How Social Media Silences Debate - NYTimes.com
Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.
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5 hours ago
This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft | The Verge
Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors. Interviews with current and former contractors, along with internal documents obtained by The Verge, outline the company’s evolving methods. Using contractors it calls "brand ambassadors," Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets. Uber calls the program "SLOG," and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors.
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5 hours ago
Steve Ballmer's Road Past Donald Sterling to NBA Clippers' Helm - WSJ
In an atypical glum mood, Mr. Ballmer retreated to his home overlooking Lake Washington and watched 100 episodes of "The Good Wife" in two weeks. Then he busied himself playing golf, giving speeches, studying Hebrew and preparing to teach an M.B.A. leadership course. He and his wife, Connie, decided to spend some of their roughly $22 billion net worth on civic endeavors.
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A New Advertising Format for Re/code | Re/code
Eagle-eyed readers may notice a new feature here on Re/code today. It’s called “Sponsor Content,” and is, for us, a new form of advertising. Known broadly as “native advertising,” this is a category of ad that takes the form of an article written by, or commissioned by, an advertiser. It’s widely used online, but the technique actually goes back well before the Web, when print publications ran articles written by advertisers that were called “advertorials.”
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yesterday
How did the Napa earthquake affect sleep?
Once awaken, it took the residents a long time to go back to sleep, especially in the areas that felt the shaking the strongest. In fact, 45% of UP wearers less than 15 miles from the epicenter stayed up the rest of the night.
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Study: why bother to remember when you can just use Google? | Ars Technica
people are recalling information less, and instead can remember where to find the information they have forgotten.
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3 days ago
Report: YouTube’s subscription service will be called Music Key, as will Google Play Music All Access — Tech News and Analysis
RT : Report: YouTube’s subscription service will be called Music Key, as will Google Play Music All Access
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8 days ago
Time Inc. Rates Writers on How "Beneficial" They Are to Advertisers
Here you see an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to rank and evaluate "writer-editors" at SI.com. (Time Inc. provided this document to the Newspaper Guild, which represents some of their employees, and the union provided it to us.) The evaluations were done as part of the process of deciding who would be laid off. Most interesting is this ranking criteria: "Produces content that [is] beneficial to advertiser relationship." These editorial employees were all ranked in this way, with their scores ranging from 2 to 10.
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9 days ago
Facebook Messenger vs. Google Hangouts: A side-by-side look at permissions | Android Central
Not that we really needed any more evidence, but it's pretty plain to see that Facebook Messenger doesn't declare an inordinate amount of permissions — in fact, Google Hangouts has two more, if you're worried about the plus or minus — not that the number of permissions an app declares is indicative of anything other than the app does a lot of things that requires permissions. Nor does Facebook Messenger declare anything that you wouldn't expect to see in a messaging app.
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9 days ago
Facebook to flag satirical articles to stop users falling for the Onion's jokes - News - Gadgets and Tech - The Independent
Facebook is testing a new feature intended to stop users accidentally falling victim to satirical websites like the Onion, hoping that tagging articles could stop users accidentally believing joke stories.
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10 days ago
Twitter / mashable: Twitter cofounder and Missouri ...
RT : Twitter cofounder and Missouri native Jack Dorsey marches with protesters
Ferguson  from twitter
10 days ago
Twitter / mathewi: Watch as the news of violence ...
RT : Watch as the news of violence in Ferguson spreads across the world via Twitter:
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10 days ago
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RT : Twitter adds more features for verified users only, including alerts to new verified followers
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10 days ago
Twitter Adds Tools for Verified Users | Re/code
RT : Twitter adds more features for verified users only, including alerts to new verified followers
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10 days ago
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RT : Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row
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10 days ago
Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row
RT : Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row
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10 days ago
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RT : Microsoft to deliver Windows 'Threshold' tech preview around late September ()
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10 days ago
Cable Companies Sell More Broadband Than TV | Re/code
RT : Biggest cable TV providers sold more broadband than video subscriptions last quarter ()
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10 days ago
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RT : Biggest cable TV providers sold more broadband than video subscriptions last quarter ()
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10 days ago
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RT : SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: "all about scale", but will remain independent
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10 days ago
Why did SmartThings sell to Samsung? | The Verge
RT : SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: "all about scale", but will remain independent
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10 days ago
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RT : Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North
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10 days ago
Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North | TechCrunch
RT : Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North
from twitter
10 days ago
U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15 | Reuters
RT : U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15 ( / Reuters)
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10 days ago
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RT : U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15 ( / Reuters)
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10 days ago
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RT : Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to executive leadership page ()
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10 days ago
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RT : Explainer: How Google's New SSL / HTTPS Ranking Factor Works ()
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10 days ago
Apple Meets With Thai Officials to Discuss 'iPhone 6' Approval Disclosure - Mac Rumors
NBTC secretary Takorn Tantasith earlier this week released the approval information on two "iPhone 6" models A1586 and A1524, reportedly in accordance with guidelines that require the public announcement of approved hardware. The declaration, which he also broadcast on Twitter, contained only the product name and model numbers, but no other details about the iPhone 6 handsets. As noted by several observers, the iPhone 6 approval was the first time a specific device was named in a Tweet by the NBTC secretary, making it an obvious deviation from usual practice.
