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“The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging
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Enlarge / No spoilers, but with the departure of a certain high profile fantasy writer, LiveJournal seems to have been left like Jon Snow here. Last April, famed writer and hero-murderer George R.R. Martin announced that he was hoisting his ancient blog from his moldering LiveJournal onto his personal website. For casual Game of Thrones […]

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch star the latest celeb to take social media break     – CNET
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Will Poulter, Millie Bobby Brown, Wil Wheaton and more. Here are celebs who’ve cited mental health issues, racism, sexism and fan drama as reasons to say sayonara to social media.

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Fortnite Was 2018's Most Important Social Network
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An anonymous reader shares a report: Epic Games managed to produce a hit, sure, but the genius of it is how it’s rewritten the idea of what hanging out online can be. Fortnite is a game, but it’s also a global living room for millions of people, and a kind of codex for where culture […]

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The year social networks were no longer social
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The term “social network” has become a meaningless association of words. Pair those two words and it becomes a tech category, the equivalent of a single term to define a group of products. But are social networks even social anymore? If you have a feeling of tech fatigue when you open the Facebook app, you’re […]

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Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment
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The idea that social media can be harmful to our mental and emotional well-being is not a new one, but little has been done by researchers to directly measure the effect; surveys and correlative studies are at best suggestive. A new experimental study out of Penn State, however, directly links more social media use to […]

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Furhat Robotics gives AI a face with its new social robot
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Voice assistants have their benefits, but it can be a bit weird to talk to a faceless robot voice all day. Stockholm-based technology startup Furhat Robotics is putting a face to our interactions with AI with Furhat, a social robot that is capable of…

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MIT's BeeMe Giant Social Experiment Puts a Human Under Internet Control
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This Halloween scientists at MIT’s Media Lab are embarking on a massive social experiment. From a report: Called BeeMe, the project will let internet users control a real human actor, suggesting, and collectively voting on, this person’s every action. New Atlas reached out to Niccolo Pescetelli, one of the creators behind the experiment, to find […]

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Social intelligence platforms Brandwatch and Crimson Hexagon tp merge
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Brandwatch — the UK-HQ’d social intelligence company which raised $65M from European VCs Nauta Capital, Highland Europe and Partech — is to merge with another leading player in the space, Crimson Hexagon. The merger, expected to close in Q4, will (say the companies) create a business with around $100M in recurring annual revenues. The merged […]

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Solve, MIT’s take on social innovation challenges, may be different enough to work
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Since McKinsey released a report on how best to use prizes to incentivize innovation nearly a decade ago, an entire industry has grown around social innovation challenges. The formula for these “save the world” competitions has become standard. Drum up a lot of buzz around an award. Partner with big names to get funding and […]

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