It’s Complicated: 5 Tips for Using Facebook While Dating

Original Source – Huffington Post

It’s Complicated: 5 Tips for Using Facebook While Dating

So many of my clients ask what I think about Facebook and social media. I have to be honest, at my age I don’t consider myself to be a social media guru, but I do know something about good decorum. Just because we are in a digital age doesn’t mean that manners go out the door. The same etiquette that you apply to everyday life should be applied to social mediums. As a matter of fact, you might want to tread the waters even more carefully when it comes to social media and putting information and opinions on a public forum. Regardless of your “settings,” things that are put onto a medium with billions of users should be looked at with caution.

It’s estimated that over 1.3 billion people use Facebook today and half of all adult Facebook users have more than 200 friends in their network. Knowing this, it boggles my mind when I see the types of posts that people put on their status updates. I’ve seen so many people complain on their social media about their relationship drama as well as call out their significant other for doing something they didn’t agree with. Later they come back to me telling me how humiliated they felt when the relationship ended and everyone knew. My response: “You had it coming.”

I’m not saying a little banter on Facebook isn’t fun, but know when things become rude and insensitive.

Here are my top five rules for using social media while in a relationship:

1. Never put your relationship problems as a status update.

Telling all your “friends” via a “post” that your boyfriend forgot your birthday again won’t win you sympathy, but it will earn you some pity points, and no one wants to be pitiful. Social media is not the place to address hurt feelings or wrong-doings, the best and only place this should be discussed is IN PERSON. Unless you are in a long distance relationship in which case I would suggest Skype, FaceTime or a phone call. Let your significant other know that they hurt you, find a resolution and move on. Putting it on a social medium so everyone can see only makes it that much more hurtful and permanent. It becomes harder to move past an issue when everyone knows about it.

2. Stop posting selfies of the both of you kissing.

It’s just plain weird. Not many people are fans of PDA’s because no one wants to see you swap spit with another human being and honestly, the cutesy kissy pics get old too if you are constantly posting them. Your friends get it — you’re happy and want to show everyone — but why not just live in the moment and enjoy it for what it’s worth? How can you really enjoy that kiss when you were too busy trying to capture it on your phone? Don’t be so concerned that people SEE that you’re happy, be concerned about actually BEING happy and enjoying the company of who you are with. When I am on a date, I like to turn off my phone or even leave it in the car so that I am not pulled away from my special time with my special someone.

3. Stop posting so many sexy selfies.

Having a body that you’re proud of or an outfit that you confident in are great, but if you’re constantly posting pictures of yourself in a bikini and you’re not heading to the beach or in a towel in the bathroom, red flags go up. Your partner might wonder who you’re trying to impress and it also begs the question if you are in constant need of attention.

4. Don’t post pictures of wild and crazy nights out.

This may seem a bit on the overly sensitive side but hear me out. If you are in a new relationship and relationship statuses have not been changed, this might alter the great course that your relationship is headed. Ladies, if you post pictures of yourself dancing on tables or bars with “the girls” expect to be taken as the “party girl” that you are portraying yourself to be. Not many men want to be in a relationship with a party girl. Men, same goes for you. If you post pictures of a night out on the town with scantily clad women on your lap, don’t expect a call from that really nice woman that you had an incredible date with.

I get it, it’s all just a bit of fun and you were just hanging out, but you absolutely need to take the feelings of the person that you’ve been dating into consideration.

5. Facebook is not your misery diary.

This falls along the lines as the first rule but it extends far beyond relationship woes. Social media is exactly that, SOCIAL. When we are in a social setting with large groups of people we normally don’t go on rifling about how lonely we feel, how depressed we are, how we can never find love, etc. This applies to social media as well. No one likes a negative Nelly. Being negative on social media can influence how people view you — especially someone you are dating. So keep it light, fun, and social. If you wouldn’t talk about it in a room full of 300 people you happen to know then don’t post it on a social medium with the potential of 300-plus people seeing it.

My overall advice for social media is to lay off of it and enjoy the real world. Get outdoors, enjoy the day and the people around you.

Original source – Huffington Post

Vital Connect gets green light from FDA for biosensor patch

Original Source – Venture Beat

Vital Connect gets green light from FDA for biosensor patch

Connected health devices that help at-risk populations, like senior citizens and the chronically ill, make good sense. They help keep people healthy, and they ultimately save the system money.

