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New app CitizenMe helps you control your online identity

New app CitizenMe helps you control your online identity

Companies like Google and Facebook know quite a bit about you. Their services, which we use for free, have to monetize somehow. Advertisements are typically how those companies make their money, but how much do they know about you? More to the point, can you control it?

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Facebook COO: experiment “poorly communicated”

Facebook COO: experiment “poorly communicated”

The Facebook study conducted a few years back that has so many riled up has finally drawn a response from the company itself. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has spoken out about the “experiment”. Apologizing for the “poor communication” of the program, which lasted for one week in 2012.

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Facebook’s diversity report shows primarily white male workforce

Facebook’s diversity report shows primarily white male workforce

Facebook is the latest tech company to reveal its diversity numbers, and in the report we see a familiar picture: a workforce composed primarily of white males, with there being some categories where the numbers even out into a somewhat more diverse picture. Said the social network today, "As these numbers show, we have more work to do -- a lot more."

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Free speech gone too far? Supreme Court debates online threats

Free speech gone too far? Supreme Court debates online threats

Much in the same way you can't shout fire! in a crowded theater, the Supreme Court is looking into whether it's okay to shout murder! or any other number of threats on your social networking accounts. In doing so, it is taking on the case of Anthony Elonis, who was arrested a handful of years ago for making threats on Facebook.

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Tired of Facebook? Try these three social apps instead

Tired of Facebook? Try these three social apps instead

Are you tired of using social media channels like Facebook to share pics, or schedule a get-together? Sometimes, you just want to create your own little bubble, apart from the larger one that is social media. If you’ve been looking for a way to go “off the social grid”, here are three apps you and your friends can use to forge a new path.

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Iraq bans social networking sites in bid against insurgents

Iraq bans social networking sites in bid against insurgents

Iraq has followed in the footsteps of some of its nearby neighbors, putting a blanket ban on all major social networking websites in a bid to prevent possible political uprising. Reports are coming in saying Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google have all been blocked.

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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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Google+ Insight takes aim at upset Facebook users

Google+ Insight takes aim at upset Facebook users

Today, Google is announcing they will reveal info on page reach metrics, showing us things like how many saw a picture or video, or interacted with a post of ours. Insights will give a day-to-day synopsis of engagement is clearly aimed at enterprise customers who want a stronger social presence, but why is Google doing this?

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Facebook explains changes to News Feed

Facebook explains changes to News Feed

Late last year, Facebook changed their algorithm for News Feed. The news had many content providers calling foul, but Facebook didn’t relent. The change meant we’d see less in our stream, and the company has now explained why they went ahead with the alteration.

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Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

Social networks pose some interesting issues related to communication: tweets and statuses persist beyond the initial sentiment, are often exposed to large groups of people, and lack cues that help determine in what way a statement is meant. As such, certain statements said in jest could land the ones who shared them in hot water.

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Twitter toying with video suggestions for your hashtags

Twitter toying with video suggestions for your hashtags

Twitter may be getting a lot more visual, and take up more of your time, with a new experiment. It seems as though the micro-blogging platform is toying with the option to suggest videos based on your tweets. By adding a hashtag, Twitter may end up suggesting you post a video of the occurrence you’re talking about.

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Nikon COOLPIX S810c combines Android and WiFi for easier sharing

Nikon COOLPIX S810c combines Android and WiFi for easier sharing

Trying to cut out the middle man, Nikon has announced the upcoming availability of the COOLPIX S810c social camera. This smart camera is powered by Android to make it easier and faster to shoot, view, edit, and share those photos without the need to switch to yet another device.

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