, March 10, 2013
The growth of iPads and tablets has the troubled magazine industry struggling to find its way in a digital world.

Book publishers blast Amazon's plan to control domain names   CNET, March 10, 2013
Industry groups say the retailer's plan to control several generic top-level domains, including .book, .author, and .read, would be anti-competitive.

Self-published authors hit by Amazon online royalties cut   The Telegraph UK, March 10, 2013
An online royalties scheme punishes specialist and minor authors who do not want to sell their books at knock-down prices.

Tweeting from beyond the DMZ in North Korea   CNN, March 10, 2013
An AP reporter became one of the first to tweet from a country where people have had no Internet contact with the outside world.

Government is flunking social media, according to tech-savvy Newark Mayor Cory Booker   Reuters, March 10, 2013
The constantly tweeting politician says the federal government needs to reinvent the overly formal way it uses social media.

Seattle bar bans Google Glasses   GeekWire, March 8, 2013
Seattle's 5 Point Cafe posted a Facebook notice citing privacy concerns, saying patrons will have to remove their 1,500 dollars glasses.

Check your hospital's Facebook likes to see if it's any good   TakePart, March 8, 2013
Hospitals with a lot of 'likes' get higher marks for quality of care than hospitals with fewer Facebook friends.

U.S. senator plays Cupid for staffer on Twitter   ABC News, March 8, 2013
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., agreed to sacrifice his official Twitter account to young love for his press secretary's boyfriend.

The newest dinosaur is the PC-osaurus   USA Today, March 7, 2013
It's a brave new mobile rule destined to be ruled by tablets.

Facebook is no longer real-time   Business Insider, March 7, 2013
Facebook appears to be returning to a way to research people, a look back into the past, a people-stalking product.

Employers old tech hurts hiring as job hunts go mobile  
Highly valued employees are turning to their phones to hunt for jobs.

Seniors catch up to digital world   USA Today, March 6, 2013
A new center in New York focused on high-tech gadgets aims to help people 60 and older who have been left behind in a digital daze.

The Internet is a much different place if you are rich   BGR, March 6, 2013
Ninety-nine percent of us live on the wrong side of a one-way mirror.

How the FBI uses the Patriot Act to get info on Google users   InfoWorld, March 6, 2013
Google reveals that the FBI has requested private user data as many as 999 times per year since 2009.

Facebook's new news feed Is a binder full of advertising   Atlantic Wire, March 6, 2013
The redesign has separate feeds for different content – news, pictures, music – which means more space for targeted ads.

Study shows Twitter doesn't really reflect political reality   Constitution Daily, March 6, 2013
Pew Research finds the value of Twitter as a barometer of public opinion seems skewed when it comes to politics.

Rupert Murdoch has a tablet for schools   New York Times, March 6, 2013
News Corp.'s education division will push its curriculum and its 10-inch Amplify tablet for K-12 school children.

More young viewers are cutting the TV cord   Seattle Intelligencer, March 5, 2013
Five million "zero-TV households" satisfy their TV fix via computer, smartphone or tablet.

Facebook users actually shared more data following privacy policy changes   PYHS.org, March 5, 2013
A Carnegie Mellon study found, after FB made controversial privacy changes, users shared a "significant increase" in information.

Porn apps pose rising risk to mobile users   USA Today, March 4, 2013
Cybercriminals are spreading data-stealing programs via pornographic content for smartphones and touch tablets.

Twitter is surprisingly non-partisan given who uses it   Atlantic Wire, March 5, 2013
Sentiment on Twitter often doesn't track with public opinion and the extremes are fairly ideologically balanced.

Immigration activists go virtual with social media leading the 'march'   ABC News, March 4, 2013
In 2006, thousands skipped work to march in rallies. In 2013, they will use a virtual march via social media to pressure Congress.

Unplugged – To succeed, companies better get social media   USA Today, March 4, 2013
Social media as a marketing channel is a power that can't be ignored, allowing companies to establish relationships with their customers.

