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Last But Not Least… LulzSec Closes Shop

Posted by ayofemikirby on June 26, 2011

So I have one final post to make, and even if it doesnt count, I think it’s worth sharing. News on Mashable today reports that LulzSec, the infamous hacking team has decided to shut its doors. The covert team that has wreaked havoc on the CIA, Sony, Disney, AOL, AT+T and the FBI by hacking its websites has decided that its campaign to  “selflessly entertain others – vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love” is over.

I think this news is a nice way to end this class. For the past few months, these semi-anarchists have been poking their tongues at the government and corporations, showing us how with the more dependent we become on technology, the power held within institutions is, with the click of a button, easily destructible.

Here’s the story.

Great class folks.

Happy Tweeting.


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Posted by sgreene68 on June 25, 2011

When I die and go to heaven, I hope it will look like this.

It’s a resort called Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives Islands. It has bungalows that are literally built on stilts standing above the water. The floor beneath them is not the ground, a cliff, or a hill. The floor is placid ocean water.

I found out about this heavenly place a few years ago while searching the net for something else. I have the Internet to thank for finding me the place I intend to do everything in my power do visit one day. Once I’m there, just stick a fork in me – because I would have died and gone to heaven.

Overwater bungalows:

Photo Gallery:

The world’s only underwater spa:

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Posted by sgreene68 on June 25, 2011

Last week my accountant called to tell me when he attempted to file my 2010 taxes electronically, they bounced back with a note from the IRS saying taxes had already been filed under that (MY) social security number. He’s a seasoned accountant who didn’t sound very concerned at first, because he had never seen or heard of a situation like this before. He calmly suggested that maybe I had already filed taxes somehow, or possibly my business had filed them under a different format.

NOT. I told him nothing had been filed at all. We went back and forth and triple checked to make sure he was using the correct social security #, rather than a typo. Oh how I wished it was a typo. Then I called the IRS. A rep confirmed that indeed someone had filed taxes under my name from another state. Several days of wasted time and stress later, I’ve purchased identity theft and credit protection, and filed reports with the police and all three credit bureaus.

The IRS’ investigation will take an average of 12 to 16 weeks to complete, before I can expect to receive my refund. It’s too early to know how much this has or will negatively affect my credit. I won’t go into details here, except to say that it already has. I was told that there is a way social security #s can be stolen by thefts who will use them to file taxes without knowing or even meeting the person…and they do it using software that functions on the Internet.

Hhhhmmm…what have we done to ourselves? To anyone who reads this, please take the same action I did (and wish I had done before), to purchase identity theft protection, and protect all of your accounts as much as you can.

Hopefully one day everything will be fine. But who knows in this world?

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1 billion a month for Google (Eric Schmidt)…thats the number boasted – well done. Now comes the accountability…to Congress?

Posted by JC on June 25, 2011

Great article that the Economist tweeted below:  Although Google can throw big parties for Obama in Silicon Valley and afford the top lobby firms money can buy in DC…watchdogs are hot on the trail of this mega gaint.  The article tweeted by ‘Schumpeter” shares with us their view of what is happening behind the scenes and who’se watching closely at Google and their business practices..this story is about to unfold and it may not be pretty.  Stand by fellow New media folks/followers, and tweeters…its going to be a Googlish ride for all!


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Who made the list? Google ranks most popular websites of 2011

Posted by joellecostello on June 25, 2011

Google just released a list of the 1,000 most popular websites of 2011.  Rankings are based on unique views from data compiled by DoubleClickAdPlanner.

So…can you guess what #1 is?


MmmmHmmm.  We really are social creatures.

Here’s the complete list.

And the top 5 are:

1.  Facebook

2. YouTube

3. Yahoo


5. Wikipedia

The Huffington Post did a pretty cool write up with photos of the top 17, but the full list is a little more cool.

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Data Breaches coming to a computer near you…expect them

Posted by joellecostello on June 25, 2011

The NPR News blog recently posted:

Survey: Data Breaches Have Almost Become ‘A Statistical Certainty’

Well, that’s just great.

Unfortunately, we shouldn’t be surprised.  With the explosion of media, there are more and more ways for systems to be hacked and more and more people looking to hack.

A recent study reports that 90 percent (Ninety Percent!!!!) of the 583 U.S. companies surveyed last year report having been hacked.

