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blue info button2013 February

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.

 Hackers exploit social media weaknesses
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.

blue info button2013 January

 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.

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.

blue info button2012 December

Online is the new medical house call   Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 31, 2012
Web medicine is exploding as consumers, insurers and employers are drawn to timely, low-cost care for minor ailments.

Colleges help students scrub online footprints   Associated Press, Dec. 31, 2012
Their free online tools help students erase ill-considered Web profiles of drunken frat parties, prank videos and worse.

Laws ban employers from demanding social media passwords   Chicago Tribune, Dec. 31, 2012
California and Illinois employers are prohibited from demanding access to workers' personal network accounts.

Scientists take on Twitter   Science News, Dec.29, 2012
Social media comes into its own as a tool and a subject for study.

 Top social media stories of 2012
E-books jump paper tomes   Los Angeles Times, Dec. 27, 2012
Tables fuel change in how we read.

Crime fighters 'like' social media   Fayetteville Observer, Dec. 24, 2012
You don't have to know an officer to get the news; just like the department online.

NORAD app keeps up with Santa on Christmas Eve   Reuters, Dec. 17, 2012
Children can track Santa Claus on his annual yuletide journey to homes across the world with a new mobile app.

Manitoba tories oust youth president over social media comments   Canadian Press, Dec. 15, 2012
An official with Manitoba's Progressive Conservative party is ousted over social media comments about aboriginals.

Dear future earthlings   Science News, Dec. 15, 2012
A message in a bottle wont be enough to communicate with distant generations.

 Massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School
 The Pope on social media
Much of the world doesn't use social media   The Atlantic, Dec. 13, 2012
Chart reveals how many people say they don't use the Internet.

Famous people make parody Twitter accounts, too   The Atlantic, Dec. 12, 2012
A connection between a comedian's own tweets and a parody account?

Can Facebook make you fat and poor?   Live Science, Dec. 12, 2012
Research finds social media use can lower some users' sense of self-control over their lives.

Capitalism and socialism wed as words of the year   Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2012
Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are the most looked-up words of 2012.

blue info button2012 November

 Social media cover the 2012 election results
 Social media lifelines during superstorm Sandy
blue info button2012 October

Facebook peer pressure gets out the vote   Science News, Oct. 20, 2012
Users who received a message that a friend had voted were more likely to go to the polls.

Social media in sway   Science News, Oct. 20, 2012
Worries over political misinformation on Twitter attract scientist attention.

Twitter blocks neo-Nazi group's messages in Germany   Reuters, Oct. 18, 2012
In response to a request by German authorities, Twitter blocked messages posted by a right-wing group banned by police.

Social media guidelines for students and job seekers   All Twitter, Oct. 8, 2012
How much of a role should social media play in professional relationships and what are the risks?

Sprint rolls out vanity phone numbers that connect to social profiles   All Twitter, Oct. 8, 2012
Doing for phones what internet handles did for email.

Questionable Facebook content hurting chances at college admission   All Facebook, Oct. 4, 2012
Embarrassing and naughty posts make it harder o get accepted.

NY teens pay valets to store their iPhones during classes   Associated Press, Oct. 4, 2012
Cellphones are banned in NYC public schools, so entrepreneurs park trucks outside and students drop off their phones before class.

Big Bird fans rally to the rescue on social media   USA Today, Oct. 4, 2012
Don't mess with Big Bird was the message GOP candidate Mitt Romney got when he vowed to stop federal subsidies.

U.S. think tanks hit by China's hackers   USA Today, Oct. 4, 2012
American think tanks are targeted by a wave of cyber-espionage aimed at government and business.

The pink ribbon goes digital for Breast Cancer Awareness Month   Social Times, Oct. 3, 2012
It's been 20 years since Estee Lauder passed out the first pink ribbons at makeup counters in New York City. Today, the campaign is global.

Apple's new iPhone is popular with crooks   San Jose Mercury News, Oct. 3, 2012
Put your hands in the air! This is an iHoldup!.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and the evolution of digital advertising   All Twitter, Oct. 3, 2012
Still less than a quarter century old, the technology behind online digital advertising has advanced dramatically.

The term Internet Use Disorder coined by American Psychiatric Association   Media Jobs Daily, Oct. 3, 2012
The professional association is adding Internet Use Disorder to the latest edition its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

How social media, smartphones and tablets are transforming online shopping   All Twitter, Oct. 2, 2012
Some 167 million people are shopping online this year, spending $1,800 per person.

Women display clout in mobile video games   USA Today, Oct. 1, 2012
Women have become major players when it comes to mobile games.

