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A Cadaver, Facebook, Free Speech (Inside Higher Ed)
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the right of the University of Minnesota to punish a mortuary science student for posts on Facebook that made fun of a cadaver. The court’s ruling said that because of the nature of the student’s career-related academic program, the university did not violate the student’s rights in failing her in an anatomy laboratory course. AllFacebook Facebook stayed the course on its path to keep optimizing its mobile offerings with Wednesday’s long-awaited introduction of the “like” button for mobile applications. The social network introduced an open graph built-in like action for mobile apps, allowing developers to build like buttons into their apps with the aim of increasing engagement with its rapidly accelerating mobile user base. Bloomberg Businessweek Facebook’s audience in the United States declined in May, while the amount of time users spent on the social-networking website rose, according to comScore. The number of visitors to Facebook.com dropped less than 1 percent to 158 million in May from April, the Reston, Va.-based company said in an emailed statement. Visitors in April also fell less than 1 percent from March. ZDNET Yahoo and Facebook have asked for more time from a U.S. judge as part of efforts to end ongoing litigation, according to a court filing. The two companies, which are locked in a battle over patents, said they wanted court deadlines pushed back to allow breathing space for the talks to continue in the hope the two can avoid the courtroom. The Wall Street Journal A bipartisan group of lawmakers called on regulators to overhaul the way initial public offerings are conducted, concerned that last month’s flubbed stock sale by Facebook shows the current system unfairly punishes small investors. In a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro, Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) prodded the agency to revamp rules for pricing and disclosure in IPOs.
See This: Doctor to Live Stream Eye Surgery Today (Mashable)
Like many patients weighing surgery, Josh Leavitt of Salt Lake City, Utah, is performing his due diligence — reading up on corrective eye procedures, consulting medical pros and talking to others who have had similar operations. But today, Leavitt will be able to add a more unusual item to that list of background information — watching live video of his potential surgery broadcast publicly on Ustream.
LinkedIn Sued for $5 Million Over Data Breach (Reuters)
An Illinois woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against LinkedIn, saying the social network violated promises to consumers by not having better security in place when more than 6 million customer passwords were stolen. The lawsuit, which was brought in federal court in San Jose, Calif., on June 15 and seeks class-action status, was filed less than two weeks after the stolen passwords turned up on websites frequented by computer hackers.
Pinterest Gets More In-Board Actions, Gives Attribution to SoundCloud, Etsy, Others (VentureBeat)
Pinterest is making content creators of the Internet happier, by providing more attribution tools for sites such as Etsy, 500px, Kickstarter, Slideshare and SoundCloud. More companies are expected to receive the special attribution treatment as the company asks users to “stay tuned.”
What if the Internet and Social Media Never Existed? [INFOGRAPHIC] (AllTwitter)
An infographic from Online Education takes a close look at what would happen if the Internet and social media had never existed. In short: the world would be a lot different and feel a lot smaller.
Tumblr Revamps its iOS App With New Layout, Offline Mode, Support for High-Res Images, Spotify and More (The Next Web)
Tumblr has introduced version 3.0.0 of its iOS app which features a raft of changes included a revamped dashboard, support for high-resolution images and Spotify, a new image viewer and offline support. A significant number of changes have been made as it aims at making blogging from an iPhone easier — and more appealing — than ever before.
Teens Turn From Facebook to Fresher Social Media Sites (USA Today)
Drawn to niche sites such as Foursquare and Tumblr, teens appear to be expanding beyond Facebook. According to market research firm YPulse, 18 percent of teens prefer to “check in” on Foursquare instead of Facebook, and 10 percent say Pinterest is a better site for browsing.
5 Tips for Setting Up Your RebelMouse Page (SocialTimes)
RebelMouse, the new social homepage tool that’s been making the rounds on Twitter, is already starting to get some feedback from early testers of the site. The creators have responded with five helpful tips for getting started, which are listed here in order of urgency.
New Louisiana Law: Sex Offenders Must List Status on Social Media (CNN)
A new Louisiana law requires sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on their Facebook or other social networking pages, with the law’s author saying the bill is the first of its kind in the nation. State Rep. Jeff Thompson, a Republican from Bossier City, says the new law, effective Aug. 1, will stand up to constitutional challenge because it expands sex offender registration requirements, common in many states, to include a disclosure on the convicted criminal’s social networking sites as well.