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Ex-Facebook Data Scientist: Every Facebook User Is Part Of An Experiment At Some Point

Andrew Ledvina, who used to be a data scientist at Facebook, inartfully defends the company's infamous emotion manipulation study.

In The NSA Archive: 800 Pages Of Doomed Lovers’ Emails, Facebook Messages

In which Washington Post reporters read the embarrassing emails and messages hoarded by the NSA and leaked by Edward Snowden.

Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Who Bought All The Silk Road Bitcoin Won’t Say How Much He Paid

Venture capitalist Tim Draper has been talking up Bitcoin for months now. On Friday, he beat out all of the other bidders on 30,000 Silk Road Bitcoin auctioned off by Federal Marshals.

Google Makes Every Person Search In Europe Look Censored

Every person in the world looks like he or she has something to hide when you search for them in a European version of Google.

Sheryl Sandberg Apologizes For Facebook Emotion Manipulation Study… Kind Of

Facebook is not sorry for doing the emotion contagion study. It is sorry that everyone is upset about the fact that it purposely made some users upset a few years ago.

Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s Troll Patrol

Del Harvey wades through the darkest content on Twitter to decide what's legitimate free expression and what's abuse that gets the ax.

Facebook Is Not As Careless Now As It Was In 2012

Facebook has grown up. The emotion manipulation study is a legacy scandal.

Facebook Added ‘Research’ To User Agreement 4 Months After Emotion Manipulation Study

Facebook didn't actually have permission to do "research" on people when it ran its controversial emotional manipulation study.

Facebook Doesn’t Understand The Fuss About Its Emotion Manipulation Study

In manipulating the emotional tone of users' News Feeds to see how it affected their moods, Facebook researchers shifted the platform from a fishbowl into a petri dish, and it's why people are flipping out about it.

Facebook Manipulated 689,003 Users’ Emotions For Science

Facebook's data scientists manipulated the News Feeds of 689,003 users, filling them with either positive posts or negative posts or posts devoid of sentiment in order to see how it affected their moods.

Facebook Calls Foul On New York D.A.’s Secret Seizure Of 381 Disabled Retirees’ Photos, Likes, Private Messages

Facebook which usually gets grief for reducing the state of privacy in the world has been silently fighting in a New York court for the last year to try to protect it.

The Bitcoin Economy’s ‘Backbone’ Is Bitstamp, An Exchange Run By Two Young Slovenians

"We’re the backbone of the entire Bitcoin industry. The wallet services, ATM machines, mining companies all rely on us," says Bitstamp's founder.

Cops Can’t Search Phones Without A Warrant, Rules Supreme Court

"The police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested," ruled the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

The Selfie-Stick Backlash Involves Awkward Photos Of People Using Selfie Sticks

The selfie stick with a smartphone on its tip says, “I’m not ashamed that I want this photo of myself.” Those taking photos of the person holding the stick are saying, “Well, you should be.”

The Increasingly Desperate Attempts To Get Us To Send Messages

Messaging apps keep entering the fray desperately hoping to be the rail of choice for the photos, videos, doodles, break-up messages, and "yo"s we don't want to publicly post to the world.

With Amazon Fire’s Six Cameras, Smartphones Are Evolving Into More Perfect Spying Devices

Amazon announced this week that it’s launching its very own smartphone called Fire. It will have six cameras. Six. That’s to make it easier to do a 3D-scan of the world around you and buy the things you see. It out-innovates incredible decision to put two cameras on a phone to make selfies more effortless. [...]

10 Ways To ‘Fix’ Cybersecurity

Ten cyberexperts offer up their best ideas for stemming the threats we face.

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