More people are turning to mobile devices for news consumption   Fish Bowl NY, Oct. 1, 2012
The Pew Research Center found more Americans are using their mobile devices to read the news this summer.

New tools for the post-bookstore era   Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 1, 2012
Virtually any book you might hope to buy is just clicks away online.

blue info button2012 September

TV viewing on tablets is rising among older viewers   Lost Remote, Sept. 28, 2012
A survey discovers older viewers watching TV on tablet computers.

Customers say the darndest things on social media   Social Times, Sept. 28, 2012
It turns out that we're hilarious and sometimes even helpful.

The worst social media blunders of all time   Social Times, Sept. 27, 2012
What happens when your social media activity goes awry? It can be entertaining.

A list of 100 Twitter accounts for journalism students   10,000 Words, Sept. 27, 2012
Twitter is a great way to observe a journalist day in and day out.

Myspace to try yet another reboot   Associated Press, Sept. 26, 2012
The once-mighty social network is trying to stage yet another comeback with the help of Justin Timberlake.

PR activists' stunt sinks Amazon bestseller with fake reviews   PR Newser, Sept. 26, 2012
Bizarre story of a crowdsourced effort against a bestseller organized by people who hadn't read the book.

How social media affects the TV lifecycle   Lost Remote, Sept. 26, 2012
The TV lifecycle has been changed by the social web.

Creating a quick journalism portfolio with contently   10,000 Words, Sept. 26, 2012
No more excuses like lack of time, no web design talent, not having cash to buy a domain.

Death in the digital age   USA Today, Sept. 19, 2012
The legal landscape is murky when it comes to passing digital files to heirs.

Sexting linked to risky sex among teens   Reuters, Sept. 17, 2012
One out of every seven Los Angeles high schoolers with a cell phone has sent a sexually-explicit text message or photo.

Bringing up the iKid generation   Chicago Tribune, Sept. 15, 2012
How to incorporate tech into your children's lives.

NFL ditching old paper playbooks   Associated Press, Sept. 6, 2012
iPads come on strong as the days of lugging around 500-page playbooks and stacks of DVDs are about over.

Top 10 ways kids hide their online activity from parents   Fayetteville Observer, Sept. 1, 2012
From clearing browser history to creating private email addresses, teens use tech-savvy skills to hide their online activities.

blue info button2012 August

Technology creates dilemma for high school sports officials   Fayetteville Observer, August 28, 2012
The opposition to using smartphones and tablets as aids to coaching.

Police embrace emerging social media tool   Associated Press, August 11, 2012
Across the country, law officers are adding a new form of social media to their arsenal of crime fighting tools.

Disinformation flies in Syria's growing cyber war   Reuters, August 7, 2012
Both sides in Syria are waging an intensifying conflict in cyberspace, using misinformation and rumor to tilt reality.

Facebook adds social gambling for real money   The Atlantic Wire, August 7, 2012
Facebook may grow its revenue line as it debuts paid gambling games.

Comedians shift their punchlines to YouTube channels   Associated Press, August 7, 2012
This summer, while much of the TV world is in reruns, a number of comedians have taken to YouTube.

Technology gives soldiers 7,000 miles away thrill of childbirth   Raleigh News & Observer, August 5, 2012
The hospital embraced the Internet to arrange what the military and even the Red Cross often can't.

Students blend astronomy and social media   Hays Free Press, Aug. 1, 2012
Students learned how telescopes work and how to collect data and then shared their experiences through social media outlets.

blue info button2012 July

Facebook has at least 50 million account 'bots'   New World Notes, July 31, 2012
Facebook has said that 5 to 6 percent of its nearly one billion users could be fake.

HBO documentary using Second Life machinima gets Emmy nomination for innovation   New World Notes, July 31, 2012
When Strangers Click is about online romance featuring a couple who met in Second Life and a lot of SL machinima.

Businesses turn to gaming for marketing   USA Today, July 29, 2012
For alternative marketing, more are using games to personalize their ads.

National Endowment for the Humanities supports a Digital Public Library of America   Associated Press, July 27, 2012
The nonprofit organization will create a technical platform to share digital content among the nation's public libraries and archives.

YouTube London studio to assist Web video stars   TechRadar, July 27, 2012
Creative Space will help popular video producers improve quality.

 Social media go to the Olympics
Mobile checkout gear replacing cash registers   USA Today, July 24, 2012
Retailers rush to embrace iPods and iPads to eliminate customer lines.

