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Even the Editor of Facebook's Mood Study Thought It Was Creepy

"It's ethically okay from the regulations perspective, but ethics are kind of social decisions."<p><i>Updated, Sunday, 6/29, 9:54 p.m. Eastern.</i><p>Catching a glimpse of the puppet masters who play with the data trails we leave online is always disorienting. And yet there's something new-level creepy about a …

Lead Facebook researcher expresses regret over secret 2012 'mood' study

After the story broke Saturday that Facebook had experimented with the moods of 700,000 of its users, the lead researcher on the project, Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer, sent VentureBeat an email Sunday pointing to his statement on the affair.<p>The research, which Kramer says was completed in …

Facebook investor Andreessen sarcastically defends Facebook's mood experiment

Facebook’s public relations department is apparently letting Marc Andreessen speak for the company this weekend.<p>Yesterday, news broke that Facebook had conducted a massive experiment — wherein the social network’s leadership decided to mess with the news feeds of Facebook users to see if it …

Facebook explains why it briefly toyed with users' emotions

Ever since word got out that Facebook had briefly manipulated some users' News Feeds to see how their feelings changed, a number of questions have popped up: just why did the company feel compelled to experiment in the first place? How noticeable was it? And was it worth the effort? As of today, we …

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

<b>* Updated since first published.</b><p>This weekend, the Internet discovered a study published earlier this month in an academic journal that recounted how a Facebook data scientist, along with two university researchers, turned 689,003 users’ New Feeds positive or negative to see if it would elate or …

Facebook secretly experimented with the moods of 700,000 of its users

In an experiment it conducted earlier this year, Facebook injected the feeds of nearly 700,000 of its (unknowing) users with negative content to see if it would make the posts they wrote more negative.<p>The researchers believe that it did. The mood of the posts seen in the news feeds of the …

Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment

It was probably legal. But was it ethical?<p><i>Updated, 09/08/14</i><p>Facebook’s News Feed—the main list of status updates, messages, and photos you see when you open Facebook on your computer or phone—is not a perfect mirror of the world.<p>But few users expect that Facebook would change their News Feed in …

5 Data-Driven Ways To Get Your Facebook Post Seen

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>If you’ve been struggling with Facebook lately for your brand page, don’t think you’re alone.<p>Between changes to the layout of brand pages, News Feed algorithm adjustments, and countless other tweaks and changes, marketers are constantly on their toes …

Facebook: NYC prosecutors got data on 381 users

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors building a sweeping disabilities-benefit fraud case got a trove of data from the Facebook accounts of more than 380 …

Watch a hacker steal encrypted passwords

A flaw in random number generators built into your computer could compromise your password even on secured websites. Laurie Segall reports.

JOBLESS CLAIMS MISS

Jobless claims missed, coming in at 326,000.<p>Consensus was for an increase to 310,000, from a revised 298,000 prior.<p>But, continuing claims fell to 2.653 million, beating expectations for 2.675 million and down from a revised 2.666 million.<p>Pantheon's Ian Shepherdson says the broader trend continues …

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What The iPhone 6 Will Look Like Next To Its Rivals From Samsung

But how will those new phones look in the real world? When Apple introduced the iPhone 5 series, its larger screen measured 4 inches. Previously, iPhones had come with 3.5-inch screens. While the new phone was bigger, it wasn't <i>that much</i> bigger. It's still pretty difficult to tell what model someone …

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McDonald’s Workers' Protest For Increased Wages Near HQ Results In The Arrest Of More Than 100 Ahead Of Shareholder Meet

More than 100 demonstrators protesting for better wages outside the McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., were arrested …

MakerBot, 3D Systems, Mink and other 3D-printing companies are sparking a price war

Pancakes, car parts, furniture, stethoscope iPhone cases and an entire house – these are just a handful of the things 3D printers are capable of …

Computer takeover of humanity is ahead of schedule

I think we all know what the problem with corporate America is: its inherent humanity. Corporations like BP, Monsanto, and Cyberdyne Systems have …

Bioprinting Video – Questions Asked About Regulation of Bioprinting

But while 3D printing holds promise for patients, it poses immense challenges for regulators, who must assess how to—or whether to—regulate the …

Study: Google leapfrogs Apple as world's most valuable brand

Well, guess that argument's settled for now. Google is a more valuable brand than Apple.<p>At least that's the assessment of an annual study by Millward Brown, a communications company that ranks Google as the world's most popular brand, topping Apple, which had held the top spot for the past three …

Maple Leafs’ Dan Winnik a role model in coach Babcock’s system overhaul

On the first goal, Dan Winnik went barrelling in on the defenceman on the forecheck, rapped the puck with his stick and suddenly a teammate was in alone on the goalie.<p>On the fourth one, Winnik was in on a breakaway, and he carefully went to his backhand, outwaited the goalie and scored his 59th …

Missing In America : Aidan Norvez has been found!

UPDATE: According to family, Aidan Norvez has been found safe!<p>Aidan Norvez was about to graduate high school. On Thursday, May 15, he went to Central Park to celebrate with his friends.<p>He never returned.<p>Norvez is 18-years old, is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has brown hair, and …

J.P. Morgan Pledges $100 Million to Help Rebuild Detroit

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The nation's largest bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, has pledged to invest $100 million in the city of …

Seventy people arrested in New York over child sex abuse images

A police officer, a paramedic, a rabbi, a nurse and a Boy Scout leader were among at least 70 people arrested in the New York City area in recent weeks as part of a sweeping investigation into the anonymous trading of child sex abuse images over the internet.<p>Immigration and Customs Enforcement, …

It's not looking good for Target

The tough times at Target continue. First it was the customer data breach in December. Now it's a fired CEO and lackluster profits for the start of 2014.<p>Worst of all, business isn't likely to turn around soon for the retailer.<p>Target (TGT) disclosed another steep drop in profits and dimmed its …

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Denver Put Under Rare Tornado Warning as Severe Weather Passes

Denver was put under a rare tornado warning Wednesday afternoon as a severe weather pattern passed over the Mile-High City.<p>The watch, which lasted through 3:15 p.m. local time (5:15 p.m. ET), was accompanied by hail and thunderstorms that caused a ground stop at Denver International Airport. The …

9/11 museum in New York officially opens to public

The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York officially opens its doors to the public on Wednesday, bringing to fruition the contentious project that has experienced numerous delays and funding debates.<p>A dedication ceremony for the museum was held last week, with President Obama and other …

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