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Social Media "Lie Detector" Will Know if Celebrity X Really is Dead or Under Arrest for 1970s Sex Crimes

Did a funny thing really happen on the train today? Did your precocious child really make that amusing observation about Star Wars? Was actor and comedian Gary Wilmot really found dead in a hotel wardrobe with his shoelaces around his neck and a slice of orange in his mouth last night? An internet lie detector may soon be able to provide reassurances either way. Read More >>

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Woman Rides Horse into Tesco as Neknominate Trend Hits the Mainstream

The dumb neknominate trend continues to spread across the planet like an unwanted idiot-zombie invasion, with a woman from Bishop Auckland managing to out-do her local clown competition by riding a horse into Tesco to impress internet drunks. She only necked a Pepsi, though, so wasn't drink-riding. Read More >>

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The Internet's a Gift From God, Claims Technically-Unaware Pope

The Pope's come out as an unlikely contributor to World Communications Day, suggesting the internet is "a gift from God" but one that "exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgement" thanks to its speed and omnipresence. Read More >>

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Fire, Punching, Toilets and Bikes all Part of "Neknominate" Binge Drinking Trend

Unruly boozers from Australian and New Zealand have launched an exciting new way to get too drunk too quick, with the concept of "neknominating" mates to drink in weird ways and filming the results appearing to catch on. Read More >>

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Google Tweaks YouTube Comment Management to Appease Angry Content Creators

The YouTube overlords have launched a revised comment management system for the video sharing site, amalgamating all the user feedback into one place. It's a step in the right direction, but most people would still like it put back the way it was, please. Read More >>

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Social Media Sharing May be Taking Money Away From Charities

The trend for clicking "like" underneath things may be having an impact on the money raised by charities, with one report suggesting people who think they're helping by liking and sharing appeals might not bother actually handing over any loose change the next time a tin's rattled their way. Read More >>

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Snaphack Saves Your Snapchat Messages Without Telling the Sender

It's just become slightly easier to capture an image of the genitals of a sex friend sent through imaging app Snapchat, with new app Snaphack promising to let users take screengrabs of photo messages without informing the sender. Read More >>

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Enraged Bistro Owners Show How Not to Engage With Facebook Users

Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro was featured on the US version of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares show recently, then seemingly went berserk on Facebook as users hit it with comments about its appearance. The CAPS LOCK key was engaged and everything. Read More >>

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Defence Specialist Builds Terrifying Automated Web Stalker and Data Harvester

You know full well that all the innocent crap you spam out to social networks can be used to pinpoint you, highlight your friends and track your favourite places, building up a perfect record of your little life. Defence specialist Raytheon is automating this data harvesting process with a view to patenting a comprehensive tracking tool. Read More >>

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Facebook Ads Are Going to Tell You When They're Tracking You

We know Facebook ads are tracking us, we just don't always know which ones. But that process is about to get more transparent because Facebook is going to start labeling the ads you see based on past behaviour. Read More >>

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Possibly Deranged Analyst Claims Google+ Now Outranks Twitter and YouTube

New stats from a company calling itself GlobalWebIndex claim Google+ is now the second most popular social site in the world, eclipsing Twitter and YouTube with only the Facebook goliath ahead of it. Read More >>

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The Web We Lost

The tech industry and its press have treated the rise of billion-scale social networks and ubiquitous smartphone apps as an unadulterated win for regular people, a triumph of usability and empowerment. They seldom talk about what we've lost along the way in this transition, and I find that younger folks may not even know how the web used to be. Read More >>

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The Facebook for the Developing World You Didn't Know Existed

Everyone you know has Facebook unless they're weird, but Facebook still has territory left to cover, specifically in the developing world. That plan for global domination includes making Facebook free on mobile. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Putting Annoying Ads in Search Now

ADS ADS EVERYWHERE JUST ADS ALL THE TIME LOOK AT ALL THESE ADS YOU MORONS should be Facebook's new slogan because pretty soon there won't be anywhere on the social network where someone isn't trying to sell you something. And starting today it's getting even worse with the launch of sponsored results in search. Read More >>

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Facebook's New Photo UI Looks Great

Facebook's photo interface is getting a lovely, much-needed makeover. Starting today, it's rolling out a much cleaner layout, with a mosaic view off all your images as well as three simple tabs at the top of the page—one for photos of you, another for all the pics you've posted, and another for your albums. Read More >>

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Yes, Twitter Is Down

It's not just you—Twitter is completely screwed. The site is down and apps are down, so what are you going to do during this total outage? Panic, probably. Read More >>

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