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Social Networking Goes Mobile

February 24, 2007

As this BBC story explains, social networking is going mobile.  This has interesting implications when you consider that people have their cell phones with them at all times.  Expect less text and more graphics, video and audio as people find ways to update their profiles from bars, amassment parks or wherever they happen to be. There are some interesting safety implications, of [...]

Google to sell online software suite

February 22, 2007

This is a long way from being major competition for Microsoft, but it certainly is an example of how the web can change everything. The days of “big software” probably are limited though it will be awhile before people are weaned off Microsoft Office. Link to Google to sell online software suite – Yahoo! [...]

Web sites focus on Internet safety

February 19, 2007 advises parents by Larry Magid Special to the Mercury News Most of the time I write about gadgets or fun Web sites, but today’s column is about a more serious topic: Keeping your kids safe on the Internet. While I think that some of the “online predator” dangers have been overstated, there are nevertheless risks that every parent should consider before they let [...]

More Efforts At Keeping Kids Safe Online

February 17, 2007

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is launching a new Web site to answer parents’ questions about Internet safety and computers. The free service features an interactive knowledge-base where parents can use natural language search to find information. If that’s not enough, there’s an “ask the experts” button that lets parents type in a [...]

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 [...]
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