Being evil

Google to delete child’s e-mails with grandparents Ten-year-old Alex, an avid Internet user who, according to his parents, types 50 words per minute, uses Gmail to stay in touch with his grandparents. They live in California and Scotland. Alex loves Google, and leaped headfirst into the open beta test for Google+, a service meant to compete with Twitter and Facebook. Google+ requires a date of birth to use, presumably because of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which attempts to regulate children’s use of the Internet, and defines a child as anyone below age 13. Alex gave Google+ his real age. The next time he logged into Gmail, the account had been locked. This…

Social media, reality TV usher in new era for sports fans

Jake Faber | Sports Editor Growing up with a former college hockey player for a father, the only sport I ever watched on television as a kid was Canada’s pastime. Some kids have incredible memories of watching Adam Vinateri’s last-second 48-yard field goal against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, or watching Randy Johnson pitch in game seven against the Yankees back in 2001. I don’t remember watching any of these things as a kid. And there’s a simple reason for that–because I didn’t. I simply didn’t care enough about sports when I was young to pay attention to them on television. The only memories I have of watching historic live sporting events as a…