US House: No Social Networking Sites at School

Techcrunch has a good post discussing the recent decision made (lastnight) by the US House. House Resolution 5319 (the Deleting Online Predators Act, or DOPA) was passed lastnight with a vote of 410 to 15. If the resolution does indeed become law, schools and public libraries will lose federal internet subsidies if they don’t block social networking sites such as MySpace and Newsvine.

Now, I’m all for keeping MySpace out of schools, it has no place there. But every social networking site shouldn’t be targeted, that’s just insane. That’s like banning all light bulbs because one manufacturer has problems with their light bulbs exploding. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

I’m very upset by this decision. Go over to Techcrunch to read more about it. They’ve also got links to many other sites that discuss HR5319 in greater detail.

Newsvine is Ready

Newsvine is “a perfectly different, perfectly efficient way to read, write, and interact with the news”. I’ve been using the Newsvine beta since about January. I make very heavy use of Newsvine all the time, although I don’t seed articles or post very often.

After 2 months of beta testing, Newsvine was released for public consumption yesterday. Mike Davidson, founder, writes a few notes about the release in his blog:

After eight weeks of testing in private beta, Newsvine is now live to the world. It’s been an extremely productive couple of months, with countless enhancements and feature additions making their way onto the site almost every day.

The decision when to release to the world was a tough one for us. The site has come so far in its short existence, and yet, we feel we still have so far to go. Things are never finished around here, but that’s a good thing. By continuing to listen and react to the needs of the community, the Newsvine team is determined to make this site what it has always promised to be: a perfectly different, perfectly efficient way to read, write, and discuss the news.


If you are a news junkie like me, you’ll probably be right at home with Newsvine. Breaking stories often show up there hours before they hits the likes of Fox News or the other large players. Go check it out!