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Foursquare updates Swarm to soothe check-in blues

July 9, 2014 | CAITLIN MCGARRY

Foursquare spun off its most-used feature, check-ins, into a separate app called Swarm in May. To say diehard Foursquare fans are irate would be an understatement--some are near apoplectic over the unbundling. So the company is rolling out its first Swarm update to address some common complaints.

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Facebook is a school yard bully that's going down

July 9, 2014 | ALEX BURINSKIY

Facebook has grown and evolved in recent years. In addition to connecting people online, it bombards users with unnecessary ads and useless sponsored stories. And it runs experiments on its users. Columnist Alex Burinskiy is not amused.

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Facebook's icky psychology experiment is actually business as usual

July 8, 2014 | FREDRIC PAUL

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple weeks, you've no doubt heard about Facebook's creepy, secret, psychological experiment designed to see if negative newsfeed posts inspire more negativity -- and vice versa. I don't want to excuse Facebook's behavior, which has prompted a (sort-of) apology from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, as well as an ongoing stream of condemnation and outrage from legitimate psychologists and Internet commentators. I too was weirded out by the revelations, feeling manipulated and that somehow my privacy had been unfairly invaded without my permission.

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