June 25, 2012 |
Without asking for permission, Facebook has changed users' listed email address to one ending in "@facebook.com. " The changed was discovered Saturday, and has resulted in either users having their @facebook.com address being listed or simply having all of their other addresses be hidden, as happened in my case. The @facebook.com email service was announced in 2010, but it hasn't really gained traction as a replacement to other email service. It makes sense for the social network to want to promote its own service, but the way it's gone about it is sure to upset some people.
November 19, 2010 |
Friday is World Toilet Day. It’s not about potty jokes but rather the importance of toilets and proper sanitation worldwide. The nonprofit World Toilet Organization estimates that, in the developing world, diarrheal diseases spread via feces kill more children than HIV/AIDS. Here ’s more information and statistics about the toll poor sanitation takes globally. But good bathroom hygiene isn’t a novel concept. This "toilet timeline" includes pictures of latrines from ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations.
April 4, 2013 |
Rather than concentrate on the execution of the crime, this week's DVDs focus on what comes afterward: first the trial, then, for the unlucky, time behind bars. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, 1959's “Anatomy of a Murder” is one of the great American courtroom dramas. Directed by Otto Preminger, it features Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer defending Ben Gazzara against a murder charge brought by George C. Scott's hard-driving prosecutor. Archetypes don't get more archetypal than this, with a great Duke Ellington score thrown in for good measure.
October 10, 2013 |
President Mike Ditka? That would be an interesting alternate timeline to visit. Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach, was speaking to a group of people in North Dakota when he said his biggest mistake was not running for the U.S. Senate against the current president in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. Because if he had won, Obama would not be president today. “Biggest mistake I've ever made,” Ditka said. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn't be in the White House.” And Ditka is such an icon and so popular in Illinois, he probably would have won. ALSO: Sloane Stephens, John Isner to play in Hopman Cup for U.S. NFL games are the 12 most-watched programs in new TV season NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil arrested on suspicion of domestic assault
April 13, 2013 |
Watching the Violent Femmes at Coachella is a kind of existential angst for a millennial guy. The trio's acoustic punk reveries on the Main Stage were perhaps the most articulate depiction of young male desire that any band could conjure for a twentysomething male. Sure, you can rage in the dance tent, or profess your affections in a smaller arena, but for real, uncut adolescent masculinity and its attendant frustrations, there is the Violent Femmes, and no one else. FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2013 | What to see and do Hearing them play "Add It Up" on the main stage is both a reminder and a warning: The world is big and wide and nothing can replace that first gasp of musical influence as a document of how to feel attraction.
December 12, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's déjà vu all over again for Facebook privacy. Facebook says it's changing its privacy controls yet again to make them easier for users to understand. One of the new features: privacy shortcuts that pop up on the right-hand side at the top of News Feeds that answer questions such as “Who can see my stuff?” You can also block someone with one click. Facebook is also rolling out a feature that allows people to more easily hide or remove posts that appear on their Timeline.
October 16, 2012 |
LinkedIn just unveiled a sleek new look for profile pages that it hopes will get people to spend more time and come back more often. The professional network, dubbed "the anti-Facebook" with 175 million users and its shares trading at about $111, said the new design, which will roll out over the next few months, makes it easier for users to update their profiles and connect with others. It's all part of a push to fuel growth and engagement on LinkedIn. LinkedIn wants people to visit LinkedIn every day to stay in touch with their professional contacts, not just when they are job hunting, much the way people check Facebook each day for status updates from their friends.
September 18, 2012 |
Twitter introduced a feature similar to Facebook's "Cover Photo" that allows users to post a large personal picture to their profile page. It also updated the apps for using Twitter on mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads as well as phones running Android. Users can now add large photos that will appear above their tweets on their profile page, a feature Twitter is calling the "Header Photo. " But the Header Photo is hardly innovative. Facebook introduced something similar called the Cover Photo back when it announced its new Timeline profiles late last year.
April 12, 2013 |
Dave Alvin and a slew of other veterans of the Southern California blues and roots music communities, including Junior Watson, James Harman and the Mike Eldred Trio, will gather Sunday at Café Fais Do Do in Los Angeles to salute harmonica ace John “Juke” Logan in a benefit for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Logan has been contending with esophageal cancer on and off since 2009, and proceeds from the show will be targeted toward research on that strain of cancer.
August 2, 2012 |
In a not-very-subtle jab against Facebook, Google+ head Vic Gundotra says he's not opening up the social network's app development platform yet in part to avoid “ screwing over developers .” In case you missed it, disgruntled veteran developer Dalton Caldwell on Wednesday published a scathing open letter to Facebook in which he accused the company of trying to bully him into joining its App Center team. Caldwell, cofounder of iMeem and PicPlz, wrote the letter after he presented a product from his start-up App.net, which uses the Facebook platform, to Facebook executives.