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Assumptions galore about adultery website

To the thousands who've been outed as users of the Ashley Madison adultery website: You deserve sympathy. Your greatest sin was trusting a website to protect your identity — especially one that would have rated a 10 as a juicy target for hackers.The second sin, for...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Keeping public records public

You would have thought that for something that has been widely used for more than 25 years, we would have figured out how government officials could keep public, political and personal email and other electronic communication separate.Maybe we're too busy deleting spam.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Editorials


Facebook hit billion-user milestone Monday

NEW YORK — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.Monday's milestone was...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Nation & World


Adultery website CEO steps down after reported affairs

The chief executive of dating website Ashley Madison is resigning, parent company Avid Life Media Inc. said Friday, after a hack that revealed millions of user names meant to be kept secret.Noel Biderman founded the site in 2002 to make it easier for married people to find...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire


Town approves deal for Facebook data center

PRINEVILLE, Ore. — Facebook has been approved for a new data center in Prineville that is expected to save the social-networking company tens of millions of dollars.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire


Muppet personal ads found on Ashley Madison

Now that hackers have released data on Ashley Madison's customers, the news of Kermit and Miss Piggy's breakup is less surprising. They and other Muppets have had profiles on the popular dating site for months. A sampling:I've had it with the "dreaming" and all...

Date: 08/21/2015 | Off the Wire


Adulterers note: 36 million AshleyMadison users exposed

Hackers claiming to have stolen data from AshleyMadison.com, a website that facilitates hook-ups between would-be adulterers, have released information they say includes details of more than 36 million user accounts.The data dump...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Business Wire


Blogs and social media are great ways to find your voice

Many years ago when I was a new mom and my days were filled with co-op preschool and deep discussions with my little guy about bulldozers, there were posters in downtown Edmonds featuring prominent residents reading books. I don't remember who was in this literacy campaign, but I do...

Date: 08/16/2015 | I Brake for Moms


U.S. tech workers fall in love with wacky job titles

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — It is a corporate feel-good movement sweeping the nation: titlemania.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Business Wire


Some of us not used to tweeting our own horns

"So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Meet the Press'?"No."Did you tweet that you were going on ‘Hardball'?"No.So goes a recent conversation with my adult son, who...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Facebook ramps up minority hiring

Facebook nearly doubled the number of its black and Hispanic employees last year, but those groups are still starkly underrepresented at the tech giant. In 2014, black and Hispanic employees made up 5.4 percent of all workers, up from 4.4 percent in 2013.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire


Social media iPhone prank ties up local 911 call centers

EVERETT — Snohomish County’s 911 centers are asking people to refrain from a social media prank that was tying up dispatchers on Thursday morning.At least a dozen of the 911 prank calls had been reported by SNOPAC, the dispatch center based in Everett, by noon, director Kurt Mills said.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Sirens


Church fires not usually caused by arson

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As investigators probe church fires including the blaze that destroyed a rural black church targeted by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, the question is spreading through social media: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World


White House lifts photo ban during tours

WASHINGTON — For more than four decades a White House tour was a hushed affair, where visitors moved at timed intervals through the executive residence, their cameras in their pockets, taking in portraits of past presidents, the antique furniture and the color of the drapes.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World


Taco Bell bones up on youth lingo

NEW YORK — Taco Bell executives are studying a strange new vocabulary emerging on this side of the border — the lingo of its young customers.CEO Brian Niccol said the company features a "Millennial Word of the Week" at its headquarters as a reminder...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Business Wire


Guidelines outline suggested online behavior for Monroe officials

MONROE — The mayor and City Council members are now "strongly discouraged" from friending each other or liking the posts of fellow politicians on Facebook.That's part of a new

Date: 06/06/2015 | Local News


Online encryption hinders U.S. terror monitors

WASHINGTON — The growing use of encrypted communications and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State group is complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists, U.S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday.Appearing before the House Homeland...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World


When popping the question to Obama, anything goes

WASHINGTON — Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it.President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his @POTUS handle last week.The suggested subject from...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World


Senate policy may reduce partisan squabbling on social media

TACOMA — A new Senate policy is attempting to reduce lawmakers’ partisan squabbling on social media sites such as Twitter.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest


Little recourse against faceless commenters

Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app...

