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‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster Justin Rosenstein had tweaked […]

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How social media saved socialism

Forget the idea that Twitter and Facebook are bad for democracy. Bubbles can be beneficial, and help emerging movements unite against the elites Socialism is stubborn. After decades of dormancy verging on death, it is rising again in the west. In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn just led the Labour party […]

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Yahoo SVP Adam Cahan to exit after Verizon acquisition closes

Another high-profile Yahoo executive, SVP of Mobile and Emerging Products Adam Cahan, will leave the company as the acquisition by VerizOath: comes to a close. This news via multiple sources comes amid cuts of as much as 15 percentof the combined Oath/Yahoo staff. TechCrunch is owned by Oath: which is […]

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Reddits new location tagging feature continues its push to become a social network

Reddit is continuing its march towards becoming a social network after it added location tagging to its mobile app. The service is famously known as the front page of the internet, but this year it has rolled out features that make it much more like Twitter or Facebook. Back in […]

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Millennial influencers who are the new stars of web advertising

Beauty vloggers and cult celebrities are being courted by luxury brands Seven years ago, Chiara Ferragni was a fledgling 23-year-old fashion blogger, studying law at university in Milan. She never finished her degree, but now lives in a $3.5m Los Angeles mansion packed with antiques, and spends her days travelling […]

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Ukraine blocks popular social networks as part of sanctions on Russia

Presidents decree prevents access to some of countrys most visited websites, sparking outcry from users The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, has banned the countrys two most popular social networks, its most popular email service and one of its most widely used search engines as part of sanctions against Russian companies. […]

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Pepe the Frog creator kills off internet meme co-opted by white supremacists

Matt Furie concedes defeat after months of attempting to wrench back his peaceful frog-dude who had been appropriated as a racist hate symbol The creator of Pepe the Frog has symbolically killed off the cartoon frog, effectively surrendering control of the character to the far right. Matt Furie, an artist […]

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A newsreaders redemption for once social media got it right | Tim Dowling

The reaction to the error by Australian newsreader Natasha Exelby speaks volumes. Were learning when to replace scorn with sympathy It is a story for our age: an Australian newsreader caught off guard by the end of a prerecorded report. When the camera returns to her she is busy contemplating […]

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