Deep Learning Paper Sparks Online Feud!

Feature image is created by Jannoon028 – Freepik.com Researchers Yoav Goldberg and Yann Lecun face off on Natural Language Processing Social media is humanity’s new intellectual battlefield. Sports fans, social justice warriors, and even the President of the United States tweet, take to discussion boards or make memes to mock, preach, thrust and parry against […]

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25 Tweets to Know You: A New Model to Predict Personality with Social Media

(All figures in this review are cited from this paper: Arnoux P H, Xu A, Boyette N, et al. 25 Tweets to Know You: A New Model to Predict Personality with Social Media[J]. ICWSM 2017) Abstract In order to provide personalized ads, tech giants such as Google and Facebook are trying to abstract their users’ […]

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13-Year-Old Facebook Dominates Social Media

  Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004 when Thefacebook.com went live. Its home screen read, says David Kirkpatrick in The Facebook Effect, “Thefacebook is an online directory that connects people though social networks at colleges.” Zuckerberg’s classmate Andrew McCollum designed a logo using an image of Al Pacino he’s found online that he covered […]

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Acquisitions and Investments by Media Companies Since 2010

  Investments and acquisitions by Verizon, Comcast, Discovery, Time Warner, and Disney Investments and acquisitions by Hearst, tronc, The Washington Post Company, News Corp., The New York Times Company, and Gannett Investments and acquisitions by Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Snapchat Source: Columbia Journalism Review Advertisements

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Fake News on Social Media: What Difference Does it Make?

Pew Research Center: Among social media users, Democrats – and liberal Democrats in particular – are a bit more likely than Republicans to say they have ever modified their views on a social or political issue, or on a particular political candidate, because of something they saw on social media. (Democrats and Republicans include independents […]

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The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential campaign

Pew Internet: January 11, 2008 The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential campaign. Nearly a quarter of Americans (24%) say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost double the percentage from a comparable point in the 2004 campaign (13%). Advertisements

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The Rise of Social Bots

CACM: …nobody knows exactly how many social bots populate social media, or what share of content can be attributed to bots—estimates vary wildly and we might have observed only the tip of the iceberg. These are important questions for the research community to pursue, and initiatives such as DARPA’s SMISC bot detection challenge, which took […]

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News Media: Where the Ad Dollars Are Going

PewResearchCenter: It has been evident for several years that the financial realities of the web are not friendly to news entities, whether legacy or digital only. There is money being made on the web, just not by news organizations. Total digital ad spending grew another 20% in 2015 to about $60 billion, a higher growth rate than […]

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