Cyberculture roundup: Facebook vs. Google at search; EFF on Cybersecurity Bills; Instagram for Android…

Man vs. Machine: Could Facebook?s people-sourced search beat Google?s algorithm?

from The Next Web by Drew Olanoff
It?s a well-known fact that most people don?t get past page one of Google?s search results. This is why the company is doubling down on integrating a social layer into everything that it does. While algorithms can crawl the entire web to find relevant information, could the things that we share on Facebook become a better and more reliable data-set?

The Facebook and Google Rivalry Heats Up

from Sysomos Blog by Mark Evans

Facebook and Google, the two digital behemoths, just can?t seem to get along.
Don?t be fooled, this is not a David vs. Goliath situation, but more along the lines of two giants battling it out for digital supremacy.


Four Unanswered Questions About the Cybersecurity Bills

from Updates by eva
The U.S. legislature has cybersecurity on the brain. In the coming months, Congress and the Senate will consider a confusing variety of cybersecurity bills–including H.R. 3523 (Rogers), H.R. 3674 (Lungren), S. 2105(Lieberman), and S. 215 (McCain)–all of which purport to keep U.S. companies and infrastructure safe from ?cyberattacks.” But as Congress continues to weigh this legislation and negotiate potential amendments, users should ask some serious questions about how these proposals will affect civil liberties, and tell Congress that we won’t stand for cybersecurity bills that undermine our civil liberties. Here are four hard questions that Congressmembers should be asking about these bills–the answers to which the bills disagree on or dodge entirely.


Hands On: Instagram for Android

by Alexandra Chang
After 17 months since its release on iOS, the wait for an Android version of Instagram is finally over. Today, the app is available from Google Play?for smartphones running Android 2.2 or later. Let’s delve into how the Android version differs from the original iOS app.


Instagram for Android is buried in Google Play search results, highlighting app discovery issues

by Matthew Panzarino


Google’s augmented reality glasses project

by David Pescovitz


London thinktank has already lofted a fleet of swarming file-sharing drones

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

5 Simple Ways to Get The Most Out of Your Existing Social Networks

from Likeable Media – A Social Media and Word of Mouth Marketing Firm by alexandra
By Alexandra Spignesi As a social media lover and enthusiast I can admit that little feels as good as receiving that super selective and coveted invite from a new social media site that has the entire internet abuzz. But once we gain access what becomes of all of our other social media sites? On the

Social Media – the 21st Century News Source

from social media vb by DLawrence
Social media is not only changing the way we learn but what we are learning as well. According to the 2011 State of the News Media report from the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of people say they get their news from newspapers, compared to 46 percent who get their news online. Th real-time news sources such as Facebook and Twitter combined with the hundreds of millions of users, this statistic isn’t too farfetched to believe.


Malware and Cyber Crime

from Docuticker
Source: House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (UK) From the Summary: The internet can be a confusing place and that provides opportunity for criminals and criminal behaviour. High profile cases of criminal behaviour tend to be those that involve large sums of money or threaten national security. There are however

?We Love You Iranians? campaign on Facebook: War in the Age of Cat Videos

from technosociology by zeynep
Last night, while I was flipping through Facebook looking for examples of the recent meme where Israeli citizenspost the message: ?Iranians. We will never bomb your country. We ::heart:: you? over their pictures,  I noticed a tweet from fellow academic Katy Pearce, who speaks Armenian, about how the word ?pisi? means cat in Turkish, Farsi, Armenian and Azerbaijani. I responded that in Turkish, it was mostly used in baby talk, or to call out to cats: ?come here pisi, pisi.? We got into a fun conversation about shared words in the region?and were soon joined in by others.

Social Networks Linked to Socially Aggressive Narcissism

from Daily Bits by noemi

Vevo CEO: The war on piracy is like the war on drugs??unwinnable?

from The Next Web by Paul Sawers

An interview with Cyborg Anthropologist Amber Case

from The Next Web by Brad McCarty

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“Net Freedom” for Iranians, Not Syrians

from Updates by jillian
On March 20, to coincide with the Iranian holiday of Nowruz, President Obama recorded a video message in which he offered assistance to the Iranian people in communicating beyond Iran’s borders. Consistent with the Department of State’s “Net Freedom” initiative, Obama issued new guidelines to make it easier for American businesses to provide software and services to Iranians in order to facilitate communications using free technologies (as opposed to paid ones).  The new guidelines also include a “favorable licensing policy” through which U.S. individuals and companies can request approval from the Office of Foreign Assets Control for paid products like web hosting and services like Skype Credit and Google Talk.  The guidelines, which are basically clarifications, are helpful, but they could have gone much further.

Forget Google Instant: In the Future, Search Engines Will Read Your Habits

by Sarah Kessler

10 Ways to Humanize Your Brand On Social Media

by Joe Chernov

Google?s Art Project grows larger with 151 museums online across 40 countries

by Jamillah Knowles

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