Aug 14, 2014

'Vape,' 'binge-watch' added to Oxford Dictionaries

Britain’s Oxford University Press said Thursday it is adding the words “vaping” and “listicle” — along with other new entries, from “time-poor” to “Paleo diet” — to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends. Editors for the site track and analyze some ...

Social media firms back Facebook in dispute over warrants

Aug 12, 2014

Social media firms back Facebook in dispute over warrants

Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians. Lawyers for Foursquare, Kickstarter, Meetup, and Tumblr said Monday they were seeking to join the clash on Facebook’s ...

Aug 9, 2014

McAfee unveils 'BrownList' complaint website at hacker meet

John McAfee, the flamboyant anti-virus software industry pioneer, made a surprise appearance at a computer hackers’ conference Friday evening, where he unveiled a new website to give people a place online to vent their anger. The one-time millionaire who fled the Central American nation ...

Aug 7, 2014

25,000 join Europe class action lawsuit against Facebook

An Austrian waging a battle against Facebook’s privacy policies said Wednesday that 25,000 users of the social networking giant have signed on to his class action lawsuit. The suit, filed by lawyer Max Schrems, claims a symbolic 500 euros ($660) per plaintiff from Facebook ...

U.S. seeks email access after death

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. seeks email access after death

A group of influential U.S. lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to online accounts when a person dies. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to a ...

Jul 16, 2014

Google+ abandons need to use real names

Google+ apologized Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, which aims to gain ground on market leader Facebook. “When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what ...

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

Jul 10, 2014

Etiquette gets reboot for digital age

by Rob Lever

The digital age has created a host of new etiquette dilemmas. What should you do when your boss sends a Facebook friend request? Is it OK to take and share smartphone pictures at a friend’s wedding? When should you take off Google Glass, rather ...

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Jul 8, 2014

Islamists show online savvy in displaying menace, soft side

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaida offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. Over the weekend, websites previously used by the group ...

Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Jul 4, 2014

Scientific journal calls Facebook experiment 'a concern'

The scientific journal that published a controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation said Thursday it was concerned that the company did not follow scientific ethics and principles of informed consent. While it stopped short of retracting the study, the Proceedings of the National Academy ...