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US criticized for “feeding the trolls” in the fight against ISIS on social media

As Obama stands poised to implement his plan to arm Syrian rebels against ISIS, there’s another fight playing out between US officials and the Islamic extremist group — and it’s taking place on social media. In order to counter ISIS’s well-oiled social media propaganda machine, which has included everything from beheading videos to Instagram photos of [...]

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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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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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Instagram turns men into jealous, insecure wrecks, a new study says

Along the same lines as the question, “How did people watch TV before DVR and Netflix?” or “How did people drive anywhere before Google Maps?” I sometimes ask myself, “How did people tumble through psychologically unhealthy cycles of jealousy before social media?” Sure, in the pre-digital days you could become a stalker, hanging outside your [...]

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