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Your Facebook information will not be saved for future use

February
28

CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared on the TODAY show with Meredith Vieira yesterday. The goal of the interview was to clear up controversy surrounding a change of their terms of service last week. The change claimed ownership of members’ personal data and postings, even after they cancel their Facebook memberships.

“Frankly, we made a mistake in the last version and issued some unclear language,” Zuckerberg told Lauer. “Our intent is that people own their own information. One of the things that makes Facebook really special is it’s a service that people are using to put up information that they want to share with people that often is very personal, private, intimate.”

If a member decides to leave Facebook and takes down his or her page, he added, “None of that information will be shared with anyone going forward.”

Chalk up one for the good guys.

Posted by lvollmer on Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
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College crime and safety

February
27

On Wednesday I covered a program hosted by college students called Teens N Transition at North Salem High School.

College students spoke to high school seniors about they dangers they may face when they attend college.

Teens N Transition is a program of PEACEOUTside Campus-The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to Lindsey Bonistall, a 20-year-old White Plains woman who was raped and strangled in her off-campus apartment at the University of Delaware in 2005.

“We give them advice from college students,” said Kathleen Bonistall, Lindsey’s mother and co-founder of the organization. “We want to make the college years the best years of their lives, and if we can prevent a family from going through what we endured, we did something.”

Even through college is full of fun and novel experiences,  horrible things do occur.

At least one in four college women will be the victim of a sex assault during her academic career, the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault said.

And male college students were twice as likely to be victims of overall violence as female students, according to a 1995 to 2002 study cited on the Justice Department’s Web site.

For more info on how to stay safe log on to The Security on Campus  Web site here

Caption: College students face dangers on campus (Kathy McLaughin/The Poughkeepsie Journal).

Posted by Danielle De Souza on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
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Revolving Closet: “One Fashionista’s trash is a Recessionista’s treasure”

February
27

With the beginning of spring a few short weeks away, there is no need to buy an entire wardrobe for the season. Style Chile recently offered some sound advice on how to stay fashionably conscious and creative during this global economic crisis. The fashion blog suggests to revisit your closet and create three piles for clothes, shoes and accessories that you will:
1. keep
2. discard
3. donate

“Keep the statement pieces, no matter how atrocious or outlandish the statement; trust me, these are the ones that make good vintage in the future,” Style Chile said. Also keep staple pieces like a basic black dress and tailored white button-down.
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Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 11:05 am |
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Stop Facebook Wallin’

February
26

So a bunch of Harrison cops are in hot water for making sexual jokes on Facebook about the town supervisor, a 74-year-old woman.

The cops made the comments by posting on each other’s walls. As a five-year Facebook veteran, it is time I impart some wisdom.

I’m not a big fan of wallin’. It creates a paper trail for the entire world to see and it’s setting you up for trouble.

It’s not even about the paper trail though. It’s simple hygiene. Nothing annoys me more than looking at a wall filled with posts from one person. Keep it classy and start deleting the extra posts.

I have a rule, anytime someone posts on my wall more than once, they are required to continue the conversation with composed messages.

Oh and don’t even think about Facebook chats. To me, its like the syphilis of social networking. Its just as hard to get rid of too 🙂

(Photo by Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News )

Posted by Aman Ali on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
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Government grant money bull

February
25

It seems like every time I log into my facebook account, I see some advertisements claiming that I can apply for a government grant and receive ridiculous sums of money that “I never have to pay back”.

In fact, all I had to do was search “stimulus” in the Facebook search tool and these two ads came up.


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Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
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Ford campaign gives Millennials a free ride

February
24

Want a free ride, gas and car insurance for a six-month period?

As part of the “Fiesta Movement,” 100 millennials will receive the free Ford vehicle before it launches in the country next year.

Automobile Magazine says Ford is targeting bloggers, YouTube celebrities and other well connected 20-somethings (born between 1979 and 1995) with its “Fiesta Movement” campaign to market the 2010 Fiesta.

