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I have to admit, reading this story was a bit depressing, considering the investment of time we are putting into podcasting here at my library.  Yahoo! is closing down its podcast directory and rumors are it is because of low interest and the closing of their entertainment divisioin…


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Our local newspaper, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle has a front-page story about Facebook and the dispute over safety on the popular social networking site. State officials are investigating the solicitation of minors and the use of inappropriate images on the site. Two teens interviewed for the story expressed little or no concern over their privacy being violated by online predators:

“Aixin Wang, 17, of Brighton and a member of the Democrat and Chronicle Editorial Board’s Teen Council, said she has an account with Facebook, which she said “has been really safe in protecting my information” and “I haven’t had a problem with anything.” But she said that “if there seems to be a problem, it’s a good thing to check it out.”

Fellow Teen Council member Sujay Tyle, 14, who attends Pittsford Mendon High School, expressed similar sentiments. He said he feels secure on the site because he believes it adequately restricts contacts to invited friends and other members of his school.”

I have a problem with this, because no child or teenager should wholly trust a company to protect their privacy and their interests. This is the parents’ responsibility, who should be monitoring the teenagers and their use of online networking sites. It strikes me as an issue that needs to be addressed in the classroom, whether through the library or primary teacher, but a class on Internet privacy and information ethics should be an essential component to information literacy instruction.

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News junkies beware: The New York Times released a beta version of myTimes, a customizable homepage for your favorite Times content. TechCrunch is not impressed, although Jenny Levine at Shifted Librarian makes the comment that this is a “tipping point” for the mainstream public and their acceptance of RSS and news aggregators. Plus, if you are a New York Times fanatic, its fun to play with all the widgets!

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This article from the Read/Write Web blog is about future web trends — and most are, except for a couple that suspiciously sound like they are here already: personalization and online video/TV?

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It appears that wikis are changing the way we communicate. Although not a revelation to many of us (and, dare I mention, wikis are not revolutionary, its the way we use them that is new and different) , the mainstream media is picking up this theme and running with it. I love the following comment:

The United Nations, notorious for endless deliberations, is trying a technological quick fix. Its Global Compact Office, which promotes corporate responsibility, has embraced a once fringe social technology—the wiki—in hopes that it will help staff in 80 countries share information and reach consensus with less deliberation and more speed.

Wikis go mainstream. I wonder if it will be anything like how blogging hit the mainstream a couple of years ago and made an impression on such warhorses as CNN, who now broadcast a segment with two women “reporters” who sit and show the television audience how the blogosphere is covering major stories. Probably not, but worth mentioning.

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