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Wall Street bashes Facebook for doing exactly what it said it would

Mark Zuckerberg must really be wishing Facebook was still a private company. The disconnect between the grandiose plans he has for the company’s future and the fickle sentiments of public-market investors caught up again with his company today. And all because Facebook did something it had been loathe to do before: guide its shareholders on [...]

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What’s In A Name? The fading tyranny of dot com

We’ve all been there. We click on a link, but then pause a second. There’s a “.net” or a “.org” at the end of the address. We think against our better nature, “What is this, amateur hour?” Doesn’t this company understand how the Internet works? We subconsciously judge anything but the dot-com domain extension. Getting [...]

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Why thousands of people are following this fake Virgin Airlines Instagram account

UPDATE: After this story published, the fake Virgin UK Instagram account is no longer live] People will do almost anything for the promise of free stuff. Remember those old ads that promised a free laptop if you just filled out this one survey? And another? And another? And then a hundred pop-ups later you’re no closer [...]

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Facebook’s dual-minded approach to identity shows the risk of trying to be all things to all people

Facebook is working on an application that allows anonymous communication. The specifics are unclear — some have thought that the app will emulate Secret and Whisper, a claim which Facebook product manager Josh Miller denied in a series of tweets — but the general idea isn’t. The company that has always based its success on [...]

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Thrive Capital raises $400 million Fund IV, will focus on entrepreneurs, not industry or stage

Thrive Capital has raised a $400 million fourth fund. The New York City firm, now in its fifth year, has leveled up significantly since its $5 million maiden fund raised in 2009 and following its second and third funds of $49 million and $150 million respectively. When it comes to venture capital funds, size does [...]

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Skyscraper-Scaling Teen Instagrammers Are Getting Busted By Police

Is there a skyscraper or construction site in the New York City area without a precocious teen Instagrammer on top? NBC reports that Demidism, the 17-year-old who climbed the unfinished 432 Park, has been arrested for trespassing. Meanwhile, the 16-year-old who climbed One World Trade Center this spring has been arrested again—this time, for climbing [...]

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The year of digital blockades continues with China’s Instagram ban

China is attempting to prevent images of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong from reaching citizens in the mainland by blocking access to Instagram, according to reports from Reuters and the BBC. (People in Hong Kong can still access the site without any problems.) Preventing access to social media during protests, elections, and other politically sensitive [...]

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A 17-Year-Old Climbed NYC’s Tallest New Building and Took These Photos

We’ve watched the future tallest residential building in America grow from a mere rendering into an almost-complete building over the past three years. 432 Park Avenue is now a prime target for the growing number of daredevils who climb forbidden or abandoned structures and bring back photos as proof—and now, a 17-year-old urban explorer has [...]

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12 Instagram accounts we love

Filed under: Etc., Design/Style Photographing a car seems deceptively simple. See car, take photo. But anyone who has ever attempted to convey what a car stirs in the enthusiast heart using hashtags knows it is not that easy. A car’s personality can change from every angle. Lighting and background are deceptively important. Conditions like dust [...]

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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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