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12 days ago
The IBM PC: Was it really only 33 years ago? | ZDNet
RT : IBM PC launches 33 years ago today. It's history today but was the cutting edge then.
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15 days ago
I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED
By liking everything, I turned Facebook into a place where there was nothing I liked. To be honest, I really didn’t like it. I didn’t like what I had done.
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15 days ago
Twitter admits that as many as 23 million of its active users are actually bots - Quartz
In a new filing, the company said that “up to approximately 8.5%” of the accounts it considers active are automatically updated “without any discernible additional user-initiated action.” For instance, accounts like this one:
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15 days ago
Apple's secretive internal training program praises Picasso, has full-time faculty
Apple's secretive internal training program praises Picasso, has full-time faculty
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16 days ago
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RT : Amazon halts disc preorders of some Disney titles in an apparent contract dispute
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17 days ago
Disney Disc Preorders Disappear From Amazon | Home Media Magazine
RT : Amazon halts disc preorders of some Disney titles in an apparent contract dispute
from twitter
17 days ago
Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing - Forbes
Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing
from twitter
17 days ago
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When PayPal refuses buyers protection against eBay fraud
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17 days ago
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SketchFactor app for unsafe areas in racism row
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17 days ago
News from The Associated Press
US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced
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17 days ago
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RT : Facebook says permissions it asks of Messenger users on Android stem from rigid Android policy
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17 days ago
Facebook Messenger Privacy Fears? Here’s What You Need to Know - Digits - WSJ
RT : Facebook says permissions it asks of Messenger users on Android stem from rigid Android policy
from twitter
17 days ago
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: HTTPS as a ranking signal
RT : Google Search is starting to penalize sites that don't use HTTPS.
from twitter
20 days ago
Russia gives Snowden 3-year residency - CNN.com
RT : Russia gives Edward Snowden 3-year residency, his attorney says.
from twitter
20 days ago
Going My Way? Uber Unveils Carpooling As Its Assault On Ownership Continues - Forbes
Going My Way? Uber Unveils Carpooling As Its Assault On Ownership Continues
from twitter
20 days ago
Microsoft wants to make a retail splash near Apple’s iconic 5th Ave. cube | 9to5Mac
Microsoft wants to make a retail splash near Apple’s iconic 5th Ave. cube
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20 days ago
Apple, Samsung Agree to End Patent Suits Outside U.S. - Bloomberg
The agreement shows Apple and Samsung may be nearing a conclusion to what has been a drawn-out and occasionally nasty worldwide patent fight, which has sprouted alongside the booming market for touch-screen smartphones. Apple has accused Samsung of copying its iPhone designs, while Samsung has countered that Apple is using pieces of its wireless-transmission technology without permission. Neither side won an overarching decision harming the other’s sales, and judges repeatedly urged the companies to settle rather than play out their dispute in court.
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21 days ago
Nuzzel - Verizon Wireless CEO fires back at FCC over throttling brouhaha
Verizon Wireless CEO fires back at FCC over throttling brouhaha - via
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22 days ago
AnandTech | Synology Advises Users of SynoLocker Ransomware
RT : This Synology “synolocker” story is important, with Bitcoin ransomware. Home network security overlooked issue.
from twitter
22 days ago
Twitter / Gizmodo: Researcher hacks airplanes ...
RT : Researcher hacks airplanes through in-flight entertainment system:
from twitter
22 days ago
Researcher Can Hack Airplanes Through In-Flight Entertainment Systems
RT : Researcher hacks airplanes through in-flight entertainment system:
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22 days ago
Rebooting YouTube | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Although Wojcicki wouldn't discuss any future plans, one source says that YouTube is, in fact, already pairing some of its stars with Hollywood producers to create longer-form programs that could be cut into 11-minute segments to work both on YouTube and on TV. "Traditional content, I think it works on YouTube. I don't want to say it doesn't work," Wojcicki says carefully, "but it doesn't always take advantage of the fact that it's a new and different medium."
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22 days ago
Hotel fines $500 for every bad review posted online | Page Six
“Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our inn, your friends and families may not,” reads an online policy. “If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event . . . and given us a deposit of any kind . . . there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review . . . placed on any internet site by anyone in your party.”
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23 days ago
Google sees alleged child porn in man's email, alerts police - CNET
Police told KHOU-TV that Google has spotted three allegedly pornographic images of children in Skillern's email and had tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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23 days ago
RadioShack edges closer to running out of money | Ars Technica
RadioShack, despite its best efforts, lost over $539 million in 2012 and 2013 combined, more than wiping out profits from the previous three years. The company said in its annual report that it experienced growth in sales of “prepaid wireless, portable speakers, music accessories, and AC adaptors.”
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