State Internet systems for overseas voters are vulnerable   USA Today, July 24, 2012
State systems making it easier for troops to vote are vulnerable to hacking as they allow voters to return ballots online, via e-mail or Internet fax.

Hacktivist attacks grow as governments get in the action   USA Today, July 19, 2012
Denial-of-service attacks are surging all across the Internet..

Digital specs prompt privacy fears at McDonald's   Bloomberg Businessweek, July 19, 2012
McDonald's workers in Paris stopped a Canadian professor from wearing computerized eyeglasses fearing he could photograph people in violation of their privacy.

Chinese Web users hit 538 million   PC Magazine, July 19, 2012
The number has grown partly as a result of China's mobile Internet prosperity, including easier Web access and lower gadget price tags.

Girls Around Me app generates a hailstorm of privacy concerns   USA Today, July 13, 2012
Many smartphone programs provide fast and easy information on people using publicly available data.

Awash in Kodak moments   USA Today, July 10, 2012
Take a look at your social media feeds and you'll see a flood of photos of ordinary occasions.

Nostalgia for paper maps finds a place amidst the GPS boom   Associated Press, July 3, 2012
Back in the day a half-dozen maps would be stuffed in the car glove box before the family set out on a road trip .

blue info button2012 June

Facebook 101: seniors learn to use the social network   USA Today, June 23, 2012
Flocks of seniors are joining Facebook to connect with grandchildren and former pals.

Medical apps bump up against regulators   USA Today, June 22, 2012
FDA regulators face daunting task as health apps multiply.

Police use YouTube and Twitter to solve crimes and get the word out   USA Today, June 20, 2012
More than 40 police departments are turning to YouTube to communicate with the public and catch criminals.

Internet search results now can deliver tainted links   USA Today, June 17, 2012
Google, Bing and Yahoo search results have surpassed e-mail as the main way cybercriminals attempt to victimize Internet users.

Political groups target key voting demographic on Pinterest   USA Today, June 13, 2012
A boom in users on the social media site, where more than two-thirds are women, is attracting political messages to the site best known for recipes, crafts and I-want-that images.

Michelle Obama joins Pinterest   USA Today, June 13, 2012
One of the newest members of the hot new social media site Pinterest is first lady Michelle Obama.

Doctors tweeting and texting with patients   Associated Press, June 10, 2012
A new breed is texting health messages to patients, tracking diseases on Twitter, and identifying problems on Facebook.

Texting while driving an epidemic among teens   Stockton (CA) Record, June 8, 2012
More than half of high school seniors admit they've texted while driving.

Arlington cemetery app pinpoints grave sites   USA Today, June 7, 2012
A smartphone app taps into GPS to navigate through 250,000 graves.

Twitter teams with NASCAR to corral fan tweets   USA Today, June 6, 2012
Finding relevant tweets can be a problem, especially during a live event.

blue info button2012 May

State health websites targeted by conservatives   USA Today, May 30, 2012
Political organizations are trying to persuade state legislators not to pass bills creating health insurance exchanges.

Mourning becomes electric: Tech changes the way we grieve   USA Today, May 30, 2012
Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.

Blogger says North Carolina tried to censor his website   Jacksonville (NC) Daily News, May 30, 2012
All he wanted to do was help diabetics get healthy, but an agency said he was not a licensed dietitian.

Crowd funding fuels businesses, charities, creative ventures   USA Today, May 29, 2012
Entrepreneurs are flocking to crowd funding that uses the Internet as an efficient middleman to raise seed money..

Pedtextrians crossing   Baltimore Sun, May 29, 2012
Texting while walking has its own dangers.

Your doctor will see you now – online   Kaiser Health News, May11, 2012
Log onto a clinic's Internet site to consult via instant message with a doctor.

Demand for photo-erasing iPhone app heats up sexting debate   USA Today, May 7, 2012
Did sexting just get safer? Maybe, but probably not.

 Social media witness death
QR codes replace milk cartons in quest to find missing children   San Jose Mercury News, May 5, 2012
The latest search technology puts bar-code-like quick response posters in people's purses and pockets.

In the battle to digitize paperwork, paper is winning   Miami Herald, May 2, 2012
Walk through a modern document depository and one thing becomes clear. Paper is a hard habit to break.

Facebook encourages organ donation   USA Today, May 2, 2012
The social media site allows 900 million members to share their donor status and register in databases as donors.

George Zimmerman gets a social media boost   USA Today, May 1, 2012
The Trayvon Martin murder case suspect may be in hiding, but he's highly visible on the Internet.

