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  • The Sarah Palin Defense Strategy: George Zimmerman’s lawyer is using social media like a pro.

    05/05/2012 10:53:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | May 4, 2012 | Emily Bazelon
    George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin, is shutting down his old social media accounts. (Not helpful: The 2005 MySpace page where he wrote “I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars.”) Zimmerman isn’t going dark online, however. Instead, his defense lawyer, Mark O’Mara, started up a new Web page for his client this week, with Facebook and Twitter accounts to go with it. O’Mara noticed that Zimmerman had raised $204,000 from a website he started in April,...
  • Social Networks & The Online Jihad

    10/31/2011 1:38:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 51 replies
    World Threats.com ^ | October 26, 2011 | Posted by Candice Lanier
    SNIPPET: "In July, the British government warned that Al Qaeda’s exploitation of social networking websites is on the rise." SNIPPET: "The massive and multifarious network of websites and social media has presented a challenge to authorities in trying to combat it. Additionally, civil liberty concerns have conflicted with government efforts to spy on communications. Reducing terrorist activity on social media sites has been particularly difficult because users have adopted new forms of communication to conform with the new formats. Many Arabic speakers on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other sites use Arabizi, a form of colloquial Arabic written in the Latin...
  • Social Media Overload: Help!

    04/20/2011 9:35:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/20/11 | Tom Dunlap - PCWorld
    Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks have been dominating the news lately: President Obama launched his reelection campaign with an underwhelming Facebook app, we read a chilling report about "Facebook Depression," and multiple stories have tracked what Charlie Sheen or Miley Cyrus (who's back on Twitter!) is tweeting about. But isn't Facebook and Twitter always in the news these days? The media's love affair with social media knows no bounds--and it's out of control, if you ask me. It feels as though our social media obsession has reached some kind of tipping point. Am I alone in my disapprobation...
  • Gang members indicted in online prostitution ring

    04/18/2011 9:16:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/18/11 | Marty Graham
    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Three dozen Crips street gang members and two motel owners have been indicted for running a prostitution ring that targeted underage girls through social networking sites including MySpace, Craigslist, Twitter and Facebook, prosecutors said on Monday. The U.S. District Court indictment, unsealed on Monday, alleges that several former rival factions of the gang worked together to recruit new prostitutes by targeting underage girls from broken homes. Writing letters from prison as well as establishing contact using MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, the gang members gained control over the girls and then advertised them using Craigslist and Backpage.com,...
  • 2011: The Year Social Media Collapsed? (Vanity)

    01/03/2011 4:15:20 PM PST · by devane617 · 30 replies
    01/03/2011
    I have heard a couple pundits recently state that they believe Social Media—FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace—will see a huge exodus in the very near future. I too believe there will be an exodus, but in smaller proportions than "mass." My recent experience with Social Media shows a marked increase in spam, businesses and advertising. Seems like everyone on Twitter these days are trying to sell something. So, what do you think the future holds for Social Media?
  • Indy grandma possibly linked to jihad terrorists

    12/28/2010 2:02:58 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 13 replies · 5+ views
    WISH TV-8 ^ | Dec 28, 2010
    An Indiana grandmother who married a suspected German jihadist and converted to the Muslim religion is under investigation for possible ties to terrorists, according to FoxNews.com . Kathie Smith, 46, is a U.S. citizen and lives in Indianapolis.
  • Burglar Leaves Home's Computer Logged Into MySpace

    11/09/2010 1:34:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Nov 8, 2010 | JANIE CAMPBELL
    Monroe County teen left identity on screen and pot on a tableThere are dumb criminals everywhere, but it certainly seems like South Florida has a pretty large cache: a burglary suspect in Big Coppitt Key was identified after leaving a home's computer logged into his MySpace account. Here's guessing 18-year-old Robert Rupp's friend count shortly dwindled. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the caretaker of the home on Point Drive was opening hurricane shutters Sunday afternoon when he glanced through a window and saw someone sitting on a couch in the living room. The suspect was gone when deputies arrived,...
  • Stephen Breyer backtracks, now says Koran Burning may be Constitutional

    09/17/2010 7:50:46 PM PDT · by jdawg2010 · 39 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 9/17/2010 | Joe Newby
    Appearing on CNN, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told Larry King that burning the Koran was protected speech. When asked if Pastor Jones of Florida had a right to burn the book, Breyer said, "Yeah, I said it depends on what analogy you use, but the most one analogous case is that there was — you have the right to burn an American flag as a symbol." Earlier, Breyer told George Stephanopoulos that burning the Koran may not be protected by the First Amendment and compared it to yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater.
  • Did Whites Flee the 'Digital Ghetto' of MySpace?

