Internet Evolution editors find the best, worst, and most interesting social media, Internet, and mobility news of the week and serve it up in one sizzling slideshow.
This week, zombies attacked Michigan, the president signed a huge cybersecurity bill, Chubby Checker's career took a legal twist, and one intrepid BBC reporter discovered the challenges of having even a fake girlfriend on Facebook.
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Zombies Attack Michigan
Some Michigan residents feared for their lives on Monday, when hackers took over at least two television stations' emergency broadcasting systems and claimed "dead bodies are rising from their graves." Instead of watching ex-lovers battling on The Steve Wilkos Show or a purple dinosaur on Barney and Friends, some viewers called the authorities to find out whether the report was true. Orson Welles would have loved to see Night of the Living Dead come to life -- so to speak.
Facebook has now become a kind of platform through which any news or post which you want to spread, can go viral in no time.This feature will particularly benefit the businesses I suppose ,because it will multiply their fans or followers if they choose the promote option for their updates.And as far as the promotion costs are concerned,I believe that they will seem nothing in front of the profits and huge fan following that they will enjoy afterwards.
Mitch, there's already plenty of companies that keep track of all the required taxes -- including Amazon, which did it for Target. Basically any company with a brick-and-mortar presence in a state has to collect sales tax for that state. Amazon is already collecting sales tax for Idaho even though it doesn't have a point of presence. Like anything else, you buy software to do it or do it through a service.
Have to say I'm a little surprised to see the Heartland Institute quoted as though it's a legitimate source. It's a conservative think tank that never met a government program it liked.
I hate to be mean, but those Michigan natives who feared the attack of the living dead must have been brain-dead themselves.
Oh, who am I kidding? I love to be mean.
I got one of those emails from LinkedIn saying I'm in the top 5% of LinkedIn users. It's less impressive when you consider that the overwhelming majority of LinkedIn accounts -- as with most social platforms -- probably belong to people who don't use the service at all.
I love that Bill Gates photo. It's from his boy-band years.
Facebook wants to charge users to promote other people's posts (rather than one of their own)? That's actually a pretty good idea. It's more gracious than self-promotion, certainly.
That sales tax proposal has the potential to choke Internet retail in a tangle of blue tape. Imagine having to keep track of taxes in 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, plus federal and local taxes.
I'm sure there's a Chubby Checker/Do the Twist joke here somewhere that would be completely inappropriate to Internet Evolution. So let's just forget it.
I was surprised when a well-versed, tech-astute friend posted something about the Chubby Checker lawsuit, stating his surprise that HP created an app with this name. I quickly corrected him--but it emphasized the danger companies face when they operate these app stores and sell these smartphones and tablets. Of course, HP had absolutely nothing to do with the development of this app; it merely sold it, along with thousands of others, on its Palm device. But it's certainly a warning for other app store operators out there!
I know, it's so silly. The fact that a few (thankfully, only a few) people called police about the "scare" is beyond me. The first few times this happened -- when hackers warned drivers about 'Zombie Invasion Ahead' on highways -- was kinda cute. Now it really is passe, I totally agree!
Another week, another purported zombie invasion no thanks to hackers. You'd think people would be smart enough to recognize a hoax or a prank when they see one.
Will there be no end to all this zombie madness? I used to find it funny (who didn't?) but I think it's time people stopped, so these hackers would stop doing these kinds of pranks that might induce mass panic.
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