Internet Explorers: Virtual field trips are more than just money savers   Edutopia, May 1, 2012
These online adventures emphasize student participation and standards-based curriculum.

blue info button2012 April

Social media is latest front in the cola wars   USA Today, April 29, 2012
Coke and Pepsi partner with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Spotify and others.

Social networks for academics proliferate, despite doubts   Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2012
Proliferation of sites where professors organize their research, create profiles, and search for similar interests.

Hate travels fast in the age of Twitter   USA Today, April 27, 2012
Racist tweets stain Boston and Hockey.

Apple courts Hollywood for upcoming TV   Reuters, April 27, 2012
Apple talks for film streams from EPIX, backed by three major movie studios.

Britain backs down on web surveillance plan   USA Today, April 27, 2012
Government wanted communications companies to keep records of every phone call, e-mail and website visit.

Teens advised to guard their digital footprint   Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 20, 2012
Social media use is playing a role in job and college application decisions.

Blogs are slogs, so some companies just quit   USA Today, April 20, 2012
More are going to nimbler tools such as Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

USA TODAY reporter, editor targeted by fake websites   USA Today, April 19, 2012
While investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors, they were subjected to a propaganda campaign on bogus sites.

Online environments have a freeing effect on flirtatious behavior   Dallas Morning News, April 17, 2012
Words with Friends is something more in the game of love.

More stars than you see in the sky – on YouTube   USA Today, April 13, 2012
Agent sees seismic shift in show business.

Brides pin their hopes on a virtual board   USA Today, April 12, 2012
Pinterest changes the way they plan their weddings.

Dangerous online culture glorifies eating disorders   Capital News Service, April 1, 2012
In a new Internet phenomenon – Thinspiration – young women with eating disorders find support for their unhealthy lifestyles.

blue info button2012 March

Cash mobs help out the little guys   USA Today, March 15, 2012
Social media flash mobs descend on small businesses, snap up merchandise.

Pinterest Is a perfect spot for phishing   MSNBC, March 15, 2012
Online scammers looking for fertile ground for money-making and identity-theft schemes hit the jackpot with Pinterest.

Keep your hands off of my Facebook password   USA Today, March 14, 2012
Job applicants face demands to share account information. Your newest Facebook pal could be your future boss.

LinkedIn resumes might be more honest   Associated Press, March 14, 2012
People seem less likely to lie on resumes they post on the professional network.

The digital cloud devours our books, CDs, DVDs, photos   USA Today, March 12, 2012
Quick, take a look around. Your stuff is disappearing. The digitization of our lives is exploding.

Are video games art? Draw your own conclusions   USA Today, March 12, 2012
3D vistas explored in the games are enchanting, immersive and often dramatic, but are they art?

Social media change the battleground for trademarks   USA Today, March 12, 2012
Today, the fight is not only in traditional legal arenas, but also in the court of public opinion.

Billboard chart tracks streaming music   USA Today, March 11, 2012
Song streams are mainstream as Billboard ranks them, reshaping the authoritative Hot 100 singles chart.

Victims blast prison pen pal websites   USA Today, March 11, 2012
Sites charge an annual fee of $15 to $60 to host an inmate's profile, which pen pals discover and correspondence starts via mail.

Facebook friend offer exposes man's other wife   Associated Press, March 10, 2012
A corrections officer faces bigamy charges after a Washington woman discovered that she and a potential Facebook friend were married to him at the same time.

New media end printed Encyclopaedia Britannica   USA Today, March 8, 2012
After 244 years and 7 million printed sets, the company will no longer publish a print edition. The Web edition is way bigger anyway.    Encyclopaedia Britannica »

50 free apps that enhance elderly lives   AARP Bulletin, March 6, 2012
Who would have thought our phones would one day bring us sports scores, restaurant reviews and addictive brain games?

Stuxnet computer worm opens new era of warfare   CBS 60 Minutes, March 4, 2012
Computer virus successfully damages Iran's nuclear facility. Is U.S. infrastructure safe?

Teachers embrace social media in classes   USA Today, March 4, 2012
Faculty who build Twitter into classwork may be helping students learn better.

New privacy policy lets Google watch you everywhere   Washington Post, March 3, 2012
Google tracks user activities by consolidating information as they use the company's various Web sites.

Peeing Frenchman sues Google for making him laughing stock   AFP, March 1, 2012
His village laughs at Street View Internet picture of him urinating in his garden.

Video game schools and students are in demand   USA Today, March 1, 2012
The number of colleges offering degrees in video game design nearly doubled last year.

blue info button2012 February

Social-network use frightens, leads firms to boost security   USA Today, Feb. 29, 2012
Companies of all sizes are re-evaluating their information technology security.

