December 12th, 2013 | NATASHA SINGER | NY Times
Public schools around the country are adopting web-based services that collect and analyze personal details about students without adequately safeguarding the information from potential misuse by service providers, according to new research.
A study, which is expected to be released on Friday, by the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School in New York, found weaknesses in the protection of student information in the contracts that school districts sign when outsourcing web-based tasks to service companies.
December 12th, 2013 | Ray Allard | Duluth News Tribune
The holidays always seem to expose the uglier side of American culture. While watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, I found myself mystified by the TV station bothering to take commercial breaks. With all its sponsored floats and product placements, the whole procession was one long commercial anyway.
December 12th, 2013 | Stuart Elliott | NY Times
As Madison Avenue continues debating the pros and cons of a hot trend in marketing known as native advertising — digital pitches styled to look like the editorial content of the publications in which they run — Vanity Fair magazine is voting “aye” by bringing out its first such effort, for Hennessy Cognac, that is to begin Friday on vanityfair.com.
December 11th, 2013 | Boston Globe
Some of us remember when Mansfield outdoor amphitheater was called Great Woods. Now it’s been newly christened as the Xfinity Center, the fourth name in 27 years. Now, stay with us here because this gets a bit confusing. Comcast in 2008 bought naming rights for the venue — then called the Tweeter Center after the now-bankrupt electronics chain — and immediately dubbed it the rather obvious Comcast Center.
December 11th, 2013 | Medical Express
Weight, body shape perception, self-esteem and dietary habits all contribute to how children handle food advertising. A new study suggests that overweight children, in particular, could benefit from special training, in order to increase their media skills in relation to the exposure to advertising.