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Think about this - Children younger than 14 may no longer have smartphones in Germany!

The Washington Post reported reasons to restrict use of smartphones from a German child psychology expert and adviser “Just as we protect children from alcohol or other drugs, we should also protect them from the risks of using smartphones at too early an age…”  The February 15, 2019 article entitled “A German government adviser recommends … Continue reading this entry

Facebook settles theft of trade secret lawsuit on the eve of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony! reported that “Facebook told a California federal judge Monday it had reached a mid-trial settlement of BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s $365 million data center trade secrets suit, prompting co-defendant Emerson Electric Co. to unsuccessfully seek a mistrial on grounds that Facebook’s ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal will bias jurors against it.”  The April 9, 2018 article … Continue reading this entry

Judge Posner who relied on Wikipedia retires at 78

Judge Richard Posner served for 35 years and was famous for his reliance on Wikipedia as legal authority for the past 10 years was known for his “restless intellect, withering candor and superhuman output made him among the most provocative figures in American law in the last half-century.”  The New York Times September 11, 2017 … Continue reading this entry

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

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 this entry

Duh! Do you think Facebook is influencing politics?

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 this entry

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

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 this entry

Privacy Policies Paramount in the Ten Commandments of BYOD

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 this entry

Facebook Sues Lawyers for Deceit and Malicious Prosecution for Representing Ceglia

DLA Piper and a group of law firms are accused of conspiring “to file and prosecute a fraudulent lawsuit” on behalf of Paul Ceglia who fabricated evidence that he owned 84% of Mark Zuckerberg’s stock in Facebook. On October 20, 2014 Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg sued the group of lawyers in NY state court who … Continue reading this entry

Facebook Charged with FTC Violations for Messing with Users' Minds

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 this entry

Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

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 this entry

9 Problems with Big Data

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 this entry

Predicting the Future - Digital Life in 2025

Pew reported it canvassed “2,558 experts and technology builders” who “predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.” Included in the Report were my comments about education by 2025: The greatest social change between now and 2025 will be to raise the … Continue reading this entry

Parents Appeal Facebook’s Use of Pictures of Teenagers

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 this entry