AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: BRITAIN - FACEBOOK PRIVACY
LONDON (AP) — British privacy officials are taking some serious steps aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. Under draft rules, the Information Commissioner’s Office says it will bar kids from being able to, for example, “like” posts on Facebook and other social media sites. The rules would also stop tech companies from using “nudge techniques” that encourage kids to keep using a site. The proposed privacy rules would apply to apps, connected toys, social media sites, search engines, news or educational websites — and streaming and other online services.
IN THE NEWS: RURAL INTERNET
UNDATED (AP) — Those who live in a city and get irked about having an internet signal drop from time to time — would be blown away by the way things are in many rural parts of the U.S. Take for example Weston, West Virginia — where one teacher has to drive a half-hour to her brother’s house to get a decent-enough signal to log grades into an online database. Many other small towns and cities have similar connectivity issues. The lack of internet service in rural America is a concern as the world becomes more wired than ever before. The FCC says more than 24 million people lack access to broadband internet service at home.
ON THE WEB: AT&T - HULU
CYBERSPACE (AP) — AT&T has sold its 9.5% share in Hulu. As that portion of stock returns to the streaming video company, Disney and Comcast are left as Hulu’s sole owners. Various media conglomerates ended up with chunks of Hulu after making deals with other firms with a stake in the streaming service. Hulu costs $6 a month. It lets users watch original series and network TV episodes after they air on TV.
Hulu site: http://www.hulu.com
IN STORES: WALMART / KIDBOX
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is taking another step toward trying to make itself a go-to place for fashion, this time for children. It is teaming up with Kidbox, an online styling service for the younger set. Walmart customers can now have access to more than 120 premium children’s brands. After the parent fills out a short style quiz, the child gets a style box which includes about five fashion items for $48 — about half off the suggested retail prices of the bundled items.
Walmart site: http://www.walmart.com
Kidbox site: http://www.kidbox.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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