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  1. Star Trek, Online Communities, And the Need for Strong Comment Moderation Policies

    Bigotry may not have a place on the Enterprise's bridge in the 23rd century, but here in the 21st it apparently has a place on the official Star Trek Facebook page, where a small number of very loud fans have decided to repeatedly share sexist, racist, and homophobic comments. Here's why it's not OK to sit back and let that happen.

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  2. [Updated] Facebook Has Apologized for Unfair Treatment of Transgender Users Under Their “Real Name” Rule

    I only wish everyone would like this.

    Earlier this month, users who weren't registered under their "real" names on Facebook received flagged and suspended accounts. The problem with that is assuming that someone's "real" name is automatically synonymous with their given legal name, and transgender users, drag queens, and drag kings were suspended for using the names they had chosen for themselves. Finally, Facebook has apologized.

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  3. The Twilight Series Is Coming Back… And the Reason Why Is Actually Pretty Cool

    I know. I'm shocked, too.

    When I read that the Twilight movie franchise was being resurrected with a series of five short films, my reaction was akin to a cat trying to get a hairball out of its throat. But then I read the thing that all the shorts will have in common and... readers, I didn't think I'd ever say this, but... Twilight. I am proud of you.

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  4. Hoax Alert: Ello Does Not Classify #GamerGate as Hate Speech

    We're sorry.

    For the past few days, the Internet's been abuzz with invitation codes for Ello, which purports to be a considerate social media alternative that won't collect and sell your personal information (see, we italicized won't, ’cause it makes the competition look like...) Anyway, the mysteriousness of Ello's beta test has already set the stage for a lot of misinformation, including—well, this.

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  5. Facebook Can Now Serve You Legal Papers, Making Previous Facebook Changes Not Look So Bad

    "You don't like the new layout? Well sue me for trying to help." -Facebook

    Facebook is at it again with changing what the News Feed displays and how, but a court ruling has outdone them this time. Among the celebrity gossip and baby pictures Facebook serves you, it can now serve you legal papers, while the official changes to the News Feed algorithm are just another effort to prioritize the things you see in your feed. Dear courts: Facebook doesn't need any extra help junking up our feed with stuff we'd rather not see, thanks.

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  6. Netropolitan: The Social Networking Site For People With Lots Of Money And Ideas About Themselves

    It's like people don't realize that silver spoons taste bad! #dauphinproblems

    Sure, social media seems fun, but just ask any rich person: the Internet has a dark side. Former Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra conductor James Touchi-Peters knows first-hand that for people who need an online space to complain about their sommelier's gout or an unruly fiefdom, the struggle is real—but Netropolitan will change all that.

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  7. New Market Research Shows The Annual Median Income of Tumblr Users Is… $80K?

    Shhh, LinkedIn. No one cares 'bout your $80K plus.

    If your dash is at all similar to mine, you'd have no reason to suspect that Tumblr's user base is particularly privileged, financially speaking—but then again, it's difficult to gauge a community's wealth from its knack for curating cat videos and pizza tattoos.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Genderbent Sherlock Cosplay

    *standing ovation*

    Um. I. Uh. Someone send help. I have forgotten how to words.

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  9. Facebook’s Best Feature Is Grandmas Accidentally Tagging Themselves as Grandmaster Flash

    Everyone with joy in their hearts likes this.

    Everyone likes to throw a fit when Facebook changes things and adds new features, but I'm calling this propensity of Grandmas to accidentally tag Grandmaster Flash when they mean to write their own name a feature and not a bug (or operator error). There's an entire Tumblr of it, because it's adorable and probably the best thing about everyone's relatives being on Facebook. (Adorable examples after the jump.)

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  10. Five Ways Your Facebook Habit Actually Changes Your Brain

    Aside from changing how you feel after seeing all your Facebook "friends'" real opinions.

    Like your body, your brain adapts to the tasks it does most often. Here's how your brain will change if those tasks are mostly social media use. Maybe some day they'll figure out how to change our brains to not hate every new Facebook layout update.

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