    07/16/2010 6:59:50 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 38 replies
    MIT's Technology Review ^ | 14 July | Christopher Mims
    (Danah) Boyd's current work argues that MySpace took on many of the aspects of a "digital ghetto" in the minds of teens who used the site, leading to "white [and asian] flight" from the site, analogous to the white flight from the city to the suburbs that took place in the U.S. beginning in the 1960's. Boyd continues: Consider the parallels. In some senses, the first teens to move to the "suburbs" were those who bought into a Teen Dream of collegiate maturity, namely those who were expressly headed towards dorm-­based universities and colleges. They were the elite who were...
  • Arab Journalists Come Out in Support of Israeli Flotilla Actions

    For The Record - The IPT Blog "Arab Journalists Come Out in Support of Israeli Flotilla Actions" by IPT News • Jun 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm SNIPPET: "Journalists in the Arab world have come out in support of Israel in the aftermath of last month's flotilla incident, which left 9 dead after Hamas-tied "humanitarian activists" attacked Israeli commandos with clubs, knives, and other weapons. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released excerpts from an interview with Magdi Khalil, an Egyptian-American writer, aired on June 15 on Al-Jazeera TV. Khalil explains: "The Turkish ship, however, was organized by a...
  • Myths Realities Gangs in Bangor? With one teen dead and another [Maine]

    05/07/2010 12:17:21 AM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 837+ views
    (BANGOR DAILY NEWS) via FIND ARTICLES.com ^ | February 6, 2010 | by ERIC RUSSELL
    Note: This is a 4 page article. Read it all. Page 2: SNIPPET: "Gang history in Maine Portland Police Chief James Craig said publicly last month that one of his primary goals for 2010 is to dismantle two established gangs in Maine's biggest city - one made up primarily of young Somali men and the other composed of young Asians. Similarly, Lewiston has seen gang activity recently from a group of young Somali men. The crimes have been petty thefts and strong- arm robberies, but the attacks appear to be at least somewhat organized and often involve sticks or rocks...
  • Bullying and Harassing

    04/09/2010 1:41:13 PM PDT · by Patriot777 · 48 replies · 820+ views
    Denver Post.com ^ | April 9, 2010 | Patriot777
    DALLAS — A 13-year-old hangs himself in a Johnson County, Texas, barn. An 8-year-old jumps out of a two-story school building in Houston. Nine Massachusetts teenagers face jail time after allegedly harassing a girl so mercilessly that she killed herself. These incidents, all of which took place in one week, reframe the age-old phenomenon of the schoolyard bully. Students are turning to suicide, experts say, as an escape from taunts that now continue beyond the school day through cyberspace. Such drastic responses, they say, reveal how an action once considered a rite of passage has turned into a public health...
  • Report: Facebook May Enter China This Year

    04/09/2010 11:15:34 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 14 replies · 393+ views
    IBD's Click ^ | 4/9/2010 | Doug Tsuruoka
    <p>Google (GOOG) may have left China, but Facebook may be trying to open a door.</p>
  • When HIV is deemed a deadly weapon -Charge in sex assault of teen is a first for (Harris county)

    03/22/2010 11:52:03 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 416+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 22, 2010, 8:07AM | BRIAN ROGERS
    Prosecutors decided to cite HIV as a deadly weapon in charging a Houston man with aggravated sexual assault of a child last week — a first for Harris County. ...Prosecutors accusing Kevin Lee Sellars of having sex with a 15-year-old boy used Sellars' HIV-positive status to upgrade the sexual assault of a child charge to an aggravated offense, making it a first-degree felony. ...Everett, 26, is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy he met on the Internet last year. Castillo said he believes Everett has HIV and plans to prosecute him, regardless of whether the boy contracted it. “You...
  • Cyber warriors gather as online battles rage

