For no clear reason, a Target employee named Alex became an internet meme over the weekend, and the Minneapolis-based retailer acknowledged it on Monday via Twitter.
HBO just announced that, starting next year, it’s cutting the cable cord. Fans of shows like “Veep” and “Game of Thrones” will no longer have to subscribe to the premium channel through their cable TV provider, but rather will be allowed to stream shows on the Internet.
Patting his notes for emphasis, Sen. Al Franken made an impassioned case: The Internet needs to be free for all, he said, not customized so that big corporations can optimize it.
Charges are expected Thursday against a Burnsville man after two 13-year-old girls he met through social media spent the night at his home. The case highlights the potential risks social media can pose for kids.
Their case is perhaps not unlike the horror stories that inspired it. Two 12-year-old girls are accused of stabbing a friend nearly 20 times in the woods near Milwaukee – all to impress a make-believe Internet monster. His name is Slenderman, a faceless ghoul many parents had likely never heard of until this week.
>Instant-play lottery games won’t be available on the Internet or Minnesota gas pumps as of November if legislation ready for final votes prevails.
Supporters of expanded broadband in rural Minnesota are claiming a victory as the Legislature appears ready to set aside $20 million for their cause. A supplemental budget bill that includes the money could be voted on as early as Friday.
Minnesota lawmakers are being told they’ll have to come up with millions of dollars if they want to shut down the sales of e-lottery tickets. The potential $8 million cost is attributable to lost sales and vendor contracts that would be breached if the Legislature prohibits the lottery from continuing with online games.
You may want to change all your online passwords in the coming days. A large-scale lapse in Internet security has been uncovered, revealing that millions of accounts may be vulnerable. The security breach has been dubbed “Heartbleed,” and it potentially affects credit card numbers, email services and other sensitive information.
Gov. Mark Dayton says he hasn’t formed a position on a bill that would bar the Minnesota Lottery from selling tickets over the Internet. Dayton said Wednesday that he will seek input from supporters and opponents as the bill progresses.
A Minneapolis man is among those busted in what is being called one of the largest child pornography busts in history. The Department of Homeland Security has been watching an underground ring and its members over the past year. They say a dozen of the victims are from Minnesota.
As technology begins to take on a greater role in education, the St. Paul, Minn. school district is trying to make it accessible to all students with a new grant. Comcast announced Tuesday that it gave $50,000 to non-profit community organizations in St. Paul to create, “Internet Essential Learning Zones.”
When a brain tumor took away Dorothy Holm’s ability to speak, she picked up index cards and began filling them, edge to edge, with seemingly random, indecipherable sequences of letters. Her grandchildren saw her scribbling and thought she was leaving them a code — but it was one the preteens couldn’t crack.
The high-speed Internet capability that’s an afterthought in big cities and regional centers is spreading ever deeper into the nation’s countryside. It has been nudged along by billions in federal stimulus dollars and state efforts to expand a key amenity for both quality of life and business competitiveness.
Research says the more time you spend online, the worse your life may be