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Everson sex offender sentenced for sexting teen girl

EVERSON, Wash. — A Whatcom County sex offender charged with sending sexual text messages to a teen girl who lied about her age has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Northwest

Too right to get a like

Viewpoints: Is Facebook biased against conservative sites?

Date: 05/22/2016 | Commentary

If Facebook plays politics, it's going to lose a lot of likes

"Amy Schumer goes shopping as plus-size woman in comedy sketch.""First penis transplant in the United States performed."

Date: 05/20/2016 | Web Monkey

2 convicted of killing man who contacted daughter in Germany

BERLIN — A German court has convicted a couple and a friend of murder and sentenced them to life in prison for killing a man who had contacted their 12-year-old daughter on Facebook. They wrongly suspected him of being a pedophile.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

News censorship trending on Facebook?

The news media's reputation has taken a substantial hit in recent years, and it appears that social media, which has increasingly been seen as a viable alternative news source, is not immune to disappointing readers' sense of fairness with its own biases. Social media behemoth Facebook...

Date: 05/16/2016 | Commentary

Plently to ‘Like’ about Facebook, but there are concerns

Facebook remains uncontested as the social media champ of Wall Street. Its stock recently hit an all-time high while Twitter's hit its low. As an enrollee in both, I can tell you why — and the why of it is reason for concern.Beneath those warm visuals of Thanksgiving...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Google wants new emojis to represent professional women

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google wants professional women to be better represented in emoji form.

Date: 05/12/2016 | Business Wire

CIA’s ‘live-tweets’ of bin Laden raid criticized

WASHINGTON — Twitter users reacted with criticism and confusion after the CIA “live-tweeted” the Osama bin Laden raid that ended with his death five years ago. The “live-tweets,” posted Sunday as if they were happening in the present, drew critics long after the agency’s tweets concluded.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Nation & World

Congress should safeguard privacy of emails

Imagine police rifling through your desk, then boxing up and carting off any mail or correspondence that was older than six months.Ridiculous; they'd have to have a warrant. But the same Fourth Amendment protection you enjoy at home has yet to be extended to the emails and...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Editorials

Schools help cops spy on kids’ social media activity

Schools in Florida are renewing a program that monitors their students' social media activity for criminal or threatening behavior, despite causing some controversy since its adoption last year.Orlando County Public Schools recently told the Orlando Sentinel that the...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World

AMC retreats from plan to allow texting in theaters

LOS ANGELES - Never mind, phone addicts. Following a public outcry, AMC Entertainment says it will not experiment after all with theaters that allow texting.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Business Wire

Oregon Supreme Court affirms online reviews as protected speech

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court was correct to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by the owner of a wedding venue that received a negative review online.

Date: 03/05/2016 | Business Wire

Is Twitter committee squelching voices on the right?

This month, Twitter announced it has a Trust and Safety Council because, as CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, "Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety." Apparently the social media platform's...

Date: 02/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Facebook officially expands beyond the ‘like’

Facebook announced Wednesday that it is rolling out its Reactions feature across the globe, giving everyone a chance to express a broader range of emotions beyond the "Like."As the company first promised in October, users now have the option to respond to a post...

Date: 02/24/2016 | Business Wire

Internet’s new hobby: trolling campaign websites

WASHINGTON — This week, a delighted Internet audience discovered that redirects visitors to front-runner Donald Trump's campaign website.It's an easy joke. Noticing that the Bush campaign, which...

Date: 02/20/2016 | Nation & World

Moving on from grief

Group offers support, activities for those who have lost a spouse

Date: 01/30/2016 | Local News

Prosecutors use refuge occupiers’ own words against them

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ammon Bundy and his followers made ample use of social media and videos to summon armed recruits to join their takeover of a wildlife refuge and to declare their readiness to stand their ground. Now federal authorities are using the occupiers’ own words against them.

Date: 01/29/2016 | Northwest

Smartphones may keep teens off the roads

Over the winter break, my teenage children observed, based on their friends and acquaintances, that young adults are much less eager to get their driver's licenses than they once were, and that in general fewer young people have them. I was skeptical at first, but it turns out they're...

Date: 01/18/2016 | Commentary

Kennewick teen charged with sending teacher explicit photos

KENNEWICK — A Kennewick teenager has been accused of soliciting his former teacher for sex by sending her explicit Facebook messages.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Northwest

Fireball in Western U.S. sky has people abuzz

PHOENIX — The body of a Russian rocket that burned up as it entered the Earth's atmosphere set off a wave of excitement on social media and fueled speculation over what caused the flash of light to shoot across the sky in the American West.The fireball seen over...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Nation & World

Laid-off woman’s Facebook plea brings help for Christmas

BISMARCK, N.D. — When Elizabeth Garcia looked at the bare area under her Christmas tree and considered the bills that had been mounting since her last job layoff, she knew she had to do something to give her family a merry holiday. She turned to social media.

Date: 12/19/2015 | Nation & World

California gunman was in touch with extremists

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — California gunman Syed Rizwan Farook had been in contact with known Islamic extremists on social media, a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday, and police said he and his wife had enough bullets and bombs to slaughter hundreds when they launched their...

Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World

Facebook expands sharing options to include live video

SAN FRANCISCO — Get ready to start watching live video of your friends and family doing something fun, boring or even dumb on Facebook.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire

Revenge porn purveyor is sentenced to prison

Hunter Moore, the man who created an infamous revenge porn site, was sentenced to more than two years in prison on Wednesday, according to the City News Service.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World

Facebook CEO, now a father, will give away most of his money

SAN FRANCISCO — Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they’ll devote nearly all their wealth — roughly $45 billion — to good works in celebration of their daughter, Max.

Date: 12/02/2015 | Nation & World

Man suspected of posting racist threats at WWU posts $10K bail

BELLINGHAM — A Granite Falls High School graduate has been suspended from Western Washington University after allegedly making racist threats against other students on social media, which led to the campus being closed last week.Tysen Dane Campbell, 19, was arrested...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Local News

Students, watch your yakking

The posts on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media smartphone app, were without question racist and threatening.Following discussion last month that Western Washington University's Viking mascot was viewed by some students as racist, debate on the smartphone app ranged from...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Editorials

Why the media won't say Donald Trump is lying

Just north of the campus of Ohio State is a bar called The Library. It does not take a college student long to recognize the utility of that name; a parent calls and asks where you are and you can simply say, "The Library," letting your factual answer ameliorate any concerns...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Google hides Star Wars Easter eggs all over the place

While many people are counting down to this week's holiday (or maybe to Black Friday), there's a whole fandom out there that is probably most interested in what's happening Dec. 18: the premiere of the new "Star Wars" movie."The Force Awakens" is only...

Date: 11/24/2015 | Business Wire

Police investigating possible hate crime at Portland college

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police are investigating a possible hate crime at Lewis and Clark College.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Facebook will now help you win your breakup

Breaking up has never been harder than it is in the Internet age. And in recognition of this tragic and undisputed fact, Facebook, on Thursday, began testing a new tool to make it easier.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Nation & World

Choose-your-own adventure — on Twitter

A very fun choose-your-own adventure game — playable entirely on Twitter — went live earlier this month, complete with pixel art, secret hints, and lots of surprising ways to die.The game's called...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Life

Five myths about the baby boomer generation

There are 75.4 million baby boomers in the United States, people from 51 to 69 years old. They are the largest generation in American history, raised during the economic prosperity that followed World War II. Media and marketers have treated the generation as one enormous, monolithic group since...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Extensive sexting at high school leads to suspensions

DENVER — Officials investigating an apparently extensive case of sexting at a southern Colorado high school are urging parents to check their children’s phones for explicit selfies and talk to them about the risk of the photos becoming public.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Anonymous KKK ‘leak’ targets world of white power

After days of inaccuracies, confusing reports, and false starts, Anonymous’s much-hyped “Operation KKK” finally released a list of - if not the promised 1,000 - hundreds of names and social media accounts, many of which appear to have clear connections to the Ku Klux Klan, or other white supremacy...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Facebook reports strong quarterly earnings

Boosted by a surge in advertising, Facebook posted strong third-quarter financial earnings that beat analysts’ estimates, the company said Wednesday.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Facebook testing emojis to change how users ‘like’ posts

Move over, long-rumored dislike button: We now have more details on how Facebook is thinking about expanding its “likes,” and it looks as if the service is considering allowing users to express a range of emotional responses to posts on the site — through emojis.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Life

67 new emoji may soon show up on your phone

You’ll be able to call someone a liar, shrug, and call in sick to work without typing a single word, if a proposed set of emojis from the international body that governs them gets final approval next year.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Life

Weathering a storm

I made a simple joke and was struck by Twitter lightning

Date: 10/18/2015 | Life

Don’t count grammar fans among Trump’s supporters

The smart folk at Grammarly — an online grammar checker — examined Facebook posts written by supporters of the 2016 presidential candidates in a savvy bid to garner free press. It helped that the grammar site's findings confirmed the left's most treasured conceit —...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Facebook jumps into home repair services

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is the latest technology company that wants to connect you with a handyman who can install a ceiling fan or fix a leaky toilet, following, Google and a slew of startups seeking ways to make money from the $300 billion home-improvement market.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

Dark corners of social media encourage bloodshed

The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.Lonely young men full of hate have been with us since there were lonely young men. The modern...

Date: 10/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Prison phone smugglers dangerous, indictment says

ATLANTA — They brokered drug deals, ran telephone scams and ordered a hit on a government witness — crimes that fetch long stints in prison. Except these criminals were already in prison.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Yakima man who met girls on Facebook pleads guilty to child rape charges

YAKIMA — A Yakima man accused of having sex with underage girls after befriending them on a social media site pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree child rape.The Yakima Herald reported that Austin Bates entered the plea Friday in Yakima County Superior Court.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest

Facebook doesn’t need a ‘dislike’ button — here’s why

Facebook is finally working on a feature that users have wanted for years: a “dislike” button that will let us react to posts that aren’t strictly positive.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Social media lit up by firefighters’ pics of the West ablaze

Firefighter Stephanie Preheim had only just arrived at the storage facility she was assigned to protect from a massive wildfire near the tourist town of Chelan when the winds shifted, pushing the blaze back her way.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest

Stephen Colbert, Jeb Bush are in social media feud over tickets

NEW YORK — It’s still a few days before Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of “The Late Show” but he’s already got his first comedy feud going on social media with Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Nation & World

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, 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

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