Is this seat taken? Airlines offer social seating   USA Today, Feb. 27, 2012
Ever wonder who your fellow passengers are and if any share your interests?

Breaking down our daily digital consumption   USA Today, Feb. 23, 2012
Women reign supreme on social networks, but men are more likely to tote tablet computers.

Businesses pin hopes on digital scrapbook Pinterest   USA Today, Feb. 23, 2012
Small businesses, and their larger counterparts, are getting extremely attached to this hot new social-networking site.

The White House pushes for online privacy rights   USA Today, Feb. 23, 2012
A strongly worded Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights pushes Congress to protect consumers' privacy as they surf the Internet.

Your Facebook profile can predict your job performance   Time, Feb. 22, 2012
Personality revelations include your dependability and emotional stability.

Consumer satisfaction with online shopping is up   USA Today, Feb. 21, 2012
American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual e-Commerce report is rising.

There's a new third dimension in printing   USA Tioday, Feb. 20, 2012
Designers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs use 3D printing.

You've got (real) mail: letters from writers   USA Today, Feb. 20, 2012
A website is trying to bring back the art of correspondence.

Youth are shaping the future of online TV, movies, music   Associated Press, Feb. 19, 2012
What if young people who steal content weren't viewed as the problem and they persuaded the entertainment industry to loosen its tight grip?

Social networks draw moviegoers   Los Angeles Times, Feb. 19, 2012
Studios are embracing Twitter, Facebook and more obscure sites for research and marketing tools.

Lady Gaga fans tweet insults and death threats   MSN, Feb. 18, 2012
Lady Gaga says bullying is a hate crime, but some fans aren't practicing what she preaches.

Pinterest might be breaking the law   MSN, Feb. 18, 2012
Users place copyrighted material on their pinboards without the artists' permission.

Eastern Europeans fuel fight for Internet freedoms   Associated Press, Feb. 18, 2012
The region's tradition of political revolt enters the digital age around a copyright treaty threatening freedom.

iPhone app optimizes your caffeine intake, tells you when to put the coffee mug down   Tecca, Feb. 17, 2012
Finally, science tells the best way to stay wired and jittery all day long.

Follow London fashion week via iPhone, social media and the Web   Mashable, Feb. 17, 2012
Fortunately for those outside the ropes at Somerset House, media are making the week accessible.

Serious Facebook hack lands UK student in prison   Associated Press, Feb. 17, 2012
He hacked into the network's computers from his bedroom in the northern England city of York.

Georgia Tech has a Braille-like texting app for visually impaired   Digital Trends, Feb. 17, 2012
It's an inexpensive typing solution for smartphones and tablets.

Journal article Tweets predict number of citations   Scientific American, Feb. 17, 2012
A journal article that gets cited a lot is considered a valuable piece of work.

Could online textbooks rein in college costs?   USA Today, Feb. 17, 2012
A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum with educators, philanthropists and policymakers.

Small businesses use social media to grow   USA Today, Feb. 17, 2012
Wielded wisely, social media can help a business boost brand awareness, improve customer relations, garner market research, bolster sales.

U.S. government wants to disable texting while driving   USA Today, Feb. 16, 2012
The Transportation Department rule prevents visual-manual text messaging while car is moving.

FBI could take down Internet for millions on March 8   Digital Trends, Feb. 16, 2012
The court order that allowed domain name servers to stop the spread of DNSChanger Trojan malware expires then.

Whitney Houston's fans to share in her invitation-only funeral   Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2012
They won't be there in person, but millions worldwide will watch her private funeral on the Internet.

A private Internet service for people who take care of people   Time, Feb. 15, 2012
CareZone records doctors, healthcare providers, medications for nurses, spouses, siblings.

China unable to silence social media on police chief   USA Today, Feb. 14, 2012
China's most celebrated police chief Wang Lijun made a mysterious visit to the U.S. Consulate.

 Be my valentine :-)
Your online privacy is worth less than a six pack of Marshmallow Fluff   Forbes, Feb. 9, 2012
Google pays Chrome users for tracking what they do on every website they visit.

Heather Mills says Beatle's Paul McCartney messages were hacked   CBS, Feb. 9, 2012
Ex-wife says there's absolutely no way messages could have been obtained legally.

Romanian accused of hacking NASA computers   Florida Today, Feb. 9, 2012
Federal grand jury says Romanian citizen hacked 25 climate-research computers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Glam Media launches social network for food lovers   Reuters, Feb. 9, 2012
There are magazines, television shows and books, so why not a social network?

