A psychology researcher explains how social media is changing us

(Credit: Getty/GaudiLab) On your smartphones, tablets, and computers, there is a war going on, as we speak. The war isn’t violent, at least not in the literal sense, but is rather a war for your attention — for what feeds the modern maw of Silicon Valley is your eyeballs. The business path that the internet has carved is a model whereby the viewers of videos and readers of information are the product, rather than the consumer. This is how social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are able to provide their services for free: they observe your viewing habits and then sell your data to advertisers. The side effect… Read More

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A psychology researcher explains how social media is changing us

(Credit: Getty/GaudiLab) On your smartphones, tablets, and computers, there is a war going on, as we speak. The war isn’t violent, at least not in the literal sense, but is rather a war for your attention — for what feeds the modern maw of Silicon Valley is your eyeballs. The business path that the internet has carved is a model whereby the viewers of videos and readers of information are the product, rather than the consumer. This is how social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are able to provide their services for free: they observe your viewing habits and then sell your data to advertisers. The side effect… Read More

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Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to education

Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year. The company quintupled its product release schedule, flying high with the help of a Disney licensing deal that gave the world several Star Wars droids and talking Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen robots. But following a holiday season that failed to live up to expectations, the company recently laid off 45 staff members globally, TechCrunch… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch – Startups

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Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to education

Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year. The company quintupled its product release schedule, flying high with the help of a Disney licensing deal that gave the world several Star Wars droids and talking Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen robots. But following a holiday season that failed to live up to expectations, the company recently laid off 45 staff members globally, TechCrunch… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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Beau Biden and the burn pits: Are these toxic military waste sites making soldiers sick?

Burn pit in Afghanistan (Credit: Getty/Andrew Burton) Last week former Vice President Joe Biden reignited national interest and concern surrounding the use of burn pits, a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a recent PBS Newshour interview, Biden concedes for the first time the link between these burn pits and the brain cancer that killed his son, Beau Biden. The former Vice President said, “You take everything from the fuel oil, the plastic furniture, to all the waste and we just burn them . . . and a lot of work is being done [to prove the link between burn pits… Read More

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