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    📱 | Is Social Media the New Google?

    By Trish Rooney Video killed the radio star and social media is killing traditional search engines. Google's Senior Vice President Prabhakar Raghavan said in a conference this month that “new internet users don't have the expectations and the mindset that we have become accustomed to… In our studies, something like almost 40% of young people, when they're looking for a place for lunch, they don't go to Google Maps or Search, they go to TikTok or Instagram. ”Raghavan also explained that younger people were Generally interested in more “visually rich forms” of search and discovery. TikTok has bee…

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    👍 | This Twitter Account Makes Watching the Crypto /…

    By Kirk Miller One of the few upsides of the current crypto / NFT bubble bursting is the daily schadenfreude I receive involving each ridiculous Web3 debacle. Oh, the NFT you spent $ 2.9 million on is now worth $ 29? You can't withdraw funds from your crypto exchange? What a shame. Putting all this bad news together in one fantastic doomscroll is Molly White, a software engineer who runs @ web3isgreat, a cheekily monikered Twitter account (and corresponding website Web3 Is Going Just Great) with 95,000+ followers that chronicles “Only some of the many disasters happening in crypto, defi, NFTs, and…

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    📱 | Why You Need to Update Your Chrome Browser Righ…

    By Kirk Miller This week Google released Chrome version 102.0.5005.115 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version “addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system,” as United States Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) dryly notes. If that's confusing, let's make it simple: Update your browser. And for many people, this isn't something they think about doing often. Google itself is purposely vague about why they're doing updates, though the company did identify seven security fixes in its new update. “Access to bug details and links may be…

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    📱 | No, Google Didn't Just Create a Sentient Artifi…

    By Kirk Miller Google engineer Blake Lemoine believes the artificial intelligence the company is using has a soul. The tech company disagrees and placed Lemoine on paid leave on Monday, according to The Washington Post. claimed for months that the company's internal tool, the Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA), has consciousness. As first reported by the Post, Lemoine claimed the chatbot — which has ingested trillions of words from the internet to mimic real-life speech — talked about its rights and…

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    👍 | The Next Big Travel App Is… Instagram?

    By Lindsay Rogers Long has Instagram reigned as the go-to source for travel inspo, thanks to the sheer number of travel influencers, writers and photographers pedaling their best (albeit filtered) snaps to the masses. A search for #travel on the platform today It's even been criticized for creating “unrealistic travel expectations” and “sucking the spontaneity out of travel.” But investors are willing to bet that that's about to change, as evidenced by the recent $ 629 million venture capital round. just closed by Tripscout. Tripscout, as it stands now, is…

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    📱 | Google Admits Its Mind-Blowing Text-to-Image AI…

    By Kirk Miller A new text-to-image generator created by Google has the potential to increase instances of fake news and harassment, although the technology is still in an early phase. Utilizing artificial intelligence, Google's Imagen application would allow you to type in the phrase like, say, “a blue jay standing on a large basket of rainbow macarons” (a real example they use) and get back a photorealistic depiction of your sentence. What could go wrong? Fortunately, even the researchers behind the project readily acknowledge the issues raised by creating a realistic image out of any thought…

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    📱 | Why You Might Want to Wait Until 2023 to Buy an…

    By Kirk Miller There's a growing consensus that Apple is going to ditch its proprietary Lightning port for a much more common USB-C port in iPhones starting next year. While this is good news for consumers who are tired of utilizing multiple different cords and adapters, It also suggests that you may want to wait to upgrade your Apple devices until this port change comes into effect. Per Bloomberg and according to unnamed sources (as well as company analyze Ming-Chi Kuo), Apple has already been testing iPhones with the USB -C connector, as well as an adapter that would allow future iPhones to w…

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    👍 | Instagram Starts Testing NFTs as Sales of the D…

    By Logan Mahan Speaking at SXSW this past March, Mark Zuckerberg announced non-fungible tokens (NFTs) would be coming to Instagram in the “near term.” Well, the near term is now-ish. This week, the social media platform that was once a simple photo-sharing app is beginning to test how the digital collectibles will function, allowing select creators to post or share or whatever the hell you're supposed to do with an NFT on the app. Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced on Monday He also will be no fees associated with posting or sharing an NFT a user has created or bought. He also clarified…

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    👍 | Could Elon Musk's Plans to Monetize Twitter Ali…

    By Tobias Carroll The announcement of Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter left a number of prominent figures associated with the company eyeing a substantial windfall — and prompted more than a few users to leave the service in protest. through at the last minute, let's assume that the deal does go through. What would a privately-held Twitter with Musk as the owner look like? Based on some of the comments Musk made to banks about ways he might make the service profitable, it seems like a lot more user alienation could be in the works. Th…

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    👍 | Bill Maher Decodes Elon Musk's Twitter Purchase…

    By Tobias Carroll The latest episode of Real Time With Bill Maher began with a very Californian piece of news: the return of water restrictions. To the show's host, that didn't matter much; Maher said. He then asked the audience if anyone was old enough to remember that this weekend was the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, and segued from there to jokes about Will Smith and Amber Heard. And yes, the topical humor continued, with a joke about Hunter Biden following quickly on from there. Maher then turned the subject to national politics….

