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Parents Spy on Kids’ Facebook — Get Used to It!

Parents Spy on Kids’ Facebook — Get Used to It!

Parents are checking up on their kids’ Facebook activity, a lesson the kids may resent, but one that is likely good practice for adulthood.
Margaret Rock in Facebook



How Facebook Is More Dangerous Than a Loaded Gun

How Facebook Is More Dangerous Than a Loaded Gun

Facebook and Twitter are helping to spread democracy, but corrupt political regimes are also using social media to kill its citizens.
Kate Knibbs in Politics



Why Online Voting Isn’t So Safe

Why Online Voting Isn’t So Safe

A California student tried to win a college government election by hacking into classmates’ accounts, which may lead to federal charges and increased privacy for not only colleges, but national and state elections as well.
Sandy Fitzgerald in Crime & Punishment



Why Better Graphics Won’t Mean Better Games

Why Better Graphics Won’t Mean Better Games

The graphics of video game on smartphones could reach the level of home consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by 2013, as gaming on mobile handsets continues to evolve.
Joe Arico in Apps & Games



Why Hackers Can’t Overthrow the Music Industry

Why Hackers Can’t Overthrow the Music Industry

Hacker group Anonymous is setting its sights on the music industry, promising a major shakeup in the works — but will its efforts yield real changes?
Kate Knibbs in Hacking



$200,000 Cell Phone Bill? FCC Says Not So Fast

$200,000 Cell Phone Bill? FCC Says Not So Fast

Nearly 30 million Americans, or one in six mobile users, experienced “bill shock,” a sudden and unexpected jump in monthly cellular bills, and the Federal Communications Commission is battling to combat the problem.
Margaret Rock in Verizon



Think Distracted Driving Is Dangerous? Try Distracted Flying…

Think Distracted Driving Is Dangerous? Try Distracted Flying…

An Australian pilot aborted a landing just 150 meters from the ground after a text message distracted him, highlighting how dangerous phones can turn even the friendly skies.
Kate Knibbs in Off-Beat



If You Go Out and Don’t Tweet, Did You Really Go?

If You Go Out and Don’t Tweet, Did You Really Go?

What did you do yesterday? According to a new movement, if you didn’t track it on your smartphone, it didn’t happen.
Kate Knibbs in Lifestyle



Media-Mind: Why Sport Fans Are Slaves to Pay TV

Media-Mind: Why Sport Fans Are Slaves to Pay TV

The rising price of cable TV is leading millions of customers to cut the cord in favor less expensive video streaming services, but fans of the four major sporting leagues looking to move away from pay TV are out of luck.
Joe Arico in Media-Mind



Work, E-Mail and the Death of Downtime

Work, E-Mail and the Death of Downtime

Forget the 99 percent — the new figure is 98 percent, or the number of Americans who work nights and weekends, answering e-mails after the workday ends and making the case to reconsider traditional work schedules.
Margaret Rock in Lifestyle