Is your child on Facebook? And by child, I mean under the age of 13. Technically, they shouldn’t be since Facebook currently does not allow users who aren’t yet teenagers. But that hasn’t stopped nearly 7.5 million such youngsters from finagling an account — including 5 million under the age of 10 — according to a 2011 Consumer Reports survey. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is developing technology that would open the gates to all kids to post their latest status update (Example? Apple juice is nice, but not three times a day! Mix it up, Mom!). The social network expresses some ambivalence about the discussions, but since so many children are already on the site, they might have a legal obligation to make the site safer by formalizing access and making parental supervision more comprehensive. “We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policy makers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment,” Facebook said. But is a more “restrictive” Facebook for youngsters a Trojan horse? READ FULL STORY
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Say, remember when Facebook purchased Instagram for one kabillion dollars? Well, in news that is completely unrelated, the beloved social network/high-class stalker-enabling mechanism has announced the impending release of a new photo application called Facebook Camera. Facebook Camera — or FaceCam, as I’ll henceforth call it until Twitter tells me not to — also allows you to add all kinds of exciting filters to your photos. And those filters are not too different from Instagram’s. Mike Isaac at AllThingsD refers to the camera as “Instagram Redux,” which could just be reference to the fact that FaceCam features a wholly unnecessary French plantation scene. READ FULL STORY
It has become routine: First Facebook changes its format, and then users grumble about leaving the social network site before eventually settling in and accepting it – just in time for a new round of changes.
Facebook has been busy lately: Mark Zuckerberg and Co. may have just completed converting everyone to the new “Timeline” feature, (not to mention a well-publicized IPO on May 18) but they aren’t slowing down. The company in now rolling out a new timeline, currently to just a few select users, that has some subtle changes to the display, including streamlining the ‘Friends’ and ‘Photos’ tabs, as well as changing ‘Likes’ to ‘Favorites.’
Dear Young People: Casablanca is the story of a totally badass dude who runs a casino in a city that looks like the Disneyland version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, except with more booze and less inhibited sexuality. Said badass dude’s love interest is played by a crazy-hot Swedish chick — who is also a badass. The movie also stars Claude Rains, the walking personification of what Colin Firth wishes he saw in the mirror every morning, and Sydney Greenstreet, the greatest Evil Charming Fat Man in movie history. Every line of dialogue is quotable. Everyone smokes. Casablanca is Mad Men if Don Draper shot Nazis. READ FULL STORY
Max Payne 3 isn’t the only notable interactive entertainment being released today. Christian company Lightside Games — their logo stylizes the “t” to look like a cross — announced this morning that their latest endeavor, Journey of Jesus: The Calling, has officially hit Facebook. They’re calling this diversion “the first-ever video game based on Jesus.”
In Journey of Jesus, players search for articles and artifacts as they explore a colorful, cartoony version of biblical Israel. The company plans to release new chapters, “ideas and information and challenges” each week in order to hold player interest. This game is similar to Lightside’s Journey of Moses, an ancient Egyptian adventure that attracts 70,000 monthly users, according to Facebook; Lightside says Moses has drawn over two million players since lauching last summer.
Watch a trailer for the holy curiosity below.
After getting all your afternoon snacks in order, consider celebrating this auspicious day with one (or more) of these, er, green-friendly streaming picks. Each one can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch — though you might want to pull out a fan before you start watching. Otherwise, certain hazy elements might make it tough to see your computer screen.
As of today, this 144-minute documentary about the reggae legend is officially available On Demand, on iTunes, and streaming on Facebook. When we asked a rep from Ziggy Marley’s production company why the producers chose this particular release date, she noted that it’s Bob’s son Stephen’s birthday, and that April 20th also “happens to fall on Friday, which is usually when movies come out.” Suuuure, that’s why.
Dazed & Confused
Our #1 favorite stoner movie is available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. And it’s not alone — half-baked classics like Clerks, Reefer Madness, Super Troopers, and The Big Lebowski can also be placed in your Instant Queue. (Half Baked itself, unfortunately, can’t be.) READ FULL STORY
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