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    👍 | Facebook Apparently Doesn't Know What It's Do in…

    By Kirk Miller We've been tracking what Facebook has been doing with all the personal data it's been harvesting for a few years now. But instead of looking at the social media giant as something evil, perhaps we need to reassess: They aren't That's the conclusion reached by Motherboard after it published a leaked internal memo written by Facebook privacy engineers. Titled “ABP Privacy Infra, Long Range Investments,” the document shares several concerns faced by the company, particularly after the EU and India enacted regulatory changes. “…

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    👍 | This Week's “SNL” Sees Through Your Ulterior Mo…

    By Tobias Carroll What inspires someone to like an Instagram post? There are countless reasons for it, some with the best of intentions and some with more than a few ulterior motives. The latter formed the premise of a new sketch on this week's Saturday Night Live set on a fictional game show called Why'd You Like It? Part of the joke is that none of the three contestants — played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Redd and Chloe Fineman — know what the premise of the show is going in. Kenan Thompson's host, however, is more than willing to let them know — and ask some questions about very specific “li…

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    👍 | Hey Fellas, Stop Harassing Women On the Internet

    By Logan Mahan It feels like we shouldn't have to tell you, a man, not to go and DM unsolicited nudes or hateful, harassing messages to women online, but unfortunately, that shit keeps happening. So here we go… A new report conducted by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) found that high-profile women on Instagram face “an epidemic of misogynist abuse,” after researchers analyzed thousands of direct messages sent to five well-known Instagram users according to The Guardian. After examining 8,717 messages sent to actress Amber Heard, British television presenter Rachel Riley, writer an…

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    📱 | Google Warns Publishers About Their Handling of…

    By Tobias Carroll Disinformation often accompanies wars, and it can do so in many forms. For social networks attempting to get accurate information to their users, figuring out a way to filter out disinformation is a critical task — and Russian's invasion of Ukraine has been especially Challenge in this regard. For companies like Google, keeping people informed without letting them unwittingly see incorrect information is a constant effort. Now, according to a recent article in Deadline, Google has gone a step further and threatened publishers with demonetization when it comes to their handl…

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    👍 | Facebook System to Combat Disinformation That W…

    By Tobias Carroll It's hard to believe that there once was a time when Facebook was regarded as a relatively low-key space where one could go to wish friends a happy birthday and see photographs of dogs being adorable. But in online years, that might as well be a century ago; the social network that inspired The Social Network is more likely now to come up in conversations about online radicalization and frustrating designs. Facebook has taken some steps to address the problem of harmful or toxic content on its platform — but, as a recent article shows, a bug may well have made the issue worse…

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    👍 | Elon Musk Uses Twitter to Suggest He Wants an A…

    By Kirk Miller Elon Musk went on Twitter recently to complain about Twitter — and later suggested it might be time for an alternative to the social media platform. On Friday, the Tesla founder posted a poll on Twitter. democracy, ”he wrote.“ Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle? ”He also suggested that“ the consequences of the poll will be important, ”and given his prior history, Musk may actually mean what he says — after all, it was a Twitter poll in November that convinced him to sell some Tesla shares. Unsurprisingly, his fa…

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    👍 | Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Ruin Your Instagram Fe…

    By Logan Mahan There are many, many, many problems with Instagram — most of which can be traced back to one Mark Zuckerberg. When Facebook purchased Instagram in 2012 for a cool $ 1 billion, the photo-sharing app I knew, loved and used quite The first nail in the coffin came in 2016 when Instagram decided to remove the chronological feed, which would display photos starting with the most recently uploaded, and replaced it with an algorithm-based feed that shows posts it thinks you you know, totally killing the whole “Insta” part of…

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    👍 | Is Twitter Becoming Less User-Friendly?

