Facebook Testing ‘Satire’ Tag

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Facebook has confirmed it is experimenting with labelling some links as satire to help users confused by spoof headlines. Arstechnica’s Sam Machkovech spotted that “[Satire]” has been added to the start of the text in some links to the Onion. At the moment the text only appears in the related articles section, which shows three […]

How Fast Is Your State’s Internet? [Link]

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Communications firm Broadview has put together a map of the average broadband speeds (apparently for downloads, though that isn’t clear) for each state. Using Akamai’s “State of the Internet” Report, we were able to find the average internet speed in each state.   The speeds are measured in megabits per second (mbps) which is simply a measurement […]

OKCupid Admits Matching Unsuited Couples in Social Experiment

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Dating site OKCupid has admitted it experimented by deliberately “matching” incompatible partners to see how much weight its recommendations carry. The revelation has caused some controversy, following shortly after it emerged that Facebook deliberately emphasized negative posts in some users’ news feeds to see if it changed the tone of their own posts. It’s certainly […]

Congressional Computer Banned By Wikipedia

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An IP address at the House of Representatives has received a 10-day ban from anonymous edits on Wikipedia. It follows malicious edits receiving unwanted publicity. A Twitter account, @congressedits, automatically posts a message whenever a computer using any IP address assigned to Congress makes an edit. While it may be that some representatives and their […]

Facebook Adds Read-It-Later Feature

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Facebook has added a “Save” feature that acts like a bookmark tool for linked content on your news feed. Unlike tools such as Instapaper, it doesn’t allow offline viewing. The feature will be available on both the desktop website version of the site and on the official Android/iOS apps. On posts which contain a link, […]