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Online Fundraising Raises Money Quickly for Boston Bombing Victims

Online Fundraising Raises Money Quickly for Boston Bombing Victims

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The recovery process for many victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will be slow, arduous and expensive. Numerous victims suffered severe injuries to their lower limbs, with multiple patients having one or more ampu…

Shooter May Have Posted Online Before Va. Community College Attack

Shooter May Have Posted Online Before Va. Community College Attack

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.) — An 18-year-old college student may have posted messages online that detailed the weapons and ammunition he planned to use before allegedly shooting two women at a Virginia community college on Friday.”I’m nervo…

Outbox: New Service Turns Snail Mail into Email

Outbox: New Service Turns Snail Mail into Email

Outbox(NEW YORK) — Do you still rely on snail mail? Outbox is a new startup that wants to help you “manage your postal mail like email.”The service will send what it calls “unpostmen” to your home mailbox to collect your mail f…

Online Activist Aaron Swartz, 26, Found Dead

Online Activist Aaron Swartz, 26, Found Dead

Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Aaron Swartz, a precocious web pioneer who advocated for free online content, was found dead in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment of an apparent suicide.Swartz, 26, was discovered hanged in his apa…

FDA: Beware Buying Prescription Drugs Online

FDA: Beware Buying Prescription Drugs Online

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A moving target of as many as 40,000 active online pharmacies, a huge majority of them fly-by-night start-ups, may sell products at a cut-rate price but they may also deliver expired, contaminated and fake drugs th…

For Many, Being on the Phone Means Being on the Internet

For Many, Being on the Phone Means Being on the Internet

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Using your mobile phone to only make calls is so landline.The latest Pew Internet & American Life Project on cellphone use reveals that 88 percent of U.S. adults now own some kind of mobile device and 55 percen…

Mark Wahlberg Finishing High School Online

Mark Wahlberg Finishing High School Online

Indigo/Getty Images(BOSTON) — He’s got a successful film career as an actor and producer that includes two Oscar nominations, but Mark Wahlberg doesn’t have a high school diploma. That, however, is about to change.After reading that 41-year-old Wahlbe…

Facebook Beefs Up Security With New Anti-Virus Marketplace

Facebook Beefs Up Security With New Anti-Virus Marketplace

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Facebook has partnered with anti-virus software companies, including Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec, and is announcing Wednesday two major security steps.Facebook will now incorporate the…

Survey: Most Worry Online Companies Exploit Their Privacy

Survey: Most Worry Online Companies Exploit Their Privacy

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(YONKERS, N.Y.) — The worry that personal information is freely sold or shared by companies without permission can give computer users pause in going online.Consumer Reports says in a new survey that 71 percent of Americans fee…

‘Annoying, Offending’ Language Online Would Be Crime Under Arizona Bill

‘Annoying, Offending’ Language Online Would Be Crime Under Arizona Bill

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Distasteful comments and online insults are a mainstay of many social networks and online comment boards, but a new bill passed in Arizona could send people who “annoy or offend” to jail for up to six months…

How ‘Charlie Bit Me,’ the Most-Watched YouTube Clip Ever, Changed a Family’s Fortunes

How ‘Charlie Bit Me,’ the Most-Watched YouTube Clip Ever, Changed a Family’s Fortunes

YouTube(LONDON) — The rambunctious boys spinning wildly on the chair in the family living room look like any over-energized kids, until the one doing the spinning opens his month.”Charlie, get off me,” says 8-year-old Harry Davies-Carr.But “Charlie” c…

Sex, Alcohol and Showers: What Would You Give Up for the Internet?

Sex, Alcohol and Showers: What Would You Give Up for the Internet?

John Foxx/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Just what would you give up if the Internet was taken away from you? For some, sex, alcohol, showers and chocolate are on the list, according to a report by the Boston Consulting Group.The study, which is focused on the …

Online Grieving: Support a Keyboard Away

Online Grieving: Support a Keyboard Away

Zach Whiteman via Reddit(KOKOMO, Ind.) — On March 8, a young man marking a painful anniversary went to Reddit.com and posted three short sentences and a photograph depicting a heartbreaking story of young love nipped in the bud by cancer.”A year ago t…

Rick Santorum’s ‘Google Problem’ Solves Itself

Rick Santorum’s ‘Google Problem’ Solves Itself

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rick Santorum may have a problem pulling off upset wins in GOP primaries, but he no longer has a Google problem. After years during which people got a vulgar term for anal sex as their first result when they…

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