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The shocking Earthquake in Haiti is getting relief from text messages. The Red Cross set up a text hotline where users are able to pledge $10 to the relief effort simply by texting Haiti to 90999. The hotline, which charges the donation to your mobile phone bill, raised over $1.2 million alone yesterday, a sign that mobile giving may be here to stay.

The Justice Department is keeping Kindles out of University classrooms until the digital reading devices are equipped for the Blind has halted efforts. Several collegiate institutions had begun using the popular Kindle in the classroom, however, a lawsuit over the lack of vocal control for the visually impaired. Until the manufacturer’s of eReaders add voice control, eReaders will not be allowed to be used for college classes.

After its recent cyber attack, Google is stepping up its GMail security. The company has automatically enabled HTTPS settings, effectively encrypting email in order to provide more protection for users. HTTPS encyrption has been available for a while, however, slow Internet connections kept Google from making it the default setting.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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