    By Logan Mahan Since the New Year, Twitter has rolled out a deluge of new features. Among the considerable updates, many of us now have the ability to quote tweet with reaction videos, pin DMs and downvote replies. Honestly, it's getting hard to keep up. The social media app's latest roll-out, however, is one that actually caught my attention because it sorta sucks. As reported by The Verge, Twitter has now made it a tad more difficult to view your chronological feed — aka latest Tweets — on the app. In 2016, Twitter rolled out its algorithmic feed (much to the fervent dismay of most of its us…

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    👍 | Ja Morant's Buzzer-Beater Is Now the NBA's Most…

    By Logan Mahan Monday night's Spurs-Grizzlies game broke a major record for the NBA's official Instagram account. A clip of Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant hitting a buzzer-beater to end the second quarter received 42.1 million Instagram video views, the official Twitter account for NBA Communications revealed on Wednesday, making it the most-viewed NBA Instagram video ever. Morant dropped a career-high 52 points in a win over the San Antonio Spurs, and the social media engagement numbers prove the 22-year-old had a fire performance. Content of Morant from Monday's game amassed over 80…

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    👍 | Twitter Expands Testing of Reddit-Style Downvot…

    By Logan Mahan On Thursday, Twitter announced it would be expanding its experimental downvote feature to a global audience. Testing of the new feature began last year and was accessible to a select group of internet users. After receiving positive feedback on its decidedly negative new trick , Twitter is now extending the button to iOS and Android users worldwide. The button may remind you of a similar feature that's been a part of Reddit since 2005. Upvotes and downvotes on the popular forum website are used to highlight relevant and favored replies and posts from users in a particular subredd…

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    👍 | Dick Butkus Is Making the Most of Being Verifie…

    By Tobias Carroll Over the course of his time in football, Dick Butkus earned a reputation for a fearless and relentless style of play. His time on the gridiron is still remembered fondly among fans of the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears, and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. In January of 2022, Butkus received another storied honor — by which we mean that he became verified on Twitter. Since that time, he's been making the most of his time on the social media service , including publicly wondering why he hasn't automatically become a highly-paid influencer.…

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    👍 | How “Simpsons” Nostalgia Found a Second Life on…

    By Chris Cotonou When asked about Charles Schulz, the influential cartoonist behind Peanuts, Matt Groening was quoted as saying, “Charles Schulz, he's an interesting case… [Peanuts] is simply drawn but has some really deep emotions you don't expect in a silly-looking comic strip. ”For most people, the Simpsons creator might as well be speaking about his own work, which after three decades is still the most famous simply drawn, deeply emotional and silly-looking cartoon ever made. Now in its 34th season, the show continues to enchant — and subsequently lose — viewers with each generation. Ther…

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    👍 | Twitter Thread Describes What Kind of Guy Every…

    By Logan Mahan Most of the time Twitter is a time suck that lends itself to fatuous discourse, nasty trolls and bad news. But every now and then, a post, meme or thread comes along to remind us that its best, Twitter is an unrivaled platform for verbal and visual comedy. So, if you're looking for a little pick me up, consult this recent Twitter thread by user Sarah York (@thesarahyork) that's been absorbing the social media platform. On Sunday, York shared a list of some NFL quarterbacks and the kind of guy “they seem like.” The thread is not only immensely enjoyable but also impressively ac…

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    👍 | 6 Tips for a More Mindful, Less Maddening Life…

    By Logan Mahan 2021 re-confirmed one thing we already knew: social media can be hella toxic. In September, a bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal found that Facebook (now Meta) was cognizant of how its app Instagram negatively impacts its young users 'mental health and worsens body image issues. Per internal research Facebook kept a secret for two years until it was acquired by the WSJ, the tech conglomerate admitted that social comparison is much worse on Instagram compared to other social media apps, and part of that is by design. TikTok — the most popular website of 2021 — has also…

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    👍 | The Instagram Jewelry Brands That Are Actually…

    By Logan Mahan Over the years, Instagram has transformed into a shopping mall. Its latest redesign put a “shop” button where the app's main feature, the user activity page, used to be, after all. Instagram's metamorphosis into Adstagram can certainly be frustrating Sometimes I just want to see my friends' photos or pictures of cute dogs (mainly cute dogs) without being bombarded by an ad every three to four posts (I've counted.) I won't pretend, however, I haven' t found a lot of awesome and unique brands on the app, most of which tend to be chic jewelry brands. As we know, once you click on o…

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    👍 | Madonna Accuses Instagram of Hypocrisy Over Nip…

    By Tobias Carroll Can social media be used to raise awareness of flaws within social media's ground rules? For years, a growing cohort of celebrities, activists and others have expressed their frustration with the way Instagram handles photos where nipples are visible. Earlier this year, in an article published at Hyperallergic, Emma Shapiro wrote about the decade-long history of the “Free the Nipple” movement, which — as Shapiro phrased it — described it as a “full-voiced campaign for change.” The latest high-profile figure to criticize Instagram's policies is Madonna. As reported by The Guar…

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    👍 | You Can Now “Rage Shake” Your Phone to Report a…

