Cloud collaboration is changing the way we work

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Introduction

Cloud collaboration has made its way into homes, classrooms, and businesses all over the world.  In the past year alone, all of the major players on the internet have made moves toward cloud storage, and it’s growth has been astounding.  The standards have been raised by the competition, and apprehensions about the safety and security of web-stored files may soon be a thing of the past.  Additionally, this easy-access approach has changed the way people work together.  And although the process is far from perfect in its current state, cloud collaboration may very well become second nature for file storing and sharing.  This post will focus heavily on personal cloud storage and collaboration for use in homes, schools, and small office groups.

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Everybody’s a Lawyer on Facebook

“Facebook,
I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, photos, script blurbs, music content, videos, et al. as a result of the Berne Convention. For commercial use of the above, my written consent is needed.

This will place my work and personal information under protection of copyright laws. By the present missive, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).”

Over the past few days, you may have seen one of your friends post this or something like it.  Does a notice like this actually matter? How much of your information does Facebook actually own, and what can they do with it? Let’s take a look.

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Facebook Friends and Stock Market Trends

In recent months, with Facebook’s public value under scrutiny, investors have dug a little deeper to see how its infrastructure could produce results.  The social media giant’s milestone of one billion users didn’t seem to impress investors, as the company’s stock dropped a point that day.  And even sheer volume of connections on Facebook doesn’t seem to say much, according to one study, as evidenced by Research In Motion’s numbers.  Blackberry’s Facebook page has over 12,000,000 “Likes,” yet its stock has decreased by 39% over the past year.

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Blogging in the Face of Danger

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Often times, we just write to write. We don’t expect our words to have an impact; we don’t expect them to be the cause that sparks a response.  But sometimes, blog posts can be a lot more than words on a screen.

Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl from Pakistan, found out the hard way. On October 9, 2012, Malala was shot in the head and the neck by Taliban militants.  The gunmen ambushed a van that she and her friends were riding in, and threatened them until they identified Malala. When they did, the men opened fire.

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Social Media and Second Chances

Adam Greenberg stepped into the batter’s box and choked up on his bat, with a crowd of 29,000 on their feet chanting his name. This was his chance. He watched the first pitch fly by for strike one. Then a swing and a miss – strike two. And less than a minute after he stepped in, Greenberg was heading back to the dugout after strike three.

But the fans erupted with cheers. Adam Greenberg had accomplished something special – and so had they.

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News Then and Now: A Response to CNN.com’s “Remembering 9/11 on Twitter and Facebook”

This past Tuesday, CNN.com published an article about the masses of people that paid their respects to the heroes and victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  Last year, on the tenth anniversary (which fell on a Sunday), memorial services were widespread and publicly broadcast. The new fountains at the World Trade Center, set in the footprints of the old buildings, were unveiled, and church services and tributes at football games across America were televised.  This year, however, the anniversary kept a lower profile.

Moni Basu of CNN noted that Twitter and Facebook still received an outpouring of statuses and tweets commemorating the tragedy. WTC, Remember911, Rest in Peace, and God Bless America all ‘trended’ on Twitter at some point during the day. Because of social media outlets, people all over the world were able to voice their feelings and pay their respects in ways that they weren’t able to do eleven years ago.  A lot has changed in eleven years.  Had social media been around then, the manner in which those tragic events unfolded would have been very different.

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