In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, study finds
Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from?
Stone tools from Jordan point to dawn of division of labor
Thousands of stone tools from the early Upper Paleolithic, unearthed from a cave in Jordan, reveal clues about how humans may have started organizing into more complex social groups by planning tasks and ...
Researcher uncovers inherent biases of big data collected from social media sites
With every click, Facebook, Twitter and other social media users leave behind digital traces of themselves, information that can be used by businesses, government agencies and other groups that rely on "big ...
'Smaller is smarter' in superspreading of influence in social network
A study by City College of New York physicists Flaviano Morone and Hernán A. Makse suggests that "smaller is smarter" when it comes to influential superspreaders of information in social networks. This is ...
Research finds urban social networks are not determined geographically, but socially
Until now, studies of human interactions through mobile communication and social media have always been conducted at the country scale—using broad strokes to produce illustrations of society's social networking ...
Banjo's ability to track events in real time gives clients competitive edge
A dozen massive television screens hang inside Banjo's war room in a nondescript office park here beaming streams of social media data, 24-hour news networks and an animated, spinning globe highlighting hot spots of activity ...
Academic calls for laws to address intrusive potential of face recognition technologies
A telecommunications law academic in Australia has recommended for laws to be enacted criminalising the application of face recognition technology to visual images online that enable the identity of a person or people to ...
Twitter buys artificial intelligence group Whetlab
Twitter on Wednesday acquired the artificial intelligence startup Whetlab, bolstering the analytics capacity which is becoming increasingly important for social networks.
Reddit removes five groups after creating harassment policy
A month after announcing new guidelines, Reddit removed five groups that it said harassed people.
HBO launches two new shows on Facebook
HBO posted the first episodes of its two newest comedy series on Facebook on Thursday, turning the social networking site into a new platform for TV viewing.
Fed agency blames giant hack on 'neglected' security system
The agency that allowed hackers linked to China to steal private information about nearly every federal employee—and detailed personal histories of millions with security clearances—failed for years to ...
Facebook must hand over 'revenge porn' ID, Dutch court rules
A Dutch court on Thursday ordered Facebook to hand over the identity of someone who posted a revenge porn video on the social network, or face having its servers opened up to an outside investigator.
Facebook tests video ads in budding YouTube challenge
Facebook on Thursday confirmed that it is dabbling in video ads and sharing revenue with content creators, in a move that would compete with Google-owned YouTube.
Enlisting student emotions busts bullying behaviour
An approach to combating bullying in schools has found sharing feelings, building empathy and promoting social knowledge significantly improves the learning environment.