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This Week in Boomer History: February 3 — 9

Posted on 02/2/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNoteworthy events from our shared experience. On Feb. 3, 2005, Alberto Gonzales wins Senate confirmation and is sworn in as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general. He was also the first Hispanic to serve as White House counsel. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”) are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 1959 — “the day the music died” in Don McLean’s song “American Pie.” Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook at Harvard on Feb. 4, 2004. Ten …

Second-Guessing a Blogger’s Life-and- Death Battle

Posted on 01/13/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health[View the story "Second-Guessing a Blogger's Life-and-Death Battle" on Storify] Story summary: Controversy erupted Monday when a column in the New York Times by Bill Keller repeated criticism voiced last week by his wife, writer Emma Keller, in The Guardian concerning Lisa Bonchek Adams, a New England woman who blogs and tweets about her treatment for cancer in New York City. The Kellers wrote about Adams and her social media activities, including 165,000 tweets about her treatment. Responding to the …

Invasion of the Facebook Snatchers?

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Technology[View the story "Invasion of the Facebook Snatchers?" on Storify] Story Summary: According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center Internet and American Life Project, 42 percent of online adults use multiple social networking sites, but Facebook remains the platform of choice. Users 65+ have grown more than any other demographic on Facebook. We survey reaction to the study, including those who believe that younger people are abandoning Facebook, or should. Also of Interest 6 Mobile Apps to …

Cyber Scam Predictions for 2014

Posted on 12/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs the year closes, leading online security vendors are looking into their crystal balls – or rather, reviewing recent trends of trickery – to predict the top cyber scams of 2014. Some notables worth a mention: TVs watching you. Many traditionally “dumb” devices are getting “smarter” – televisions, gaming systems and even baby monitors are being connected to the Internet and often contain cameras or microphones. So, many cybercops predict them to be a magnet for attack, such as remote spying. …

Oprah Sunday Show Features Oldest Facebooker

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentEdythe Kirchmaier posts to Facebook a few times each week. Her “Likes” include Prince William and The Cheesecake Factory, and most of her comments are about her family; others concern her charity work for nonprofit Direct Relief, which delivers medical supplies to disaster sites around the globe. So how did Kirchmaier get more than 41,000 Facebook followers? She is 105, the world’s oldest Facebook user. That distinction brought the California resident all kinds of media attention this year. In January, her …

When It Comes to News, There Are Gazers and Grazers

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you’ve turned the pages of a newspaper in public to find out what’s going in the world, you may have felt just a bit out of place among all the twenty-somethings using tablets and smartphones for the same purpose. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, what you noticed is a profound generational difference in how Americans get their news. Those of us who are 50 and older, …