A San Jose, Calif.-based company called Vital Connect announced today that it received FDA clearance for use of its HealthPatch MD biosensor for monitoring patients at home.

HealthPatch MD can be used for short-term monitoring of a patient who has just been released from the hospital, or as part of the follow-up care provided after a non-critical emergency room visit. The point is to allow the patient’s caregivers to keep tabs on them from afar 24 hours a day.

The biosensor is a small white plastic device that attaches to the patient’s skin. I has two components — a reusable sensor module and a disposable patch. It monitors heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, body posture, fall detection, steps, and many other things.

The sensor uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to a relay or smartphone and the relay transfers information by Wi-Fi to the cloud and then to the caregivers. The data is encrypted to meet HIPPA privacy and security guidelines.

Continue Reading at Original Source – Venture Beat

Apple Updates Privacy Policy for Health Apps, Report Says

Original Source – Mashable referencing Financial Times

Apple Updates Privacy Policy for Health Apps, Report Says

In yet another sign that the launch of Apple’s long-rumored iWatch may be imminent, the company has reportedly updated its privacy policy for how health apps handle user data.

Apple recently changed its guidelines for developers who wants to take advantage of its HealthKit framework, according to the Financial Times.

HealthKit, which will debut alongside iOS 8, serves as a hub for health data collected by third-party fitness and health-tracking apps. That information will then be funneled into Apple’s Health App, which will analyze the data, and break it down into easily digestible formats.

The new rules state that developers can’t “sell an end-user’s health information collected through the HealthKit API to advertising platforms, data brokers or information resellers,” according to the report. What’s more, developers cannot use HealthKit’s API or its information “for any purpose other than providing health and/or fitness services.”

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Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator

Original source – Venture Beat

Bayer HealthCare starts its own accelerator

Bayer HealthCare (grants 4 apps) appears to be the first pharmaceutical company to have started its own accelerator. The company that made €18.924 million in turnover in 2013 “understands that innovation and healthcare cannot only be driven by the industry but also needs creativity,” said Christian Ullrich, Head of Marketing & Sales IT at Bayer HealthCare yesterday.

Bayer has partnered with universities and smaller companies before and last year started Grants4Apps, a crowdsourcing initiative. This year, it was turned into an accelerator.

Altogether it received around 70 applications. A jury of experts selected five from all over Europe to participate in the 3.5 month long program. Each startup receives €50,000 as financial support, meets mentors every other week, and get free office space at the Bayer HealthCare HQ in Berlin.

The pharmaceutical company, however, does not take more than 10% equity in return.

Compared to other healthcare accelerators, Bayer provides around twice as much financial support. Most others give $25,000 for about 6% of equity.

While you might expect the accelerator to be a small side project for a long existing company such as Bayer, that’s not the impression we got yesterday.

Before starting the pitches, Reinhard Franzen, senior vice president at Bayer HealthCare, welcomed the audience and underlined that this step in innovation is taken seriously inside the company. “150 years ago we were a startup ourself,” he states. Franzen later explains that innovation is happening, and Bayer wants to be part of it by supporting startups.

Before the five minutes pitches, each team’s mentor from Bayer introduced…

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Amazon meets with FDA, shows signs of entering digital health space

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Amazon meets with FDA, shows signs of entering digital health space

While the details are hard to come by, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Amazon is getting ready to make some sort of play in consumer health.

At Rock Health’s Health Innovation Summit last week, Dr. Babak Parviz, the former Google X director credited with inventing Google Glass and the glucose level-detecting smart contact lens, was coy about what Amazon is building, although several people asked him to comment. It was, however, clear by the look on his face that something is indeed being built.

Parviz talked about the use of Google Glass by doctors during an on-stage interview at the Rock Health event. Parviz moved from Google to Amazon in July to fill an unnamed position. He has said little about what he’s doing there.

At Google, Parviz was also involved in the development of a contact lens that reads blood sugar levels from the chemical content of tears. He is obviously excited about the health space.

Rumors have circulated that Amazon will jump into the industry next year, possibly with a health platform like Apple’s Health Kit.

It’s possible. Amazon added 30 million new users last year to bring its worldwide user count to more than 200 million worldwide. With that kind of reach it could sell a wide variety of health wearables, and provide a technology platform where health data collected by those devices could be stored and accessed by both consumers and app developers.

