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As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

Monday, May 04, 2015

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

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How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

Monday, April 27, 2015

Tech and telecom companies stepped up with much needed services. Facebook and Google offered tools to help those in the region let family and friends know they're OK. Other firms cut calling costs.

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When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

Monday, April 27, 2015

The number of people using these services is growing fast. Find out what happens when a writer rents out his Mini Cooper and an Airbnb tenant learns something terrible has happened to his host.

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How Iconic: A Word Is Worth Thousands Of Pictures

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Inspired by the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Noun Project uses crowdsourcing to gather an army of people to define words. But instead of using other words to do it, they use icons.

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More Black, Latino Teens Say They're Online 'Almost Constantly'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

About one-third of black and Hispanic teens say they're online just about all the time, compared with about 1 in 5 whites, a new study says. Experts say smartphones are defining teens' social habits.

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Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When online social networks open up spaces for suicide prevention with untrained peer support, they walk the fragile line between invasion of privacy and supporting those who need help.

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In Vermont, A Hyper-Local Online Forum Brings Neighbors Together

Saturday, March 07, 2015

At a time when many are connected to hundreds, if not thousands, of people on social media, a company called the Front Porch Forum is building smaller networks.

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From Facebook To A Virtual You: Planning Your Digital Afterlife

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Whether you appoint a postmortem account manager or opt for "virtual immortality," new online tools help us navigate how we will preserve our digital footprint after death.

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Coke's Super Bowl Ad Puts Spotlight On Cyberbullying

Monday, February 02, 2015

With a popular Super Bowl ad, Coca-Cola says "no" to Internet negativity and focuses on cyberbullying. Even better, Coke's got a solution for all the Internet's ills.

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Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could choose to ban ISIS propaganda. But analysts say law enforcement agencies ask the firms to leave messages alone to help them track terrorist activity.

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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

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This Is True: Facebook Starts Cracking Down On Hoax News Stories

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Facebook says it won't delete fake stories, but it will start attaching notices to ones that users have flagged as hoaxes. And it will display bogus stories less frequently in users' News Feed.

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Managing Conversations Online Is A Puzzle Of Picking Platforms

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

While social media can galvanize movements and offer access to activists, sensitive conversations can easily go off the rails online. But we are becoming better managers of these online conversations.

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Tech Week: Sony's Cyber Woes, And A Coating To Ease Ketchup's Flow

Saturday, December 20, 2014

In our weekly roundup of tech headlines, we get you up-to-date on Sony's troubles after North Korea targeted its film The Interview, and tell you a community organizer's advice for tech companies.

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Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Female Marines are being humiliated and generally degraded by their peers on Facebook. The groups' pages are frequently shut down, but return within days due to a dedicated following.

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Microsoft Wants To Mine Data Like A Social Network

Monday, November 10, 2014

Microsoft is going social. With more than a billion people using Office, the company hopes to gather data and create social tools to help users be more productive in their workplaces and lives.

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Morning Edition

Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Journalists regularly turn to this social media organization to seek out and verify online material that could bolster traditional reporting.

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When Disaster Strikes, Facebook Lets Friends Know You're OK

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Facebook's newest tool, known as Safety Check, aims to allow people to quickly alert friends and family that they are safe after a natural disaster.

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Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

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Morning Edition

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Ad-free, invitation-only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

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