Twitter is done with hate symbols and violent groups

October 18, 2017 No Comments

 Twitter, a platform infested with trolls, hate and abuse, can be one of the worst places on the internet. As a followup to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweetstorm last week, in which he promised to crack down on hate and abuse by implementing more aggressive rules, Twitter is gearing up to roll out some updates in the coming weeks, Wired reported earlier today. Read More
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My new favorite Twitter habit is saving me so much heartache

October 16, 2017 No Comments

 I have a new habit. It quenches a thirst. It soothes a weakened, battered piece of my psyche. It repairs my wounds and unleashes me, more powerful, into my day. It fulfills the saddest, most regrettable pieces of myself. It may also be a habit that you want to pick up. You too may find that this simple step into the breach of social engagement online can make you… Fitter. Happier.… Read More
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Here’s how to kick nazis off your Twitter right now

October 15, 2017 No Comments

 While you wait for Twitter to roll out “more aggressive” rules regarding hate speech, which CEO Jack Dorsey promised are coming within “weeks” as of late Friday, here’s a quick workaround to kick nazis off of your Twitter feed right now… Read More
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Facebook’s ad targeting tools could be a valuable supplement to census data

October 13, 2017 No Comments

 Official census forms are an invaluable source for demographic data throughout the country, but for trends that occur on the scale of weeks or months rather than years, they’re a bit lacking. But a new study shows that similar data used by Facebook to target ads could help fill in that blind spot. Read More
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Google shuts YouTube channel implicated in Kremlin political propaganda ops

October 11, 2017 No Comments

 A YouTube channel that had been implicated in Russia disinformation operations to target the U.S. 2016 election has been taken down by Google.   Read More
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Angry young men

October 8, 2017 No Comments

 I used to build bombs in my basement. My friend, a guy who called himself Damage Inc. on the BBSes, built pipe bombs and made a rocket launcher that shot small Estes rockets tipped with razors. We set them off in abandoned fields and fired rockets into trees. We lived in Columbus, Ohio, where there were wide stretches of open field and wide vistas of open time and we were bored and we made and… Read More
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Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share

October 6, 2017 No Comments

 TechCrunch has discovered that Facebook has stealthily launched official desktop PC and Mac chat apps with screen sharing — two features users have been begging for. Right now, they’re only available for Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration software that competes with Slack and other business apps. But users would surely enjoy if the consumer Messenger app got its… Read More
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Tinder taps comedian Whitney Cummings to launch ‘Reactions’

October 4, 2017 No Comments

 Following in the footsteps of Facebook and iMessage, Tinder has today introduced “Reactions,” letting Tinder users send each other custom animated responses. These reactions include Hearts, Eye Roll, Round of Applause, Martini Throw, etc. This makes it even easier for Tinder users to casually use the app without actually having to work at the conversation. In January of last… Read More
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Bumble’s business networking feature launches today

October 2, 2017 No Comments

 About a year ago we reported that  Bumble would soon launch BumbleBizz – a swipe-based networking tool that is designed to help people make professional connections. And now the feature is finally rolling out today to users in the US, UK, Germany, France and Canada. Essentially BumbleBizz will use the same types of parameters that regular Bumble does – your location, network,… Read More
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Thinking about the social cost of technology

October 1, 2017 No Comments

 All too often the fact that human lives are increasingly enmeshed with and dependent on ever more complex, and ever more inscrutable, technologies is considered a good thing. Negatives don’t generally get dwelled on. And for the most part people are expected to move along, or be moved along by the tech. Read More
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