Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Academic Misconduct, Australian Universities, Independent Commission Against Corruption, MyMaster, Plagiarism, smartphone, Social Media News, Student Code of Conduct, University, University of Sydney | Comments Off on Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams
The internet and smartphones have made it easier for students to cheat in exams, a new report into academic misconduct at the University of Sydney has found. The report followed investigations into ways to prevent and detect academic dishonesty and misconduct among students at the university.
The Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Taskforce completed a number of investigations during May and June 2015, including interviews with representatives from each of the university’s 16 faculties :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 22nd, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG | Tags: facebook, Facebook Mobile Users, Indeepmedia, Messenger, Mobile Messaging, Non Carrier SMS, Social Media News, Social Networking Sites, WhatsApp | Comments Off on Facebook Snaps-up Mobile Messaging Service WhatsApp
The social networking behemoth that is Facebook, has announced it’s buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp in a deal worth $US19 billion, seriously expanding its mobile footprint.
WhatsApp, a cross-platform mobile app that allows users to exchange text messages without having to pay carrier charges, has apparently been in discussions with Facebook for more than 12 months.
The deal bolsters the Facebook’s – currently populated with more than 1.2 billion members – mobile user base with the 450-million strong WhatsApp users.
The deal will see WhatsApp operated independently.
It’s Facebook’s biggest acquisition to date, coming less than two years after Mark Zuckerberg’s firm raised $16 billion in the record breaking public stock offer.
The WhatsApp deal includes $US12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and $3 billion in RSUs – Restricted Stock Units – for employee retention.
Facebook said via it’s blog the deal that “the deal supports Facebook and WhatsApp’s shared mission to bring more connectivity to the world. The combination will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies. “
Unlike Facebook, WhatsApp is a slim operation, with less than 35 engineers – 1 engineer to 14 million users – it processes 50 billion messages a day.
The attraction runs much deeper than popularity, WhatsApp will not only boost Facebook’s international coverage, more importantly, it will add up to 350 million mobile users to Facebook’s mobile advertising offer :: Read the full article »»»»