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Teen Uses Facebook to Save Mom From Abusive Boyfriend

A 15-year-old boy in Minnesota recently rescued his mother from her abusive boyfriend, not with a call to 911, but with a timely Facebook post. According to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court, 33-year-old Kelly Heinl went out with some of her friends on Thursday night, but was soon tracked down by her boyfriend, 31-year-old Reggie LeAndrew Hart. Hart allegedly forced her...

N.Y. Teacher Could Be Fired Over Controversial Facebook Post

Share A Brooklyn teacher could be out of a job very soon, after making some controversial comments about her students on Facebook. Just a day after a 12-year-old girl drowned on a school field trip to the beach, fifth-grade teacher Christine Rubino posted a status update, implying that her students may deserve the same fate. "After today, I'm thinking the beach is a good trip for my class. I...

You Can Now Be in a 'Domestic Partnership' or 'Civil Union' on Facebook

Facebook users will soon be able to characterize their relationship statuses with a bit more precision, now that the social network has begun rolling out two new options: 'in a civil union' and 'in a domestic partnership.' The company made the move after consulting its Network of Support, which includes LGBT advocacy groups like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the Gay,...

California Teen Avoids Suspension for Facebook Status, Thanks to ACLU

Share A California teenager who called his teacher a "fat ass" on Facebook has avoided punishment from his high school, thanks to the ACLU. In December, 10th-grader Donny Dunlap received an unusually large amount of homework from his biology teacher, so he decided to vent about it on Facebook. In a status update, the teen announced that the teacher is a "fat ass who should stop eating fast...

'1st St@tus' Facebook Scam Promises First Status Update, Delivers Annoyance

Share Sophos has unearthed a new '1st St@tus' Facebook scam that, like many others before it, is spreading like wildfire via suspiciously spammy Wall posts. The fraudulent posts read, "My 1st St@tus was: '[random message].' This was posted on [random date]," followed by a link, where other users can allegedly find their very own first 'st@tus.' Clicking on the link will take you to a Facebook...

Make the New Facebook Profile Work For You

Share Whenever Facebook rolls out a new feature or tweaks its layout, it usually faces an uproar of criticism from users who had grown oh-so-accustomed to its previous format. The notable exception to this rule, however, is the social network's new profile page layout. Unveiled earlier this month, the new profile pages haven't stirred a whole lot of controversy among Facebook's loyal users...

Burglars Browse Facebook Status Updates for Empty Homes

Share We all enjoy updating our Facebook statuses to let all of our friends know about our totally rad social lives. Sometimes, however, these seemingly innocuous updates can only help tech-savvy criminals to choose their targets with greater accuracy -- as one band of burglars in New Hampshire recently proved. As WMUR Manchester reports, police have now confirmed that a group of burglars in...

'Like' Button Worm Weaseling Through Facebook

Share The latest worm to squirm its way around Facebook, like most, lures in its users by taking advantage of a temptation that's become fundamentally human: the 'like' button. The virus hit the social network over the holiday weekend, and, according to Sophos, has already victimized hundreds of thousands of users. Fortunately, though, it's pretty easy to tell which of your friends has fallen...

OpenBook Searches Your Facebook Status Updates

If you're an open tweeter, you know that whatever you tweet is available for general, public consumption. Facebook, by contrast, is a less intrinsically public forum, meaning that even if you update a status on a completely public profile, you can usually rest assured that it won't pop up on some random person's news feed, or in some random person's keyword search. Not anymore, though, thanks to...

Facebook's 'Gross National Happiness' App Indicates Which Countries Need Prozac

Last year, Facebook unveiled its Gross National Happiness app, a prototype that gauges the emotional well-being of users by scanning user status updates for "happy" words like "yay" and "awesome," or for "unhappy" words like "doubt" and "tragic." Originally, the methodology was applied only to American users, but as Mashable reports, the social networking site has now broadened it to include 18...

What Not to Say on Facebook Status Updates

We've already learned not to break up with others via Facebook status, or to advertise that you're looking for a new job (unless you've already left or lost your previous one). But how are we to know what other potential pitfalls avoid? Lucky for us, Wired put together a handy list of 10 things it is safe to assume should never make it to your Facebook status update. What specific faux pas, you...

Facebook to Drop "is" From Status Updates

Facebook's status updates are fun and interesting, but the inclusion of the word 'is' rubs some people the wrong way. Trying to form proper English sentences with the phrase "so-and-so is" is limiting and sometimes difficult. Regardless, some have simply chosen to ignore it, leading to clunkers like "Devika is what me worry" that make us shudder... Others have taken a more proactive approach,...