Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
(CNN) -- Online, you can project whatever identity you like. But for some people, it's easier to have no identity at all.
A new social networking
site, Social Number, caters to those who have a preference for
anonymity. Instead of a name or a handle or a thumbnail photo of
themselves, users are identified only by a number. In this way, the site
encourages users to discuss anything, from a bad job to a hot-button
social issue to a substance-abuse problem, without fear that the
conversation could be connected to their real-world identity.
"I had been feeling for a
while that there were privacy issues with most social networking
sites," said the site's creator, who gives his name only as M.K. "I just
felt that any time you search someone's name, it pops up in every
different way, from Facebook and Twitter and everyplace else ... I just
felt that there was one site needed where people could come and talk ...
freely and not worry about who's going to read it and what's going to
The controversial site 4chan, where anonymous users have been known to post offensive material, has long reveled in its anything-goes spirit. Other apps and sites geared toward the college-age crowd, such as Bored@Baker and Whisper, encourage anonymous posting, while a new app called Spraffl allows users to post anomymous location-based messages about local happenings.
But social networks built
on anonymity are still rare. Most of us see our online selves to be
extensions of our real-world identities, and plenty of people hide their
actual identity behind a username. But M.K. argues that using a unique
number makes the cloak of anonymity that much more secure.
As he told CNN, "a number has no association with who you are."
Politics, religion and sex
M.K. said he created the
site as a more private space for those seeking to express themselves
freely without the baggage of their online persona. Social Number's
community is still small: Since officially launching the site in
mid-December, M.K estimates his membership is less than 10,000, with 50%
to 70% of his users residing in the United States.
Here's how it works: A
user signs up with their e-mail address and date of birth (the site aims
to restrict membership to those 18 and older) to get a number. Then a
user is free to post "expressions," almost like status updates, on any
topic they'd like, or they can search for "pals" or "groups" that share
their interests. Ideally, M.K. envisions the site operating like any
other social network by fostering potential real-life connections for
Social Number might
remind you of a message board, with discussion threads on such topics as
"Is Atheism a Faith?" and "Discuss your bad bosses and suggestions on
how to deal with them." The majority of posts are text only, with few
photos, videos or links.
So far, most topics have
been centered around politics, religion and sex, M.K. said. But he
claims nobody has posted anything that's caused him to investigate or
remove a user.
"As long as people are
doing legal activity on the site, it's a freedom-of-speech issue," M.K.
includes a "general prohibitions" section that lists restrictions
against bullying, intimidating or harassing a user; posting content that
is hate speech, pornographic or threatening; or that is otherwise
illegal or promoting illegal activity.)
Content posted to Social
Number is monitored, but users are also instrumental in policing each
other and alerting the site if they see offensive postings, M.K. said.
"I knew people would be
using it for taboo topics like politics, government, or drug abuse,
dating tips, sex and those types of things," he said. "Which has
happened, there have been a lot of groups created around that. But I've
(also) seen a lot of innocent groups. There's a group on soccer and a
group on cooking."
Avoiding being branded
Social Number users say
they find value in being able to openly mull sensitive topics without
worrying about alienating or offending anyone.
"The anonymity aspect
allows me to basically say everything that's on my mind," said Yuri
Spiro, a 68-year-old publishing executive living in California. "With
Twitter, I'm an identified person, and I certainly don't want to get
myself in a controversial situation with one of my friends or
acquaintances ... they might decide not to be involved in activities
with me. I definitely would not use Twitter in the same way."
Simrat Kaur, 38, agrees.
While the software-marketing professional visits Facebook five to 10
times a day, there are certain topics she would rather broach on Social
Number. That way, she avoids difficult conversations or judgment from
Facebook friends and opens herself up to a new set of ideas.
"I would get
perspectives and opinions (on Facebook) very similar to mine. I might
have 80 percent of my friends who think just like I do," she said. "So
as a social network, Social Number helps me get viewpoints that may be
dramatically different from mine that I may not have even considered."
Another user named Joni,
a 45-year-old graphic designer who declined to give her last name, said
she likes "the idea of being anonymous, to be able to express political
views without being branded in a sense of one way or another." Joni
said she doesn't post anything on Social Number that she wouldn't want
to be discovered. Instead, the anonymity allows for her to be more
passionate in her views.
"On Facebook, generally I
would discuss jobs or things that are more feminine issues, maybe diet
or hairstyles. (It's) much lighter; it's not the same," she said.
Whenever she expressed opinions about politics or current events on
Facebook, many of her friends would respond, "Joni, I didn't know you
felt that way."
"Rather than have all of that, it's more fun to be totally anonymous, and you get your point across," she said.
That kind of dual use --
Facebook for one type of discussion, Social Number for another -- is
exactly what M.K. sees in Social Number's future.
"I think what'll happen
is that you'll see most of the users continue to use their accounts for
open social media (such as Facebook or Twitter), and then create an
account on here," he said. "It's like a second life. You want a place to
go where nobody knows you."
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:50:52 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) - One man is dead after being shot in a hotel room at 6:55 Saturday morning at the American Inn Motel. Tyler Police said a report of a shooting victim was called in to police. When officersMore >>
Tyler Police are hoping surveillance video will lead them to four men wanted in connection with a deadly weekend shooting.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:07:12 GMT
(KYTX)- TYLER, Texas-A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has nowMore >>
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that sixty-three year old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:54 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:54:38 GMT
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars." The Luscious Crumb filmed their episode back inMore >>
An award winning local East Texas Bakery has announced their sweet secret that reveled them as contestants on the Food Network's hit show "Cupcake Wars."More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:49:29 GMT
TYLER (KYTX) -- We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD. The school district isn't releasing much information but a spokesperson says the district wasMore >>
We're learning more about an investigation into an issue during STAAR testing at Tyler ISD.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 03:39:13 GMT
OVERTON (KYTX) - Sidewalk renovation in Overton , it's gone on for about a week in front of Sheryl Thornton's hair salon, The Barber Pole. Thornton says it has already made her lose some business. SheMore >>
Sidewalk construction causes headaches for an Overton business owner.More >>