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Op-Ed: Robots, the Cloud and robot banks — Utopia? Maybe, maybe not

Sydney - The robots are coming, but not the way you’d expect. They’re about to replace the suits, and perhaps even declutter your home. Spooky? Much more than that. There’s a “vision of excellence," and you know what that means — chaos.

The image that sparked a social media hate campaign in France

This innocent photograph of eight kindergarten children in Paris, posted on the Facebook page of the French Ministry of Education last Monday, has since received a storm of insults and racist comments, because of the children’s skin colour.

Using social media to track diseases like Ebola

A new report argues that algorithms that map social media posts and mobile phone data can help researchers track epidemics.

Op-Ed: Paywalls for news sites are doomed by bloggers

It's a question as old as the Internet itself: How do website owners make money from a traditionally free medium? As sites like the Washington Post erect "paywalls" to force readers to subscribe, it is time to re-examine the controversial practice.

Review: Allvoices web site tries to make itself forgettable Special

San Francisco - Even the founder of the citizen journalist site “Allvoices” appears to want to forget what had seemed, at least for awhile, as a noble attempt to empower the analog world.

Op-Ed: Using Facebook 'Likes' to predict personality can be dangerous Special

Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act, so said George Orwell, author of "1984." Computers and the Internet have not only made the most significant advances in our lives possible, it has also been an unwitting betrayer.

Los Angeles locals call 911 to ask police why Facebook is down

Los Angeles - When Facebook went down last Friday a few people considered it an emergency and called 911. Police officials used other social media tools to tell people they did not know when Facebook will be back up.

Most Americans have little or no trust in social media sites

The majority of Americans have little or no trust that social media sites will respect and protect their online privacy.

Social media, terrorism and counter-terrorism

A new and disturbing trend has popped up which a few journalists have followed; terrorists using social media to their advantage. Twitter is their favorite platform at the moment.

Using Facebook Messenger on your phone is about to get annoying

Facebook is becoming more and more invasive and it looks like they may be losing focus with what they are trying to offer. From the permissions requested in the Messenger Android app to the usage changes in the web messenger, it may be time to ditch them.

Science and social media: It's all about Kim Kardashian

A scientist has created the "Kardashian Index" to measure how a scientist’s social media presence stacks up against his or her citation record.

Trolls bring down 'Reaganbook' 24 hours after launch

Conservative social media site "Reaganbook" was launched for a soft opening this week and was shut down 24 hours later after a myriad of trolls destroyed the entire premise of the site.

Report: Twitter employees are mostly white and male

Twitter managers recently released data on their own employees. Around 59% of them are male and 70% are white. Facts like this are re-igniting the debate on how to get more minorities and women into the technology sector.

Razer partners with Tancent to bring WeChat to the Nabu smartband

The race for smart-watches just gained another competitor. The Razer Nabu moves one step closer to becoming a reality as $1 beta tester editions just ended recently.

China allegedly uses Twitter to spread false information in Tibet

Around 100 accounts were reportedly found using names stolen from Westerners and descriptions taken from real people. Reporters claim each account promotes Chinese propaganda.

Op-Ed: Twitter will struggle to master ecommerce, but Facebook may adapt

Social media has been fun...but how much money is in it? Popular sites like Facebook and Twitter are working to capitalize on our screen time, now moving beyond online advertising and into online shopping itself. Will these sites master e-commerce?

Twitter buys CardSpring as a foothold into e-Commerce

With sights on creating its own e-commerce platform, Twitter will soon reach this goal with the recent acquisition of CardSpring. The cost of deal has not yet been revealed, but the feature will be soon forthcoming.

Op-Ed: Microsoft needs a PR boost after layoffs; should buy Yahoo!

Microsoft has taken a big PR hit after announcing that it will lay off 18,000 employees. The tech giant needs a PR boost and a revamped image, which it might get by...buying Yahoo!

Op-Ed: Smartphones and the dining experience Special

My name is Paula, and I am addicted to my smartphone. Oh wait, no, I am actually addicted to social media. Either way, I am part of a new trend in dining.

This Lukas Podolski selfie is the best photo from World Cup 2014

Moments after winning the 2014 World Cup, German forward Lukas Podolski snapped one of the most memorable selfies in sports history. Podolski posted on his Twitter account a photo of fellow German player Bastian Schweinsteiger kissing his cheek.

LinkedIn wants your contacts to be more than just names

The new app, LinkedIn Connected, aims to turn contacts into connections and give users what they want on their mobile devices.

Facebook controversial study sparks new experiment Special

It’s a small experiment where we ask people to take a break from Facebook and report to us how they feel and how they spend their free time.

Tornado in Saskatchewan wedding photos goes viral

Saskatoon - Photographer Colleen Niska was taking photos of a bride and groom on a rural road in Saskatoon, Saskatchwan when she noticed that there was a tornado in the distance.

Op-Ed: Creating Twitter lists can help your small business

Twitter can be an overwhelming tool. We want to build a following, so we follow many. But how do you ensure that you see what you really need and want to see? How, you ask? Via lists, that's how.

Social media influence not helping small business in America

Social media has effected the way small business goes about attracting new customers and keeping in touch with regulars, but according to reports, it might all be for nothing and could actually hurt the bottom dollar over a period of time.

New App gives social media stars more control

Making the most of another's platform and marketing your brand to the max can get risky when the platform decides to change gameplans. That's exactly what happened when YouTube decided to take down some songs from its collection of online choices.

Pope Francis the most influential world figure on Twitter

Geneva - Pope Francis has less than one-third the Twitter followers of President Obama, but what the Pontiff lacks in bare Twitter numbers, he more than makes up for when it comes to retweets.

Competitions: What are some of the best prizes out there?

It is always a great feeling to win something. Whether its a win in the lottery, or a competition, or even some kind of award, there is that warm, fuzzy feeling of being rewarded with a prize.

#FreeAJStaff: Jailing of journalists incites outrage, criticism

The imprisonment and sentencing of three journalists in an Egyptian court has sparked outrage from human rights groups, journalists, media organizations, and scores of activists on social media, as well as criticism from the White House.

Twitter now supports GIFs, but they are not real GIFs

The GIF, a popular animated image format in the 80s, persevered and found a new place on the Internet. Where is this new place? Chances are you are using it now.
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