It’s also possible that Amazon is working on health wearable hardware of its own. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has shown that he is not afraid to jump into hardware projects if he believes their goals align with those of the mega shopping site. The Fire phone is the prime example, a device that could have applications in the health space itself. (See: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be a boon for health apps)

Another clue dropped yesterday, with reports that Amazon has held at least one conversation with the Food and Drug Administration. According to the FDA’s meetings calendar, on July 22 “Amazon leadership” met with the agency’s deputy commissioner for global regulatory operations and policy Howard Sklamberg and some other FDA employees.

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China’s Natural Gas Demand Set to Triple by 2040

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China’s Natural Gas Demand Set to Triple by 2040

China’s demand for natural gas will more than triple over the next 25 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Natural gas demand in China is projected to hit 17.5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) in 2040, a greater than three-fold increase from the 5.2 tcf of demand in 2012. There is a big question mark over how the country will meet that need, but the EIA says the vast majority of it will come from two sources: domestic production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports.


China is potentially sitting on 1,115 tcf of technically recoverable shale gas – the world’s largest reserves. While energy rich, China has had trouble developing its mammoth shale resources. The lack of fresh water is an enormous challenge. But so is a lack of infrastructure, dearth of pipelines, complex geology, and high costs. The problems have tempered China’s ambition, and the government recently downgraded its 2020 production target by half.

Overcoming these challenges will require the experience and technical skill of experienced players – veterans of the U.S. shale revolution. China decided to up the incentives to attract international investment. “Chinese oil companies are giving U.S. firms a bigger stake in exchange for the tools and technology of hydraulic fracturing,” according to Collin Eaton of The Houston Chronicle.

Joint ventures with American companies will allow China to access some of the tools that fueled rapid growth in the U.S. – pressure pumps, horizontal drilling, multiple wells per pad, and water-efficient equipment, for example. Halliburton and other oil services firms are taking advantage of China’s urgent need to ramp up natural gas production. Halliburton is working with STP, a Chinese company, to frack the Tarim Basin in northwest China.

The EIA predicts that China will be able to overcome many of these hurdles and produce 10.1 tcf of natural gas by 2040, or the equivalent of 58 percent of demand.

What is not met by domestic production will need to be imported. Although only a small fraction of demand at this point, China’s imports of LNG are set to skyrocket in the coming decades. Much of this will come from Australia, which will dominate LNG trade for the foreseeable future, but U.S. LNG exporters…

Continue Reading At Original Source – OilPrice-com

Ackman Files Second Lawsuit Against U.S. Government

Original Source – (Reuters) Business Insider

Ackman Files Second Lawsuit Against U.S. Government

Activist Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP filed its second lawsuit in two days against the U.S. government over bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , court documents show.

In Friday’s complaint with the U.S. District Court, Pershing Square alleged that the Department of the Treasury illegally seized tens of billions of dollars in Fannie and Freddie profits.

Pershing Square, the largest shareholder of both the mortgage companies, said in the complaint that it was told the Fannie and Freddie stockholders no longer have fundamental shareholders rights.

Fannie’s and Freddie’s conservator, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), denied “written demands by Pershing Square to the companies’ boards of directors for a books and records inspection”, according to the complaint.

In the second lawsuit, Pershing suggests the mortgage companies’ dividends being paid to the Treasury should be shared among other common shareholders.

Three retirees who own Fannie Mae stock have joined as plaintiffs of the lawsuit.

In a complaint filed on Thursday with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., Pershing accused the government of violating the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by taking private property for public use without just compensation.

Continue Reading At Original Source – Business Insider

Cincinnati Bell and ESPN Sign Distribution Agreement for SEC Network

Original Source – Business Wire

Cincinnati Bell and ESPN Sign Distribution Agreement for SEC Network

Just in time for this season’s college football kickoff, Cincinnati Bell has added ESPN’s new SEC Network to its Fioptics lineup. Cincinnati Bell Fioptics customers will have access to the new network on Aug. 14 when it launches.

The SEC Network will broadcast 45 exclusive SEC football games this season. During its first year on-air, the collegiate network will also air 75 baseball games, 100 men’s basketball and 60 women’s basketball games.

“We are happy to enter into a new agreement with ESPN and offer the SEC Network to our Fioptics customers,” said Michael Morrison, director of video & entertainment product development. “There’s no better way to watch sports than with the razor-sharp picture quality of our Fioptics TV.”

The Southeastern Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that is home to some of the nation’s most storied athletic programs including the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee.