CNN suspends analyst Roland Martin for offensive tweet   CNN, Feb. 8, 2012
He appeared to call for violence against gays during the Super Bowl.

EPIC wants FTC to punish Google   Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2012
Electronic Privacy and Information Center's federal lawsuit aims at forcing officials to punish Google for privacy violations.

Pension fund tells Facebook to diversify its board   Business Week, Feb. 8, 2012
Facebook also asked to separate the chairman position from the chief executive officer role.

UK man appeals Twitter 'joke' conviction   Associated Press, Feb. 8, 2012
Paul Chambers tweeted he would blow up an airport.

Courts pare down paper in digital drive   USA Today, Feb. 7, 2012
Across the country, they are moving to digital record-keeping to save time, paper and money.

Brazil sues Twitter over drunk roadblock warnings   PC Magazine, Feb. 7, 2012
Accounts warn citizens about traffic roadblocks to catch drunk drivers and criminals.

App economy creates millions of U.S. jobs   PC Magazine, Feb. 7, 2012
There are 466,000 app jobs, up from zero in 2007 when the iPhone was introduced.

Super Bowl ads grab social-media buzz   USA Today, Feb. 6, 2012
Grandma slinging a baby for Doritos, David Beckham baring his tattooed body, Chrysler's 'Halftime in America' ad featuring Clint Eastwood, many more.

Hackers shut down Swedish government site   Seattle Times, Feb. 4, 2012
Hacker network Anonymous attacked the government's website by overloading it with traffic.

Teens turning to Twitter for privacy   Associated Press, Feb. 1, 2012
Their parents, grandparents, parents' friends and neighbors started friending them on Facebook.

blue info button2012 January

Google changes privacy across products; users can't opt out   Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2012
Google will know far more about you and what you do as it follows you across its ubiquitous sites, like YouTube, Gmail and the search engine.

Facebook Timeline no longer an option; all profiles will switch over   Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2012
Facebook is requiring people to switch to the new format, making photos, links and personal musings from the past easier to find.

Do Hollywood actors fear the rise of avatar-based acting?   New World Notes, Jan. 24, 2012
Amidst the Academy Award nominees, Andy Serkis, who played the chimpanzee Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was snubbed by his fellow actors.

NBC News grows a digital publishing arm, plans 30 titles in 2012   Engadget, Jan. 24, 2012
Because you can never have your fingers in too many media pies, NBC News extends its reach to eReaders.

Twitter absorbs anti-malware firm Dasient   TG Daily, Jan. 24, 2012
The web security firm could make clicking on URLs in the social network a little safer.

YouTube hits 4 billion daily video views   Reuters, Jan. 23, 2012
Google's video website is streaming 4 billion videos every day, a 25 percent increase in the past eight months.

Study finds Facebook users have low self-esteem   Tecca, Jan. 23, 2012
Heavy Facebook users have more grey matter in their brains and are subject to a condition known as Facebook Depression.

DC launches 'We Can Be Heroes' website to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa   Digital Trends, Jan. 23, 2012
DC Entertainment deploys Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman, Cyborg and other superheroes against hunger in Africa.

Restore your faith in humanity at the nicest place on the Internet   Mashable, Jan. 20, 2012
Catch glimpses of sunny parks, busy street corners and happy homes as smiling faces offer hugs and a lullaby is sung lightly.

U.S. Justice Department kills Megaupload   PC Magazine, Jan. 20, 2012
The lucrative offshore file transfer site, popular for streaming pirated movies, is turned off.

Indonesian charged with blasphemy for atheist post   Associated Press, Jan. 20, 2012
A civil servant who posted "God does not exist" on Facebook faces five years behind bars.

Twitter advances curation with Summify to filter social media streams   Business Week, Jan. 20, 2012
Summify will keep Twitter users engaged by filtering the information overload to find content that matters.

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Who would you share your passwords with?   New York Times, Jan. 19, 2012
It's fashionable, but risky, to express affection by sharing passwords letting someone read private e-mail, texts and Facebook.

Viral Chicago video reveals a disturbing trend   Associated Press, Jan. 19, 2012
Ruffians intentionally record themselves beating and robbing someone, then post to YouTube so anyone can see it, including police.

Crowdsourcing works for fundraising   Mashable, Jan. 19, 2012
The Mozilla Firefox Challenge real champion is the public, who proved crowdsourcing is an effective way to raise money for charity.

