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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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Facebook and Twitter preen their feathers with commerce-related announcements

Facebook and Twitter have continued their clumsy attempts to parrot each other with dual announcements to add commerce-specific features to their services. Facebook has added a button to some advertisements to allow its users to purchase an item directly from its service; Twitter has acquired CardSpring to “bring in-the-moment commerce experiences” to its users. The [...]

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Facebook launches Mentions to help celebrities interact with the unwashed masses

Facebook today announced the release of an experimental mobile application that allows celebrities to interact with their fans, hang out with other “influencers,” and see what the media is saying about them. The app is called Mentions, and it’s available only to Facebook users in the United States with verified pages dedicated to all of [...]

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A look back at the first issues of Wired prompts the question: How far have we come?

As a newcomer to the field of digital journalism, I decided a few months back to get myself grounded in the form by ordering the first three issues of Wired, from way back in 1993. The magazines are portal into a world that existed before the mass adoption of the internet, before Google, Yahoo!, Netscape, [...]

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Iran’s mixed feelings toward social media continue, sentencing 8 Facebook users to 127 years in prison

The IRNA news agency reports that Iran has sentenced eight Facebook users to a combined 127 years in prison for “propaganda” posts that, according to the court, insulted and slandered the country’s leaders. This comes just a few weeks after the same court handed down a combined 123 year sentence to eight other Facebook users for charges [...]

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Sean Parker gives $49k to make life easier for other San Francisco parkers

Sean Parker, he of Napster, Facebook, Timberlake, and $4.5 million wedding ceremony fame, has donated $49,000 to back a voter initiative to give more of a voice to San Francisco motorists. The bill, which will appear on the San Francisco ballot in November, bears the vague title “Restore Transportation Balance”.  As reported by the San [...]

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Netflix and YouTube rat ISPs out to the FCC over fees that could kill the open Internet

In the past, Netflix and YouTube resisted Internet service providers’ demands for additional fees to carry videos from their servers to consumers with not-so-subtle messages about who’s really to blame when that episode of “Weeds” or that music video needs some time to buffer. Those efforts have escalated today with a letter to the Federal Communications [...]

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LinkedIn acquires Newsle to keep the addicts hooked and the wary away

LinkedIn is convinced that its users want to learn more about their “connections” instead of just using them to find a new job. To showcase the strength of that belief, the company has acquired Newsle, a service that tells people when their friends are mentioned in the news. But does anyone really need more messages from a service [...]

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Why We’re Hooked On Social Networks

Births, job losses, divorces, raises, vacations, successes, photos, drawings, articles, failures, and music: Social networks are places we share our stories. Sometimes those stories are personal, sometimes they’re informative, other times they’re just stupid. Let’s take a look at why we feel compelled to do it. Read more… Continue Reading from the Source

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