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Diamond Reynolds, girlfriend of Philando Castile, speaks to a crowd during a memorial on July 7th, 2016. Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota, USA, and Reynolds streamed what happened live on Facebook. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Diamond Reynolds, girlfriend of Philando Castile, speaks to a crowd during a memorial on July 7th, 2016. Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota, USA, and Reynolds streamed what happened live on Facebook. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

  It may be inside a protest rally, or in front of a deadly shooting. Smartphones, video and social media are empowering citizens to tell their...




  • Argentina's Lionel Messi shows his dejection after being defeated by Chile in the Copa America Centenario final in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States, on June 26, 2016. (Nelson AlmeidaA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Social Media Erupts as Lionel Messi Says He Will Retire

    After missing a penalty kick and losing the Copa America final at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey on June 26, soccer superstar Lionel Messi... Read more

  • Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., (C) and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill on June 22.  (Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP)

    Social Media Boosts Democrats at House Sit-In, but Will It Impact Gun Control?

    The Democrats’ sit-in overnight on Wednesday, June 22, looked successful on social media, but is unlikely to impact gun control before the election, say experts. ... Read more

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    Navy Veteran Receives Apology Note After Being Shamed for Parking in Vets-Only Space

    A veteran who found a note on her windshield saying she should “learn to read & have some respect” after she parked in a designated veteran’s... Read more

  • The LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on Feb. 11, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Why Has Microsoft Paid $26B for Business Networking Platform LinkedIn?

    Many people will have heard of LinkedIn: the social networking site aimed at professionals looking for a platform for business networking. Many more will have... Read more

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    Social Media Is Changing Our Digital News Habits—but to Varying Degrees in US and UK

    Digital technology has dramatically reshaped the news and media industries in the past decade. We’ve left behind a world where established news brands could rely... Read more

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    Woman Keeps Homeless Man’s Cart Safe After He Collapses

    Dana Lee Calabrese of Hollywood, California, was walking to dinner on April 30 when suddenly a homeless man collapsed in the middle of the street—right... Read more

  • A man walks past a Facebook sign in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif., on June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Facebook Unveils Global Suicide Prevention Tool, Will Review Concerning Posts

    As people mirror their lives through social media more and more, Facebook is trying to use its vast reach to help stem the tide of suicides beleaguering... Read more

  • Twitter logo in a file photo September 11th, 2013. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russian Hacker Tries to Sell 33 Million Twitter Accounts, 123456 Is Most Popular Password

    Almost 33 million Twitter accounts have been hacked and the data posted online for sale, according to leakedsource.com. The data was posted on dark web, closed-off... Read more

  • Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) during a press conference in Paris in March 4, 1976.        (AFP/Getty Images)

    Muhammad Ali: Mourning Another Great in the Age of Social Media

    iaIn their 1998 song Destiny Calling, British indie band James combined a satirical glance at the contemporary nature of media celebrity with a sense of... Read more

  • In this April 12, 2016, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Pinterest Hacked—LinkedIn Leak or Weak Password to Blame?

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked on Sunday, June 5. A post appeared on Zuckerberg’s Twitter account (@finkd) on Sunday reading... Read more

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    Can YOU Find the Six Gardening Terms Disguised in This Brainteaser?

    Six gardening terms are hidden throughout an idyllic scene depicting a family hard at work in their plot of land. The agricultural-themed cartoon includes various... Read more

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    Can You Solve This Control Room Riddle That’s Baffling the Internet?

    One of the latest riddles to circulate online is leaving many internet users baffled. In the riddle from TED-Ed, you are a top spy attempting... Read more

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    After Guy Receives Jeans He Ordered Online, He Laughs and Laughs and Laughs

    George Riggall was excited to get his new jeans from ASOS, but when they arrived they seemed like the wrong size. Very wrong. Riggall posted... Read more

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    This Woman’s Viral Facebook Post Makes a Very Good Point About Depression

    Depression impacts people in different ways, and is a real illness that’s often hard to fully treat. To present only one solution to such a... Read more

  • Top: Myspace logo. (Myspace); Bottom: Participants at the annual Chaos Computer Club (CCC) computer hackers' congress on Dec. 28, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Patrick Lux/Getty Images)

    MySpace Hacked—It’s a Bigger Deal Than You May Think

    Remember MySpace?—you know, the site where people used to go for social media before Facebook. Since it was overtaken by Facebook in 2008, MySpace has... Read more

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    A Mother Thinks Her Baby Looks A Lot Like Gordon Ramsay

    A British woman thinks that her baby bears a remarkable resemblance to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay—and it would seem the internet agrees.  Claire Dempster sent... Read more


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