Keith Chalmers

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This is How Facebook Ranks Your Friends

Have you ever wondered how Facebook ranks your friends for you? The company keeps a score for everyone you interact with on the social network.<p>This affects the order of results when you start typing a name into the search box, the people that appear on top in your Friends pane when someone visits …

Do Americans Like Big Facebook Enough to Embrace Big Brother?

Five years ago, Face­book founder Mark Zuck­er­berg pre­dicted that as people be­came more and more de­pend­ent on so­cial me­dia and on­line …

Surveillance

REMINDER: Bitcoin Is The Perfect Asset Bubble -- Prices Could Go Vastly Higher From Here

Then, the price of Bitcoin crashed, making everyone who had cried "bubble" feeling smart and smug.<p>And then, a few weeks ago, the price of Bitcoin started exploding again.<p>And, so, once again, Bitcoin believers are crowing, and everyone else is mumbling about "bubbles."<p>So, who's right?<p>Most likely, …

Cryptocurrency

“They have blood on their hands”: Meet Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare

A top Bangladesh labor leader slams retailers, issues a plea to consumers, and explains why her life is in danger<p>Fired while trying to unionize her sweatshop as a teenager and then jailed while mobilizing other workers to resist, Kalpona Akter is now a key leader in the Bangladesh labor movement – …

In midst of Syrian war, giant Jesus statue arises

In the midst of a conflict rife with sectarianism, a giant bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions in the country's civil war.<p>Jesus stands, arms outstretched, on the Cherubim mountain, overlooking a route pilgrims took from …