It's a lot more than a facelift, USATODAY reports – more like a major overhaul. The US's biggest social network site this week unveils "a spanking-new interface, heightened security, availability on mobile and instant-messaging services – and the ability to create categories of friends at work, school and family, among dozens of other new features," according to USATODAY. Calling it a "global redesign," Reuters says "MySpace will change its home page, navigation, profile editing, search, and MySpaceTV player facilities," with more changes coming later in the summer. The aim is simplicity, so this development probably doesn't change much for parents. Teens already figured out MySpace long ago; this is for the holdouts – probably, too, for people who preferred Facebook's more utilitarian look and feel (though the irony is that's changing a little with all the mini applications Facebook people are adding to their profiles). Here's Business Week on what it describes as MySpace's ultimate plan: "to be a gateway to the Internet—and go head-to-head with Yahoo and Google."
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
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- Enabling peer protection: Knowledge is empowerment
- Millennials’ changing social media use: Survey
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- Dealing with the nasties online
- Leadership in bullying prevention and so much more
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Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
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- IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth
- Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection
- Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech
- It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy
- Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13
- As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments
- Tech can make driving dangerous, but also safer