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SceneTap App Scans Faces Of Bar-Goers To Guess Age, Gender

via Marcus Wohlsen, The Huffington Post A watchful eye has arrived on San Francisco’s bar scene, but not to keep you in check. It just wants to check you out. A new app launched this weekend that will scan the faces of patrons in 25 bars across the city to determine their ages and genders. … Continue reading

Facebook Shares Jump As Trading Opens On Nasdaq Market

via Matt Krantz, USA TODAY Facebook shares jumped 13% to $43 as the stock opened in the frenzied first minutes of trading Friday, but just as quckly the price slid, tas investors stormed Wall Street to trade shares of the world’s leading social networking company. The stock rose $5 from its initial price of $38 … Continue reading

Facebook Considering Charging Users To Highlight A Post

via Steve Olenski, Social Media Today Facebook is currently testing the idea to charge users to highlight a given post or picture on their Facebook wall. Let’s say you’re out one night at a club and you take a picture of your buddies making complete idiots out of themsleves and you want to post that … Continue reading

Facebook “Likes” Aren’t Speech Protected By The First Amendment

via Venkat Balasubramani and Eric Goldman, ARS Technica This post references a case decided by the US District Court of Eastern Virginia, Bland v. Roberts, 2012 Bland and his cohorts worked in the Hampton Sheriff’s Office, under B.J. Roberts. Roberts ran for re-election against Jim Adams, and the plaintiffs were lukewarm in their support of Roberts. … Continue reading

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society. … Continue reading

Maryland To Ban Employers From Asking For Facebook, Twitter Passwords

via Dave Jamieson, The Huffington Post In a victory for privacy hawks and worker advocates, Maryland legislators passed a bill Wednesday that would ban employers from asking job candidates or current employees for their passwords to social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter. If the bill is signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and becomes law, … Continue reading

How Facebook Lets You Live Forever (Sort Of)

via Ross Anderson, The Atlantic Our mourning rituals are being adapted to — and evolving because of — our strangely persistent online personas. In this interview, a philosopher tries to make sense of death on the Internet. Think of how rich and deeply personal your online persona has become. Now think of what will happen … Continue reading

How Frictionless Sharing Could Undermine Your Legal Right to Privacy

via Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic You might not think about the Fourth Amendment while you’re using Facebook and other online tools, but you probably should. You are no doubt familiar, now, with Facebook’s concept of “frictionless sharing.” You enable a social reader like the one from the Washington Post and the next time you read … Continue reading

Google Privacy Policy Changing For Everyone: So What’s Really Going To Happen?

via Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post Google’s plan to collapse 60 privacy policies into a single one and combine informationit collects about its users has sparked outcry among privacy advocates and scrutiny from lawmakers around the world. Privacy experts have slammed the approach as “frustrating,” “a little frightening,” and even “illegal.” But users will not notice much of a … Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Have More Than 354 Facebook Friends

via Denny Watkins, Men’s Health News Facebook used to be a source of amusement and happiness—why else would 483 million people check in daily? But if you find your news feed to be more of a bummer with each passing day, you’re not alone. In a study presented at the recent Society for Personality and … Continue reading

Conservatives At CPAC Search For The Right’s Woodward And Bernstein

via Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post While Republican candidates score points slamming the media from the stump, prominent conservatives, gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, were busy encouraging young attendees to pursue journalism. Several conservatives, in interviews and on CPAC panels, said that young, right-leaning journalists have the chance to influence … Continue reading

Social Media and Email Are More Addictive Than Alcohol and Cigarettes

via Jaime Condliffe, Gizmodo If, like mine, your partner thinks you have a problem because you check social media and email too often, it turns out they might be right. A new study suggests that checking our phones and computers is more addictive than alcohol and cigarettes. A team from Chicago University’s Booth Business School … Continue reading

What Is SOPA? Anti-Piracy Bill Explained

via Luke Johnson, The Huffington Post The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), have ignited widespread online protests–yet there is considerable confusion surrounding the legislation. Here’s a rundown of how the bills would work: The legislation would allow copyright holders and the Justice Department to seek court … Continue reading

Facebook Adds Anti-Suicide Chat Feature

Facebook via Greg Hoard, Slate Facebook on Tuesday launched a new program that makes it easier for anyone expressing suicidal thoughts to get help. The Associated Press reports that the social-networking giant has added a feature that allows users to instantly connect with crisis counselors through its chat messaging system. The new service works like so: If … Continue reading

Lowe’s Pulls Ad From ‘All’American Muslim,’ Elicits Backlash

via Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune Home-improvement giant Lowe’s may need to do a fix-it job on its own image after pulling its advertisements from a new reality TV show about American Muslim families. Lowe’s stopped running commercials on TLC’s “All-American Muslim,” bowing to pressure from a conservative Florida group that threatened to boycott the retailer … Continue reading

Facebook Timeline Is Here: Are You In?

via Lance Ulanoff, Mashable This is it. This is what your invite to Facebook Timeline will look like. In New Zealand, and possibly other parts of the world, Facebook members are waking up to this new reality: Timeline is officially transitioning from beta to all-out feature. Eventually, Facebook Timeline may be the default view for … Continue reading

What Candidates Know About You

via Kristen McQueary, WBEZ It’s that time of year when candidates for political office come knocking. In Illinois, people running for everything from village board to Congress need hundreds of signatures by Dec. 5 to get on the ballot. But the old-fashioned practice of going door-to-door is getting an update in the Internet age. Technology … Continue reading

Homeland Security May Up Social Media Intelligence Gathering

via P. Solomon Banda, The Huffington Post The wave of uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East that have overturned three governments in the past year have prompted the U.S. government to begin developing guidelines for culling intelligence from social media networks, a top Homeland Security official said Monday. Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary … Continue reading

Facebook Friend Count Linked To Brain Structure

via Todd Wasserman, Mashable All those hours you spend on Facebook may be adding grey matter, signifying greater density, to the part of your brain linked to social skills. Or, perhaps, people with larger areas of the brain for social skills may just have higher than average Facebook friend counts. That’s the chicken-and-egg problem researchers … Continue reading

Arrests Don’t Deter Wall Street Protesters

Protesters camped out in Manhattan’s Financial District on Sunday, a day after more than 700 of them were arrested during a demonstration against what they view as corporate greed. Police start making arrests on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge during Saturday’s march by Occupy Wall Street. Protesters speaking out against corporate greed and other grievances attempted … Continue reading

Is Facebook Forever?

Over the past decade-and-a-half a variety of social-networking sites have risen only to fall shortly thereafter. Friendster is shorthand for this cycle but it’s not alone: Geocities, SixDegrees, MySpace, and LiveJournal followed similar trajectories. After a period of dominance, their empires ended with the barbarians at the gates. Some of those communities still exist today, … Continue reading

Twitter’s Hands-Off Approach To Tweeted Terrorism

On Friday, hackers broke into the main Twitter account for NBC News and reported a terrorist attack on Ground Zero. Twitter acted fast, pulling the accounts of NBC and the Script Kiddies, the LulzSec-lookalikes that took credit for the attack, but the tweet stirred some anxiety in the days before the tenth anniversary of 9/11. This is … Continue reading

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