More New Year’s resolutions for 2013 and sacrifices for Lent involve cutting down on Facebook.
More than a quarter of US Facebook users said they planned to spend less time on the social network in the coming year, according to new survey results released Tuesday. And almost two-thirds said they have taken a “Facebook Vacation” in the past, logging off the social network for several weeks at a time to get a break from their friends’ gossip and dinner reports.
Being “too busy” was the number one reason for taking the hiatus, while concerns about privacy and advertising ranked low in the explanations offered to surveyors from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Read more
Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and ardent internet activist who played a key role opposing 2011 anti-piracy legislation, was found dead on Friday at age 26.
His family confirmed that he hanged himself in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York.
Friends and fans of Mr Swartz’ work flooded social media feeds and web sites over the weekend with grief-stricken tributes to a coder they considered a “genius” and a “hero”. Many offered lengthy defences of his activist work to make legal and academic documents available for free online – work that garnered the attention of government prosecutors and led to criminal charges still outstanding at the time of his death. Read more
Care.com, the website for finding nannies, pet sitters, and caretakers for the elderly, has raised $50m in late-stage venture capital funding, bringing the five-year old company’s total financing to $111m.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and chief executive, said she would use the money to support the Massachusetts-based company’s international expansion efforts. Read more
Investors have put $100m into Castlight Health, a five-year old start-up that produces price comparisons for medical procedures, marking the latest of a series of investments in the health field by venture capitalists who believe Silicon Valley technologists are uniquely equipped to tackle the growing health care crisis in the US.
As health care costs have soared, employers and insurers have pushed more and more of those costs onto patients, increasing their out of pocket expenses many times over. Castlight, which allows patients to compare prices for common procedures among local doctors’ offices, is one of several technology companies that believes it can ease the financial burden on patients, and be profitable. Read more