Date: 05/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Not easy to tell experts from frauds online

There's been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough. Some say we should loudly thank Tara Hills for publicly disowning her anti-vax campaign. Others — me, for...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Sheriff’s office joins the social media neighborhood

STANWOOD — For Miriam Lancaster, the website has been a seamless way to connect with others living around Lake Ketchum north of Stanwood."It's just as though we are talking to a neighbor over the fence, even at midnight," she said.Many Snohomish...

Date: 04/20/2015 | Local News


Teens glued to Internet, study finds

Think teenagers are always glued to their phones? A new research report says you're right.A survey of more than 1,000 teens found 92 percent of them go online daily and 24 percent of them go online "almost constantly."The preferred method was...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World


When you can't be on trails, find fellow hikers online

About a year ago, Lee Jacobson noticed a Facebook group for hikers. It had members from all over the world. He liked the idea, but thought it would be even better with a local focus. So, he told a friend, Michael Restivo, that he wanted to create a local Facebook page and...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Explore NW


Students alerted officials to school sex assaults

LOS ANGELES – It was students who alerted Los Angeles Unified School District officials about possible sexual abuse among their peers at Venice High School, a senior district official told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World


More chapters may have used racist chant

National leaders of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and University of Texas officials are investigating whether the racist chant used in Oklahoma has been sung by members of other chapters.The University of Texas said in a statement that it is trying to find out if...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World


Idaho fugitive caught on Facebook

CALDWELL, Idaho — An Idaho fugitive was caught Saturday after he made a post on Facebook inviting friends to join him at batting practice in Boise.

Date: 03/08/2015 | Northwest


Facebook adds new gender option

Facebook users who don’t fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World


Twitter has become our humorless conscience

Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.Penn, just before announcing...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Facebook’s newest features give users options after death

Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their Facebook pages after they die. Starting Thursday, users saw a new option pop up in their security settings that will let them choose whether they want to pass their information and account management...

Date: 02/15/2015 | Life


Matchmaker serves Wall Street’s demanding singles

Lory Kelsey’s eyes grow wide like a child with a secret. She can feel it. She’s on the verge of a love match.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Nation & World


Couples who flaunt relationships on Facebook actually are happy

Here’s some bummer news well-suited to the year’s most bummer holiday: All those obnoxiously couple-y Facebook couples, forever flaunting their “ussies” and “in a relationship” statuses, may actually be as blessed and happy as they say.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Nation & World


Hillary Clinton’s campaign well under way

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, who won't yet say whether she is running for president, is assembling a massive campaign team-in-waiting that outstrips anything on a Republican side that remains factionalized and focused on knocking off one another.At this point, without...

Date: 02/07/2015 | Nation & World


Facebook tries to wipe out fake news

On Tuesday, Facebook dealt a blow to the fake-news industry that could, in all likelihood, wipe it out: Starting this week, the site will cut down on the number of fake news stories that circulate in its News Feed — and add a warning on hoax stories indicating that they're...

Date: 01/22/2015 | Nation & World


Amber Alerts coming to Facebook

NEW YORK — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Business Wire


U.S. economy grows as the world slows

NEW YORK — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market...

Date: 01/01/2015 | Business Wire


A few things to work on in 2015

With the new year begun, it's customary to make a few resolutions. Typically, the custom applies to resolutions for oneself, but we'll make an exception here and recommend a few resolutions for others.Resolved: Those running for office should stop making...