    03/01/2010 12:59:04 AM PST · by xtinct · 28 replies · 1,807+ views
    Space War ^ | 2/28/10 | Staff Writers
    US national security leaders and top cyber warriors from around the world are gathering here to plot defenses against criminals and spies that increasingly plague the Internet. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and White House Cyber Security Coordinator Howard Schmidt will take part in this week's RSA conference along with computer defense companies and technology icons such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Craigslist creator Craig Newmark. "We have before us more data moving into the cloud and more sophisticated cyber criminals," said Qualys chief executive Philippe Courtot, who is among the keynote speakers at the premier event that kicks...
  • The Government Is Monitoring Facebook And Twitter

    12/14/2009 9:15:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 160 replies · 4,203+ views
    The Government Is Monitoring Facebook And Twitter By Noel Sheppard Created 2009-12-14 11:59 "The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters." So ominously began an editorial [1] in Sunday's New York Times. Those with accounts at such websites should pay attention, for according to the Times, and other sources, Big Brother is watching you: The Wall Street Journal reported this summer that state revenue agents have been searching for tax scofflaws by mining information on MySpace and Facebook. In October, the F.B.I. searched the New York home of...
  • British researcher asks: How many friends can you have? The magic number is 150

    02/06/2010 4:46:23 AM PST · by One_Upmanship · 21 replies · 639+ views
    the star ^ | Feb 05 2010 | Debra Black
    British anthropologist Robin Dunbar says human beings can have no more than 150 friends – that’s the upper limit the brain can absorb. His conclusion comes from studying the social group size of monkeys and apes and how that size might relate to the brain. Initially Dunbar was examining why primates groom each other. If the reason involved sexual bonding, it should correspond to “the social brain hypothesis” that the reason primates have a large brain is because of their social complexity. In other words, you need a large brain to keep track of your relationships. Humans, he says, are...
  • TSA officer accused of child sx bragged on MySpace

    02/01/2010 11:43:15 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 12 replies · 793+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 2/1/10 | Walter Pacheco
    The Orlando International Airport TSA security officer arrested on charges of molesting a minor is a fan of bondage and sadomasochism, according to his MySpace page. Charles Henry Bennett's MySpace profile identifies him as "Master Charles or Sir." The online page shows the 57-year-old airport security guard has "many years experience" as a bondage and sadomasochism master and is looking to meet people, especially "submissive females." Officials with the Transportation Security Administration today said Bennett has been working security at the airport since 2002. A spokeswoman at the federal agency said officials are investigating the allegations.
  • TSA employee Charles Henry Bennett plotted to make teen his 'sex slave,' cops say

    02/01/2010 11:02:26 AM PST · by NCjim · 18 replies · 1,153+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | February 1, 2010 | Neil Nagraj
    A perverted Transportation Security Administration employee's alleged plot to turn a 15-year-old girl into his "sex slave" was foiled after his arrest for abusing the teen, according to cops in Florida. Charles Henry Bennett was arrested Friday after the girl came forward claiming she'd been molested by the suspect when she was 12, Orlando TV station WKMG reports. The 57-year-old Bennett acknowledges he "groped" the girl, according to the station, citing a police report. But the girl's version of the encounter is reportedly more graphic. On a MySpace page that apparently belongs to Bennett, he says he is a S&M-oriented...
  • Teens Sue High School That Punished Them for Racy MySpace Pics

    11/02/2009 4:04:30 PM PST · by varyouga · 104 replies · 4,105+ views
    True Slant ^ | 11/2/2009 | Kashmir Hill
    Two Indiana teenagers have sued their school district after they were punished for posing suggestive photos on MySpace. The girls, 10th-graders at Churubusco High School in Churubusco, Indiana, say they were humiliated after the school banned them from fall semester extracurricular activities and forced them to apologize to the all-male Athletics Board (composed of varsity coaches). The girls also had to attend three counseling sessions. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed the proposed class-action suit on behalf of the girls and all present and future students at the school who participate or may participate in extracurricular activities. The ACLU...
  • Satanist uses MySpace to feed desire for teen girls

    10/29/2009 7:13:20 AM PDT · by bogusname · 6 replies · 973+ views
    new.com.au ^ | October 30, 2009 (Australia) | The Daily Telegraph
    A SATANIST obsessed with teenage schoolgirls invented a fake gothic society online to groom them for sex in the grounds of Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery. Daniel William Peckham, 24, lured at least three girls, aged from 13 to 17, into the cemetery on his MySpace blog, "Rookwood Gothic Society". A message on the site read: "If you have hang-ups about getting naked ... you are not welcome." Peckham pleaded guilty yesterday to the aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl and to using the internet to solicit and transmit naked pictures of young girls between 2005 and 2007. The opening day...
  • New Media Roundup From Across the Administration

