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Making Twitter more like Facebook is a terrible idea

Twitter is considering changing its format so that it will curate your news feed. But that will defeat the entire purpose of Twitter — and a lot of breaking news will be lost in the process.

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Facebook manipulation yet more evidence of Silicon Valley’s contempt

The well-educated white men of Silicon Valley have no regard for you as a person. You are a set of data, and they can do what they please with it. Cue Facebook messing with your mind.

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The net closes, albeit slowly, on tax-dodging tech giants

There’s been plenty of media fuss about how little tax tech giants like Google pay in Australia. The problem goes wider, and yes, there are efforts to address it.

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Media briefs: Rupert’s influence … sidebars of shame … Palin’s new low …

A gun ABC journo is breaking new online ground, and Facebook wants to be your new go-to media outlet. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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AGD returns to data retention, wants Twitter, Facebook interception powers

The Attorney-General’s Department, chastened by its previous experience, wants to consult again on data retention — but also has Twitter and Facebook in its sights.

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Saville’s Shout: BuzzFeed in Oz … liminal art … Fairfax innovates …

Everyone’s favourite purveyor of listicles, BuzzFeed, has launched an Australian site. But with competitors nipping at its heels, can BuzzFeed’s model survive? Plus other tidbits.

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Turnbull “likes” Facebook COO … ASIC chairman’s world tour … Tax Office clears up health mix-up … Hung up about Telstra discounts …

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Get Fact: what secrets are hidden in McDonald’s food?

McDonald’s has a new website where it will answer questions from the public. Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton fact-checks some of the answers … and finds Macca’s may be somewhat selective in its information.

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What internet overlord Apple is doing with your personal data

Apple has issued some details on what information it passes on to governments (including Australia’s). Technology journalist Richard Chirgwin has some advice for you if you’re relying on Apple’s cloud. So put down that iPhone.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Here are some of the findings of academics who analysed 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances collected from the Facebook messages of 75,000 volunteers, who also took standard personality tests.

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Media briefs: Tele subbies … Iran on Facebook … Sheridan scoop …

Iranians were able to use Facebook for a few hours on Tuesday morning, but the social network was quickly shut down again.

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Tips and rumours

Bureaucratic changes to prove boon for contractors? … Rupert shouts Cathy McGowan … US ambassador’s eyecatching jumper …

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Lib spike sparks dirty social media war accusation

The Liberal Party has been spending up big on promoted tweets and Facebook advertising — both totally above-board marketing tactics. But the party is now facing accusations of buying tens of thousands of bogus Facebook “likes” and “fans”, writes Matthew Knott.

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Order in the House: online, and on message

Our MPs who use Facebook and Twitter are more productive and more engaged with locals than their offline counterparts, analysis by Bond University journalism students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme suggests. They fire up their iPhones to find out which pollies get social media.

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Tweet, tweet! A visual representation of MPs’ social media use

Which MPs are active on Facebook and Twitter? And what do they have to say on social media? Bond University students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme fire up their laptops and take a look at our pollies online.

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Obama’s surveillance state revealed in detail

Two major revelations have exposed the extent of the Obama Administration’s mass surveillance of phone and internet use.

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Activists say no-pium to Google, Facebook ‘censorship’

An upstart political party has taken aim at Google for banning it from using its logo or the word “opium” in its online ads, while another activist group is fighting with Facebook over claims of censorship.

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Tips and rumours

Facebook censorship … an ALL CAPS missive from Laurie Ferguson … the battle for Batman

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Who’s afraid of Facebook? Australia’s top businesses

Australia’s largest companies say they’re using social media, but they’re not using the networks most Australians use. Twitter rules, ahead of Facebook.

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Caught on tape: facebooking makes MPs look like dopes

MPs in a hearing on medical marijuana have been caught out on Facebook. They say they were paying attention, but is it all a smokescreen? Freelance journalist Serkan Ozturk finds out.

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Job-seeking Alaskan or 15-year-old Maldives rape victim?

Mamamia’s reports of a 15-year-old rape victim in the Maldives has an image of a scowling teenage girl. But Crikey discovers she’s not all she seems …

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How the government can protect privacy in the digital panopticon

Individuals’ privacy is under historic assault from both government and corporations, and there’s little enthusiasm for trying to save it.

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Tips and rumours

Has Bob Carr deleted Facebook page? … Ian Macdonald scandal spreads to car rally … can Crikey’s Cinderella go to Rupert Murdoch’s ball?

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Facebook campaign pushes for car park to be heritage listed

A car park seems an unlikely candidate for heritage protection, but an activist group “with 1,000 Facebook supporters” wants to save Melbourne’s Total Car Park from being torn down, writes Alan Davies.

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How Facebook is helping Aboriginal communities kick the habit

Michelle Hughes explains how a Facebook page is helping spread an anti-tobacco message to Aboriginal communities across New South Wales.

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