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Ohio teacher claims ‘right’ to use racial slurs on Facebook, but he got fired anyway

An Ohio school district rejected a suspended teacher’s argument that he had a right to use racial slurs on social media and fired him over the inflammatory comments. David Spondike lost his job as music teacher at Firestone High School in Akron after complaining last year on Facebook about trick-or-treaters…

Florida men plead guilty to harassing endangered manatees

By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – Two men caught on video in a cannonball-style jump onto Florida manatees were sentenced on Wednesday to two years probation and community service for harassing the endangered sea cow. The men, who previously pleaded guilty, also were ordered to post an apology on…

The Internet of Things (IoT) is actually a pretty big deal

Within a few years, the Internet of Things is going to be worth trillions of dollars Good morning! Or evening, if you happen to be reading this on the other side of the world. Our topic for today is the internet. What? You already know about the internet? No, no,…

Facebook to expand ad targeting profiles with data from other websites, apps members use

Facebook Inc is expanding the internal user profiles that underpin its targeted advertising system, for the first time including personal information based on activities that did not occur within the boundaries of its social network. While Facebook has long maintained internal profiles of users based on the comments they make…

OK GOP candidate: Let cities decide whether gays should be stoned to death

A magazine editor in Oklahoma was putting together candidate information for a feature when a friend alerted him to online comments posted last year by a candidate for state representative. “This guy posted on Facebook that homosexuals should be stoned to death,” said Rob Morris, who published the Moore Monthly…

Indiana GOP candidate: ‘No one has the guts’ to let poor people ‘wither and die’

A northwest Indiana Republican has backtracked on outrageous comments he made on Facebook about poor people. John Johnston, who is challenging Democratic state Rep. Chuck Moseley for the 10th District seat, said during a social media discussion on poverty that “no one has the guts to just let them wither…

Woman sets up fake Facebook account, learns that niece is planning her murder

A 19-year-old Alabama woman is in jail after she asked a fictional stranger to murder her family and dog. According to court records obtained by AL.com, Marissa Williams lived with her aunt in Fosters, Alabama, but their relationship became strained after Williams began asking strangers she met on Facebook over…

Fed up with Facebook dissent, Thailand’s coup leaders are developing a junta-friendly social media rival

Ever since Thailand’s military seized power in late May, dissent has grown dangerous. Even meek displays of public disapproval — such as crying out for elections on a street corner — can get offenders hauled away and detained. But……

TX school board official sorry for freaking out about Muslim getting elected as her colleague

A newly elected school district trustee in Texas is under fire after she posted comments on Facebook disparaging registered voters who didn’t go to the polls for allowing a Muslim to be elected. According to WFAA, Place 5 representative Jo Lynn Haussmann posted the following on her Facebook page last…

New Jersey water park apologizes for Amber Alert pun in promotion

By Daniel Kelley (Reuters) – A New Jersey water park apologized for using a pun on the Amber Alert system for tracking down abducted and missing children in a promotional email aimed at attracting customers. Sahara Sam’s, a park based in West Berlin, New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 km)…

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