    10/01/2009 9:04:19 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 457+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2009 AT 1:59 PM | Posted by Katie Stanton
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2009 AT 1:59 PM New Media Roundup From Across the Administration Posted by Katie Stanton Over the past few weeks, our colleagues from across the Administration have been busy leveraging social media tools to help make government more open and transparent. Here's a quick roundup of new ways to connect and get the latest updates from across the Administration: Today, the Department of Justice announced the launch of the new Justice.gov and new profiles on Twitter, YouTube , MySpace and Facebook. Yesterday, Secretary Salazar...
  • Missouri National Guard reaches out through internet-based social media

    09/28/2009 10:31:32 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies · 570+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 9/28/2009 | Ashley N. Ward//Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Sept. 28, 2009) — When the Missouri National Guard delved into the world of social media in February by launching Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and MySpace pages all within a single month, no one could predict the impact the sites would have on the way the Guard did business as usual. The one thing everyone was certain of, however, was that the online media movement was much too big to ignore. “Utilizing new media is a great way to spread our messages,” said adjutant general Brig. Gen. Stephen Danner. “It is important that the Missouri National Guard has...
  • Facebook, Twitter, MySpace Sites for Big Mistakes by Medical Students, UCLA Study Finds

    09/27/2009 2:49:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1,487+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 9/27/09 | Rodemary Black
    Hey, physicians-in-training: Blabbing about patient care on Facebook and Twitter are Doctor No-Nos. A new survey of medical-school deans reveals that med students' unprofessional conduct on social networking sites and blogs is common, according to Time magazine. Many of the future doctors use YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook to discuss sexual misconduct, post discriminatory statements and talk about patient cases, according to the survey, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It's ongoing even though the students understand patient-confidentiality laws and have been instructed in the ethical standards of their chosen profession, according to the article...
  • White House collects Web users' data without notice

    09/18/2009 12:11:01 PM PDT · by Admiral_Zeon · 16 replies · 1,535+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 16 Sep 2009 | Audrey Hudson
    The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet. Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the White House signaled that it would insist on open dealings with Internet users and, in fact, should feel obliged to disclose that it is collecting such information. "The White House has not been adequately...
  • On Facebook, MySpace? Obama's got your e-mail(WH contractor to track critics?)

    09/02/2009 8:57:23 PM PDT · by hope · 28 replies · 2,698+ views
    WND ^ | 9-2-09 | Chelsea Schilling
    The White House is hiring a contractor to harvest information about Americans from its pages on social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. The National Legal and Policy Center, or NLPC, revealed the White House New Media team is seeking to hire a technology vendor to collect data such as comments, tag lines, e-mail, audio and video from any place where the White House "maintains a presence" – for a period of up to eight years.
  • Could The Feds Seize The Internet?

    09/02/2009 5:34:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 2,524+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: A Senate bill lets the president "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "nongovernmental" computer networks and do what's needed to respond to the threat. Didn't they just collect our e-mail addresses?We wish this was just a piece of the fictional "Dr. Strangelove" that fell to the cutting-room floor, but it's not. It is a real piece of disturbingly vague legislation sponsored by Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. Senate Bill 773 would grant the administration emergency powers (where have we heard that before?) in the event of a cyberemergency that the president would have...
  • Strike three for White House on Internet information

    09/02/2009 1:00:47 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 16 replies · 2,194+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/02/09 | David Freddoso
    President Obama's White House does not exactly have a stellar record when it comes to personal information and the Internet. In less than one month, the president's new media team has come under fire for asking citizens to report "fishy e-mails" about Obama's health care reform plan and for e-mail messages from David Axelrod that somehow went to people who did not sign up for them.So when the Executive Office of the President seeks a contractor to archive the usernames and possibly other data from social network users, it is certainly worth asking them why. We did. We have not...
  • RED ALERT: White House Has Secret Plan To Harvest Personal Data From Social Networking Websites

