July 4, 2014 |
If you're a Facebook user, you may be feeling right now like a guinea pig. An unwitting one. So are many others, and that makes them mad. Witness the outrage in social media, charges of Big Brotherism, and questions of ethics. It had Sheryl Sandberg herself, COO and number two at Facebook, apologizing Wednesday. It's all about a study in the June edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors are Adam Kramer, a data scientist at Facebook who apparently did all the original tracking and analysis, and University of California, San Francisco, professor Jeffrey Hancock and Cornell University doctoral student Jamie Guillory.
May 25, 2014 |
Authorities say two Gloucester County brothers posted a video on Facebook on Saturday morning showing them setting fire to an unoccupied mobile home. Sure enough, a few hours later, after the trailer had been destroyed, the men were arrested - discovered, prosecutors say, after investigators looked online and found the video. Anthony F. Pettolina, 22, of Gloucester City, and Gerald J. Pettolina, 30, of Westville, were being held Saturday on charges including arson and criminal mischief.
May 4, 2014 |
Facebook turned 10 in February, and like any 10-year-old, it's changing, complete with growing pains and headaches. With 1.28 billion users of the world's most popular social medium, Facebook is trying to keep users, attract more users, make money, and please advertisers, all at the same time. But those goals - have you noticed? - conflict. The Facebook F8 conference Wednesday in San Francisco highlighted the delights and challenges to come. Cofounder Mark Zuckerberg - who, amazingly, turns 30 on May 14 - spoke of "a culture of loving the people we serve.
May 2, 2014 |
TURNING THE BIG 4-0 can be a difficult hurdle. Amanda Schoonover, a South Philly-based actress, was no exception. But instead of hiding from her age the way so many in her profession do, she decided to celebrate the fact that she was entering her fourth decade by posing for some boudoir-style photos. Nothing overly risque or graphic. She wanted to pose in lingerie and strike some 1950s-era style pinup poses. Tasteful images taken by a professional photographer. "I wanted to do something that would make me feel good about myself," Schoonover told me yesterday.
February 25, 2014 |
A week after Comcast Corp. agreed to pay $45.2 billion for Time Warner Cable Co. and its 11 million paying customers, 50,000 workers, $22 billion in yearly sales and high profits, Facebook pledged Thursday to spend almost half as much for WhatsApp , a tiny Silicon Valley firm that's giving away free smartphone-messaging apps. "It's easy to say that Facebook severely overpaid," but that's the kind of gamble Internet giants make to try and stay on top, writes James M. Meyer , boss at $1 billion asset Tower Bridge Advisors of Conshohocken, in a report to clients of brokerage Boenning & Scattergood . Popular smartphone apps, like cable TV boxes, help consumers find - and advertisers fund - the tech and video flooding the world.
January 30, 2014 |
PRINCE AND HIS LAWYERS have unleashed a "Purple Rain" of terror on fans he believes to be bootleggers. The Artist presently known as Plaintiff has filed a $22 million lawsuit against 22 people, accused of illegally posting concert footage on Facebook, blogs and other online spots. The move has split Prince's kingdom, but the suit says, "The defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material. "For example, in just one of the many takedown notices sent to Google with respect to Doe 2 (a/k/a DaBang319)
January 28, 2014 |
He is known by one family as Sid and by another as Ansel Catems, a feline play on the name of an acclaimed photographer known for his black-and-white landscape shots. No matter which name the 7-year-old cat with the black-and-white coat is called, he displays the same playful personality, showing no signs of the no-doubt confusing adventure he has been on for more than two years. It began during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, when Sid ran away from his home in Blackwood. Jeana Hoffman, who had raised Sid since he was two weeks old, began to fear the worst when she could not find him. That fear turned to dread when more than two years passed with no sign of him. Then, the unbelievable happened.
January 20, 2014 |
Steven Quigley and Brett Kane were classmates at Paul VI High School in Haddon Township, graduating in 1992. They were friendly, but never close. Kane went to the College of New Jersey, moved to Boston, then back to South Jersey, married, and started a family. Quigley took a more exotic path, after Rutgers living in Israel, Bali, Japan, and Taiwan, an entrepreneur with crazy adventures and close calls, returning in 2009 to start a business in Philadelphia. They reacquainted on Facebook - casual, virtual, a photo here, a posting there.
November 19, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Jermaine was not trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired. But the pit bull has answered the call to service for a four-legged fellow in need - his blind brother, Jeffrey - and in the process has captured the hearts of millions. This canine brotherly love story, with paws in Philadelphia and Chester County, became a Facebook sensation over the weekend. Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, had posted pictures on Facebook late last week of the inseparable 8-month-old puppies.
November 14, 2013 |
The last status update that Brendan DeVoue posted to his Facebook profile was a birthday greeting to his older brother. That was more than two months ago - an eternity in social-media time. The King of Prussia 18-year-old, though, has been sharing plenty online with his friends over at Twitter, the telegraphic platform that limits posts to 140 characters. DeVoue tweets about high school, soccer, and random life observations (I get cranky when I'm sick) multiple times a day. He also shares Vines, six-second-or-less looping videos.