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A Toronto cell phone user is suing for the damages caused when Rogers Communications decided, without her permission, to bundle her service with that of her husband. That gave him access to her call records – on a phone contracted under her maiden name – and addressed the newly bundled bill to him. He learned of an affair from her billing records. He filed for divorce, which caused a downward spiral in Gabrielle Nagy’s life that left her jobless.

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Poor Stan is dragged reluctantly into Facebook. I know the feeling.Poor Stan is dragged reluctantly into Facebook. I know the feeling.

 

In another era, there used to be a joke that when Time magazine featured a hot new trend on its cover, that was the signal it was over. Now a South Park episode is the sign of a brand about to be mocked into decline, and Facebook just got the treatment.

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Privacy is dead

28 Mar 2010
Posted by Shannon

Social media hammering nails into the coffin of privacy is a daily occurrence now.

Today’s highlights include CBC reporting a journalism professor at King’s College informing us that the New Brunswick courts “misunderstand the nature of social media today” when they’re foolish enough to issue a publication ban on naming sexual assault victims.

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PoMo Editor Strikes

12 Mar 2010
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Facebook is “threatening to sue” London’s Daily Mail due to a copy editor who decided to spice up a story about how social networking is a hotbed of pedophiles. According to The Guardian, the Mail ran a story on how 14-year-old girls who post their profiles would be approached “within seconds” by dirty old men.

 Alas, this is not true. Jazzy, but not true. Even the writer says so.

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Facebook is getting old, in every sense of the word.

Since early 2009, when Facebook trumpeted the fact that the female 55+ demographic grew by 550 per cent, (while underplaying the fact that the under-30 enthusiasm stagnated), I've been amused to see it evolving into the equivalent of the retirement home's social centre.

Women who used to scrapbook are now farming on Facebook and sending us all tiresome updates. (PopCap Games reports that 60 per cent of FarmVille's 82 million users are women over 40.)

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Facebook getting old

07 Mar 2010
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Facebook is getting old in more ways than one, as I say in the Winnipeg Free Press

Ever since early 2009, when Facebook trumpeted the fact that the female 55+ demographic grew by 550 per cent (while underplaying the fact that the under-30 enthusiasm stagnated) I’ve been amused to see the site evolving into the equivalent of the retirement home’s social hub.

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