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Good news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked

Okay, so we're all pleased that the Ice Bucket Challenge is raising a lot of money for a good cause – but let's be honest... isn't it so last Thursday? Luckily, for those who have tired of it, Ice Bucket Fever appears to have peaked – with Google Trends showing downwards momentum from a peak on August…

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James O'MalleyGood news: Data suggests that the Ice Bucket Challenge has peaked
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. Screenshot from Ars As Ars Technica reports, at the moment…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Stuart O'ConnorWas the BBC hit by a DDoS attack?