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First Amendment Rights for Students on FB and MySpace?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Students have been complaining about their teachers and principals, probably since the first schoolhouses opened. But in the Internet age, it's easy for students broadcast their frustrations publicly via social networks, and courts are now having to step in and define whether their online back talk is protected free speech.

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Rise of the Syriabots: Syrian Loyalists Flood Twitter with Propaganda

Friday, April 22, 2011

During the unrest sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, social networking sites have become forums for pro-revolutionary forces to gather information and support for their causes. But while the rebels and their supporters have gained ground, they’ve had to contend with pro-government forces staking their claim in the virtual sphere as well.


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Following Up: The Great Urban Hack

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

This past weekend, journalists and developers pulled an all-nighter at the Great Urban Hack, where they helped create projects to help New Yorkers gather information they need and strengthen community. Projects ranged from taxi data visualization to mapping New York's roaches. Beth Davidz, senior developer at AOL; Zoe Fraade-Blanar, technology consultant for news media; and Maxwell Shron, data scientist for OK Cupid, share their stories from the event. 

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Something Just Came Up…

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Leon Neyfakh, technology reporter at the New York Observer, discusses his article exposing the flakiness epidemic sweeping the New York social scene.

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A New World Music Order

Monday, August 30, 2010

As usual, the best World Music is not on the pop charts.

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Foursquare Mayor

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Baratunde Thurston, comedian, blogger, and founder of Jack and Jill Politics, discusses why people want to become mayor on Foursquare and other social networking tools.

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The Virtual Closet: Is Facebook Changing the Way People Come Out?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thanks to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, many aspects of our private lives are made public – whether it’s where we ate dinner last night or the person with whom we chose to eat that meal.

Of course, most of these bits and pieces are benign, or, depending on who you ask, even boring. But for some people - specifically gay people who are closeted or trying to come out - they can serve as an announcement about their sexual orientation.

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Takeouts: Bernanke's Plan to Raise Interest Rates, Test Driving Google Buzz

Thursday, February 11, 2010

  • MONEY TAKEOUT: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story reports on a plan by fed chief Ben Bernanke to raise interest rates.
  • TECH TAKEOUT: Yesterday, Google unveiled Buzz, a new social networking service that lets Gmail users share short status updates in much the same way they might on Twitter or Facebook. Is it the next big thing? Will it take Twitter down? Or is Google just inserting itself into another arena where it's not wanted? Fast Company tech blogger and Wired writer Cliff Kuang has used Buzz and shares his opinions.