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SC school official could lose job for mocking 6-year-old girl as ‘Honey Boo-Boo’ on Facebook

A school administrator in South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave for mocking a 6-year-old girl on Facebook. Hundreds have signed a petition asking for Charles Fowler to be fired from his job as assistant principal at Walhalla High School after posting comments about the girl’s photo on social…

School district pays student $70K after forcing her to give up her Facebook, email passwords

A Minnesota school district is paying a student $70,000 in damages after forcing her to give up her social media and email passwords stemming from an incident where she complained about a hall monitor on her Facebook page. Minnewaska Area Schools agreed to settle with Riley Stratton, a 15-year-old who…

Facebook buying virtual reality firm Oculus for $2 billion

Facebook said Tuesday it was buying Oculus, a specialist in virtual reality technology, for about $2 billion in cash and shares. Facebook said it would build on Oculus’ technology, including a virtual reality headset aimed at gamers, seeking to use it in other areas such as communications, education, and entertainment.…

TN woman convicted of felonies after son posts fake hand injury photo to Facebook

A jury in Georgia found a woman whose son posted a photoshopped picture of his injured hand on Facebook guilty of making false statements to police, tampering with evidence, and obstructing an officer. In February of last year, Davida Caylor went to police claiming that Heritage High School Assistant Principal…

Anti-Muslim bigots freak out when Texas TV station warns of oncoming haboob

Texas television station KCBD kicked up a cloud of anti-Muslim bigotry Tuesday night by sharing an alert from the National Weather Service on its Facebook page. “Haboob northwest of Lubbock as seen from the Science Spectrum,” the NWS warned. “If you must drive west of Lubbock, plan for near-zero visibility…

Why digital privacy is only for the rich

OKCupid knows how likely you are to put out on the first date, the NSA knows you eat a lot of quinoa, and all 962 of your Facebook friends have caught a glimpse of you in an ill-advised bikini. In a digital world where oversharing is caring and brands know more…

Candy Crush maker King Digital Entertainment may be worth up to $7.6B at IPO

King Digital Entertainment, the British developer behind the wildly-addictive mobile game Candy Crush, said on Wednesday that it could be valued at up to $7.6 billion in its eagerly-awaited upcoming flotation. The planned listing on the New York Stock Exchange, unveiled last month, is the latest in a series by…

Facebook looking into solar-powered ‘atmospheric’ drones for wireless Internet

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is in talks to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to media reports. The high-flying drones would give Facebook, the world’s No.1 Internet social network, the ability to beam wireless Internet access to consumers in undeveloped parts of the world, according…

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will reportedly lean into 2016 California Senate race

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg — one of only 32 billionaire women in the world — is rumored to be considering a run to represent California in the Senate. If Sandberg runs in 2016, she would be challenging Senator Barbara Boxer. Sandberg held the position of chief of staff…

Iranian officials admit defeat: They cannot block Facebook forever

Minister admits Iran cannot block Facebook forever (via AFP) Iran will not be able to keep up forever its ban on legal access to Internet hubs such as Facebook, which has four million Iranian users, Culture Minister Ali Janati said Sunday. Such remarks by an Iranian official would have been…

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