Your internet data is rotting


The internet is growing, but old information continues to disappear daily.

Many MySpace users were dismayed to discover earlier this year that the social media platform lost 50 million files uploaded between 2003 and 2015.

The failure of MySpace to care for and preserve its users’ content should serve as a reminder that relying on free third-party services can be risky.

MySpace has probably preserved the users’ data; it just lost their content. The data was valuable to MySpace; the users’ content less so.

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Most popular music scenes in America

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts performs.

Over the past twenty years the geography of popular music has changed considerably. The internet and social media have obviously played a large role. While industries like automobiles or steel still cluster around resources, cheap labor and transportation routes, or high-tech companies cluster around skilled labor and universities, the forever altered music industry now has fewer physical reasons to cluster — musicians no longer need to be near any particular resource to record and distribute their work anymore. And yet, they clearly still do cluster, just perhaps for slightly different reasons.



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MySpace signs up 1 million new users in a month


Chris Vanderhook, left, and Tim Vanderhook, right, at Myspace headquarters in Beverly Hills.

It may be too soon to tell if MySpace can become culturally relevant again.  But, Tim and Chris Vanderhook, the two young investors who bought the faded social networking site from News Corp. in June 2011 now have some semi-solid reason to hope.

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Does Facebook promote drug and alcohol abuse in teens?


Social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and others, which displayed images of teens abusing alcohol and drugs, “constitutes electronic child abuse”.

 According to a  new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University suggests that teens who use social media are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.


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NYPD forms new unit to track troublemakers on social media sites


The NYPD has formed Facebook and Twitter units in order to track down and monitor criminals and criminal behavior on social media sites.

The New York Police Department has formed a new unit to track troublemakers who announce plans or brag about their crimes on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook.


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55% of parents spy on their children on Facebook to see what they are up to


Many parents worried about what their children do online have taken matters into their own hands.

Fifty-five percent of parents log onto social networking sites like Facebook to spy on what their children are doing, a study has found.


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Most Socially Networked Cities in the U.S.

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Washington D.C. is the most socially networked city in America.

A new survey released by Men’s Health magazine names the top socially networked cities in America.  The top spot goes to Washington D.C., a city where staying connected can get out the vote, and virtual handshakes help shape our nation.  D.C. ranked above Atalnta, Ga., Denver, Colo., and Minneapolis, Minn.  Palo Alto, Calif., home to Facebook, did not even make the list of 100 cities.


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Cartography!: The Map Of Social Networking

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This is the 2010 Social Networking Map. From a quick glance I imagine most of you reside in the lower left portion, somewhere in The Sea of Desperation between the land of Youporn and The Island of Trolls. But who knows, maybe you spent your last $30 on a raft and set sail for a better life…

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Malicious Site Can Figure Out Your Real-Life Identity by Your Social Networking Groups


Hackers can figure out who you are by what groups you belong to.

People often get categorized by social group–jock, geek, soccer mom. The same is true for our online identities: If you have an account on Facebook or LinkedIn, you might also belong to several groups on each site.


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Well Adjusted Teens Do Better on Social Media Sites


Teens who spend a lot of time on social networking sites may be more well adjusted according to a study. 

With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today’s digital kids may not be such a disaster after all.

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