Think about it…how many random porn or sales posts have popped up on your friends Facebook posts.  It’s become so commonplace that we just shrug and delete the post.

But enough about us little people, back to the companies:

The New York Times reports that 60 percent of the respondents said they identified the source of the attack and perhaps not surprisingly, 34 percent were traced back to China and 19 percent to Russia.

Here are a couple more highlights from the report (pdf):

— The cost of an attack can be significant: “When asked to consider cash outlays, internal labor, overhead, revenue losses and other expenses related to the security breach, 41 percent of respondents report that it was $500,000 or more”

— “As a result of these multiple breaches, more than one-third (34 percent) of respondents say they have low confidence in the ability of their organization’s IT infrastructure to prevent a network security breach.”

So what can you do?  As far as your information that’s stored on company servers, you might as well start praying to the patron saint of  the Internet (Al Gore).  But for your personal information that you do have control of…protect it, change your passwords often, don’t leave your laptop/smartphone on the table/bar/floor while your out in public — even if you’re sitting right there.  And back your stuff up! Get one of those fancy external hard drives and fill it up with your tax records, bank records, itunes catalog, family photos, whatever.  Or, you could post it all on the Cloud (but that’s really a server owned by a  — wait for it — a business!).

Save us Al!

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Thanks to social media channels, barbaric acts of authoritarian regimes are being exposed

Posted by jabbar Alshuwaili on June 25, 2011

While traditional media outlets are paralyzed due to the ban imposed on them by the Syrian regime so as not to practice its role to cover the popular uprisings in the towns and cities in Syria, we see the social media, including the internet and mobile are still active as a result of the regime’s inability to squeeze them.

They have disclosed the brutal practices exercised by the security forces against unarmed people throughout the country. One of the images taken by a mobile and sent via internet to the media,  showing the ugly face and brutality of the security forces in Syria; SM demonstrate a number of them open fire at the body of an activist killed at the hand of these forces, and recently showed Syrian troops backed by tanks have stormed a small town near the Turkish border, burning houses and arresting dozens in their drive to crush the three month uprising.


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Google Celebrates Gay Pride Month… Kinda

Posted by ayofemikirby on June 25, 2011

So Google has become very popular for its Doodles – fun ways the company turns its logos into interactive or new designs to commemorate holidays or celebrations during the month. However, as June is Gay pride month, Google decided against changing its logo and instead placed a rainbow beside the search box anytime someone types in a GLBT-related keyword.

Some think its okay, some are offended. I think it is all political – Google sought a compromise in this case and thinks it is doing what it can to satisfy the greatest number of people.

Here’s the post, what do you guys think?

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What’s the pricetag on a tweet?

Posted by ayofemikirby on June 25, 2011

So I’ve heard at various conferences that Twitter is still trying to figure out ways to make money. The platform may be valued at billions of dollars, but there is still no proven profit model for investors to make a dollar on their dollar. But lookout, because in the next few months we’ll all have “promoted” tweets in our Twitter timeline. These tweets will stay in your timeline, no matter how high or low you scroll and will come from companies, artists and whoever else can afford the price tag of a tweet.

According to Mashable, Twitter plans to make $100 million this year through promoted Tweets, which I assume will not be paid per click. I can not see myself or many of my Tweeps actually pay that much attention to a promoted tweet to click on it. The lure of Twitter is that you get bitesized information, and lots of it from multiple sources. Seeing a paid for Tweet deflects from the citizen/consumer driving conversation that is currently taking place.

I dont believe these Tweet ads will be super successful as I dont think Facebook Ads are either. The folks running these companies should know… Twitter and Facebook is about connecting us to each other, not to the companies trying to profit from it.

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Twitter marries Photobucket to make Hallmark moments for you…will this marriage last? only time (and money) will make it work! haa!

Posted by JC on June 25, 2011

So as time goes on, competition continues, and new media grows up and…needs a partnership..finally finding a good partner, Photobucket.  Well here is an article that says Twitter has partnered with Photobucket….hm…will it work?

1. odds are in Twitter’s favor; why?  Two main reasons:

– since they own the platform, they can make using the photo tool very user friendly…a major pre-requisite

– Photobucket is huge and may be the only entity that can take on the workload of twitter

Yes, this appears to be a good marriage, both are powerful, both seem to tie the knot…but others will want in and rememeber when, in 5 years…Twitter or Photobucket marries up and out! LOL>

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