• Parents Not Super At Protecting Kids' Privacy
    Parents are less than super when it comes to protecting their children's privacy online, according to new research conducted by Ipsos on behalf of TRUSTe. The findings are based on a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, including 200 who are parents of kids ages 0-13. Overall, parents seem to understand that online privacy can be an issue even for young children, with 58% of respondents saying they are concerned about their kids' online privacy, and 82% saying they believe it is their primary responsibility to protect their kids' personal information.
  • Ello Revamps, Raises $5 Million
    Ello, the newish social network that eschews advertising and has been called the "anti-Facebook," has unveiled a revamped version with a slick new interface and also announced that it has raised $5 million in a new round of financing -- a big vote of confidence from investors in a social network whose business model is still largely untested.
  • Starbucks Tackles Another Big Issue
    With its controversial "Race Together" program barely in the rearview mirror, Starbucks might be expected to steer clear of sweeping attempts to address awkward social issues -- but instead, the premium coffee giant is doubling down with a bold new effort to change the way Americans think and talk about arguably the most important issue of all: mortality. As with the previous campaign, it will include a multifaceted social media component. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz acknowledged that some customers might consider this an awkward subject, but said he will stay the course:
  • Social Network Helps Deal With Depression
    Mental health is very much in the news lately. An article from researchers at MIT and Northwestern claims that a social network dedicated to mental health can help people with depression to manage and cope with their illness. The article, published in the "Journal of Medical Internet Research," describes an experimental social network created by the researchers, called Panoply, which serves as a "peer-to-peer," "crowd-sourced" platform for people with depression to discuss their illness with each other -- in effect, kind of like a virtual support group.
  • Facebook, Twitter Will Get A Third Of Display Ads In 2017
    Predicting the demise of online display advertising has become something of an industry pastime, with doomsayers pointing at various times to rivals including search, video, and native ads as the likely culprits. But all this preemptive gloating doesn't seem to be making much of an impression at all on display ads, which will continue to grow insolently at a double-digit rate -- in open defiance of literally hundreds of whitepapers and keynotes.
  • BBC Uses Facebook To Skirt Repression
    The last few years have brought plenty of examples of social media helping ordinary people communicate despite government repression -- and now at least one big news organization is following suit. Following a number of government-mandated "interruptions in service," BBC Thailand has been using Facebook to reach millennials in that country and raise awareness of its new Thai-language online news service. Last year the Thai military overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and to quell dissent, the country's military rulers have cracked down on journalists and news orgs that were critical of the junta's policies. These ...
  • Facebook Tests Immersive Video Newsfeed
    "'Curiouser and curiouser,' Cried Alice." Get ready to go down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass: Facebook is testing "spherical videos," which create a fully immersive 360-degree video experience for users similar to 3D games, as part of the newsfeed, founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed at the most recent annual F8 developer conference on Wednesday.
  • Social Media: Yes, The Starbucks Thing Was A Bad Idea
    Starbucks' heart may have been in the right place, but its brain was on vacation. That seems to be the general sentiment on social media a week after the coffee juggernaut's controversial "Race Together" program, in which barristas encouraged customers to engage them about race relations, widely regarded as the "third rail" of American culture, society, and politics.
  • Facebook In Talks To Host News Content
    David Carr was on the money about Facebook's plans to host content from major news organizations directly on its own platform. Carr's reportage from back in October was confirmed and elaborated by a second article in the "NYT" this week. Facebook is said to be in talks with news publishers including the New York Times itself, as well as BuzzFeed and National Geographic. News stories would be hosted on Facebook and the social network would share the ad revenue with the publishers. Among other benefits, this would mean Facebook users could read news content from reputable sources without having to ...
  • One In Three Americans Changed Online Behavior Because Of Surveillance
    The revelations of widespread government surveillance by NSA contractor Edward Snowden may have dominated public discussion, but they didn't have much impact on how Americans actually use digital technology. That's the conclusion of a new Pew study based on a survey of 475 U.S. adults, polled about their use of technologies including mobile devices, social media, and email, among other channels.
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