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NetFamilyNews Covers Families and Technology

February 16, 2007

My good friend Anne Collier, my co-author of MySpace Unraveled and my co-director of publishes a very nice newsletter about family tech news. Here’s the TOC of her latest issue. Teen child-porn convictions upheld Court dismissed suit against MySpace Two new online-safety projects Proposed IL law: Ban social sites Teacher’s controversial porn conviction Teen dating [...]

Internet safety group broadens mission

February 13, 2007

I’m in Washington DC today helping to launch the Family Online Safety Institute. For details, see this AP story By DIBYA SARKAR AP BUSINESS WRITER WASHINGTON — The explosion of social networking sites such as and Second Life, along with free video sharing sites like, is making it increasingly difficult to protect children surfing the Internet, says Stephen [...]

Create video at free, easy-to-use site

February 12, 2007

by Larry Magid Special to the Mercury News With the explosion of services like YouTube, video is all the rage. But few of us are ambitious or outgoing enough to create and post our own on the Web. Let’s face it, creating and editing video is hard, especially if you want it to look even remotely professional. Of course, YouTube has taught us that video doesn’t have to be professional [...]

New Approach To Online Safety Education

February 10, 2007

More than a dozen years ago I wrote a booklet for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children called Child Safety on the Information Highway. Millions of copies are in print and countless people have seen it online. The first item in the child safety rules was “I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number, or [...]

Samsung has an iPhone look-alike

February 9, 2007

Samsung has introduced a phone that looks a lot like the Apple iPone with the added advantage of having a pull out keyboard. It’s unclear to me whether this is a copy or if they were working on it before Apple announced. It would be hard to imagine a company like Samsung being able to copy Apple so quickly so I’m guessing this was in the works. For details see this AP story   [...]

EMI in talks to sell unprotected MP3s

February 8, 2007

This is major progress. First Steve Jobs comes out against Digital Rights Management and now one of the major labels is starting to crack. Could this be the start of a sane policy of selling unprotected music. As someone who owns both iPod and non-iPod music players and likes a choice of where to buy music, I sure hope so. Music company EMI Group PLC – home of The Rolling Stones and [...]

BlogSafety Community: Data suggest change in Internet safety …

February 8, 2007

This is an extremely interesting observation by researcher David Finklehor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center. What it implies is that we might be teaching teens and children the wrong things when it comes to giving out personal information. I’ll have more on this in an upcoming post. Follow the link to (in the post) to read the rest and discuss it with [...]

Thanks Dan Bricklin and Dave Winer

February 7, 2007

Well, I’m now officially a blogger. Thanks to Dave Winer for suggesting I give out my RSS feed (I almost forgot) and thanks to Dan Bricklin for helping me figure out how to house this thing. After running a website for 12 years (yes, I launched shortly after Mosiac came out) I am having to make a change. No big deal the blogosphere but a giant step for me.   My RSS is [...]

Should it be illegal to use an iPod or a cell phone on a public sidewalk?

February 7, 2007

It sounds crazy, but a New York State Senator says that there outta be a law against using an iPod and other devices while walking around New York City. New York State Sen. Carl Kruger told Reuters that three of his Brooklyn constintuents have been killed since September as a result of being distracted while using an electronic device.   I can understand the Senator’s motivation but it [...]

Find obscure films at popular prices

February 7, 2007

By Larry Magid from San Jose Mercury News Monday, February 5, 2007   Until last week, I wasn’t convinced the world needs yet another video download service.   We already have video rental services like CinemaNow and Movielink, not to mention free services like YouTube.   Then I saw Jaman, a video download service that focuses on foreign and independent North American films [...]
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