Contagious explains secret behind infectious ideas   USA Today, March 3, 2013
A Penn marketing professor explores the science of popularity in an age of social media.

National Day of Unplugging – how did you unplug?   Seattle Intelligencer, March 2, 2013
Sorry, boss, not answering your 26 emails today. I'm unplugged.

In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever   Associated Press, March 1, 2013
Only five states have digital access laws that make it easier for loved ones to access the digital assets of the deceased.

blue info button2013 February

What an actual 'six strikes' copyright alert looks like   Ars Technica, Feb. 28, 2013
Verizon and Comcast activated the Copyright Alert System, bringing significant change to U.S. copyright infringement policing.

China to dive deeper into Indonesia's social media market   Reuters, Feb. 28, 2013
China's biggest online gaming and social networking company has a joint venture to tap the country's growing social media market.

Small North Carolina town uses tablet computers to save money   Fayetteville Observer, Feb. 27, 2013
Town leaders are leveraging technology to improve 12,000 residents' access to information while cutting costs at Town Hall.

Trump explains why he called Django 'racist' in Tweet   Access Hollywood, Feb. 27, 2013
Donald Trump appears to be positioning himself as a movie critic.

Visual-effects worksrs' protest spreads to Twitter and Facebook   Reuters, Feb. 27, 2013
They have already taken to the streets to protest the layoffs and bankruptcies roiling their industry.

Will Twitter make an impact in Kenya's elections next week?   Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 27, 2013
Social media – tweets, tags, pokes, posts, uploads – were not part of the African nation's last election.

NRA makes Twitter mistake about guns   Atlantic Wire, Feb. 26, 2013
By the pro-gun lobby's rules, its Twitter mistake about guns disqualifies it from discussing guns.

Liberal Twitter rant attacks Mitch McConnell for 'Chinese' wife   Atlantic Wire, Feb. 26, 2013
Super PAC opposing Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election bid has liberals in hot water in the boiling Kentucky mid-term campaign.

New Internet domains to roll out this year   PC Magazine, Feb. 26, 2013
There's already a list of 1,930 including applications from Google, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple.

Facebook has an entire team devoted to ending Sandy Hook scams   Atlantic Wire, Feb. 25, 2013
A flood of fake Sandy Hook memorials are "vehicles for harassment, intimidation and possibly financial fraud."

The Onion apologizes for crude actress tweet   Associated Press, Feb. 25, 2013
A firestorm broke out after The Onion tweeted a vulgar name for the 9-year-old star of Beasts of the Southern Wild.

You can't delete your way out of social media   NBC News, Feb. 24, 2013
You just can't get rid of the record of your messy social media life.

How to download all the information about your Facebook account   NBC4 Columbus, Feb. 24, 2013, 2013
What accounts can be searched? What material can be found? Accessing and downloading.

 2013 Oscar Awards
Social spikes are an early crisis warning system   Business2Community, Feb. 23, 2013
Social media are the world's watercooler, fostering conversation, debate, rumors, even revolution, so where better to look for trouble?

North Korea to allow mobile Internet for foreigners   Arizona Republic, Feb. 22, 2013
The secretive nation will allow foreigners to tweet, Skype and surf the Internet from cellphones, iPads and other mobile devices.

Tumblr is traveling to a town near you   CNET, Feb. 22, 2013
Travel evangelist Jeremy Kressmann has the enviable position of being able to travel the world on Tumblr's dime.

The Post-PC Era predicted by Steve Jobs has arrived   MacRumors, Feb. 22, 2013
There is a sharp market decline of both desktop PCs and laptops, while tablets and smartphones have grown.

Nevada legalizes first interstate online poker   Reuters, Feb. 22, 2013
Nevada has bested New Jersey putting in place a nationwide framework for Internet wagering.

Facebook may give older adults a mental boost   My Health News Daily, Feb. 22, 2013
After eight weeks, old people in a Facebook group performed 25 percent better than they had.

