August 11: Remembering Robin Williams and raising ALS awareness in the digital week in review

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - What was everyone talking about in the digital world this week? Here are some of the stories that made headlines: 

Remember Robin Williams: The world lost the beloved Oscar-winning actor and comedian on Monday, August 11; and fans and friends took to the Internet to mourn and share memories of the man whose career stretched decades. See some of the tweets Williams’ Hollywood friends and fans sent in the minutes following the news. 

More sadness in the wake of Williams' death: after posting a heartwarming farewell to her father, Zelda Williams announced she was removing herself from social media due to Internet "trolls" posting cruel and inappropriate comments on her accounts. 

#IceBucketChallenge: You’ve seen it take over your News Feeds this week: people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS. You’ve seen your Facebook friends do it – but actors, athletes and musicians weren’t exempt from the #IceBucketChallenge that, despite its name, caught fire on the web. Buddies Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon even got in on the action, when Timberlake challenged Fallon and some of The Tonight Show staples on August 12. 

Roxanne tackles the #IceBucketChallenge: The WPTV newsroom wasn’t exempt from the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS – on the contrary, our own Roxanne Stein was challenged by the Boynton Beach Police Department to dump ice water on her head and raise awareness for the disease. See her initial reaction to the challenge here ; then, watch as Roxanne faced ice water head-on during August 15’s ‘Today on 5.’

Busting Messenger myths: If you’re a Facebook mobile user and want to chat with your friends, you gotta have the Messenger app.  But with any new app comes concerns; and Facebook users worried about everything from privacy to the apps interaction with other features on your phone. We’ve busted 5 myths about the app so you can decide for yourself if you want to make the switch! 

Gadgets for your weekend on the water: Heading to the beach this weekend? Make sure you have these handy-dandy gadgets in tow! Check out’s list of some tech toys that will make your weekend on the water, well, waterproof.  

Back to school and beautiful: Back-to-school ads are fairly predictable, year after year. Clean-cut, stylish, well-groomed children grace the cover of coupon brochures and in-store signage. Many parents might think this isn’t an accurate depiction of their children, but one mom actually stepped up to do something about it. Katie Driscoll’s youngest child has Down syndrome; and Katie wanted to make sure her daughter was properly represented in ads. So she created her own .

The blame game: When your child is overweight – even when he or she isn’t considered a “child” anymore – who’s to blame? A new ad from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is pointing the finger at the parents, and it’s causing a bit of an uproar. See the ad that’s going viral this week, here

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