    By Logan Mahan This week Adam Mosseri, the head of everyone's favorite self-esteem-depleting social app, announced that they company had released two new features to improve user experience, including something called “rage shake,” which is exactly what it sounds like If you experience a problem on the social media app — say stories aren't loading or audio isn't working on a video — you can simply shake the living hell out of your phone and a support option will pop up and ask you, “Did something go wrong?” You'll then be able to explain and report the issue. “You can explain exactly what hap…

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    👍 | Is Getting the Groom a Little Drunk the Secret…

    By Emily Leibert A few months ago, I opened up Instagram to a slideshow of surprisingly pleasant photos of two friends who had recently gotten engaged. I say “surprisingly” not because they aren't good-looking or photogenic individuals, but because the groom -to-be, in particular, is a little fussy when it comes to both photos and PDA. Squish those two irritating affairs together and you've more or less launched him directly into his own personal version of Edvard Munch's The Scream. You can imagine my shock, then, when I saw photos of my friend whisking his fianée e into the air, gallivanting a…

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    👍 | The Online Harassment of Meghan Markle Was Coor…

    By Kirk Miller The online hate against Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was carried out by just a few Twitter accounts in a coordinated attack, according to to the Twitter analytics service Bot Sentinel. As reported by BuzzFeed News, just 83 Twitter accounts were responsible for approximately 70% of the negative content on the couple. Those 83 accounts, however, did have 187,631 followers. And overall, the report suggested the negative campaign by such few people could actually reach 17 million users. motive, ”as Bot Sentinel CEO Christopher Bouzy told BuzzFeed.“ A…

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    👍 | Instagram Says Friendly Boob Slapping Violates…

    By Emily Leibert Social media platforms have long been unwelcoming to sex workers and adult content creators trying to make a living online. Even OnlyFans, the subscription-based platform that became a billion-dollar company thanks largely to sex workers monetizing their content on the platform The most recent attack on sexually explicit content comes from Instagram, where some accounts have lost their “, announced a ban on nudity and sex that would have left sex workers out to dry (yet again)… had the company not backtracked following public outcry. link sticker ”privileges for posting images…

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    👍 | Everything You Need to Know Before Deleting You…

    By Logan Mahan A few weeks ago, the world went silent (ish). On Monday, October 4, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for about six hours due to a change in Facebook's server configuration, leaving millions of users locked out of their accounts for a significant period of time — a first since 2019. Of course, platforms like Twitter and Reddit were still up and running, so there was mindless scrolling and discourse to be had (much of it, of course, centered around the strange outage) ). Still, you might have felt lighter that day. You were barred from reading your uncle's unintelligible co…

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    👍 | Your Private Instagram Account Might Not Be as…

    By Logan Mahan If you ever have the creepy urge to stalk the private account of someone you don't follow on Instagram, one swift Google search will show you how to do it. -by-step how you can (easily!) Invade someone's privacy. The first recommendation is typically to try following the account first (duh) or create a fake account and request under the alias. But if all else fails, as these articles suggest , you could try using a third-party application, like IGLookup, to anonymously view a private account. If your…

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    👍 | It's Time We All Started Treating Instagram Lik…

    By Tanner Garrity Bestselling author Laura McKowen published a personal essay in The New York Times recently about her struggles with quitting Instagram. It's a refreshing read, written from the perspective of someone who A) intimately understands what addiction feels like — McKowen stopped drinking alcohol seven years ago and currently helms an online sobriety platform — and B) recognizes that social media is a dangerous addiction in its own right. McKowen describes building her entire life around Instagram. She accrued 80,000 followers, which helped her network, secure a book deal and promot ...

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    👍 | The New “Melting Face” Emoji Is the Perfect Mat…

    By Logan Mahan A couple of weeks ago, Unicode launched version 14.0 of its language coding standard, which includes 37 new emojis for us to use next year. While the latest drop includes some interesting digital icons like a glistening disco ball and brown beans, one particular face emoji has seized the internet's affection. The “Melting Face” emoji, as it is officially titled, has sparked many reactions, particularly on Twitter, where users are finding the liquefying smiley face to be a spot-on representation of the hellscape we 've been living in for the past year and a half. Here is the offic…

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    📱 | If You Updated to iOS 15, Spotify's App Might B…

    By Kirk Miller Usually, we would tell you to update your iPhone immediately when those updates roll out, because they usually contain very important security fixes. Today, we're saying maybe wait a bit before you push your iPhone to iOS 15. And that's Because one app you probably use — Spotify — is draining up to 30% or more of your battery per hour with the new update, as reported by AppleInsider. A community post on the audio streaming site confirmed there are issues. about battery drainage while updating from iOS 14.8 to .15 on both firmware versions during the past…