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Connected family reunions

"Do you have wi-fi?" A logical question from any teen-aged second cousin once removed. It was the type of question, anyway, that New York Times contributor Roger Mummert received at the beginning of a family gathering at his house – the "first inkling of how the vastly expanded electronic and informational needs of houseguests would […]

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Teen jailed for posting nude photo

A 19-year-old was sentenced to 30 days in jail for posting a nude photo of his ex-girlfriend on MySpace, the Associated Press reports. "Anthony D. Rich pleaded no contest Tuesday to child abuse and attempted child abuse. Prosecutors reduced the charges from sex crimes that could have branded Rich a sex offender for life." He […]

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Net ‘father’ Cerf on Web 2.0

“The Internet should not be used as a scapegoat for society’s ills,” Vint Cerf told the BBC. Cerf, who is considered one of the “fathers” of the Internet for the role he played during its early stages, was on BBC’s Radio 4. He argued against over-regulation of the Net, after some members of Britain’s Conservative […]

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Euro online youth self-reliant

A survey of 27 EU member countries plus Iceland and Norway found that "European children are well aware of the potential risks of Internet and mobile phone use but are confidently embracing digital technologies, believing they are capable of handling any problem that might arise without the help of a parent," according to an article […]

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Coping with ‘e-bullying’

This is the kind of incident that adds to school absentee rates these days: In Texas, a student "posted a page that he attributed to a classmate, complete with the girl's picture and numerous photos of her alleged sex partners. Other students … were invited to view the page," the Detroit News reports. Within two […]

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Teen’s hack unlocks iPhone

It took him 500 hours, but 17-year-old George Hotz figured out how to unlock his iPhone from the AT&T networking and use it on T-Mobile. "He posted his 10-step hack on his blog Thursday, along with a video illustrating it on YouTube; by early Friday afternoon, his video had been viewed by some 130,000 people," […]

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For aspiring game producers

If a gamer at your house has ambitions to work in the videogame industry, the Detroit Free Press talked to one who's in it. Jeremy Lee, 27, at The Collective in Newport Beach, Calif., told the Free Press that he "knew he wanted to get into videogames as a career when he was a student […]

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Finnish teen fined for YouTube video of teacher

 A 15-year-old student in Finland has been fined for posting a YouTube video "showing a karaoke performance of his teacher and for claiming she was a lunatic," the Associated Press reports. The video depicts his teacher singing karaoke at a party. The student said that he did it as a prank "and had not intended […]

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Social web training new spies

Who woulda thunk? Even the CIA is getting into social networking now (do parents need more evidence that this is not a passing fad?). The agency's "working on a social networking site so its spies can swap spycraft tips and enjoy some of that online/social fun that us civvies so love," according to Pocket-Lint.co.uk. It'll […]

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Social shopping from back-to-school retailers

  To lure more young customers, retailers are trying to make online shopping a more social experience. They're creating "elaborate online worlds that may have little to do with their products [and] employing video-sharing, social networking and even virtual reality to target the teenagers who drove sites like YouTube and Facebook to popularity," the Washington […]

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