CYBER CORNER FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 11

Posted 6 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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ON THE WEB: SMALL-TOWN OHIO POLICE CHIEF GETS ATTENTION WITH SAVVY FB POSTS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The statement was just seven words long. But they spoke volumes in response to the most recent rash of social media reaction to this week’s school stabbings near Pittsburgh. After getting fed up with people ranting about the case in which a student slashed 21 students, Chief David Oliver of Brimfield Township in Ohio posted on his department’s Facebook page: “Pipe down and let the people mourn.” Oliver’s straightforward and sometimes humorous style has gained a Facebook following far larger than you’d expect for a law enforcement department of such small size. The Brimfield Township department page is one of the most-liked such pages in the US, behind only the New York City Police Department when it comes to law enforcement agencies.

IN THE NEWS: INTERNET ADS SURPASS BROADCAST TV

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a milestone for the Internet — and its ability to generate an audience. For the first time ever, ad revenue from Internet advertising in the United States has topped the revenue from broadcast TV. News of the spike in Internet advertising dollars comes from a report by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. It says Internet ad revenue rose 17 percent to a record $42.8 billion last year. Broadcast TV ad revenue was just a shade over $40 billion in 2013. Mobile ad sales more than doubled to $7.1 billion from $3.4 billion in 2012.

IN THE NEWS: IRS CONCERNED ABOUT BOGUS TAX RETURN REFUND SCAM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems all it takes is an Internet connection, some stolen identities — and a keen desire to get money by ripping off the government. And so far, the Internal Revenue Service says there are more than a few schemes around to get the tax agency to fork over nearly $4 million in fraudulent tax refunds last year alone. Attorney General Eric Holder said this week that the “scale, scope and execution of these fraud schemes” has grown substantially. So has the reaction by law enforcement. In the past year, the Justice Department has charged 880 people with submitting bogus claims using stolen information. Even the AG himself isn’t immune from the schemes. Two men pleaded guilty in Georgia last year to trying to get a tax refund by using Eric Holder’s Social Security number and date of birth on tax forms.

IN STORES: GOOGLE GLASS SALES EXPANDED

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wanna be a “Explorer” — and we don’t mean the “Dora” variety. Google is expanding its list of people who are among the first to get their hands on Google Glass. The company says it will sell the initial version of Glass to any U.S. resident who orders one online starting April 15 — which can be one way to burn off some of that tax refund money. Google isn’t saying how many more sets of the Internet-connected eyewear for geeks will be available starting next week. More than 10,000 sets of Glass have been sold to a select group of users that the company calls its “explorers.” Meanwhile, Google is going forward with plans to sell a mass-market version of Glass. That device is expected to sell for less than $1,500.