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Teen Admits Using Twitter To Intimidate Crime Victim
A Philadelphia teenager has pleaded guilty to using his Twitter account to try to scare a crime victim out of testifying. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the 17-year-old high school student pleaded guilty in juvenile court in the case. The student was charged with witness intimidation and terroristic threats. Prosecutors say the teen used Twitter to post a photo of the victim and copies of secret investigative documents related to a 2012 attempted shooting. The teen is being sentenced later this month. An assistant district attorney says she will ask for "a significant period of confinement" to a juvenile treatment facility.
The top man at the Pentagon is trying to deliver a message parents and other adults have been trying to get across to teens for some time now: watch what you say and show about yourself online. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey suggests young people today are ignorant about the damage their reputations can suffer from bad behavior online. Dempsey says teens don't realize the public face they put forth on Twitter and Facebook can damage their future job opportunities. He says what is on social media can affect a person's chances of being accepted in the military — or getting a security clearance.
Wisconsin Gov. Fires Aide For Demeaning Comments About Hispanics
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has the "help wanted" sign up — now that he has canned a campaign aide for making demeaning remarks about Hispanics on social media. Walker fired Taylor Palmisano as his campaign's deputy finance director on Tuesday. The Republican governor made the move after The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contacted his campaign about the Twitter posts. In one post in March, 2011, she said she wanted to choke a library custodian she described as an "illegal mex." Two months earlier she beefed on Twitter that Hispanic moms she shared a bus with didn't speak English and that they "don't know 2 control their kids." The paper reports a Walker spokesman says the governor and his campaign "condemn these insulting remarks." The former aide has apologized for what she calls her "offensive and irresponsible remarks."
Beats Music To Launch In January
Dr. Dre already has lots of people listening to music with his headphones. Now, he's about to launch a service to bring that music to listeners' ears. The digital music spinoff from Beats by Dr. Dre will be called Beats Music. The CEO of Beats provided few details about the project — but it's expected that it will compete with streaming subscription services like Spotify, Rhapsody and Rdio. Beats Music is based on the platform of MOG — a subscription music service bought in July 2012 by the headphones maker. MOG subscribers were sent emails Wednesday encouraging them to save usernames on BeatsMusic.com.
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