    09/02/2009 3:38:34 AM PDT · by PowerPro · 250 replies · 12,926+ views
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | August 31, 2009 | Ken Boehm
    NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites. The information to be captured includes comments, tag lines, emails, audio, and video. The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.” In the course of investigating procurement by the White House New Media office, NLPC discovered a 51-page solicitation of bids that was filed on Friday, August 21, 2009. Filed as Solicitation...
  • White House Seeks to Capture and Archive Citizens’ Comments on its Facebook, YouTube, MySpace Sites

    09/01/2009 3:38:42 PM PDT · by KAMorin · 38 replies · 2,605+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | September 01, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Anyone who posts comments on the White House’s Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter pages will have their statements captured and permanently archived by the federal government, according to a plan that the White House is now seeking a contractor to carry out. The Executive Office of the President is looking for a private contractor to capture and archive comments and information posted on social networking and new media sites where the White House has established a presence. While the Presidential Records Act (PRA) generally requires that the administration preserve information generated by the president and his staff, the...
  • Obama White House Has Secret Plan To Harvest Personal Data From Social Networking Websites

    09/01/2009 7:30:36 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 33 replies · 2,746+ views
    NLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites. The information to be captured includes comments, tag lines, emails, audio, and video. The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.”In the course of investigating procurement by the White House New Media office, NLPC discovered a 51-page solicitation of bids that was filed on Friday, August 21, 2009. Filed as Solicitation #...
  • Health care-funding the revolt to freedom - ALAN KEYES

    08/31/2009 12:24:57 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 2 replies · 719+ views
    Loyal to Liberty ^ | August 31, 2009 | Alan Keyes
    Judging by some of the responses I've received to the previous posts in this health care series, I think it's important to make it clear that the illustrative features I talked about in my last post are not suggested components of some government run health care scheme. I oppose the government takeover of the health sector. It should also be clear from the ideas I've outlined that I oppose perpetuating the third party payer system in any form, whether as a single payer government run approach, or in continuation of the existing private corporate structure. One of the keys to...
  • Missouri Prosecution for Emotionally Distressing a Minor

    08/22/2009 7:22:28 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 6 replies · 1,176+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 8-22-2009 | Eugene Volokh
    Elizabeth Ann Thrasher is being prosecuted under the Missouri felony harassment statute passed in the wake of the Lori Drew case. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: Elizabeth A. Thrasher, 40, [was involved in] online [bickering] with the 17-year-old daughter of a woman Thrasher's ex-husband was dating.... The teen [then] sent a MySpace message to Thrasher, telling her to grow up. Thrasher ... then created a listing on Craigslist's Casual Encounters section, investigators said. The listing included the teen's picture, employer, e-mail address and cell phone number. Banas said the posting's language would lead people to believe it was an invitation...
  • Obama leaks his correct Age onto his MySpace page

    08/18/2009 7:50:42 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 52 replies · 4,178+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 8/18/09 | alaphiah
    I’m highly insulted that I have to discover the purported real age of the president of the United States of America on that official government source, his MySpace page. However by this correction alone Barack Hussein Obama has just set in motion events that will rock this Nation to its core. This is a blockbuster revelation. That’s right! With all of the Obama supports who have called everyday Americans the Liberal coined pejorative “birthers” because we have dared to ask to see some solid evidence about events surrounding Obama’s birth (as if these sycophants knew the truth) the shamelessness of...
  • Obama's MySpace page posts age as 52

    08/17/2009 10:11:54 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 127 replies · 6,570+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 17, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    If President Obama was born in Hawaii was it while the islands yet remained a territory of the United States? A new wrinkle in the dispute over his birth – and whether he is eligible to be president under the U.S. Constitution's requirement that the president be none other than a "natural born" citizen – appeared today when Obama's MySpace page confirmed his age is 52. That would mean if he was born on the islands that now make up the state of Hawaii it would have been during the archipelago's days as a territory for the United States, the...
  • Semper Fi: Why the Marine Social Media Ban May Not Go Far Enough

    08/08/2009 11:59:17 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 24 replies · 2,907+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 8 | Bob Owens
    An immediate ban on commercial social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace went into effect for all Marine Corps personnel using the unclassified Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) NIPRNET this past Monday. This ban does not affect the personal use of social media by Marines on their own private computers or wired devices. But perhaps it should. The ban went into effect — according to the memo — because the “very nature of social networking sites creates a larger attack and exploitation window, exposes unnecessary information to adversaries and provides an easy conduit for information leakage.” The stated...
  • US Marines ban social network sites including Twitter

