Facebook is now offering anti-virus software from McAfee, Norton and Microsoft to its users via the Facebook AV Marketplace. Photo credit: PC Mag
My how time flys by! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for an entire semester now.
Seeing how this will be my last ‘official’ blog, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting things I’ve found on the web the past few days to give you an idea of what my browsing habits are like.
Here we go!
This really awesome concept video from 1994 shows a tablet computer that can read newspapers just like an iPad, but no one had any idea what an iPad was back then.
A new bill called 'CISPA' is the next version of SOPA/PIPA. It's got much more power behind it though - Internet companies like Facebook, Verizon and Microsoft support it. Photo credit: Digital Trends
A new U.S. centered bill has been proposed that would give law enforcement officials the power to push aside the legal barriers that prevent internet companies from handing your information over to the government.
Remember SOPA and PIPA, those failed bills that wanted to give the government the power to police the internet for pirated content?
While they may have failed, another new bill has been proposed that has been flying under the radar in comparison to SOPA and PIPA.
CNET does a good job explaining what CISPA is all about in this quote:
CISPA is primarily a surveillance bill. With CISPA, a company like Google, Facebook, Twitter, or AT&T could intercept your e-mails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and keep it from being sent if it fits into a plan to stop “cybersecurity” threats.
A survey conducted by Careerbuilder in 2009 looked at how employers are using social media sites to screen job candidates. This infographic shows which sites were the most popular for employers to check out. Photo credit: Huffingtonpost
Instagram has been seeing huge growth lately, gaining around 30 million users this year alone, especially since they launched the Android variant of their app.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, all 13 employees at Instagram will be joining Facebook, but Instagram will continue to be an independent entity. That puts the employees’ individual value at about $77 million per person, in case you were wondering.
Zuckerberg also mentioned that a much easier way to share photos with Facebook from within Instagram is in the works for the future.
What are your thoughts about Facebook buying Instagram? Will they make it better?
The video ran rampant through Facebook and Twitter last week because of people in the 18 to 29 year-old demographic, according to research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
I have not watched the whole documentary yet, but I remember going to class last week and it seemed like everyone was either talking about KONY 2012 or watching it on their computers, tablets or phones everywhere I went.
The sudden spotlight on the director of the film, Jason Russell, caused him to have a bit of a mental breakdown last week. There has also been a lot of criticism of the group behind the film, Invisible Children.
It seems like all of the news that came out of the film’s release is a reminder of the power of the internet and social media.
Here’s a video from Mashable that explains more about the social media phenomena that lead to KONY 2012 going viral:
Much more limited than Grooveshark. You are given a limit on how many songs you can listen to for free. You can either pay to access more music, or you can add playlists/recommend it to friends to get more free plays.
Huge library of music on Spotify, if you like it, they probably have it.
Free to create an account, or can use Facebook to connect.
Spotify is also much more limited than Grooveshark. It’s only available as downloadable software for your computer or mobile device, and to get the most out of it, you have to pay a monthly subscription. The free service is still great though!