I Second That Emoticon

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New blog post by Oklagator:

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Smokey Robinson wanted a lifetime of devotion from his girl. Mark Zuckerberg wants the same from you, his product user. Of course, what’s at the root of that desire isn’t the quest for unconditional love like Smokey’s. No, Zuckerberg’s (and his brethren of techno-genius competitors’) focus is strictly profit driven. And, as is often the case in the world of our social media giants, that drive for dollars begets innovations, conveniences, pleasant surprises – tastes of honey, if you will –  many wonderful, until, maybe, they aren’t.

Our future social media use is, right now, in the process of being foretold by – our present social media use. Our search engine queries and patterns have been collected for some time. Our habits and preferences, dutifully recorded somewhat more recently. All of that data, when processed, can act as a prognosticator, giving our social network honchos accurate indicators of what we…

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What It’s Like to Play ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ — Tech – TIME

It’s not that cyberpunk action-stealth game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided wants to be anodyne — it’s that you have to be interested enough to look past its delivered narrative to unearth its roiling underside of politically vivid subtext. It’s not lit in neon over bionic security operative Adam Jensen’s head, in other words, but hidden…

via What It’s Like to Play ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ — Tech – TIME

When the Reporter Becomes the Story…and It’s a Good Thing

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A great blog post about Omran Daqneesh and what his story means to countries around the world as well as to those directly suffering through the Syrian humanitarian crisis.

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Like millions of others around the world, I was recently taken by a shared post of a Mediaite.com article about a little boy, Omran Danqueesh, pulled from the rubble of his just-destroyed home in war-torn Aleppo, Syria. However, I must admit, what hooked me into clicking and reading the post was more than likely not the sad, common reality of a child injured in a war zone, but instead the less ubiquitous specter of a national news anchor choking back tears while telling the story.

In fact, the article by Lindsey Ellefson, like many subsequent articles featured on many other outlets over the next several days, actually focused more on the crying news anchor than the injured child. The very first sentence is descriptive of CNN anchor Kate Bolduan’s reputation as a tough and emphatic reporter. It goes on briefly to describe the images that Bolduan is referencing in her…

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Lisn’s new app lets you stream songs for your friends while chatting — TechCrunch

The joy that comes from listening to music with friends is something that’s been around ever since…well, ever since music. But today, thanks to digital services that let you listen anytime, anywhere, music is now more often a solo experience. A new app called Lisn wants to change that, by offering you a way to listen…

via Lisn’s new app lets you stream songs for your friends while chatting — TechCrunch