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Mathieu Plourde

Student wrongly tied to Boston bombings found dead - 0 views

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    After the April 15 bombings of the Boston Marathon, crowdsourcing groups drawing upon photos released by the FBI of a suspect erroneously reported via Reddit, a social news website, that the person in a baseball cap strongly resembled the missing student. At one point, Tripathi's name landed on the Twitter top trends list.
Mathieu Plourde

Feedly and Evernote Go Down As Attackers Demand Ransom - 0 views

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    "Feedly is currently suffering a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, it announced earlier this morning on its blog. You may have noticed that you can't access the website or load any of your feeds via the app. Feedly explained in a short message two hours ago that the DDoS perpetrator is holding Feedly to ransom and asking for money to stop the attack, Feedly has refused to comply."
Mathieu Plourde

The ATF Wants 'Massive' Online Database to Find Out Who Your Friends Are - 0 views

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    putting the ATF's problems with tracing guns aside, it could still help agents track you down a lot faster than they could before - along with finding out everything else about you.
Mathieu Plourde

How your movements create a GPS 'fingerprint' - 0 views

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    "with nothing more than this anonymous location data, someone who wanted to badly enough could easily figure out who you are by tracking your smartphone. Patterns of our movements, when traced on a map, create something akin to a fingerprint that is unique to every person."
Mathieu Plourde

Let's Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can't Eliminate Them - 0 views

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    "This approach doesn't entirely invalidate existing computational idea patents, because they would continue to apply to implementations using special-purpose hardware. This is an advantage because it eliminates an argument against the legal validity of the plan. The U.S. passed a law some years ago shielding surgeons from patent lawsuits, so that even if surgical procedures are patented, surgeons are safe. That provides a precedent for this solution."
Pat Sine

Teens: What Happens On Facebook Doesn't Stay On Facebook - AllFacebook - 1 views

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    "Despite statistics showing that more college admissions officers, as well as hiring managers, check applicants' Facebook pages, many teenagers are still lax about social media security, continuing to post content that is detrimental to their online reputation. Michael P. Grace, president and CEO of Virallock, spoke with AllFacebook about the mistakes that high school and college students are making on Facebook and how they can clean up their acts for a better future."
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    "Instead of using Facebook primarily as a communication device with friends (there's Facebook messages for that purpose), Grace said students should use their profiles as secondary resumés. If a student is applying to a college and their application shows that they were involved in, say, Model U.N. or the choir, they should have some kind of evidence of their activities. Likewise, if volunteer work is mentioned, teens should make sure they have photos of that on their Facebook page. When a college admissions officer or a hiring manager sees a prospect's Facebook page, they want to see evidence of positivity and accomplishments. Grace says taking this kind of approach can help young people stand out from their peers."
Mathieu Plourde

Sites offering to take courses for a fee pose risk to online ed - 0 views

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    "Prices for a "tutor" vary. Boostmygrades.com advertises a $695 rate for graduate classes, $495 for an algebra class, or $95 for an essay. When Inside Higher Ed, posing as a potential customer, asked for a quote for an introductory microeconomics class offered by Penn State World Campus, noneedtostudy.com offered to complete the entire course for $900, with payment upon completion, and onlineclasshelpers.com asked for $775, paid up front. Most sites promise at least a B in the course."
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    "Designing a course that precludes cheating might require thinking creatively and breaking away from simply uploading lecture videos and administering quizzes, said Kyle Johnson, an independent higher ed consultant. "What kind of experience are we providing for students if someone is able to take an entire class for a student and we never figure it out from the interaction? At a pedagogical level, that's my concern," he said. "Are we really just dumping information at them so someone can come in and take a couple of quizzes and they're done?""
Mathieu Plourde

Farewell to Facebook - 0 views

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    "Horror stories have been published about employers asking for job applicants' Facebook passwords. Recently, psychologists discovered that employers frown upon applicants without a Facebook presence. The lack of a profile raises many red flags: is this person anti-social? Was once tagged in too many party photos? Is he or she just pretentious?"
Mathieu Plourde

5 Social Media Pitfalls to Avoid - 0 views

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    Social media is now an active reality for marketers. No longer something to consider as an option, marketers are rapidly increasing their budgets in this space and trying to leverage social media to best connect with consumers. Many marketers believe social media is a low risk, high reward channel. However, these 5 pitfalls will increase your risk and lower the reward, leading you down the path to social mediocrity.
Mathieu Plourde

Identity on the Internet: The pros and cons of anonymity - 0 views

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    "Concealing one's true identity online has made it possible for free speech to break through the physical barriers enforced by governments and dictatorships across the world, as we have seen recently in places like Libya, Egypt and Iran. "
Mathieu Plourde

Is the Internet Making Us Crazy? What the New Research Says - 0 views

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    "it's important to turn off our computers and do things in the real world."
Mathieu Plourde

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media - 0 views

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    "The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we're not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight."
Mathieu Plourde

Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - 0 views

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    "The researchers found that the number of Facebook friends and wallposts that individuals have on their profile pages correlates with narcissism. Buffardi said this is consistent with how narcissists behave in the real-world, with numerous yet shallow relationships. Narcissists are also more likely to choose glamorous, self-promoting pictures for their main profile photos, she said, while others are more likely to use snapshots."
Mathieu Plourde

Helping Your Child Handle a Cyberbully - 1 views

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    "Cyberbullying occurs when a child, teen, or preteen, uses some form of digital technology to threaten, stalk, harass, humiliate, or target another person in the same age group. In most cases, the bully and victim usually know each other from school or they live in the same neighborhood. "
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    iSafe has some great lessons about cyberbullying and is free for all DE public schools.
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