As part of the deal, the drivers will complete special “missions” and then share their experiences digitally through social media sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.

Registration is open to drivers that are 21 years of age or older. The article says more than 1500 applications have been submitted for the “movement.” Registration here ends at midnight on March 13.

(Photo: AP/Jerry S. Mendoza)

Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
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Rihanna and Chris Brown drama deals with a bigger issue

February
20

I am not one for celebrity gossip, but I have been following the never-ending Rihanna and Chris Brown story.

If some of you do not know, R &B singer Chris Brown,20, was arrested for allegedly beating up his girlfriend Singer Rihanna,21, about two weeks ago.

The story is all over the television and newspapers and I can honesty say that on my way to work I hear jokes about the situation on the radio each day.

No matter how exciting this story may be to some, it deals with a much bigger issue: Young abusive relationships.

In high school I had a number of friends whose boyfriend’s would verbally and emotionally abuse them. I remember hearing “Oh he did not hit me that hard” or “I got him angry so that is why he did it.”

Do not get me wrong, it goes both ways. There are situations in which men are abused or both parties are doing the abusing.

So are you in a abusive relationship? Here are ways to find out according a BBC relationship quiz.

1. Does your partner harm you physically in any way? (Hitting, slapping, punching, grabbing, shaking etc)

2. Do they try and control different aspects of your life? (Telling you how to dress, who to associate with, what to say)

3.Do they frequently humiliate you and make you feel unworthy?

4.Do they threaten to harm you?

5. Do they twist the truth to blame you for their actions?

6. Do they demand to know where you are at all times?

7. Do they become jealous when you want to spend time with family and friends?

If so, you may be in a abusive relationship.

We are all adults and we make our own decisions. We have the power to stay or leave situations that may be harmful to us. I am not going to tell anyone what to do with their lives.

However I will say that no one deserves to be treated that way.

Caption: Singer Rihanna was hospitalized the night before the Grammys after she was allegedly beaten up by boyfriend Singer Chris Brown.

Posted by Danielle De Souza on Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
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Your privacy is safe for now

February
18

Due to a ton of complaints, Facebook has backed off on its proposal to permanently house all data on a user, even after said user deletes their Facebook account.

Mark Zuckerberg released the following statement today on the Facebook blog:

“A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms of use hoping to clarify some parts for our users. Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information. Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.”

I am curious to see how this plays out. If your privacy is a major concern, you may want to consider deleting your current account and sign back up when the terms of service are finalized.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
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Better watch what you upload on Facebook

February
18

If you have logged into Facebook in the past day or so, you may have seen this message on the top of your screen.

A few days ago, Facebook modified its terms of use. The new terms grant Facebook permanent rights to users’ photos, wall posts and other information even after a user closes their account.

That means any status update, photo, wall post, note etc. will be owned by Facebook .forever. That is kind of alarming.

In an effort to make the language of the terms easier to read, Facebook is in the process of modifying it’s terms of use. The bottom line is that you have to be more careful then ever if you wish to keep your Facebook account. If someone tags you in something inappropriate, then simply untag it. Watch what you upload and what you write and you should be ok.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
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20-somethings are the most uninsured.

February
18

There are times that we all borrow things from our friends and family. Money, clothes, shoes, etc.

Well, due to lack of health care, people in their 20s are borrowing medicine from others. In an article in The New York Times, it stated that many 20-somethings are without health insurance and have resorted to borrowing medicine from others and self-diagnosing.

The article stated that people in their 20s shun health insurance because their age makes them feel invulnerable and mostly because policies are out of reach.

Young adults are the nation’s largest group of the uninsured. There were 13.2 million (29 percent) of them nationally in 2007 according to the figures from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit research group in New York.

The article also pointed out that many “young invincibles” face the challenge of living in high priced cities on low paying jobs with no benefits.

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Caption: Young adults have resorted to borrowing medicine from others due to lack of health insurance (Seth Harrison/The Journal News).

Posted by Danielle De Souza on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
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