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February 5, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying a New Hope-based social media company's website endangers minors by allowing them to provide too much personal information, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued MeetMe Inc. in California Monday. The lawsuit cites criminal cases around the nation in which adult men were either arrested for or convicted of sexual crimes against teenage girls they met through the site. To make connections, members can search by age and geopersonal information, learning, for example, that another member is within 500 feet.
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January 28, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A union that has been involved in organizing teachers at Olney Charter High School is set to file an unfair labor practice charge Monday over a new social-media policy the union said was an attempt to silence staff. The Alliance of Charter School Employees, a local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, alleges that Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, the nonprofit that runs Olney, bars workers from making negative comments about their employer on social media, including in blogs and online forums.
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January 21, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225 "T
THE MORE you laugh, the longer you live," 19-year-old Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania freshman, wrote on her Twitter profile. Now, Holleran's friends, family and classmates are trying to figure out when her laughter stopped and why she decided she couldn't live anymore. Holleran, a native of Allendale, N.J., jumped from a parking-garage roof on 15th Street near Spruce in Center City about 7 p.m. Friday, according to Philadelphia police. Her death was ruled a suicide.
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January 17, 2014
E VAN URBANIA, 33, of Southwest Center City, and Matthew Ray, 43, of South Philadelphia, are co-founders of ChatterBlast Media on 13th Street near Sansom in Midtown Village. The firm builds online strategies to target customers through social media, multimedia and advertising. Urbania is CEO; Ray is creative director. I spoke with Urbania. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for ChatterBlast? A: After the markets collapsed in 2008, Matthew and I weren't working full time and had small consulting gigs.
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January 12, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Information is now a core of our business," says Kim Scott Heinle. He is assistant general manager of customer service at SEPTA. You'd think he'd be talking about snow and ice, bus detours, dead equipment, backward-rippling train delays. But here he is, talking like some IT guy: "It used to be just running buses, trains, and trolleys, but now it's information, too. " "Our riders want it," says Ron Hopkins, assistant general manager of operations. And they want it "in real time.
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December 27, 2013 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
This is the year the social medium stopped being new and took its well-established place as an information source and cultural force - and farce. Not new anymore. Facebook, which turns 10, sort of, in February (when undergrad Mark Zuckerberg and pals launched Thefacebook.com at Harvard), is now a billion users strong. Its gewgaw, Instagram, the beautiful images-and-video site, passed 150 million in September. Meantime, Twitter is now big biz. At an estimated 462 million users in January, Twitter zapped past 500 million by June and now entertains an estimated 557 million registered users.
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December 27, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN CAPT. LOU Campione drives down the streets of South Philly, people stop. They jump at that chance to say hi to "Lou," to ask him how everything's going, to swap information. On a recent snowy afternoon, Campione chatted up the staff of Rosica Pharmacy on Snyder Avenue near 21st Street, speculating on how deep the falling snow would pile. This wasn't police work - although Campione did visit the business to sign off on one of his district's 84 community police logs - just conversation.
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November 24, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the world of social media and digital communications, 2007 was the olden days. That year, the musical NERDS debuted, to great applause, at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. The musical satire tracks the careers of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, the world's two most famous (and richest) nerds. Now it's back, same place, running from Friday to Dec. 29. Problem is, in the world of social/mobile computing/com, 2007 is unimaginably long ago . . . pre-iPhone ! "With writing a show on technology, the blessing is, it's always relevant," says Erik Weiner, speaking from the show's rehearsal space in Manhattan with coauthor Jordan Allen-Dutton.
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November 20, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
Ten high-school students were in police custody Monday after a fight broke out at Overbrook High School, officials said. Police said no one had yet been charged in the incident. District spokesman Fernando Gallard said the fight broke out Monday morning in a third floor hallway. Four girls started the altercation, but 10 were eventually detained by police, said Gallard. Trouble began brewing between the young women over the weekend, on social media, Gallard said. A staffer visiting Overbrook from the district's central office twisted her knee trying to break up the fight.
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November 20, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
NINE OVERBROOK High School students were arrested yesterday by Philadelphia police after a brawl inside the school that started with a social-media spat between two girls. Six males and three females were charged with disorderly conduct, said district spokesman Fernando Gallard. At least one adult suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Two of the females, ages unknown, began to fight on the third-floor hallway shortly after 10 a.m., Gallard said.
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