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  1. What Do You Do When You’re A 113 Year Old Woman Looking To Facebook? Lie About Your Age, Of Course!

    You'd think after you hit the century mark ladies could stop lying about their age to get ahead. Not if you want to get on Facebook, apparently.

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  2. Facebook in Early Development on Implementing Health Care Support Groups and Preventative Care Apps

    Better or worse than asking your Twitter followers for medical advice?

    Death panels? Not real. But Facebook reminding you that it's been two years since you got a basic physical? ...Maybe?

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  3. 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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  4. [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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Former Facebook Employee Launches Women.Com, The Internet’s First Women-Only Social Network

    In before the claims of misandry. As a wise woman once said, pffffffft!

    Recent events have shown that the Internet is a safe and inclusive space for all women (JK, LOL, AHOO-HOO-HAH-HAH). Thankfully, former Facebook employee Susan Johnson has launched Women.com, a question-driven social media site that may make that dream as close to a reality as possible—and considering her aspirations for the platform, I couldn't be more excited.

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  14. Study Says Social Media Is Making Us Unhappy and Distrustful

    I bet they just want the publicity, though.

    The written word has a lot of drawbacks in missing out on tone and intention, which makes it soooo easy to pick up on stuff like sarcasm, you guys. On the Internet, it also has the drawback of trolling, and it turns out these problems seem to be causing social media to make people miserable.

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  15. New Study Suggests Social Media Users Are Less Likely To Share Opinions

    On this, the Internet? HOW.

    One of the biggest criticisms against social media is that its users must think their opinions are the most important ones to ever have been held through all of history and that everyone must hear them all the time for the good of humanity. Not true! According to a recently published study, most of us are actually kind of shy online and will withhold our real opinions, because we don't want people to hate us.

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  16. Facebook Is Cracking Down on Click-Bait Headlines, You Won’t Believe How (You Really Will)

    Like.

    You won't guess which giant tech company is finally doing something about click-bait! It's Facebook, as they announced today in a blog post about new changes to the news feed that will help reduce the prevalence of click-bait headlines in your feed. That way you don't have any trouble finding all those important cat videos and self-righteous fitness tracker posts.

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  17. Pandora’s Diversity Numbers Are Mostly Good News for Women, Not So Much for People of Color

    Or, more accurately: lack-of-diversity numbers.

    Even if the diversity numbers haven't been exactly encouraging, it's still great to see that tech companies are willing to acknowledge the problem by being transparent about it. Now the Internet radio streaming service Pandora has released their diversity numbers, and they're a lot better than the rest for women, but still not so much for everyone else.

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  18. This Is How IQ Scores Work and Why That Online Test Your Friends Keep Sharing on Facebook Is Nonsense

    And why we're all dumber for having taken it. May God have mercy on our souls.

    I'm going to assume that most people, what with their IQs ranging anywhere from 125-134, have figured out that the IQ test that's been going around on Facebook lately isn't more accurate than the "What Disney Character Are You?" or "Which Friends Character Should You Marry?" quizzes they've found on the ol' social network. Since we're not all actually undiscovered geniuses, here's the difference between your online quickie IQ test and a real one and how IQ scores actually work.

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  19. Links To The Onion on Facebook Will Be Tagged as Satire

    Wait. The Onion's not true?

    The popular satire site The Onion is now being tagged as "satire" on Facebook. The execution leaves a lot to be desired, though.

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  20. Study Shows People Fake Their Social Media Image to Appear Authentic, Surprising No One

    Also, the sky is blue.

    It's important to project an authentic image of yourself on social media—and I mean yourself, because I, on the other hand, will be carefully tailoring the perfect public image that I'd like to project while judging you for doing the same. At least, that's what a new study (or anyone who's ever been through high school) says.

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