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What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

Facebook’s Surprising Dependency on Premium Content Creators

<i>This article was published as a guest post in AdAge, and is republished here for Digital Quarters readers.</i><p>My friends in the expensive business of …

Rupert Murdoch

How Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon track you (infographic)

Americans are starting to perk up about privacy after the reveal of a government surveillance program called PRISM. But it’s important to know how tech companies generally track your data and what you’re agreeing to in those terms of service agreements.<p>Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all rely pretty …

How the top 25 YouTube channels earned 144B views, 520M comments, and 1B likes

If you want to go big on YouTube, you don’t want do be a big corporate brand or repurpose content from the nightly news. You do want to talk about gaming, entertainment, or comedy — but ideally about gaming. And you most definitely want to have something to say.<p>The top 200 YouTube channels have …

Facebook Says Your 'Shadow' Contact Info Isn't Available To Advertisers

Last week, headlines screamed that contact information for 6 million Facebook users had been breached. It turned out to be a decidely un-sexy privacy breach. Facebook has a tool for users to download all of their profile information. In addition to a ridiculous amount of blackmail material on you, …

How to get important people to respond to your emails

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>Two years ago, I made a commitment to do something that made me profoundly uncomfortable. I had just finished writing my first book, and I promised my publisher that I would reach out to bestselling authors and senior leaders, …

Tim Ferriss

Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Barouch is the founder and CEO of location-based startup Roamz, developer of social media business product Local Measure. Follow him on Twitter @jbarouch.</i><p>Foursquare has become entrenched in the fabric of the local web, providing an API that delivers common good for …

Big Data Could Cripple Facebook

So there’s this startup called SmogFarm, which does big-data sentiment analysis, “pulse of the planet” stuff. I spotted them last year, and now they’ve got an actual product with an actual business model up and running in private beta: KredStreet, “The Social Stock Trader Rankings,” which performs …

Facebook will be facing a copyright lawsuit over Timeline. Did they copy the design from a 2009 website? http://on.mash.to/XmGiQR

Recalling the Early Days of the Web

I was there at the birth of the web, and I’d like to share my story…<p>(I’m not talking about the awesome sprouting of the underpinnings of the World …

Marc Andreessen