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Facebook is going back to college

September 15, 2018

Ryan Craig Kids these days take a greater interest in practical things than we give them credit for. For example, this summer my 12-year-old son Leo was at sleepaway camp in Canada. When we received his first letter home, among camp platitudes, the two notable items reported were that one of his counselors was discharged […]

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‘Our generation’s inside joke’: the bizarre, nostalgic afterlife of Vine

September 10, 2018

The seven-second video app may be dead, but its best clips are having a resurgence on YouTube. What does it mean for creators? Helena Hadjiyerou, a 21-year old from the United Kingdom, operates one of the many microscopic channels bobbing around YouTubes vast, untamed network. For the most part she posts three-minute missives where she […]

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The undertakers of Silicon Valley: how failure became big business

September 4, 2018

In the world of tech startups, messing up is practically a religion. This company is here to pick up the pieces I am on the phone with the one-time owner of Kozmo.com. Back in 2001, Kozmo.com was going to deliver your Starbucks coffee in less than an hour. Its former owner is not what youd […]

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Facebook launches a digital literacy library aimed at educators

September 1, 2018

Facebook this morning announced the launch of a new set of educational resources focused on helping young people think critically and behave thoughtfully online. The Digital Literacy Library, as the new site is being called, is aimed at educators of children aged 11 to 18, and address topics like privacy, reputation, identity exploration, security, safety, […]

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Is it time to remove Zuckerberg from (his) office?

August 21, 2018

A colleague, who shall remain nameless (because privacy is not dead), gave a thumbs down to a recent column in the NYT. The complaint was that the writer had attacked tech companies (mostly but not exclusively Facebook) without offering any solutions for these all-powerful techbro CEOs’ orchestral failures to grasp the messy complexities of humanity […]

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‘Too pure for this world’: how unfiltered joy became the internet’s antidote

August 14, 2018

What makes something too pure and how long until it, like milkshake duck, falls off its pedestal? On 19 May 2016, Texas mother Candace Payne filmed a spontaneously helping others, innocently being playful for no reason. Dogs are paying for treats using leaves. Cheering on your ex is pure. Being delighted by emotions, gestures are […]

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People Are Sharing Pics Of Boyfriends Forced To Take Perfect Pictures Of Their Girlfriends (New Pics)

August 6, 2018

Yes, Instagram beauties across the platform have been relying on their boyfriends’ as their personal photographers to achieve the perfect shot. But once hidden behind a lense these men no longer live in the shadows, thanks to the Instagram and Facebook accounts “Boyfriends of Instagram.” The pages post photos people have shared of boyfriends’ going […]

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Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebooks Wild Early Days

July 29, 2018

Everyone who has seen The Social Network knows the story of Facebook’s founding. It was at Harvard in the spring semester of 2004. What people tend to forget, however, is that Facebook was only based in Cambridge for a few short months. Back then it was called TheFacebook.com, and it was a college-specific carbon copy […]

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Reminder: Other peoples lives are not fodder for your feeds

July 24, 2018

#PlaneBae You should cringe when you read that hashtag. Because it’s a reminder that people are being socially engineered by technology platforms to objectify and spy on each other for voyeuristic pleasure and profit. The short version of the story attached to the cringeworthy hashtag is this: Earlier this month an individual, called Rosey Blair, […]

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Trump’s Race-Baiting Has Infested the GOP

June 26, 2018

Early Saturday morning, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and the father of President Donald Trump’s press secretary, took to Twitter with a post featuring MS-13 gang members: Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee for the take back of the House. pic.twitter.com/yKDhkVubck — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 23, 2018 That tweet drew lots […]

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