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Snapchat creates SnapKidz — A sandbox for kids under 13

Snapchat, the photo and video-sharing app where images disappear in 10 seconds or less, has launched a new feature for kids under 13. It’s called SnapKidz and it’s just like Snapchat, but deliberately missing one big feature: Kids can’t use the app to share the images or videos with anyone. The new feature only works […]

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Facebook bug exposes contact information of 6 million users

A bug, that Facebook said has been fixed, inadvertently shared email addresses or telephone numbers of approximately 6 million users, according to a Facebook blog post. The bug, which was found through Facebook’s “White Hat Program” that works with security researchers around the world, exposed information to people that may have been “ connected” with the person who’s […]

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Instagram Video: What parents need to know + illustrated guide

Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app used by more than 130 million people now lets you shoot and share video. On June 20th, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, demonstrated the new features at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, saying that the Instagram video offers “everything we know and love about Instagram, but it moves.” That pretty […]

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Google unleashes new weapon and millions of dollars to fight child porn

Google on Saturday said that it’s building a “cross industry database” of encrypted “fingerprints” of child sexual abuse images to “enable companies, law enforcement and charities to better collaborate on detecting and removing these images, and to take action against the criminals.” The database will be shared with other companies and will include references to images […]

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The parents are alright about young children’s use of media

A survey of 2,300 parents of children between birth and eight years of age found that “Parents do not report having many family conflicts or concerns about their children’s media use with 78% disagreeing with the statement, “negotiating media use causes conflicts in our home.”  Twenty percent agree with that statement. The study also found that […]

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Facebook adds Twitter-like hashtags

Facebook announced that it is allowing users to create and click on hashtags, “similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest.” A hashtag, which is simply a word preceded by a pound or hash symbol (#) is a way to participate in a public discussion about a topic and allow others to click on or […]

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A Steady Stream of Online Video for Kids

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News My kids, now in there 20s, grew up in the VCR era. Back then, we would record “Sesame Street,” “Raffi” and other shows that they would watch over and over again whenever we let them watch TV. Unlike previous generations of parents, we weren’t chained to a […]

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Survey: 35% of recently married couples met online & have happier marriages

Listen to Larry’s CBS News/CNET interview with eHarmony.com CEO Neil Clark Warren A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 35% of couples married between 2005 and 2012 met online and that these couples were slightly more likely to stay together and “associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction among […]

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Facebook Grapples With Fighting Hate Speech While Protecting Free Speech

This post is an expanded version of Larry’s column that first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Media companies, governments and courts have long debated where to draw the line on what speech should be permitted and what should be banned. The FCC, for example, has strict limits on what can be broadcast on radio and […]

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Slideshow:Tips on strong, secure passwords

There are a lot of good reasons to have strong and secure passwords. Not only does it protect you, but it protects the rest of us as well. Enabling intruders to break into your accounts puts undo stress on networks that affect everyone. It doesn’t have to be difficult to have strong passwords that are […]

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