Facebook: 25,000 Government Requests for Information About Users

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Facebook released its first Global Government Requests Report yesterday, which reported government requests for information for the first 6 months of 2013.  The US government made between 11,000 and 12,000 requests of the more than 25,000 total requests.  Facebook did not respond to all requests, saying it only replied to 79% of inquires in the United States.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Firefox Version 23 Introduces "Mixed Content" Blocking

Recently Firefox version 23 introduced blocking of “Mixed Content,” something Google Chrome rolled out last fall.  “Mixed content” is when information from a non-secure site (without a security certificate–and uses “http” in the URL rather than “https”) is displayed on a webpage on a secure server, within a learning management system for example.  The video below shows how to allow that content to display in FireFox.  Unlike Chrome, however, the approval is on a page-by-page basis rather than approving the entire site.  That means each page that loads with mixed content needs to be approved.

This content blocking often has peculiar indicators.  If a video is being blocked, it could display a warning that there is an issue with Adobe Flash.  While there could be an issue with Flash, check to see if the content is being blocked as indicated in this video, especially if you have recently updated your flash player.

Desire2Learn users should follow this best practice post to avoid having this happen to content in their courses.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Samsun Galaxy Mega

Samsung MegaIf you phablet was not already big enough, Samsun is now releasing the Galaxy Mega, which has a 6.3 inch screen. It is 6.5 inches long and 3.5 inches wide. Thomas Gryta wrote in Digits, at the Wall Street Journal: “Unobtrusive, the mega is not–unless you use it to hide your face.”

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Lectora Webinar: Utilizing the Import PowerPoint Tool and Social Web Objects

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Learn how to:

  • Import PowerPoint slides into Lectora courses
  • Integrate Social Web Objects
  • Engage learners via Twitter, Facebook and more

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Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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US-CERT: Microsoft to Release 8 Security Bulletins this Month

US CERT has announce that Microsoft will issue 8 security bulletins this on August 13, 2013.  This is according to an advanced notification from Microsoft.

 

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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