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Now Twitter can make you paranoid about flooding

A new website has launched that lets you browse through over 2000 river gauges that are connected to the internet – so you know how much to worry about flooding. Isn’t the Internet of Things great? Now we can get near real time river data on loads of places – and GaugeMap will put it into context, flagging up whether …

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James O'MalleyNow Twitter can make you paranoid about flooding
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The internet is a better teacher than a school – here’s some reasons why.

Today is GCSE exam results day here in the UK, when teenagers across the country will be nervously open envelopes to learn how they did – after spending the past couple of years putting in all that effort. Here’s the thing though: School’s a bit of a boring way to learn. So here’s some hi-tech suggestions on how you can …

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James O'MalleyThe internet is a better teacher than a school – here’s some reasons why.
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Greggs has a little Google problem

Poor Greggs. All the Newcastle embassy wants to do is have a presence online yet somehow Google’s algorithm picked the following image to represent the companies: Someone at Google doesn't like sausage rolls. This is what you get when you search "Greggs": pic.twitter.com/B090HlUGuw — Rosie (@RosieLondoner) August 19, 2014 Yes, that reads “Providing shit to scum for over 70 years”. …

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James O'MalleyGreggs has a little Google problem
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Twitter is showing your favourites in your followers’ timelines

Potentially horrifying news depending on how you use Twitter. The company is testing a new “feature” whereby tweets that you have favourited will act like retweets, and will be shown in the timelines of the people who follow you. That’s right – just like a retweet. The feature has only rolled out to a handful of users at the moment …

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James O'MalleyTwitter is showing your favourites in your followers’ timelines
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Facebook testing a “Satire” tag on shared links – no, this isn’t a joke

Facebook doesn’t think its users are too bright. At least, that’d be a reasonable conclusion to draw following the news that the company is testing a “[Satire]” tag that would be automatically displayed on articles from the likes of The Onion. As Ars Technica reports, at the moment the tag is only appearing for a small number of users. Facebook …

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James O'MalleyFacebook testing a “Satire” tag on shared links – no, this isn’t a joke
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Watch how much electricity the UK is generating in near real time

As environmental concerns are ever more important, how can we make informed decisions about what we should do? Check out this website where you can monitor the real time energy situation in the UK. Gridwatch was created a couple of years ago by an electrical engineer looking to get past what they viewed as a flawed debate on alternative energy. …

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James O'MalleyWatch how much electricity the UK is generating in near real time
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Dating site OkCupid also experiments on its users

To paraphrase the Smashing Pumpkins, despite all our rage we are still just rats in a cage… In June, Facebook disclosed that it had tested to see if emotions were contagious, deliberately manipulating the emotional content of the news feeds for 700,000 people. Now it seems that Facebook is not the only website that conducts experiments on its users. According …

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Stuart O'ConnorDating site OkCupid also experiments on its users
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Cyclists hound a poor woman for a tweet: Twitter users need to learn the value of a proportional response

Since I took up cycling a couple of years ago, I’ve become something of a militant cyclist. Having to take to London’s roads is not a pleasant experience for much of the time, because the city is so poorly equipped to deal with people on two wheels. It’s insane that Transport for London hasn’t done more about it too – …

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James O'MalleyCyclists hound a poor woman for a tweet: Twitter users need to learn the value of a proportional response
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Was the BBC hit by a DDoS attack?

It appears that the disruptions caused to the BBC’s iPlayer and website last weekend were possibly due to a DDoS attack. The iPlayer service was out of action over most of the weekend because of problems with the database behind the catch-up service. The faults also meant that only a simplified version of the BBC’s homepage was shown, while online …

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Stuart O'ConnorWas the BBC hit by a DDoS attack?
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Britons don’t want web filters, says Ofcom

UK web users must really like their porn. Either that, or they just don’t like the government telling them what they can and cannot look at online. A new report from Ofcom shows that broadband customers in the UK are overwhelmingly choosing not to use parental-control systems foisted on ISPs by the government – with take-up in the single digits …

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Stuart O'ConnorBritons don’t want web filters, says Ofcom