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More millennials read a book last year than older Americans, proving the Internet hasn’t ruined everything

Since at least Aristotle (the original thinkpiece pundit), smart people have been predicting the death of knowledge every time a new form of communication arises. For Aristotle, it was the written word, which threatened to destroy human memory. Characters in Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” echoing a similarly popular sentiments around the advent of the printing press, [...]

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The New Apple Watch and Why We Need to Stop Over-Sharing Our Lives

On a day when the spoiled-rotten First World exults in the premiere of Apple’s latest overpriced fashion accessory, I suppose someone has to be the cranky old man, so here goes. While reading about the rollout of the new iPhone 6 and something called the Apple Watch, I stumbled across the following line via The [...]

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Oh, great: Facebook is focusing more on its data-hungry video business

Facebook announced over the weekend that it will now tell its users how many times a video has been watched on its service and recommend other videos for them to watch, making the social network more like YouTube and all of its video-centric, advertiser-friendly goodness. It isn’t hard to guess why Facebook might want to [...]

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Facebook’s Snapchat clone Slingshot is more proof the company’s better at buying things than building them

Facebook has shown once again that it’s better at buying companies than copying them. The company has updated Slingshot, the mobile application it released in June to compete with Snapchat without directly copying the startup’s product, to become a bona fide Snapchat clone. Instead of the transactional model the app introduced, which required users to [...]

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Facebook’s Snapchat clone Slingshot is more proof the company’s better at buying things than building them

Facebook has shown once again that it’s better at buying companies than copying them. The company has updated Slingshot, the mobile application it released in June to compete with Snapchat without directly copying the startup’s product, to become a bona fide Snapchat clone. Instead of the transactional model the app introduced, which required users to [...]

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Between Twitpic and algorithm-gate, Twitter really pissed off power users today. But is the outrage warranted?

While the social media elite was having a collective freak-out over comments Twitter CFO Anthony Noto made about possibly, maybe, slowly rolling out an algorithmic component to users’ feed, there was another story involving Twitter that, at first glance anyway, reeked of a real scandal. Before Twitter built photo-sharing directly into its service, Twitpic was one of the most [...]

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Thanks Facebook: Auto-play videos are eating up 60% more data on some networks

Data is a precious resource. Besides incurring extra costs on outrageous phone bills, going over a carrier-imposed limit makes it harder to browse the Web, download apps, or stream music. If there’s just one guiding principle for application development, it should be “don’t waste data.” Facebook must have skipped that memo. Sandvine claims in a [...]

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Crisis averted? Twitter’s “fave” controversy may mean even less than we thought

A couple weeks ago, a certain class of Twitter power users expressed varying degrees of outrage and concern when the company started inserting tweets of people they didn’t follow into their feeds. What angered them most was that Twitter had shown users tweets on the basis that they had been favorited by someone the user follows. This launched dual and deadly-serious [...]

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Samsung and Oculus invite consumers to experience virtual reality through their smartphones

Samsung announced today that it has partnered with Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus to create a harness allowing Galaxy Note 4 owners to experience the wonders of virtual reality without making them purchase a dedicated headset. Engadget was able to spend some time with the device, and its first impressions show that the idea of using a smartphone to [...]

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Golf’s uptight image remains intact with a ban on social media during the Ryder Cup

The powers that be in the game of golf today proved that the sport deserves every ounce of its reputation as outdated, uptight, and boring. (And I say that as a lifelong golfer and lover of the game.) Just weeks ahead of the biennial Ryder Cup competition, which this year will pit teams from the [...]

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