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To Understand Facebook, Study Capgras Syndrome

We start with the case of a woman who experienced unbearable tragedy. In 1899, this Parisian bride, Madame M., had her first child. Shockingly, the child was abducted and substituted with a different infant, who soon died. She then had twin girls. One grew into healthy adulthood, while the other, again, was abducted, once more […]

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Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet

People 65 and older will soon make up the largest single age group in the United States, and will remain that way for decades to come, according to the US Census. This massive demographic shift is occurring when this age group is moving online and onto Facebook in droves, deeply struggling with digital literacy, and […]

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Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn’t Stop It From Tracking Your Location

                  Aleksandra Korolova has turned off Facebook’s access to her location in every way that she can. She has turned off location history in the Facebook app and told her iPhone that she “Never” wants the app to get her location. She doesn’t “check-in” to places and […]

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Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter

Facebook and Google promoted false news stories claiming that the shooter who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas was a Democrat who opposed Donald Trump. The misidentification spread rapidly from dark corners of the internet to mainstream platforms just hours after hundreds were injured at a festival near the Mandalay Bay casino, the […]

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What machines can tell from your face

We are now living our lives in the age of facial recognition, and each new technology comes with its own pro’s and con’s. THE human face is a remarkable piece of work. The astonishing variety of facial features helps people recognise each other and is crucial to the formation of complex societies. So is the […]

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Big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Carole Cadwalladr wrote this article on Robert Mercer, who funds a large propaganda network, for The Guardian newspaper. This is her story. Just over a week ago, Donald Trump gathered members of the world’s press before him and told them they were liars. “The press, honestly, is out of control,” he said. “The public doesn’t […]

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I, narcissist – vanity, social media, and the human condition

Is social media turning a relatively modest species into a pack of publicity-hungry narcissists? Or were we already inherently self-absorbed? The Guardian newspaper article examines these questions. Below is a smidgeon of snippets from The Guardian newspaper article. In the US, diagnoses of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) have risen sharply over the past 10 years: […]

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One way to beat the heat

A man found one way to try and beat the heat in Vancouver, BC; he created his own Facebook page – Hotandsweaty Invancouver. My friend who discovered the Facebook page thought the ad might be from a man, but the post doesn’t mention writer being a male or a female. The Facebook post includes an image […]

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I’m tired of reading about your low book or ebook sales. Do something about it.

I want all you new authors out there who aren’t selling any books or ebooks worth a darn and are whining about your low or non-existent sales on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or other online locale to stop crying about it everywhere as the only sympathy you’re going to get is from your mom or your […]

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New report shows NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’

XKeyscore is a top secret National Security Agency program which allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden and reported in The Guardian. “I, sitting at my desk,” said Snowden, could “wiretap […]

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Now you can rent a mourner for when you die

Everyone knows how Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites are used mainly to boost the ego of the participants, and many of those participants probably have their obit already planned for posting when they die, but why settle for an artificial ego boost like social media when you can hire actual humans to be […]

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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, looms ahead.

CISPA, which emerged in 2012, has been reborn this week as an even bigger threat to online freedom. If CISPA is passed, the US government gains the power to shut off Internet traffic and empowers the US government to ask your ISP about your online activities in the efforts to learn about possible cyber security […]

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Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

Raytheon’s Riot program mines social network data like a ‘Google for spies’, drawing ire from civil rights groups. I’d be worried about this type of software getting into the hands of insurance companies or medical companies or lawyers. A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system created by Raytheon, the world’s […]

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NYT article on book reviewers for hire.

Todd Jason Rutherford says that he is now suspicious of all online reviews, whether of books or of anything else, and I don’t trust reviews or Likes anymore on Facebook either because so many Amazon authors are begging other Amazon authors for recognition and Likes. It’s become a circus. Todd Jason Rutherford is the same man […]

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Social networking sites and our lives. PewResearch Report.

Questions have been raised about the social impact of widespread use of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Do these technologies isolate people and truncate their relationships? Or are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project decided to examine […]

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Not the sharpest pencil near the box

I just figured out how to add those neat links to Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and Stumbleupon to my site. Sheesh. Hit me again.