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This week in social media: Google reportedly in talks to buy Meebo, Bing launches social search, and more

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It’s that time of week again when we take a look at the latest social media news, and highlight some of the most interesting stories. From a not so surprising FTC probe into Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, to Google’s week of new features, updates and more, we take a look...
This week in social media: Google reportedly in talks to buy Meebo, Bing launches social search, and more

Without human input augmentation, algorithms alone are making us dumber

gigaom.com
Are computer algorithms making you dumber? Yes, says Eric Berlow, founder of Vibrant Data Labs. Speaking at the GigaOM Structure: Data 2013 conference on Wednesday, Berlow offered several compelling examples of this phenomenon as well as an approach to augment algorithms with more human input. “There’s lots of content in...
Without human input augmentation, algorithms alone are making us dumber

Expect a 6 month freeze on Facebook’s Instagram acquisition

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A former Justice lawyer and antitrust expert says Facebook’s purchase of photo-sharing site Instagram will take between 4 months and one year to clear regulatory hurdles. In the meantime, the deal is effectively on hold. One month after Facebook announced it bought Instagram for an eye-popping $1 billion, the Financial...
Expect a 6 month freeze on Facebook’s Instagram acquisition

The U.K. Already Has Equity-Based Crowdfunding, and This Startup Just Set a Record

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(escapethecity.org) U.S.-based crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and ArtistShare offer a huge range of creative perks like T-shirts, backstage access, chip clips, or a week’s worth of personal training alongside Bret Easton Ellis. But what if a startup could offer equity in the company to the little people who helped...
The U.K. Already Has Equity-Based Crowdfunding, and This Startup Just Set a Record
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