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A few days ago, controversy erupted when news broke that Google and other online advertising companies bypassed privacy protections in order to track users of Apple's Safari web browser and iOS mobile devices.

A Kenyan chief in a town far from the bustling capital foiled a predawn robbery recently using Twitter, highlighting the far-reaching effects of social media in areas that don't have access to the Internet.

Taking a cue from Twitter, Facebook will be rolling out "verified accounts" for its most popular users presumably hoping to encourage the Lady Gagas of the world to get active on the site.

A year ago, Kate Upton was a pretty young woman. Perhaps not typically model-pretty as The New York Times has noted, but certainly fetching. In the old days, to go from, well, hot to famous, Upton would have needed not just looks but a truckload of luck, for fame was something bestowed by capricious media out to sell their next movie or magazine.

If you've spent more than five minutes online, you've probably seen an ad that promises "find out who's searching for you." It sounds like a scam, but is it possible? Can someone find out if you've been looking at their Facebook or LinkedIn profile? Can you tell if someone's unfriended you? And can you see what searches have been performed with your name?

How do you know if your YouTube video is funny? Google says you can start by counting the "LOLs." Always fond of an ambitious algorithm, Google, which owns the Web's top video-sharing site, has set out to try to determine scientifically which videos are the funniest, and what makes them so.

Hackers have claimed responsibility for making the CIA website inaccessible on Friday - the latest attack on a US federal agency. A Twitter post on a feed used by hackers' collective Anonymous said "CIA Tango down", a phrase used by the US Special Forces after killing an enemy.

If you've ever wondered what a social-media presence is worth in an increasingly digitized business world, just ask Noah Kravitz's former employers.

Facebook is still working on deleting photos from its servers in a timely manner nearly three years after Ars first brought attention to the topic.

Facebook users receive more comments, messages and likes the hugs and high-fives of social networking than they give, according to a new study.

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