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Radiohead tried (and failed) to erase itself from the Internet
By Caitlin Dewey
May 7, 2016 6:00 AM
It's impossible to "disappear" from the Internet, even if you're Radiohead.
Prince had a complicated relationship with the Internet
Apr 23, 2016 5:33 AM
People tend to look at a couple of things when considering what relationship Prince, who died Thursday, had with the Internet: His 2010 declaration that the "Internet's completely over," maybe, or the fact that it's nearly impossible to listen to his music on Spotify. Or his aggressive use of takedown notices and lawsuits to keep bootlegs of his performances from the Internet. All of these things are true, and they're all important. But it's not the whole story.
It's not just Snapchat's Bob Marley lens: Every face-swap app has a 'blackface' option
Apr 23, 2016 5:33 AM
Wednesday, Snapchat launched an arguably racist Bob Marley filter that's making lots of people on the Internet mad. In a nutshell, the feature lets you wear Marley's face like some kind of weird Rastafarian mask.
How Facebook is slowly eating the rest of the Internet
Apr 16, 2016 7:01 AM
Whether it's an internal change or reinventing a new feature -- all the new Facebook updates have one thing in common: They're new reasons to never leave the app.
App reviews: Google Arts and Culture, Weather Way
Apr 16, 2016 7:06 AM
Field trips were some of the best parts of being in school - taking little breaks away from the daily grind to explore something or somewhere outside of your everyday experiences. Google Arts and Culture aims to capture a little bit of that magic with an app that lets you explore paintings and other artifacts up close, as well as find out more about the artists and museums around the world. Plus, there's no shushing or scolding about getting too close to the exhibits. You can take 360-degree tours of certain cultural sites, such as the Prambanan temples in Indonesia or even Niagara Falls. (Beats going over in a barrel.) Although the list of sites to visit is far from comprehensive, there are plenty of destinations to excite your inner adventurer. In any case, it's fun to go on little digital field trips during the day.
Facebook bots are a tough sell after Microsoft Tay's racist tirade
Apr 16, 2016 7:04 AM
Facebook is expected by analysts to unveil ways for businesses to build chat bots for Messenger, allowing some 900 million users of that app to strike up conversations with automated representatives of their favorite stores and products. Putting a brand's message in the hands of a robot carries risks-as evidenced by Microsoft's Tay bot, which started spewing racist, sexist and offensive commentary on Twitter last month.
Facebook is trying to get its users to share more about their personal lives
Apr 16, 2016 7:02 AM
Facebook, like an old "friend" from high school who wants to get coffee and catch up some time, wishes it knew more about your personal life. At least, that's according to a couple of reports this week outlining a sharp decline in "original," personal posts from its users, and what Facebook is trying to do to reverse the trend.
Why the NFL on Facebook wasn't going to work
By Hayley Tsukayama
Apr 9, 2016 4:31 AM
Facebook reportedly withdrew a bid to carry Thursday NFL games, apparently because the way it would have had to handle commercials didn't work for the social media network, according to Bloomberg News. The company declined to comment.
Facebook is helping the blind 'see' pictures their friends share online
Apr 9, 2016 7:36 AM
A new feature that Facebook is rolling out will let blind Facebook users "see" pictures that their friends post like never before. This feature, called Automatic Alternative Text, is just one way tech companies are changing the way that blind people experience the world, on and offline.
'Catastrophe' and the case for short television seasons
By Alyssa Rosenberg
Apr 9, 2016 7:14 AM
The beauty of "Catastrophe," the sharp British comedy about a couple who get married after their fling results in a pregnancy, is that it's short. But actually, this six-episode series, which arrived Friday on Amazon, left me wanting more.
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