"Precious Little of It "

In scrounging around for online news this week, I suddenly realized what we have are a lot of words that are non-stories. News doesn't seem to be news online. It's rumor, speculation and “maybes.”

“According to multiple sources, Yahoo is getting ready for a big restructuring initiative ...”

"Rumors suggest that the first cuts will come from ad technology ...”

"It looks like Facebook is finally taking search more seriously. The company is reportedly working overtime on improving its own search feature ...”

"Last week, the Federal Trade Commission released its final report on privacy. Jules Polonetsky, the Director and Co-Chair of the Future of Privacy Forum explained that, while the FTC did ask Congress to pass privacy legislation, it placed a greater emphasis on finding industry best practices for self-regulation.“

Again – no news!

Be careful about believing what you think you read online. It's likely not the facts you think you're reading. Watch the wording.

Now, sometimes – especially in email – outright lies are passed around. We all know this. And, in an election year, these emails will increase.

Please don't simply accept the truth of every email sent to you – and shoot it out to everyone you know - just because it's something you want to believe. You can make serious mistakes (and look ridiculous) that way. Check it out.

When you receive the one stating the Medicare fee will go up to $247 in 2014 – check Snopes before you have a heart attack:

Check it out here

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