Facebook Inspires hundreds to attend a funeral for a man they never met   ITV, Feb. 21, 2013
More than 200 strangers attended the funeral of a Royal Marine after a vicar feared he would be buried without mourners.

Why Twitter makes us want to add extra letterssss   Atlantic Wire, Feb. 21, 2013
A growing habit has otherwise reasonable people cavalierly adding extra letters to the words in their texts, emails, tweets, and so forth.

Professor patents his Twitter predictor for stock market swings   Indianapolis Star, Feb. 21, 2013
Millions of your 140-character tweets already have predicted the bobbing of the stock market.

Facebook blocks access to NBC.com after reports site is infected   Reuters, Feb. 21, 2013
The social media site said NBC.com was infected with a computer virus.

 Finding the happiest place in America
Spotify fine tunes finding tunes   USA Today, Feb. 20, 2013
CEO wants to take the social aspect of discovering new music to the next level.

Cyberbullies creep into the workplace   USA Today, Feb. 18, 2013
Cyberbullying is not just for kids. Adults routinely use intimidate and harass subordinates and rivals.

College Scorecard gathers financial data online   USA Today, Feb. 13, 2013
The federal website is open for students, parents and educators.

Man convicted of using Facebook to lure and murder victim   Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2013
Riverside County man used a phony Facebook profile of a woman to lure a man that he shot to death.

Google seeking explorers to buy and try $1,500 smart glasses   Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2013
Google has a contest to choose the earliest adopters of glasses with smartphone capabilities.

Live Twitter surgeries hit with hospitals, public   Associated Press, Feb. 20, 2013
Live Twitter broadcasts are a growing trend to expose routine procedures in operating rooms.

Michigan grandmother, 104, says Facebook won't accept her age   WDIV-TV Detroit, Feb. 20, 2013
Marguerite Joseph uses Facebook to stay in touch with family, spend time with granddaughter.

Stealing Is stealing, even on Twitter   Atlantic Wire, Feb. 20, 2013
One of the great questions buzzing around the social media sphere – does anyone own a joke on Twitter?

Twitter begins integrating advertising software   Reuters, Feb. 20, 2013
The microblog site allows advertisers to connect to their Twitter accounts to automate ads.

The average American knows 355 more people than she has Facebook friends   Atlantic Wire, Feb. 19, 2013
The key question – how many of your friends refuse to use Facebook?

How China's digital spies got outed by Facebook and Twitter   Atlantic Wire, Feb. 19, 2013
Security firm Mandiant discovered the identities of the Chinese army's instantly notorious "Comment Crew."

Venezuela's Chavez is on Twitter with four million followers   Reuters, Feb. 19, 2013
Hugo Chavez spent two months in Cuba for cancer surgery.

Social media gives Indonesian women new voice   Associated Press, Feb. 18, 2013
Women are rallying, online and on the streets, against sexist comments and attacks on women.

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Naked scammers seduce and blackmail men on the Web   CNN, Feb. 18, 2013
Who would have thought getting naughty with a stranger online could have negative consequences?

Singer Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel confirm pregnancy on Twitter   Access Hollywood, Feb. 18, 2013
Expecting their first child together, the pair confirmed the news via their Twitter accounts.

Minorities rush to Twitter and Instagram   USA Today, Feb. 14, 2013
Popularity of Twitter and Instagram among blacks is surging, while white women under 50 continue to pin away on Pinterest.

Slacker Radio overhauls itself to challenge Pandora, Spotify and Rdio   Forbes, Feb. 14, 2013
The six-year-old music program launches to compete by employing DJs rather than bots for a human touch.

Twitter plans to be an online shopping mall   The Week Feb. 12, 2013
The social-messaging microblog is partnering with American Express to let you make purchases by tweeting.

Google for Spies tracks you from social media sharing and it's fast   The Atlantic Wire, Feb. 11, 2013
As if you weren't paranoid enough about your Facebook privacy, now your posts can be mined for the purpose of actual spying.

