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Facebook mood test outrage is FUD claims ex-researcher

Facebook mood test outrage is FUD claims ex-researcher

One of the former Facebook data scientists at the heart of the recent controversy over mood manipulation and tests run on unwitting users has spoken out, claiming his quotes were taken out of context, and defending the social network's experimentation. Data scientist Andrew Ledvina, who left Facebook in April, was one of the originally quoted sources when the psychological research carried out by the site surfaced late last month, used to illustrate how Facebook lacked safe review processes for tests performed on its users. Now, Ledvina says that the reporter he spoke to mis-represented the facts.

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Stormtroopers confirmed for Star Wars 7 by Kevin Smith

Stormtroopers confirmed for Star Wars 7 by Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith was invited to the Star Wars VII set in London on the 30th of June - earlier this week - and has confirmed one point of order: Stormtroopers. Invited to join J.J. Abrams on set, he’s made clear that he’ll be able to share next to nothing about what he’s seen, but he did let a single tear run down his face for an instagram opportunity for the public.

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Google shuts down Orkut social network

Google shuts down Orkut social network

Do you know what Orkut is? Back in 2004, Orkut was created by Google as a social network before "social networking" was a prevalent term. In it, users were able to connect with others, converse, and play games. Ten years later, Google has decided that in light of their other, more popular social networks taking off, Orkut will be cut.

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Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook is, unsurprisingly, embroiled in yet another scandal. Surprisingly, it isn't directly related to privacy but comes quite close. The social networking giant has been revealed to have manipulated their news feed ever so slightly in order to see the effects on the moods of its users. Sounds almost harmless until you learn that the findings were recently published in a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper.

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Facebook Slingshot takes on Snapchat with demanding sharing

Facebook Slingshot takes on Snapchat with demanding sharing

Facebook Slingshot, the social network's stab back at Snapchat, has launched: an ephemeral photo-sharing app which demands social interaction if users actually want to see each other's pictures or video. Like Snapchat, Slingshot doesn't save images but instead only makes them visible for a limited period of time; however, rather than just tapping to view received content, to "unlock" it users will need to share something back - or "sling" it, in Slingshot parlance - first.

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