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Facebook Tests Chat Sidebar for Smaller Screens?
26 Jan 2015 11:30pm GMT Facebook appears to be testing a chat sidebar designed for users with smaller screens. Reader Matteo Gamba of TransferWise shared the screenshot below with SocialTimes. Readers: Have you seen anything similar?

Twitter Can Predict Heart Disease, Says Study
26 Jan 2015 11:00pm GMT A new study has found that Twitter can predict rates of coronary heart disease better than traditional methods. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that expressions of negative emotions such as anger, stress and fatigue in a county’s tweets were associated with higher heart disease risk. Conversely, positive emotions such as excitement and optimism were associated with lower risk. Negative emotional language and topics, such as words like \"hate\" or expletives, remained...

Turkey to Facebook: Block Pages that Insult Prophet Mohammad
26 Jan 2015 10:30pm GMT A court in Turkey ordered Facebook to block several pages that it deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to block access to the social network if it does not comply, Reuters reported. According to Reuters, via state broadcaster TRT, the court order followed a request by a prosecutor. Reuters pointed out that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his administration have promoted an Islamist agenda, adding that prosecutors in the country launched an inquiry into a...

How Much Does Facebook Really Know About Its Users?
26 Jan 2015 10:00pm GMT Since social networks have become more user-data and advertising driven, algorithms have been of chief importance, and Facebook is seemingly always under fire. A personality trait study on Facebook that began in 2007 recently drew to a close, has led to questions about whether Facebook could knows us better than we know each other. Researches from the University of Cambridge and Stanford University surveyed 86,220 participants and 70,520 of the participant results were cross-checked using an...

Vine Celebrates Second Year, 1.5 Billion Daily Loops
26 Jan 2015 9:30pm GMT Vine’s Jason Toff, head of product, celebrated the video app’s second anniversary on Saturday with a congratulatory tweet: Having just celebrated our 2nd birthday, I’m thrilled to share that we’re now seeing more than 1.5 billion loops per day on @Vine. — Jason Toff (@jasontoff) January 26, 2015 That’s a lot of loops. Vines are set to autoplay, though, so that 1.5 billion number may be a little off. What we do know about the platform, for sure, is...

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