links for 2010-10-19

  • Apple has been granted a patent that prevents young people from using, sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages — known in modern day as "sexting." The patent — filed by Apple in 2008 and granted by the US Patents Office — is based on "systems, devices and methods" for filtering "text-based messages" that contain "objectionable content." Ultimately, it prevents youngsters from using their iPhones to send messages that contain swear words or lewd language.
    (tags: apple sexting IP)
  • Teens share too much information online. That's the finding of a survey of 955 people aged 13 to 17 commissioned by security company McAfee and conducted by Harris Interactive last month. The survey asked teens to report on how they use the Internet, what they read and download, as well as their behavior online. According to the study, 69% of teenagers have included their physical location in a social networking status update, nearly one-third chat online with people they don't know in the offline world, and nearly half share their real first name with strangers. In addition, 24% have shared their e-mail address with strangers, 18% a photograph of themselves, and 12% their cell phone number.
  • U.S. teenagers on average send or receive a half-dozen texts every wakening hour, which amounts to 3,339 of the short messages each month, a research firm says. In analyzing teen mobile-phone usage in the second quarter, The Nielsen Co. found that no demographic texts more than teens from the age of 13 to 17. In this age group, girls exchanged the most texts, at 4,050 a month, while boys averaged 2,539 texts a month.
    (tags: mobile t)

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