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The Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Samaritans app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings | The BBC "Samaritans Radar uses an algorithm to identify key words and phrases which indicate distress. They include 'tired of being alone', 'hate myself', 'depressed', 'help me' and 'need someone to talk to'. Users who have signed up for the scheme will receive an…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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The Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Twitter increases users and sales but shares slide | BBC News "Twitter has reported a doubling in sales and a 23% increase in the number of active users of its micro-blogging site for the third quarter. The firm said it added 13 million monthly active users between July and September, meaning it now…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Twitter keeps spreading its wings… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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The Digest: Web inventor ‘staggered’ by hateful people online are… and 4 other things people are talking about today

Tim Berners-Lee: hateful people on the web are 'staggering' | The Guardian "Sir Tim Berners-Lee has expressed sadness that the web has mirrored the dark side of humanity, as well as enabling its wonderful side to flourish. The developer, who created the web in 1990 while working for the particle collider project Cern…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Web inventor ‘staggered’ by hateful people online are… and 4 other things people are talking about today
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Facebook launches new chatroom app … funnily enough, called Rooms

Facebook has launched a new app, called Rooms, that lets you create anonymous chatrooms and post about anything you want - without having to give your real name. Yes, because that is just what the internet needs at the moment - more anonymous loons. "Rooms, a Facebook Creative Labs app, is available today on iOS…

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Stuart O'ConnorFacebook launches new chatroom app … funnily enough, called Rooms
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The Digest: First Apple computer sells for £570,000… and 5 other things people are talking about today

First Apple computer sells for £570,000 | ShortList Magazine "One of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's Apple I computers has sold at auction for an astonishing $905,000 (£570,000) to an unnamed buyer. Originally hand-made by Steve Wozniak in 1976, it's believed to be one of the first 50 models made in Wozniak's family…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: First Apple computer sells for £570,000… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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The landline phone’s days appear to be numbered

Do you know the number of your landline phone off by heart? No, neither do I. Yes, I could tell you my mobile number in a second, but the landline? Nobody calls that number except those PPI marketers and computer scammers. And my mum. And it seems I am not alone. The rise of mobile…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe landline phone’s days appear to be numbered
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The Digest: Charlie Brooker on Gamergate… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning

Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman, says the Guardian's Charlie Brooker: "There seems to be a small yet vocal core of maniacs bafflingly resistant to the notion that women should have any say in the games industry at all. Even recent statistics indicating…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Charlie Brooker on Gamergate… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning
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The Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

Industry rumours suggest Lenovo is looking to expand its smartphone operations by buying BlackBerry, says a report at ExpertReviews: "The rumours boosted share prices for BlackBerry this week, a much needed increase following lukewarm reception to the company's Passport smartphone earlier in the year. BlackBerry handsets used to be widely used by business…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning
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Google says its anti-piracy algorithm will now visibly affect file-sharing sites’ rankings

Google is tweaking its search engine to make sure that the most "notorious" piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The changes were revealed in a blogpost by Katherine Oyama, the company's senior copyright policy counsel, and they include new ad formats that are designed…

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle says its anti-piracy algorithm will now visibly affect file-sharing sites’ rankings