Site logins using your phone and a QR code   Digital Trends, Jan. 19, 2012
Google has an alternative way to gain secure access to its sites, without the need to enter a password.

Facebook expands services to let you share even more activities   Business Week, Jan. 19, 2012
FB uses Pinterest, Ticketmaster, Rotten Tomatoes and 60 others to let users tell friends what they're up to from listening to music to reading news.

Morbid Facebook app 'If I die' let's friends know when you've kicked the bucket   Digital Trends, Jan. 18, 2012
Death isn't always easy to talk about, so this app helps by delivering a final message to friends and loved ones.

Should you tweet back to your bank?   U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 19, 2012
Your big bank, like Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, is tweeting at you, even if you don't know it yet.

New study by Facebook proves Facebook is awesome   Digital Trends, Jan. 18, 2012
FB published a study, which "proves" Facebook isn't the echo chamber that some might expect and users tend to view more information from friends they don't interact with in real life.

 Social media spread the news about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
Campuses track student athlete social media activity   Campus Technology, Jan. 17, 2012
Monitoring enables institutions to ensure tweets and Facebook posts comply with campus policy.

NJ lawmaker apologizes for Facebook post calling Philadelphia Eagles 'gaybirds'   Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan. 17, 2012
Post referred to the Philadelphia Eagles as "gaybirds" and the Dallas Cowboys as "cowgirls."

Traffic ticketing via the cloud could be on its way   Motor Trend, Jan. 17, 2012
Photoradar stores your speed, location, time and license plate number in the cloud and emails a traffic citation even before you get home.

Students use Twitter to buy textbooks online   Campus Technology, Jan. 17, 2012
Students use the engine TextbookLand to search microblogging streams by title, author or ISBN.

The number of web users in China reaches 513 million   Los Angeles Times, Jan. 16, 2012
The number soared during explosive growth that elevated Chinese Internet companies and challenged social and political discourse.

Hackers disrupt Tel Aviv stock exchange website   Reuters, Jan. 16, 2012
Computer invaders messed with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange site, but trade was not affected.

Angry Brides game targets Indian dowry demands   Reuters, Jan. 16, 2012
Dowries of jewelry, clothes, cars and money are given by a bride's family to the groom and his parents to ensure she is taken care of.

Rupert Murdoch uses Twitter to blast Google and President Obama   CNET, Jan. 15, 2012
A Twitter user only a few weeks, the News Corp. chairman used the microblogging service to fire off a tirade of accusations.

Facebook, Yahoo, Google and others face charges in India   Associated Press, Jan. 14, 2012
Indian prosecutors are taking networking sites to court for refusing to remove material insulting to Indian leaders and religious figures.

Social media widens scope of Nigeria fuel protests   Associated Press, Jan. 14, 2012
Twitter users shared pix of dead protesters and broke down the oil-rich nation's budget, comparing funds to the president and vice president with the cost of living.

Murdoch admits he screwed up MySpace in every way possible   The Telegraph, UK, Jan. 13, 2012
The media mogul tweeted about owning the social network for six difficult years.

Law professors react to PIPA, SOPA legislation   The Stanford Daily, Jan. 13, 2012
The legislation is a major concern to legal experts, security experts, Internet activists and founders of Silicon Valley's largest companies.

South Korea lifts ban on Internet electioneering   Agence France-Presse, Jan. 13, 2012
The Asian nation's election watchdog lifted an unconstitutional ban on Twitter and other social networking for campaigning.

Michelle Obama joins Twitter, gathering followers fast   Digital Trends, Jan. 12, 2012
In less than a day, the president's wife had more than 200,000 followers and plans to post messages occasionally.

Man's life saved thanks to a game of Words With Friends   Digital Trends, Jan. 12, 2012
Game turned international lifesaver when two players on different continents uncovered a serious health condition.

Facebook launches social music Listen With Friends   PC Magazine, Jan. 12, 2012
Feature lets you listen along with a friend who is playing music. is the dating site for LinkedIn professionals   Mashable, Jan. 12, 2012
Marriage of the dating and professional worlds tries to bypass scammers and sex offenders.

Phones that let you feel the world   Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2012
Replacing the vibe with sensations, allowing you to feel the rumble of a Harley or the reverb of a shotgun blast.

Generic top-level domain sale begins on Web   The Guardian, UK, Jan. 12, 2012
A revamp allows organizations and individuals to buy specific words that will replace .com and other website addresses.

Critics see disaster in expansion of domain names   NPR, Jan. 12, 2012
Vast new tracts of the Internet are up for sale despite some vocal opposition from regulators and advertisers.

