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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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Snapchat “Our Story” makes shared scrapbooks for events

Snapchat “Our Story” makes shared scrapbooks for events

Snapchat may be best known for making sharing saucy photos with a friend quietly straightforward, but the app has ambitions to collaboratively document events based on who's there with Our Story. Building on My Story, the shared personal narratives built up of photos, text, and video that any Snapchatter can create, Our Story centers on an event not an individual - such as a concert or a sports game - with a shared media pool.

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You hate Facebook ads: Now you can change them

You hate Facebook ads: Now you can change them

Facebook is changing the way it shows adverts, giving users more control over the topics and advertisers they see in their News Feed, even if it's not going to let them opt-out altogether. The tweaks address one of the common complaints about adverts based on previous browsing behaviors: that they persist in showing you related content, like a new smartphone purchase, even after your original hunt is long over.

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The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

Social networking is the next great bugaboo, being pegged as the sole source of this generation's seemingly inevitable (not to mention unfounded) decline into self-obsession and isolation. It has been called a great threat, a facilitator of narcissism. Critics say social networking in its many varied forms will lead to a sort of deconstruction of society, an ironic twist on its social-centric underpinnings. Is it all really so bad, this ever-present reality of social connections in an often solely-digital form?

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