The technology world is abuzz over Facebook's $1 billion deal to acquire the photo-sharing app Instagram. Two years ago Instagram didn't exist. Some reasons behind the company's meteoric rise: apps are everywhere and Instragram took advantage of the moment with a playful, easy-to-use service. Now Instagram's fans wonder whether its identity will be retained.
A new program is designed to make your smartphone worthless if it's stolen. The phones have become tempting targets for thieves around the country. The mobile phone industry, along with police and regulators, hope to reduce thefts by drying up the market for stolen smartphones.
Philadelphia police have been hitting the streets to prevent crime, and now they're hitting the Web. This month, a small group of cops will start using Twitter to crack down on criminal activity. Supporters say it could save money and puts a modern spin on walking the beat.
Several teachers have been disciplined, and even fired, for their online activities. A Philadelphia teacher was suspended after posting that students acted like "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners." And a Georgia teacher was forced to resign over a Facebook photo that showed her drinking alcohol.
The practice of employers asking job applicants for their account login information for Facebook and other social media sites is meeting its backlash, as Maryland is poised to be among the first states to ban the practice, reports The Baltimore Sun.
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