Jay-Z's joke Was Twitter's top Grammy moment   Mashable, Feb. 10, 2013
"I would like to thank the swap meet for his hat," Jay-Z said to singer The-Dream.

Internet hacker steals former president's email   Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2013
The Smoking Gun blog publishes hacked George W. Bush e-mails raising journalism ethics questions.

Imprisoned for a Tweet?   TakePart, Feb. 8, 2013
A prominent Bahraini human rights advocate was arrested and detained for three months for insulting Bahrain in a tweet.

Al Qaeda's social media move could cause problems   Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 7, 2013
Al Qaeda and its affiliates move into social media after years of relying on chat rooms to spread their doctrine.

Daughter given $200 to quit Facebook   Good Morning America, Feb. 7, 2013
Spending too much time on Facebook? More than half of users say they've taken vacations from the site.

Mystery blogger suspected to be Communist China's supreme leader   USA Today, Feb. 7, 2013
China watchers say a blogger with close daily access to the activities of China's leader may be the leader himself.

Indian police arrest 3 for threatening Kashmir girl band on social media   Associated Press, Feb. 7, 2013
The band disbanded following abusive social media comments and a demand from a top Muslim cleric that they stop.

Facebook's oldest user is 105   ABC News, Feb. 7, 2013
Edythe Kirchmaier also is California's oldest licensed driver and the University of Chicago's oldest living former student.

British Columbia escort agency used Facebook to recruit girl   The Canadian Press, Feb. 5, 2013
It is alleged that an agency in Kamloops contacted teenaged girls through social media.

Who owns your Facebook page after you die?   ABC News, Feb. 4, 2013
Most people can't live without Facebook, but afterward?

Social media scores with Super Bowl   USA Today, Feb. 4, 2013
Social media interactions set a record, not only for a Super Bowl, but also for any major televised event.

Crowdsourced language app seeks to translate entire Web   USA Today, Feb. 3, 2013
Duolingo is a massive-scale online collaboration tool that invites users to learn one of six languages for free.

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Why you need a social resume and how to build one   Daily Muse, Jan. 26, 2013
Many employers are looking for candidates with an impressive online presence.

 Social media and the presidential inauguration
 Catfish scam the Internet
Local government agencies use Facebook to keep residents in the loop   Fayetteville Observer, Jan. 20, 2013
Thousands affected by a water main break turned to Facebook for Public Works Commission updates.

How Google 'cops' track down bad ads   Time, Jan.18, 2013
Shady ads have become such a problem for search engines that hundreds of employees now work round-the-clock to protect users before they get ripped off.

Bahrain activist free on bail before Twitter trial   Associated Press, Jan. 17, 2013
A human rights activist is free on bail after two months on charges of posting false news on Twitter.

Social media outreach part of Obama gun-law campaign   Constitution Daily, Jan. 16, 2013
The president will use social media tools that were effective in his re-election to influence opinion about his proposals.

Everyone's history, 140 characters at a time   Fayetteville Observer, Jan. 15, 2013
All of your tweets are digital history somewhere in the bowels of the Library of Congress, which saves every public tweet.

Google+ has some 500 million users   Social Times, Jan. 10, 2013
The analytics tool GPlusData reveals the demographic makeup of the site to see who exactly is using Google+ and why.

Eleven year-old launches social network For kids   Social Networks, Jan. 10, 2013
After being kicked off Facebook twice for age restrictions, this preteen decided to build his own.

Which social network won 2012?   All Twitter, Jan. 10, 2013
An infographic shows it was a huge year for social media.

Library of Congress digs into archive of 170 billion tweets   CNET, Jan. 4, 2013
Twitter users generate nearly half a billion tweets a day. The Library of Congress is indexing all of them.

UNCP faculty have been teaching six years in Second Life   UNCP, January, 2013
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke faculty teach classes, convene seminars and hold meetings, symposia, colloquia and conferences in the virtual world.

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