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Site shows publicly available information based on your phone number

  Burner, the company that makes an app that issues disposable phone numbers, is making a point about how much information your number can reveal about you. Their new site, (which works on the web and mobile devices) Burner Challenge, displays information about you obtained from publicly available sources. How much can depend. In my […]

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Curious launches free ‘lean-back’ online courses

by Larry Magid: Curious.com is adding free learning channels to its collection of online courses, allowing potential customers to “lean back” and learn while encouraging viewers to sign-up for their paid “lean in” service. The Menlo Park company, which was founded in 2012, has interactive courses on a variety of subjects — food preparation, guitar […]

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News & views from ConnectSafely: April 23, 2015

Recent articles Cyberbullying is not a joke: Celebrities and public figures can make a difference Facebook’s Scrapbook encourages photos of children, but think before you post Pew Survey: Reports of Facebook’s demise among teens greatly exaggerated Should I worry about my teens texting? Chromebooks & Google Apps appeal to schools & consumers Raising digital kids: […]

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Facebook’s Scrapbook encourages photos of children, but think before you post

By Larry Magid: Facebook is testing a feature that lets parents create a “Scrapbook” of pictures of their children — including kids who are much too young to have their own Facebook account, The Scrapbook feature enables you to add a child of any age as a family member and then tag images with that […]

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Pew Survey: Reports of Facebook’s demise among teens greatly exaggerated

by Larry Magid: A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 71% of American teens use Facebook, followed by Facebook owned Instagram (52%), Snapchat (41%) and Twitter and Google+ (both 33%). There have been numerous reports about teens pulling back from Facebook but the Pew results show that teens continue to use the […]

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Chromebooks & Google Apps appeal to schools & consumers

by Larry Magid: Some parents and officials worry about privacy but Google has pledged not to track, profile or advertise to students. Chromebooks have been around for four years and are already gaining traction in schools, but Google’s newest — and cheapest — Chromebooks make them an increasingly attractive option for budget-minded consumers. Chromebooks are […]

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Digital Trust Foundation seeking proposals on digital abuse programs

by Larry Magid: The Digital Trust Foundation is seeking grant proposals around digital abuse. As the Request for Proposals (RFP) states, “The Foundation has found several gaps in digital abuse research and action” and is addressing that concern by seeking to fund “empirical research to understand the prevalence of various forms of digital abuse,” as well as “implementation […]

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Internet Explorer had a long and important life, but it’s time to move on

by Larry Magid: After 20 years, it’s time to say goodbye to Internet Explorer. It’s been said that time is measured in dog years on the Internet, so based on that notion, Microsoft’s Web browser lived to a ripe old age. The world has changed since Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer in 1995. Back then, the […]

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Android apps to get age rating and manual review

by Larry Magid: Android developers today received an email from Google informing them that the company is “introducing a new age-based rating system for apps and games consistent with industry best practices.” Developers will be required to complete a content rating questionnaire based on official ratings from the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC). The questionnaire provides them an immediate […]

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Facebook clarifies policies on nudity, hate speech and other community standards

by Larry Magid: Facebook has always had “community standards” that govern what can and can’t be posted and how it will deal with users that fail to follow its terms of service. Periodically the company updates these standards but, this week, Facebook decided to simply make them easier to understand. In a blog post, Facebook’s […]

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