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Tuesday
Dec142010

Facebook Reveals Top Status Trends of 2010

Photo Courtesy - NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- If you're familiar with teen tech slang, you probably know how to decipher "LOL" and maybe even "TTYL" ("talk to you later," for the uninitiated). But try this one on for size: "HMU."

It may draw blank stares from Facebook's older members, but apparently it's all the rage among the site's younger users. According to Facebook, the phrase, which stands for "hit me up," was the number one status trend of 2010.

The social networking site on Tuesday released its Memology 2010 global list of the site's top status trends. Although natural disasters and major news events made the top 10 list, Facebook said "HMU" was the fastest-growing trend on the site. Facebook said the acronym is a digital way for people to ask their friends to hang out.

The acronym increased by about 75 percent each month, and by the end of the summer it was being used more than 80,000 times a day.

Status updates about the World Cup and movies took the number two and three spots on the list, respectively. At the start of the World Cup in June, Facebook said the phrase was mentioned 1.5 million times across the site; at the end, it was mentioned 1.3 million times.

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The social networking site on Tuesday released its Memology 2010 global list of the site's top status trends. Although natural disasters and major news events made the top 10 list, Facebook said "HMU" was the fastest-growing trend on the site. Facebook said the acronym is a digital way for people to ask their friends to hang out.

The acronym increased by about 75 percent each month, and by the end of the summer it was being used more than 80,000 times a day.

Status updates about the World Cup and movies took the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the list. At the start of the World Cup in June, Facebook said the phrase was mentioned 1.5 million times across the site; at the end, it was mentioned 1.3 million times.


Saturday
Dec042010

Colorado County Employee Posts Thousands of Sensitive Documents

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.) -- Officials in Mesa County, Colorado are scrambling to figure out how much damage may have been done from an accidental leak of thousands of secret documents containing phone numbers and personal information of informants, witnesses and sheriff's deputies.

Google has now stepped in to help the sheriff's department find and delete any other of the leaked documents that were stored on an unsecured website, shown to have been accessed by outsiders.

The sheriff's department is scouring the files, looking for the names of witnesses or confidential informants who might need to be warned that their names could soon go public.

The county employee who inadvertently put the files online last April has been fired.

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Friday
Oct222010

Google Ordered to Name Anonymous Online Bullies

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Internet bullies, listen up. If a New York court ruling is any indication, your cloak of anonymity may be more transparent than you think.

In August, Carla Franklin, a 34-year-old New York business consultant and Columbia Business School graduate, filed legal documents asking Google to identify people who posted unauthorized videos of her on YouTube and called her a "whore."

This week a Manhattan judge ordered Google, which owns YouTube, to turn over identity and contact information for the person or persons who posted the videos and insults online.

A Google spokesman declined to comment, saying that the company does not discuss individual cases. But Franklin said that the court ruling gives Google a couple of weeks to give her the IP (Internet protocol) addresses, e-mail addresses and other information of the users responsible for the harassment. Once she has that information, Franklin said she plans to work with an investigator to track down the person she thinks is behind the online bullying.

Assuming Franklin is able to identify them, she said she hasn't fully decided on her course of action, but knows that she'll file a restraining order.

Cyber harassment has "gotten out of control," she said, adding that she hopes her case makes it easier for others to hold Internet bullies responsible for their harm.

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Friday
Oct082010

FTC to Consider Online 'Do Not Track' Marketing List

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Federal Trade Commission is considering a proposal that would make it illegal for companies to trade private information about young people who don't consent to online tracking by marketers.

The proposal, along with the suggestion for an online "do not track" list, will be part of an upcoming report.

A Zogby International poll released Friday found that 92 percent of parents fear their children were sharing too much information online, and that 85 percent of parents were more concerned about online privacy than they were five years ago.

It also found that 91 percent of parents think search engines and social networking sites should not be able to share kids' physical locations with other companies until parents give authorization.

Zogby surveyed 2,100 parents and 401 teens between the ages of 15 and 18. The poll was conducted between Aug. 13 and 20.

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