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Last quarter, social media giant Facebook set a record: In one three-month period, its advertising revenue eclipsed the $10 billion mark.

“But none of that matters if our services are used in a way that doesn’t bring people closer together,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on their November earnings call.

 


Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Shawnta Swindell didn't want to miss the United Services Automobile Association's annual Innovation Day. Her employer hosts these daylong celebrations of employee-driven innovation projects at all their financial service centers. But Tuesday’s event at USAA’s San Antonio headquarters was a problem for Swindell because the research and development employee works remotely, so from New York City she broke out her robot here.


Facebook says it's changing its news feed, again. It says posts from friends and family will now come first, prioritized over posts from publishers and celebrities.

It's potentially worrisome news for media companies, whose traffic is heavily boosted by Facebook-driven clicks. But it's also only a small, vague peek into the black box that is Facebook's algorithm, which determines what version of the world is presented to the 1.65 billion people using the social network.

The feeling that tech giants such as Facebook and Google know exactly where we are and what we're doing can be uncomfortable. Targeted advertisements or suggestions based on our location can feel like an invasion of privacy.

But the collection of our digital data has an upside in certain circumstances, and the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Nepal provides a good example.

Courtesy: www.psu.edu/

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A police investigation of a secret Facebook page with photos of nude and semi-nude women, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out, has prompted a wide review of the role fraternities and sororities play at Penn State, the university’s president announced this week.

Penn State president Eric Barron released a statement that said he was setting up a task force to define the purposes of fraternities and sororities, look into their racial and ethnic diversity, assess sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse and determine whether there is proper accountability for misbehavior.

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