Facebook Not Cool For School

April 30, 2010 – Today’s most interesting stories in technology, media and entertainment:

Facebook Not Cool For School: A principal in Ridgewood, NJ is trying to ban Facebook for his students. Anthony Orsini, principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School, sent a note to parents urging them to track their child’s computer and cell phone use via new software. He made his point loud and clear, saying “There is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! None.” He explained that children of middle school age were too immature to deal with the kind of hateful statements which are sometimes made in the Facebook environment.

Flash Not Cool For Apple: Steve Jobs put the final stack into the Apple-Flash controversy. The Apple CEO fired back calling Adobe’s products “100% proprietary.” In criticizing Adobe’s lack of openness, he praised Apple’s ensuring that the iPad and iPhone will support “HTML5, CSS and JavaScript–all open standards.”

Tablets Not Cool For Microsoft:
Just after HP confirmed their slate was on hold, Microsoft announced that their dual-screen Courier tablet is dead. Microsoft said it has “no plans to build such a device at this time.” Unlike the iPad and most other tablets and eReaders, the Courier was poised to be a dual-screen foldable device, smaller than the iPad, and more convenient, with superior graphics.

Today’s Video — Ali Velshi & Shelly Palmer Talk Smartphones on CNN

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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