Sister humiliates child on Facebook as punishment   Bangor Daily News, Jan. 12, 2012
Picture of son crying and holding up an I lied to my family sign.

Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media   Reuters, Jan. 11, 2012
The department command center monitors Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks, Huffington Post, Drudge Report and other popular websites.

YouTube spends $100 million to redefine TV   USA Today, Jan. 11, 2012
The video sharing site gambles on seeding professional production firms to draw more eyeballs for longer viewing sessions.

Women lobby on Internet for bald Barbie   USA Today, Jan. 11, 2012
The goal is to get toy maker Mattel to create a bald Barbie in support of children with cancer.

Google search changes set off uproar   USA Today, Jan. 11, 2012
It didn't take long for some to push back after Google widened its search-engine results.

Hactivists decried as new breed of censor   USA Today, Jan. 11, 2012
Some see a troublesome new strain of unpredictable censorship arising on the Internet.

Women plan to tweet births   Fayetteville Observer, Jan. 10, 2012
You're in labor. Is there an app for that?

E-readers challenge publishing world   USA Today, Jan. 9, 2012
An unprecedented surge in e-book sales is changing publishing and challenging bookstores.

Marvel superhero squad meets up on Facebook   USA Today, Jan. 8, 2012
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Green Goblin and Loki in Facebook game.

Cyberworm gobbles up 45,000 Facebook user logins   Fox News, Jan. 6, 2012
The infamous Ramnit computer worm has been busy scooping up thousands of user credentials.

Internet fuels Palestinian drive for expression   Agence France-Presse, Jan. 6, 2012
Inspired by social media in the Arab Spring, Palestinians have harnessed the same tools in the West Bank and Gaza.

As consumer power goes viral, company branding quakes   Reuters, Jan. 6, 2012
Corporate's nightmare lives in a one-bedroom apartment, loves flea markets and has a lop-eared brown and white rabbit named Crackers.

Israel concerned it may be under cyber attack   Reuters, Jan. 6, 2012
Officials worry the country may be under cyber attack after a wave of credit card account code thefts by a Saudi Arabian hacker.

Belarus imposes tough new Internet curbs   Agence France-Presse, Jan. 6, 2012
Former Soviet country unveiled restrictions limiting access to opposition websites and imposing fines on providers not monitoring clients.

Automakers rush to offer apps in cars   USA Today, Jan. 5, 2012
An Internet infotainment revolution is coming to cars and, yes, there's an app for that.

U.S. is trying to force Internet law on other countries   Business Insider, Jan. 5, 2012
The U.S. threatened to blacklist trade with Spain if it didn't pass a SOPA law blocking file-sharing sites.

Why social media couldn't predict the Iowa race   CNN, Jan. 5, 2012
A wave of breathless stories claimed correlations between Twitter or Facebook and how the GOP presidential candidates would fare.

File sharing is a religious community in Sweden   Business Week, Jan. 5, 2012
A Stockholm file-sharing group, considering itself a spiritual organization, says the government has recognized it as a religious community.

Facebook business cards are here   Mashable, Jan. 5, 2012
MOO Cards are petite, the size of a stick of gum, made from your Facebook Timeline.

Digital music tops physical sales   CNN Money, Jan. 5, 2012
For the first time in history, digital music sales have topped the physical sale of music.

Celebrity Apprentice has a social media cast   Mashable, Dec. 5, 2012
The Donald's contestants have an 'unbeatable' following on social media.

Social media resolutions for 2012   CNN, Jan. 4, 20112
Tools to help you achieve your dreams in the big 1-2.

Dieting is easy with Web weight loss wagering sites   North County Times, Jan. 4, 2012
Research on whether financial incentives lead to weight loss is inconclusive, but that hasn't kept thousands off diet betting sites.

YouTube video changes girl's life   Fayetteville Observer, Jan. 3, 2012
Rebecca Black figured only her family and friends would likely ever see the video.

Writer has runaway success with self-published e-books   USA Today, Jan. 3, 2012
Amanda Hocking has overturned the world of publishing with the young-adult paranormal romance e-books she published on her own.

How social media fuels social unrest   Wired Magazine, January 2012
#Riot: self-organized, hyper-networked revolts coming to a city near you.

Which social network is right for you?   Mac|Life Magazine, January 2012
The pros and cons of the rapidly expanding world of social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Diaspora.

UNCP faculty have been teaching five years in Second Life   UNCP, January, 2012
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke faculty teach classes, convene seminars and hold meetings, symposia, colloquia and conferences in the virtual world.