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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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Popular 20 year-old Internet “child safety” booklet completely revised

  I’m excited to announce the 20th anniversary edition of Child Safety on the Information Highway.  I know, the title is really dated but the content is all new. When I wrote the booklet, people really did use the term “information highway.” Written in 1993, the booklet was published in early 1994 by National Center […]

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Winning videos explore the good side of the Internet

For the past several years I’ve helped judge Trend Micro’s annual What’s Your Story video contest  which, in past years, focused on how to combat Internet risks like cyberbullying and inappropriate use of mobile technology. But this year, the contest had a more uplifting theme. Contestants were asked to create videos that addressed the question, […]

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Study: Some teens feel ‘obligated’ to use Facebook – most savvy about privacy

A new study by the Pew Research Center has good and bad news for Facebook’s role as a teen destination.  The report, Teens, Social Media and Privacy, shows that Facebook’s popularity with teens has actualy grown by 1% since 2011 to a whopping 94% of all teen social media users. The next highest service is Twitter (26%) […]

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For regulators, Google is the new Microsoft

At Google’s I/O developers conference in San Francisco last week, Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai announced that Chrome is now the world’s most popular Web browser and that there are now 900 million Android devices worldwide. Google has created quite an impressive global footprint. And the fact that Chrome is now bigger than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer makes […]

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Help Support an Inspirational Picture Book for Kids and Get a Copy for Yourself

Children’s book author Trudy Ludwig, who specializes in books “that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children’s social interactions,” is working on an extraordinary project that deserves widespread support. She’s collaborating with illustrator Craig Orback on a 32-page picture book titled Gifts from the Enemy, based on the true-life story of Alter Wiener, a teen survivor of five prison […]

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