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by Terri Thornton

One of my favorite things about social media is the way it breaks down the wall that separates journalists from the people most interested in their work. It wasn’t that long ago that a letter to the editor was the best and sometimes only way to get a newspaper’s attention. (Unfortunately, it wasn’t all that […] more »

by Terri Thornton

If you own your computer, you should own the data that’s on it. That’s the message from Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. At a Washington press conference — also broadcast — the FTC issued a new report on Internet privacy. Leibowitz praised how far the nation’s come in protecting data, even from this time […] more »

by Terri Thornton

My favorite technology — augmented reality, or AR — lets anybody feel like Harry Potter, except that you make magic with a computer or mobile device instead of a wand. I call it “real life, only better” because it takes a live scene and puts useful or entertaining images, video, graphics — whatever — on […] more »

by Terri Thornton

An avatar, for lack of a better explanation, is our incarnation on the Internet — the virtual Halloween costume we wear every day. Whether it’s an animated alter ego in a game or online community, or a two-dimensional Facebook profile picture or Twitter “Twavatar,” your avatar is how the online world sees you. It’s also […] more »