Date: 01/01/2015 | Editorials


Ex-Seattle student convicted of cyberstalking deported

SEATTLE — U.S. officials have deported a former University of Washington student from India who was convicted of cyberstalking for making threats on social media.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Northwest


Maybe letters to Santa are better in crayon

"I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"Sigh. The days of scrawled letters to Santa with crayons, smiley faces and Unabomber-like scribbles with serial numbers and price lists and naked greed mellowed...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Commentary


Yakima official suspended for derisive text messages

YAKIMA — The text messages that got the city’s Engineering and Utilities director suspended included derisive comments about other city officials and labor leaders, according to the messages made public through a public records request.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest


Instagram says it’s bigger than Twitter

Instagram now has more than 300 million users worldwide, making it bigger than Twitter.The popular photo-sharing app announced its latest user figures in a blog post from chief executive Kevin Systrom on Wednesday, saying users share more than 70 million photos and videos every day.

Date: 12/11/2014 | Business Wire


Tweets cause alarm among Jackson High School parents

MILL CREEK — A series of disturbing posts on Twitter that made reference to Jackson High School in Mill Creek has led to confusion among parents and the Everett School District.

Date: 12/10/2014 | Sirens


Cell phone use leaves students uptight

AKRON, Ohio — Frittering away hours on your smartphone playing games and using social media may seem like harmless fun.But a new Kent State University study suggests it's actually making you more uptight and stressed out — not to mention it's keeping you from...

Date: 12/07/2014 | Nation & World


Aide’s Facebook post was news because it fit media’s bias

Thanksgiving week, GOP House aide Elizabeth Lauten posted an admonishment of first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama on her Facebook page: "I get you're both in those awful teen years, but you're a part of the First Family, try showing a little class," it began. And:...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Opinion Columnists


Cosby’s trial by social media raises concerns for all

By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s.According to several women who have accused him of sexual predations, Cosby's usual modus operandi was to drug...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Opinion Columnists


Some of the shine is off the Uber brand

Some Uber customers are reportedly deleting the car-hailing service's app from their cellphones. Here is the reason, which may come on top of other reasons:An Uber exec talked about hiring an investigative team to find dirt on journalists writing unflattering things about...

Date: 11/25/2014 | Opinion Columnists


Uber’s ‘surge’ ethic spreading to restaurants

Uber, the car-summoning service, got some flak not long ago for "surge" pricing. Customers complained about its policy of raising prices charged for trips at times of high demand. That might happen on New Year's Eve, in the teeth of a monsoon or, less dramatically, during an...

Date: 11/04/2014 | Opinion Columnists


Facebook get small payback for WhatsApp

SAN FRANCISCO — The numbers are in for Facebook’s acquisition of mobile-messaging application WhatsApp.: The social network paid $22 billion for a startup that generated $10.2 million in revenue last year.

Date: 10/30/2014 | Business Wire


‘Silicon Beach’ reels in tech firms

So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."In the past few...

Date: 10/23/2014 | Business Wire


Facebook unfriends federal drug agency

WASHINGTON — Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it’s not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.

Date: 10/18/2014 | Nation & World


Teens are officially over Facebook

Since children are the future, and no one over 21 really knows what they find "cool," researchers have devoted many, many surveys to the exact quantification of what it is #teens do online.

Date: 10/08/2014 | Business Wire


App designers, there’s an apt revenue strategy for that

Microsoft’s recent purchase of the game Minecraft for $2.5 billion reflects the changing landscape of the software industry.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Business


App designers, there’s an apt revenue strategy for that

Microsoft’s recent purchase of the game Minecraft for $2.5 billion reflects the changing landscape of the software industry.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Business columnists


For some gays abroad, social networking poses risk

For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse.

Date: 09/29/2014 | Nation & World


Deen gives her side but it’ll cost you

Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that set back her career, but you’ll need to pay to hear it.

Date: 09/25/2014 | Entertainment


Teacher won’t be charged for ‘inappropriate’ tweets

NEWARK, Calif. — The teacher whose Twitter messages expressed violent thoughts about students will not be charged with a crime, police said Thursday.

Date: 09/19/2014 | Nation & World


Court backs Yelp in ratings lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them.

Date: 09/04/2014 | Business


Not Amused: Queen finds cell phone pics troubling

LONDON — It’s official. She is not amused.

Date: 09/04/2014 | Entertainment


Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don’t want to share their viewing habits with large audiences.

Date: 09/04/2014 | Entertainment




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