As part of a larger deal with ESPN that includes the SEC Network and all the current ESPN and Disney channels, Fioptics customers will also enjoy access to Fusion — a lifestyle channel targeted towards millennials — beginning Sept. 30. In addition, TV Everywhere apps like Watch ESPN, Watch Disney and Watch ABC, will be available to Fioptics customers before the end of 2014.

Starting Aug. 14, Cincinnati Bell customers can find the SEC Network on channels 204 (SD) and 604 (HD), with the Fioptics Elite package. Channel 205 (SD) will serve as an overflow channel for additional SEC games. Fusion will be available on channels 250 (SD) and 650 (HD) beginning Sept. 30.

About Cincinnati Bell

With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell, Inc. (NYSE: CBB) provides integrated communications solutions, including local and long distance voice, data, high-speed Internet, entertainment, and wireless services that keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected with each other and with the world. In addition, enterprise customers across the United States rely on Cincinnati Bell for efficient, scalable office communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions. Cincinnati Bell is the majority owner of CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), which provides best-in-class data center colocation services to enterprise customers through its facilities with fully redundant power and cooling solutions that are currently located in the Midwest, Texas, Arizona, London, and Singapore. For more information, please visit

About SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform.

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Senator Chuck Schumer wants the FTC to regulate data from fitness wearables

Original Source – Venture Beat

Senator Chuck Schumer wants the FTC to regulate data from fitness wearables

Written by Mark Sullivan

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) issued a statement Sunday calling for federal protections against the sharing of personal data by makers of wearable fitness trackers.

Schumer wrote that he sees a potential “privacy nightmare” if companies like FitBit (and he calls that company out by name) are allowed to profit from selling user biometrics data to third party data brokers like Acxiom.

He also worries that the data could even be shared with insurers, mortgage lenders, or employers.

“Personal fitness bracelets and the data they collect on your health, sleep, and location, should be just that — personal. The fact that private health data — rich enough to identify the user’s gait — is being gathered by applications like Fitbit and can then be sold to third-parties without the user’s consent is a true privacy nightmare,” Schumer wrote.

(FitBit has already released a statement denying that it shares personal data with third parties.)


Schumer is calling for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to require wearables manufacturers to tell consumers if their personal information is being shared with third parties, and give them a chance to opt out.

Indeed, the FTC has been looking at the privacy around personal data collected by health apps and devices. The FTC “has openly voiced its concern about the selling of personal fitness data between companies, but has yet to take action to push application developers and other fitness monitoring companies to provide an opt-out opportunity,” Schumer says.

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Apple prepares Healthkit rollout amid tangled regulatory web

Original Source – Reuters

Apple prepares Healthkit rollout amid tangled regulatory web

Written by Christina Farr

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc has been discussing how its “HealthKit” service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions said.

While the talks may not amount to anything concrete, they underscore how Apple is intent on making health data, such as blood pressure, pulse and weight, available for consumers and health providers to view in one place.

Currently, this data is being collected by thousands of third-party health care software applications and medical devices, but it isn’t centrally stored. Apple also hopes physicians will use this data to better monitor patients between visits – with the patient’s consent — so the doctors can make better diagnostic and treatment decisions.

Apple has not divulged much specific detail on HealthKit, which is expected to be incorporated into the iPhone 6 come September. But Apple intends HealthKit to become a lynchpin in a broader push into mobile healthcare — a fertile field that rivals Google and Samsung are also exploring.

The iPhone maker has previously disclosed partnerships with Nike Inc, Epic, and the prestigious Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, which boasts a suite of mobile apps. Mayo is reportedly testing a service to flag patients when results from apps and devices are abnormal, with follow-up information and treatment recommendations.

Dozens of major health systems that use Epic’s software will soon be able to integrate health and fitness data from HealthKit into Epic’s personal health record, called MyChart, according to a person briefed by Apple. Kaiser Permanente is currently piloting a number of mobile apps that leverage HealthKit, two people have said, and is expected to reach out to Apple to discuss a more formal partnership.

“Apple is going into this space with a data play,” said Forrester Research’s health care analyst Skip Snow. “They want to be a hub of health data.”

But some implementations with HealthKit may be a challenge due to a web of privacy and regulatory requirements and many decades-old IT systems, said Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT, a Washington-based organization that represents mobile app…

Continue Reading at Original Source – Reuters