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Facebook’s new Slingshot app forces users to reciprocate

Facebook is taking another poke at the disappearing photo market with a new app for iOS and Android called Slingshot. Like Snapchat and Facebook’s Poke, an ill-fated Snapchat clone, Slingshot photos don’t stick around forever but disappear after they’re viewed unless they are unlocked in which case they stick around for 30 days.  Shots that […]

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Facebook gives users more control over what ads they see while adopting behavioral ads

Facebook will soon show users ads based in part on “information from some of the websites and apps you use.” Facebook has long displayed ads based on your user profile (age, gender, location) and on pages you visit on Facebook, but the company will now be using information from other sites and apps that embed […]

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Apple adds Family Sharing as part of its iOS 8 update for iPhone and iPad

At its World Wide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple unveiled the latest versions of its operating systems for its Macintosh computers and its iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The newest mobile operating system iOS 8, will include a health dashboard that consolidates data from different health and fitness apps with the ability to contact your […]

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Google complies with “right to be forgotten” but is it the “right” ruling?

The European Union Court of Justice ruling about the “right to be forgotten” is more wrong than right. Of course I sympathize  with the individual who pressed the claim — a Spanish citizen who was upset that Google was linking to a notice in a newspaper about his repossessed home from 1998. But even though the newspaper […]

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Experts say UK’s optional filtering equals choice, not censorship

Under pressure from Prime Minister David Cameron and other British officials, major UK Internet service providers are now requiring customers to opt-in or out of Internet filters that affect every device in the home. And, starting this week, most public Wi-Fi networks in the UK will have porn filters so kids can’t get around parental protections […]

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Missing Children’s Day — let’s bring them all home

Since it was founded 30 years ago, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has helped reunite thousands of missing kids with their families. I have had the privilege of serving on NCMEC’s board for nearly two decades and, since that time, we have seen a dramatic increase in the recovery rate thanks […]

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Internet security is a global issue that requires global cooperation

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News PARIS — The National Cyber Security Alliance, or NCSA, is a Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes online security and safety. Its board consists of representatives from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Comcast and other U.S. companies, and it works closely with the Department of Homeland Security to […]

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Facebook changes new user default privacy setting to friends only — adds privacy checkup

This post first appeared on Forbes.com. Until now, when new Facebook users sent out their first post, the default setting was public, which means that anyone could see it. It’s long been easy to change the audience to Friends only but if you didn’t know about that option, you could have accidentally told the world […]

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Snapchat settles FTC charges about disappearing posts that don’t disappear

As I reported nearly a year ago, Snapchat’s so-called disappearing messages don’t necessarily disappear. It has always been possible for people receiving a Snapchat message to capture the screen either directly from the device or by taking a picture of it with another device. There was also a report about a forensics firm that had successfully restored supposedly deleted […]

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PBS Kids app lets parents control and monitor screen-time

Calling it a way to give parents a “super power,” PBS Kids is now offering a free app that lets parents monitor and control what their kids are “watching, playing and learning” on PBSKids.org. The app, called PBS KIDS Super Vision, now available on iPhone and iPod touch,  enables parents to remotely see what apps their […]

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