    08/04/2009 8:12:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 28 replies · 2,798+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/4/2009
    And other social networking sites as the Pentagon weighed a similar prohibition over cybersecurity concerns. The Marines had already banned the use of social media on military networks but issued a more detailed order this week defining which sites were out of bounds and noting possible exceptions to the rule, a Marine Corps spokesman, Lieutenant Craig Thomas said. "These Internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries," the Marine Corps said in an order posted on its website. "The...
  • Marines Ban Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace from Networks

    08/04/2009 9:20:34 PM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 2,209+ views
    associatedcontent.com ^ | 8/4/2009 | Ryan Christopher DeVault
    The U.S. Marines have banned Twitter and Facebook. That the Marines have banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and various other social networking sites comes in an article from Wired magazine. The Marines banned Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace as part of a move to protect their systems and personnel, and further keep themselves protected from online influences. The ban isn't limited to just those sites, but many social media and social networking web-sites. The Marines' ban will last at least one year, and has been drawn up as a response to the ever growing concern that these sites can be a dangerous...
  • Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide, warns Archbishop Nichols

    08/02/2009 9:40:28 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 24 replies · 1,729+ views
    Websites such as Facebook and MySpace encourage teenagers to view friendship as a "commodity" and are leading them to suicide, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned. Archbishop Vincent Nichols said the sites are leading teenagers to build "transient relationships" which leave them unable to cope when their social networks collapse. He said the internet and mobile phones were "dehumanising" community life. His comments follow the death of 15-year-old schoolgirl who took a fatal overdose of painkillers last week after being bullied on Bebo, another networking site. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the...
  • ‘White Flight’ Online? danah boyd asks at PDF

    07/08/2009 8:09:25 AM PDT · by Major Matt Mason · 17 replies · 1,608+ views
    The Pop!Tech Blog ^ | 7/1/09 | Marcia Stepanek
    Speaking at this week’s Personal Democracy Forum in New York, boyd said that even among people with access to the Net, long-held social divisions of race, class, and income are starting to play out online, particularly among teens now starting to choose which social network they prefer, MySpace or Facebook. “Social media don’t eradicate social divisions,” says boyd, an expert in NextGen behaviors for Microsoft and a senior fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. “[Social media are] making the old social divisions obvious in totally new ways.”
  • Question for MYSPACE users . Problem with my profile ( Vanity )

    07/05/2009 3:36:33 PM PDT · by sushiman · 22 replies · 1,397+ views
    A couple of days ago I discovered that when I clicked on MY PROFILE , somebody else's profile which hasn't been accessed in 4 year appears . There is no problem with my HOME page , and all my info / pic links / etc are still in EDIT PROFILE . I contacted MYSPACE but have not heard back from them as yet . Anybody got an idea as to what happened or what I can do about it ?
  • Judge tentatively acquits woman in MySpace case [Lori Drew]

    07/02/2009 12:41:54 PM PDT · by freespirited · 51 replies · 3,443+ views
    Guardian ^ | 07/02/09 | Linda Deutsch
    A Los Angeles federal judge has tentatively thrown out the convictions of a Missouri mother for her role in a MySpace hoax directed at a 13-year-old neighbor girl who ended up committing suicide. In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge George Wu has acquitted Lori Drew of misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization. Wu says his ruling will become final when he issues it in writing. Drew was convicted in a trial, but the judge says that if she is to be found guilty of illegally accessing computers, anyone who has ever violated the social networking site's terms of...
  • MySpace to lay off 30 percent of staff

    06/16/2009 2:38:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,830+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/09 | Robert MacMillan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – MySpace, the social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, said it will cut 30 percent of its staff to lower costs as it struggles to stay popular in the face of rising competition. MySpace will be left with about 1,000 employees, it said in a statement released on Tuesday. The company declined to say how many people work at the service, but the percentage suggests that about 400 people will lose their jobs. The cuts, which were presaged in several blog reports in recent weeks, are the biggest move so far by new management at...
  • Alumni Look to Erase Search Results from College Papers

