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Googlification: Google has taken over US schools and as a result – the next generation!

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
The New York Times reported that “more than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students — more than 30 million children — use Google education apps like Gmail and Docs.”  The May 13, 2017 report entitled “How Google Took Over the Classroom” included the observation that Google has taken over replaced “Apple and Microsoft with… Continue Reading

Duh! Do you think Facebook is influencing politics?

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
According to Pew “44 percent of Americans read or watch news on Facebook” so you might be interested to see the August 24, 2016 New York Times article entitled “Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine” which highlights Facebook political activities.  The article included these comments about Facebook news: The news feed is… Continue Reading

Will antitrust laws limit the Frightful 5 who dominate digital life?

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
The New York Times identified Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft  as the “undisputed rulers of the consumer technology industry” in a January 20, 2016 article entitled “Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future.”  Don’t forget that Microsoft lost it antitrust lawsuit in 2000, which is about 7,652 Internet years ago.  As… Continue Reading

Privacy Policies Paramount in the Ten Commandments of BYOD

Posted in Internet Privacy, Social Media
IBM recently released a report about BYOD because of the “rapid proliferation of mobile devices entering the workplace feels like divine intervention to many…”  This fall MaaS360 by Fiberlink (an IBM company) released its Ten Commandment of BYOD which included asked these questions about privacy policies: What data is collected from employees’ devices? What personal… Continue Reading

Facebook Charged with FTC Violations for Messing with Users’ Minds

Posted in Internet Privacy, Social Media
EPIC alleges that Facebook’s “secretive and non-consensual use of personal information to conduct an ongoing psychological experiment on 700,000 Facebook users.”  On July 3, 2014 EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) filed a complaint with the FTC that Facebook “purposefully messed with people’s minds” when: Facebook altered the News Feeds of Facebook users to elicit positive… Continue Reading

Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

Posted in Social Media
Since LinkedIn accounts for 64% of all visits to corporate websites from Social Media, it is critical that all LinkedIn users improve their LinkedIn profiles.  A recent article in InformationWeek entitled “LinkedIn Tips: 10 Steps To A Stronger Profile” has some great advice for LinkedIn users, even if all 10 do not apply to everyone. … Continue Reading

9 Problems with Big Data

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
There may be too many headlines about “combining the power of modern computing with the plentiful data of the digital era, it promises to solve virtually any problem — crime, public health, the evolution of grammar, the perils of dating — just by crunching the numbers” as opined in the New York Times.  This opinion… Continue Reading

Parents Appeal Facebook’s Use of Pictures of Teenagers

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, Social Media
A brief was filed challenging a $20 million settlement that “authorizes Facebook to continue to use minors’ images for advertising without parental consent — in direct violation of the laws of seven states, including California, where Facebook is located.”  On February 13, 2014 on behalf of parents of teenagers, Public Citizen Litigation Group filed an appeal… Continue Reading