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Online search giant Google has launched a new social networking website in its latest attempt to take on Facebook, which now claims more than 500m users.


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Facebook users face a future of rolling around on the floor, dribbling incoherently as they demand approval from passers-by.


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As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.


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Researchers have demonstrated a new technique capable of stealing personal information from Facebook. Using 'socialbots', computer programs that mimic real Facebook profiles, the researchers were able to harvest vast quantities of personal data.


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As we are social animals, more influenced by context and less by conscious choice than we assume, there is simple advice to anyone who wants to be a more virtuous person. Don't read self-help books, there is no evidence they work. Just choose more virtuous friends, and pretty soon you are likely to start copying them.


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