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Illinois schools warn parents they might ask for children’s Facebook passwords

Authorities often struggle when it comes to handling digital issues. Responding to the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack has befuddled the federal government, law enforcement can’t deal with online harassment, and prosecutors often over-react to digital mischief. But the State of Illinois is determined to outdo all of them when it comes to foolish responses to online harassment. [...]

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Google, Facebook, and Apple all spent more than ever on lobbying in 2014

In a sign indicating the ever-growing ties between Big Tech and Washington, Google gave $16.83 million to federal regulators and lawmakers last year, according to an analysis by Consumer Watchdog of records filed with the Clerk of the House. That’s up from the $14.06 million the company spent on lobbying in 2013, setting a new corporate [...]

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Justice Department settles with woman whose images were used to create a fake Facebook page

The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a woman whose personal images were used by the Drug Enforcement Administration to create a Facebook profile made with “hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.” DEA officials gained access to the woman’s photos, some of which featured her wearing nothing more than her [...]

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Justice Department settles with woman whose images were used to create a fake Facebook page

The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a woman whose personal images were used by the Drug Enforcement Administration to create a Facebook profile made with “hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.” DEA officials gained access to the woman’s photos, some of which featured her wearing nothing more than her [...]

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Bangladesh “temporarily” blocks access to Viber and Tango to disrupt violent protests

Bangladesh has temporarily blocked access to Viber and Tango, two free services which allow users to communicate via mobile applications, to disrupt protests in the country. The services are thought to be popular with members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) responsible for violent protests which have led to the deaths of at least 25 [...]

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Are Facebook and Yelp losing the support of small businesses?

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Stuart Wall, founder and CEO of Signpost. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process and Mr Wall was not paid for his work.  Last month I struggled to help my sister remove an inaccurate Yelp listing. Her pottery business moved over a year ago, yet many would-be-customers are directed to [...]

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What’s the problem with unkillable “zombie cookies,” anyway?

The decision by some companies to use “zombie cookies” that “come back to life” even after they’ve been deleted from a computer has come under increasing criticism of late. ProPublica reports that the Turn advertising company has been using cookies which grab Verizon customers’ persistent identifiers — a string of characters which allows anyone to [...]

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Facebook and Twitter aren’t the problem — the people using them are

Social media isn’t as depressing as some have feared. New research from Pew shows that checking social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, among others, doesn’t have a harmful effect on most people’s emotions. It actually claims that using these services can have a positive effect, especially on women, and that most social networks [...]

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Zuckerberg responds to criticism of Facebook’s role in online censorship

Mark Zuckerberg has argued against charges that Facebook is more willing to censor its users than other social networks because it wants to operate in as many places as it can. He said in a public question-and-answer session about Facebook that the company must weigh all the benefits, such as allowing friends and family to communicate with [...]

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Facebook introduces its long-coming business service

Facebook has introduced new mobile applications and a dedicated section of its website for a business-focused service which brings most of its existing features to the workplace. The service itself is called Facebook at Work, while the apps are simply named “Work.” Work isn’t finished. Facebook tells TechCrunch that it’s still working to figure out how it will price [...]

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Facebook adds warning to “graphic content”

Facebook will now warn its users when they might encounter graphic content in the News Feed. Instead of automatically loading, like most other photos and videos shared to the service, this violent content must be interacted with in some way before it is displayed. Content must meet a specific set of a parameters before receiving the warning: [...]

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