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Experimenting with emotions

Dating website deliberately mis-matched users; art gallery ‘sells’ art to the emotional. Earlier this summer, Facebook admitted it had been conducting experiments on ‘emotional contagion’.  Now OKCupid has announced it has been experimenting on users to find out more about

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Youth TV – the need for speed

The BBC’s youth TV channel to close; but a different story emerges in Belgium In the UK the BBC has announced that it is to close its ‘youth-oriented’ TV channel and move the content onto its online platform the iPlayer.

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The news behind a paywall – a success story from the Netherlands

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are often cited as paywall success stories.  But how are smaller news outlets making paywalls succeed? In the Netherlands, a news site called De Correspondent set a world record in crowdfunded

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How to be happy – love, friendship and altruism

The Grant Study is a 75-year longitudinal study of Harvard graduates (1939-1944) and ‘disadvantaged’ youths growing up in Boston (1940-1945).  All white American men, the subjects were followed for 68 years.  One of the Harvard graduates was John F Kennedy.

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New York shooting – citizen journalists on the scene

On September 15th 2013 (as reported in the New York Times), police officers confronted an ‘agitated’ individual and used their firearms, missing the suspect but injuring two bystanders.  After the incident, The New York Times was able to identify the (unarmed) individual, name the

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Twitter: from communication to content

In 2010, Twitter positioned itself as “a network powered by people … around the world… that lets you share and discover what’s happening now”.  By 2012 this had shifted to “a real-time information network that connects you to the latest

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Measuring the digital economy

Research suggests the government is seriously underestimating the size of the UK’s digital economy. A report by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) commissioned by Google sets out to establish the true size of the UK’s digital

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