Teens dumping Facebook? Not true says Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook isn't on the outs among teenagers, at least according to its chief operating officer.

In an interview with AllThingsD published on Friday, Sheryl Sandberg responded to concerns that the social network has seen a drop in its teenage population. Those concerns were triggered a few weeks ago following comments by CFO David Ebersman.

"Our best analysis on youth engagement in the US reveals that usage of Facebook among US teens overall was stable from Q2 to Q3, but we did see a decrease in daily users, specifically among younger teens," Ebersman said during the company's … Read more

Pediatricians: Limit kids' media use to 2 hours a day

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday released a newly revised policy statement that essentially calls out parents for being naive when it comes to the way and extent to which their kids use media today.

"This is the 21st century and they need to get with it," Dr. Victor Strasburger, lead author of the new policy and a University of New Mexico adolescent medicine specialist, told The Associated Press. "I guarantee you that if you have a 14-year-old boy and he has an Internet connection in his bedroom, he is looking at pornography."… Read more

Teenage mobile users do worry about privacy, says Pew

Teenagers who use mobile apps do take steps to safeguard their privacy, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

Among the teenage app users polled for the study, 51 percent said they've avoided certain apps after learning that they'd have to share personal information to use them. Teens 12 to 13 years of age were more likely to avoid such apps than were those 14 to 17 years old.

Further, 26 percent of the teens said they've uninstalled an app because they discovered it was collecting personal … Read more

House purchase comes with surprising geek collection

It sounds like a geek dream. You buy a house complete with all the furnishings, to include a life-size "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" statue, a set of framed turtle weapons, a full-size Stormtrooper, and original paintings of famous superheroes.

Redditor Topherstiles posted about friends of the family buying a furnished house complete with that very stash inside of it. The collection also includes a Superman statue and numerous action figures.… Read more

The 404 1, 313: Where there is no such thing as too much guacamole (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Update to yesterday's story: Employer tipped police off to pressure cooker searches, not Google.

- Couple surprised to find new home filled with awesome TMNT memorabilia.

- Our favorite heartfelt scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the movie.

- Haagen-Dazs stays classy with augmented-reality Concerto Timer app.

- Netflix tweak lets families split up viewing profiles.… Read more

Teen smartphone ownership skyrockets in U.S.

The old stereotype that teens love using telephones still holds true even in the digital age.

Now, though, instead of landlines, almost all teenagers use cell phones. And, according to a new Pew Research Center report (PDF) released today, more and more U.S. adolescents own smartphones. Pew's survey looked at technology use in 802 teens from the ages 12 to 17 in July and September of 2012.

Seventy-eight percent of American teens owned a cell phone in 2012 and nearly half of that group had a smartphone. This means that overall 37 percent of all teenagers had a … Read more

Low Latency No. 54: Black, white, and read all over

Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every Friday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.… Read more

Facebook's Graph Search bars adults snooping for minors

Facebook is taking preventative measures to make sure parents don't get up in arms about their children's privacy when Graph Search is rolled out to the public.

The social network said today in a blog post that it implemented specific Graph Search rules for teenagers. These rules dictate that if an adult does a search that could display a minor's location or age, the only results that will be returned are that person's friends. If a minor is searching, only friends and friends of friends also between the ages of 13 and 17 will be shown.… Read more

Computer prodigy Aaron Swartz remembered

Monday's CNET Update:

Stories from today's tech news roundup:

- Internet activist Aaron Swartz, 26, committed suicide. He faced $4 million in fines and 50 years in prison for chargest hat he stole millions of academic papers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from JSTOR. In the wake of his death, MIT is conducting an investigation of the school's role in the events before he took his life. Researchers have paid tribute to Swartz by posting links to copyright-protected papers on Twitter, to honor his campaign for open access to documents on the Internet.

- Samsung'… Read more

Teenage Engineering's cubelike OD-11 streams music straight from the cloud

LAS VEGAS--Wireless audio at CES 2013 has been almost entirely dominated by the idea of streaming music directly from your smartphone, usually via Bluetooth.

Teenage Engineering's newly announced OD-11 is taking a different approach, which it calls the Cloud Speaker. The cubelike speaker actually borrows its design from Swedish audio engineer Stig Carlsson, whose original OD-11 in 1974 featured the same angled tweeter and woofer that directs sound out the the top of the speaker, rather than a more traditional front-facing design. The idea is to throw the sound into a room, without a defined sweet spot that standard … Read more