Scams Use Social Network Vacation 'Updates' to Target Families

As people head off on summer vacations, they should be aware that con artists have come up with a new twist on an old financial fraud -- the "grandparent scam" -- that exploits the information tourists post on the Internet during their travel adventures.

Google Street View Now Includes Images of Sept. 11 Memorial, Sandy Areas

Google's Street View feature received a major update Wednesday that gives Internet users a better look at the Big Apple.

UNM to Offer Web Courses to Masses

Higher education's latest movement, the mass distribution of online courses, is getting a new member: the University of New Mexico.

Twitter's Nicole Wong Praised for First Amendment Chops

A Silicon Valley lawyer who has headed free speech efforts at Google (GOOG) and Twitter is in the running to be named a top Obama administration adviser on privacy issues.

Twitter's Stingy With #Music Service: Invite-only

An apparent stand-alone music offering from popular social-media company Twitter appeared online Friday, but access was limited to invited users only, with Ryan Seacrest claiming to be one of the select few to receive an invitation.

UrbanSitter Help Parents Find Caregivers for Their Kids

Social media can help you find someone to take care of your dry cleaning, your errands or your car. But what about the most important thing in your house: Your child?

Pope Francis' Twitter Accounts Top 5-million-followers Mark

Pope Francis' nine Twitter accounts topped the five-million-followers mark.

Social Media Communities - How Google Plus Brings People Together

One of the most awesome things about social media is how many ways you can use it. When you just want to talk to your friends or a like-minded group of people who share a particular interest, Facebook groups are fine, but you should consider Google Plus Communities.

Google Retiring 'Reader' Shows Ire at Change, Even in Fast-Moving Tech World

The digital world changed -- again -- and its inhabitants let out a collective social media wail: "RIP Google Reader." Even if a new and better option presents itself, researchers have found, people prefer to stick with what they have known longer.

Cloud Computing Competition Fogs Oracle Quarterly

Silicon Valley technology giant Oracle announced fiscal third-quarter profits Wednesday of $2.5 billion.

New Online Tool Compares Graduation Data Nationwide

Parents can now see how their children's school compares to others across the nation thanks to a new tool by the U.S. Department of Education that reports school-level graduation rates.

WhaleShark Media Renaming Itself RetailMeNot

To play off its leading online brand, Austin-based WhaleShark Media Inc. is renaming itself RetailMeNot, Inc., the company says.

Travelocity Ad Campaign Aims to Elevate Above Online Competitors

Travelocity's roaming gnome wants consumers to get off their couches and take a vacation.

Environmentalists Respond to Google's Ivory Ads

Wildlife and environmental campaigners say they have asked Google to stop advertisements in Japan by companies selling ivory products.

TechStars Boston's Spring 2013 Lineup

The 14 startups -- and the concepts behind them -- selected to participate in TechStars Boston's Spring 2013 program:

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