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Mark Zuckerberg Dropped President Obama a Line to Complain About NSA Surveillance

Because when you’re the 20-something bajillionaire CEO of Facebook, you can do this kind of thing: Mark Zuckerberg revealed, via a post on the social networking site he built, of course, that he called President Obama to air his grievances about the government’s privacy issues.

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Study: Facebook Use Linked to Eating Disorders Among College Women

Researchers at Florida State University learned that female students who use Facebook frequently are more likely to claim an eating disorder, and those who browsed for just 20 minutes reported more body dissatisfaction than others.

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‘Likes’ Are Not Sure Indicators of Popularity or Quality

Huge numbers of “likes” appearing on social networking sites such as Facebook have been found to originate in “click farms” in places like Dhaka, Bangladesh, where low-paid workers spend long hours punching keys to artificially inflate the online popularity of client companies.

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The Digital Attack on Fellow-Feeling

A philosopher’s keynote speech on the subject of reading delivered at the annual meeting of the Writers’ Union of Canada in May and republished in the August issue of Harper’s Magazine contains startling figures that connect a rise in society-wide online activity with a drop in empathy and a rise in “narcissistic-personality disorder” in younger generations.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



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250,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked

Anonymous hackers gained access to the usernames, email addresses and passwords associated with a quarter of a million Twitter accounts before the company noticed “unusual access patterns” across its network Friday, The Guardian reports.

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Arise, Facebook Nation

If social networks helped mobilize Egyptians to confront Hosni Mubarak’s tanks and men, shouldn’t they also be able to take on a PAC, even one as powerful as that belonging to the National Rifle Association?

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE


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We Don’t Want Your Stinking ‘Likes’

Companies in pursuit of “likes” on Facebook are discouraged to hear that many of those clicks are coming from fake profiles set up to spread spam.

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The Key Words the Government Monitors Online

A government manual obtained by a privacy watchdog group reveals that the Department of Homeland Security has compiled a list of hundreds of key words used to detect possible terrorist and other threats on social media sites.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Google’s Latest Challenger: MC Hammer

The year 1990 is calling with the exciting news that none other than MC Hammer has decided to reinvent himself as a Web entrepreneur. (And we really hope he gives webinars.) This story comes with the unexpected twist that instead of, say, making his distinctive mark in the domain of digital music ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Facebook May Morph Your Brain

Here we have the latest news in the blossoming social networking subdiscipline of neurology, about which we are not entirely kidding, as a team of researchers from University College London has found a possible link between the size of their subjects’ flocks of Facebook friends and the size of certain parts of their brains. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Americans Really ‘Like’ Facebook

A recent Nielsen report shows that Americans reached a new cultural milestone in May: They collectively spent 53.5 billion minutes on Facebook that month.

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Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


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Want to Own a Chunk of Facebook?

Well, you may have to wait awhile, unless you’re among Goldman Sachs’ circle of elite customers who were given the investment opportunity Sunday night—an indication of other possible big moves that Goldman and Facebook might make down the line.

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Big Brother Is Watching, Friending, Following You Online

Everyone from employers to the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, raising questions about how standards enforcing privacy online can withstand the rush of data about you and everyone else that courses through the Internet.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



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‘The Social Network’: Your Life in Pixels

The 1970s were branded the “Me Decade” long ago, but whatever shadowy committee makes such important temporal pronouncements might want to reconsider that call in light of the last 10 years.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



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The Anti-Facebook

The creators of Diaspora are touting their new social network as a privacy conscious, open-source alternative to Facebook, but it’ll take more than good will to win over any of Mark Zuckerberg’s 500 million social drones.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Facebook CEO Sniffs at Ownership Lawsuit

Here’s some palace intrigue from the inner chambers of the Facebook empire that could threaten the whole enterprise: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is denying the legitimacy of a contract, allegedly signed in 2003 ... (continued)

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Cyberspace Dunderheads

I’ve come down with a bad case of the shallows. That’s technology writer Nicholas Carr’s term—and the title of his new book—for the invisible, invidious impact of computers on the modern brain.

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Library of Congress to Store Public Tweets

Twitter users, you’ve been warned: Your thoughts while showering are about to be saved for posterity. The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the venerable institution of record was acquiring the whole public Twitter archive, so watch what you overshare from now on.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Tweeting War

The U.S. military is allowing its troops access to social media websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, after a review of Internet use and security. The ruling follows a Pentagon decision in 2007 to block those sites.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Studios to Stars: No Twitter for You

There was a time when Hollywood studios kept their stables of stars on a short leash, keeping close watch over their public personas and even arranging their marriages. Actors at least appear to have more leeway these days, but some studios are requiring that they refrain from broadcasting the minutiae of their daily lives via social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Want to Reach Moviegoers? Go Online

It’s official: Movie marketers can no longer afford to ignore social networking sites. This may strike some as a foregone conclusion (i.e., duh), but those in the industry who are still resisting the all-consuming pull of online vortexes like Facebook and Twitter are doing so at their own peril, according to the new “Moviegoers 2010” report.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Parents: Stalk Your Own Kids on Facebook

Parents everywhere may feel as if they’re losing their kids to the Internet, or more specifically, to those mysterious “social networking” time-suck sites like Facebook and Twitter. However, take it from the chirpy hosts of “today NOW!”—The Onion’s eerily realistic spoof on morning-show blather—parents can also use these sites to their stalking advantage.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Social Networking for Thieves

Aren’t Facebook and Twitter great? You get to let all your friends know what you just thought about in the shower, take time-wasting quizzes and post fun pix of your summer vacation! Problem with that last part is that people who definitely aren’t your friends also get to know your details and whereabouts—and that might impact insurance premiums down the line.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Facebook to Make Privacy Changes

Even if we still refuse to thank Canada for Alan Thicke and Shania Twain, we can cheer a recent push by the country’s privacy commissioner that will make social networking giant Facebook more transparent and give users more control over the data the site collects about them.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


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The Internet as a Media-Altering Force and the Facebook Addiction

We talk with UC Santa Cruz history professor Matthew Lassar about the FCC, how Internet has altered the media, and why college kids can’t stop checking their Facebook accounts during classroom lectures.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Twitter Effect’ Hits Hollywood

The time frame for projecting the success or failure of a newly released film has already been compressed to the point of asphyxiation, thanks to the Internet, but with the popularity of social networking services like Twitter, the window of box office opportunity has become even shorter, according to The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Lobbying For Privacy 2.0

If a movie written about Facebook by Aaron Sorkin wasn’t enough, the fast-growing social networking site is in the midst of hiring lobbyists in both Washington and Brussels to push for easing privacy regulations, no matter how well-meaning those restrictions may be, “that would keep people from the beneficial sharing of information.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Creepy’ Karl Rove on Meghan McCain’s Twitter Trail

You know a social networking trend has gone too far when: (1) Karl Rove has caught on, and (2) Karl Rove attempts to “friend” you—or, in Meghan McCain’s unenviable case, follow you on Twitter. Ew.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Not With a Bang but a Twitter

Can plugging into online social networks via Twitter or Facebook lead to some kind of computer-aided moral decline en masse? A study out of the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute seems to suggest that this may be an imminent side effect of living in information-overloaded societies.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


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MySpace Spammers Fined $230 Million

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday ordered two Internet spammers to pay a record-breaking $230 million in fines after they sent more than 700,000 unsolicited advertisements to MySpace users. The amount is almost half what Rupert Murdoch spent to buy the social networking site in 2005.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


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