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SocialRank rolls out “graph search” for Twitter. Adds Uber, Juicy Couture, and Muhammad Ali as brand users

When Facebook launched Graph Search, it was such a big deal that the company dedicated an entire live press event to the occasion. And yet, now 18 months later, the product has hardly lived up to the hype and is largely an afterthought for most users. Whether it’s a function of the size of the [...]

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Will our future dystopia be one where privacy is something only the rich can afford?

Privacy and security are the buzz words which have defined the bulk of conversation around the technology sector of late. From the Edward Snowden NSA leaks, to Facebook and OkCupid manipulating user emotions, to the fight for Do Not Track options in online advertising, to the trend toward anonymity and ephemerality in social networking and messaging, [...]

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I’m not freaking out about OKCupid’s “human experiments.” Here’s why you shouldn’t either

Complaining about Facebook has become almost a sport at this point, but for a couple weeks in June and July, the disdain for the social network hit never-before-seen levels after it admitted to manipulating user emotions by tinkering with its News Feed algorithm. The furor has largely died down, and most Facebook quitters I know have begrudgingly [...]

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We can all complain about diversity in tech… or we can do something about it like Kathryn Finney

This week, Twitter became the latest tech company to release numbers on the diversity of its workforce. And like Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook which have all released similar reports in recent months, Twitter’s technology employees skew heavily male and white. Only ten percent of Twitter’s technology workforce are women, compared to seventeen percent at both Google and [...]

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What brands and publishers can learn from the celebrity stars of Snapchat

When we think of social networks from a brand, publisher, or celebrity perspective, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and maybe Pinterest rise to the top of our mental lists. They are open, public, and permanent, or as permanent as anything else on the web. It makes sense then to leverage these networks to reach as many people as possible, as often as [...]

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Barry Silbert steps down as SecondMarket CEO, plans to focus 100% on digital currency spinoff

SecondMarket founder Barry Silbert is stepping down as CEO of the company with a goal of focusing on the firm’s burgeoning digital currency business, which will soon be spun out as a standalone company. Silbert will remain Chairman and CEO of SecondMarket Holdings, Inc. the parent holding company to both firms. Silbert founded SecondMarket ten [...]

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These researchers are studying Facebook’s News Feed to make algorithms more accountable

Last month, it was revealed that Facebook had conducted an experiment on nearly 700,000 members without their knowledge or consent to determine how its News Feed algorithm affects users’ emotions and moods. Showing users more positive content resulted in them sharing more positive posts, and vice versa with negative content. Many users, journalists, and data scientists were [...]

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Facebook now drives almost one quarter of all web browsing

There will probably be no new or interesting angle with which to frame Facebook’s quarterly financial results tomorrow. For a seventh straight quarter, it will likely come out and beat all revenue expectations. In general, user growth is trending downward, but engagement, ad impressions and ad pricing have all been way, way up of late. At [...]

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Facebook Adds a Save Button Since There’s Too Much Crap on Your News Feed

Over the years, Facebook has slowly morphed from a voyeur’s wet dream into what is now essentially a popularity-based RSS feed. And since there’s only so many listicles one can read in a day, Facebook just added a "Save" feature that compiles all your readables for viewing at your leisure. Read more… Continue Reading from [...]

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The techno-libertarians of Silicon Valley should think twice about aligning with climate deniers

As Mark Ames wrote yesterday, the Reboot 2014 conference has officially kicked off in San Francisco. Its stated goal is to leverage Silicon Valley’s technical talent to help foster “liberty,” which is really just shorthand for “libertarianism.” After all, the marquee speakers are free market rockstar Rand Paul and Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie, and the event is [...]

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Apparently it’s okay to post naked photos to Facebook, as long as you’re not a woman

Facebook has deleted the University of Warwick female crew team’s page from its network for posting nude photographs. (All of the subjects covered their private parts with life vests, oars, and other props, so the images weren’t sexually explicit.) The problem? The male crew team’s page wasn’t deleted even though it posted similar photographs, which means [...]

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