Month: January 2012


Google is the Big Brother You Invited and Now Refuses to Leave

Google just announced it’s revamping of it’s Privacy Policy: Our new Privacy Policy makes clear that, if you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services,” Google privacy director for products and engineering Alma Whitten  explained. “In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all […]

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MegaUpload’s Demise: Can Higher Ed Still Trust the Cloud?

Many higher education institutions have come to rely on cloud services for everyday tasks. Personally, I use Dropbox almost daily to exchange files with my cross-campus colleagues; less frequently, I’ve also used Yousendit. However, with the recent demise of Megaupload, and the subsequent self-enforced neutering of FileSonic and ( they quickly limited their file-sharing […]

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Nostalgic Moves at Facebook: Students-Only .edu Groups For Universities

Back in December TechCrunch reported that Brown and Vanderbilt are testing new features for users with authenticated .edu email addresses to create groups for students at their universities. Facebook is considering rolling it out to other universities so that students can create groups for dorms, classes, clubs, parties, and other entities. Only students who have […]

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Social Media LAW Milestones infographic

With the recent events  of the internet SOPA blackout of January 19th in mind, this infographic from Socially Aware presents a Social Media law timeline that starts with 1984’s Sony v. Universal Studios – Wikipedia reads: Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984),[1] also known as the “Betamax case”, […]

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One Law Professor Creates a Teachable Moment out of the Web Blackout of January 18, 2012

Yesterday, Junuary 18, 2012, thousands of websites perticipated in a virtual anti-SOPA/PIPA sit-in: Google, Reddit, Wired, Craigslist, Wikipedia, WordPress, Mozilla,, and O’Reilly to name a few. Widener University School of Law’s Professor Tonya Evans joined the list of internet sites and created a teachable moment for her students: She explains: We’re doing a law […]

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WikiPedia to Shutdown! Occupy SOPA Protest!

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has confirmed that the free online encyclopedia will shut down on Wednesday, January 18 in protest of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), two anti-piracy bills that are currently being debated in Congress. Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at NYU had posted on Twitter, “Wikipedia Will Shut Down on […]

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The Cleanup at YouTube Continues

YouTube Staff reported on the YouTube Creator blog that the video site would be stepping up their efforts to ensure that subscriber counts are as fair and accurate as possible.  To this end, they will be removing inactive and closed accounts. UPDATE (1/11/12): We will be holding off on the single day adjustment (the January […]

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Is Google+ the Next Facebook? Maybe Not so Much….

The comic strip xkcd explains it best: the difference between Google+ and v …is.. well? There are a few differences to note: while G+ integrates well with other Google products, it’s a bit more tedious to cross post to and from other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Also, if you use […]

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