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Social Networks Meant for Social Good, but at a Price December 21, 2010

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Free Calling in Gmail Extended Through 2011 December 21, 2010

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About Online Volunteering Audio Clips December 21, 2010

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Time-Limited Giveaway Program Sandboxes Your Windows Computer: Isolate Your Browser, Email, IM and More December 18, 2010

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How BufferZone Works
BufferZone creates an isolated environment called the Virtual Zone. The Virtual Zone "buffers" your PC from all forms of known or unknown attacks that originate from the Internet and external devices. All of your private information is secured in a trusted and separated environment.

Features:
  • Safely download anything in an isolated (virtualized) zone
  • Safely open e-mail attachments in an isolated (virtualized)
  • e-Bank and e-Shop in a trusted environment (Privacy Zone)
  • Safely browse in an isolated (virtualized) zone
  • Safely chat with IM in an isolated (virtualized) zone
  • Schedule periodic "flushes" of the Virtual zone
  • Safely share with P2P applications in an isolated (virtualized)
  • Safely use USB devices in an isolated (virtualized) zone
  • Lock your personal files (in confidential folders) inside a trusted zone
  • Important software upgrades pass automatically into the trusted zone
  • Take a "snapshot" of the Virtual Zone for one- step restore
  • Application Control
Requirements:
Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32-bit)
Further information about system requirements, please see:

Download (14.57 MB) BufferZone Pro now at:
SHA-1 (BufferZoneProFree.msi): 6203A4C2CBA4132F88C2FD8FD4FE52E962D38FAF

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Microsofit Releases V2 of their Free Security Essentials Application December 17, 2010

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Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Free for personal use while small businesses can install MSE on up to 10 Windows PCs free-of-charge.

What's new in Microsoft Security Essentials 2?

This version of Microsoft Security Essentials includes the following new features and enhancements to better help protect your computer from threats:
  • Windows Firewall integration. Security Essentials setup enables you to turn on or off Windows Firewall.
  • Network Inspection System. This feature enhances real-time protection by inspecting network traffic to help proactively block exploitation of known network-based vulnerabilities.
  • New and improved protection engine. The updated engine offers enhanced detection and cleanup capabilities with better performance.
Minimum System Requirements for Microsoft Security Essentials

Operating System: Genuine Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3); Windows Vista (Gold, Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2); Windows 7

    * For Windows XP, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 500 MHz or higher, and 256 MB RAM or higher.
    * For Windows Vista and Windows 7, a PC with a CPU clock speed of 1.0 GHz or higher, and 1 GB RAM or higher.
    * VGA display of 800 × 600 or higher.
    * 200 MB of available hard disk space.
    * Internet connection for installation and to download the latest virus and spyware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials.
    * Internet Browser: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 or later; Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or later.

Microsoft Security Essentials also supports Windows XP Mode in Windows 7. For more information, please see the system requirements for Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 at the URL below:

Download (the Free) Microsoft Security Essentials v2 Application from:

    * Windows XP 32 bit
    * Windows Vista/Windows 7 32 bit
    * Windows Vista/Windows 7 64bit

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FCC – U.S. Internet Access Services: Status as of December 31, 2009 December 15, 2010

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This report summarizes information about Internet access connections over 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in at least one direction in service in the United States on December 31, 2009, as collected by The U.S. Federal Communications Commission  (FCC) Form 477.

Two important points about the Form 477 data:
    • the data track subscribership, or adoption, of services of different speeds; they do not directly measure the availability of services of different speeds;
    • the reported connection speed is typically based on the advertised speed of the purchased service.
    The PDF-based report and News Release can be downloaded from the URLs below: 

    December 10, 2010 Release
    Report (87 Pages: 2.54 MB)
    News Release

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    As of Today, the Ability to Upload Video to Yahoo! Video Removed December 15, 2010

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    On December 15, 2010 the functionality to upload a video to Yahoo! Video was removed and a download utility, available through March 14, 2011, was added to users' video profiles to allow retrieval of content. For further information, please see:

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/video/notices/ugc-notice-07.html

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    New Pew Research – Eight Percent of American Adults Who Use the Internet are Twitter Users December 14, 2010

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    • Eight percent of the American adults who use the internet are Twitter users. 
    • It is an online activity that is particularly popular with young adults, minorities, and those who live in cities. 
    • This is the first-ever survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that exclusively examines Twitter users.  
    • This report contains data from several different sources. The data on overall Twitter usage and demographics comes from the Pew Internet Project’s November 2010 tracking survey, while the data on frequency of use and types of material posted by Twitter users comes from two Omnibus Surveys conducted in October 2010. 
    For further information, please download the 20 Page (PDF) report from:

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    Forrester Survey – Americans Now Spend as Much Time Using the Internet as Watching TV ((tags: Forrester-Research, Jacqueline-Anderson, American-Internet-Use-vs-TV-Use-Equal, Verizon, Sprint, Cable, Internet-vs-TV-Use, non-profit, New-York-Times, Onli December 14, 2010

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    Forrester Research: 
    Understanding The Changing Needs Of The US Online Consumer, 2010
    An Empowered Report: How Online And Mobile Behaviors Are Changing

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/13/american-internet-use-catches-up-with-tv-use/

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    An exploratory study of older adults engagement with virtual volunteerism December 13, 2010

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    The purpose of this study was to explore the participation of older adults (aged 60 years and older) in virtual volunteering activities partially or totally from home or other off-site locations. The study collected data using semi-structured, open-ended interviews with nine older virtual volunteers affiliated with SeniorNet, an organisation that facilitates virtual volunteering for older people. 

    Note: Based on the abstract (see the URL below), I suggest caution in extrapolating findings due to the apparent research methods used.

    http://www.scie-socialcareonline.org.uk/profile.asp?guid=22e1578d-bb68-4953-a936-e8875b4e37c9

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    Volunteer Canada New Research – What Canadians Want; What Non-Profits Can Do to Recruit, Retain Volunteers December 9, 2010

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    Yesterday, Volunteer Canada (Bénévoles Canada) released new research that outlines the state of volunteerism in Canada. 

    This new research points to:
    • what Canadians want in their volunteer experiences 
    • the issues volunteers have in finding satisfying roles
    • what (non-profit) organizations can do to enhance their volunteer base, achieve their missions and ultimately build stronger communities.
    You can learn more about how non-profit organizations can make the volunteer experience more meaningful by downloading the 22 page (PDF) English research summary of "Bridging the Gap – Enriching the Volunteer Experience to Build a Better Future for Our Communities" at the following URL:

    http://volunteer.ca/files/English_Final_Report.pdf

    Pour en savoir plus sur les mesures que peuvent engager les organismes pour rehausser et enrichir l’expérience du bénévolat, téléchargez le résumé de l’étude intitulée Combler les lacunes  – Enricher L’éxperience bénévole afin de créer un avenir meilleur pour nos collectivités.

    http://benevoles.ca/files/French_Final_Report.pdf

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    Today Network for Good released a landmark study of $381 million in giving through their platform December 8, 2010

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    Frame of Reference: The data for this study is limited to donations powered by the Network for Good platform (and thus I suggest caution in extrapolating findings).

    Access the the Study from:

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