    05/14/2009 11:55:21 AM PDT · by xtinct · 7 replies · 1,357+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 5/14/09 | Sam Guzik
    As employers make Google searches a routine part of the hiring process, college newspapers are seeing an increase in the number of alumni looking to have their names removed from articles they wrote or were quoted in during their college years. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a growing number of papers are being drawn into controversy about whether to grant alumni requests to rewrite a paper's historical record because certain articles or comments could make finding a job difficult or because they could create difficulties and conflicts of interest in the future. The trend is just one of...
  • Maryland man sentenced after riding bike 180 miles here for teen sex (to NE PA)

    05/14/2009 4:01:58 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 87 replies · 4,049+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 5/14/09 | Erin L. Nissley
    A man who rode his bicycle 180 miles to have sex with a Scranton teen he met on the Internet will serve one to four years in prison, a judge ruled Wednesday. William Wagner, 26, 414 Battery Drive, Havre de Grace, Md., met the 15-year-old girl through the social networking Web site MySpace. In June, he biked to Scranton to meet the teen. In February, Mr. Wagner pleaded guilty to unlawful contact with a minor. He slept at Pine Brook baseball field, Sanderson Avenue and Green Place, while he was in Scranton. He took the teen to the baseball field...
  • Hate goes viral on social network sites: group

    05/13/2009 2:37:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 1,077+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/09 | Claudia Parsons
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Militants and hate groups increasingly use social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube as propaganda tools to recruit new members, according to a report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The report released on Wednesday noted a 25 percent rise in the past year in the number of "problematic" social networking groups on the Internet. The report was based on "over 10,000 problematic Web sites, social networking groups, portals, blogs, chat rooms, videos and hate games on the Internet which promote racial violence, anti-semitism, homophobia, hate music and terrorism." "Every aspect of the Internet is...
  • Prince Charles Opening A MySpace Account To Promote The Environment

    05/05/2009 5:08:03 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies · 1,143+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 5, 2009 | Ann Lu
    London, England (CNS) - Britain's Prince Charles is opening a MySpace account. The 60-year-old royal has turned to the social networking site to warn young people about the dangers of deforestation and climate change.His page is expected to explain why it is vital to preserve rain forests and how cutting down trees emits more carbon in a year than all the cars, planes, boats and trucks in the world.Speaking about his decision to take his eco-crusade online, Charles said: "One of the internet's strengths is that it can enable diverse communities to come together to ensure that everybody's views and...
  • White House Opens MySpace Page

    05/03/2009 8:58:30 AM PDT · by The Big Feed · 23 replies · 1,120+ views
    The Big Feed ^ | May 3, 2009 | Captain Thurston
    The most tech savvy administration ever. The White House is now using communication methods that are popular amongst 7th grade girls and sexual predators. We wrote earlier this week about the White House's new Flickr photo account, now consider that the White House now has account on My Space, Twitter, and Facebook. How well is this "communication tool" working? Here's some comments I found from people at the White House's My Space page: "thanx for the add! if you dont mind my sayin so chief i think we ought to legalize marijuana, it would deflate the drug cartels, including the...
  • Is Hulu Overtaking YouTube?

    05/01/2009 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 1,100+ views
    BNET Technology ^ | May 1st, 2009 @ 6:40 am | Michael Hickins
    Hulu is getting new content and cash from Disney, giving it an impressive line-up of broadcast TV content for its online video site. This announcement comes barely a week after Google’s YouTube video site announced partnership deals with a slew of movie and television studios, including Lion’s Gate and Starz. The deal is a significant boost to Hulu as it seeks to leapfrog Fox Interactive, which owns MySpace, for the second spot in viewership behind YouTube, and could eventually help it overtake the overall market leader. But it still has quite a way to go before that happens.Chris Dale, a...
  • Oklahoma man arrested for Twitter threats

    04/24/2009 4:00:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 1,526+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | 04.24.2009 3:57 pm | By Tim Barker
    SNIPPET: "Seems the FBI was concerned about threats - which included a pledge to turn a tax protest into a blood bath - allegedly made by a Twitter user identified as CitizenQuasar. The FBI arrested Daniel Knight Hayden, 52. Hayden’s penultimate tweet at 12:49 AM on April 15 returned to the subject of his martyrdom. “Locked AND loaded for the Oklahoma State Capitol. Let’s see what happens.” The FBI arrested (.pdf) him at his home later that day, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma City, which otherwise declined to comment on the case."