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How Twitter's Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics

Sometimes a topic that seems hot, like Occupy Wall Street, doesn't appear on trending lists, leading some activists to accuse Twitter of censorship. But the secret algorithmic formula prefers stories of the moment to enduring hashtags, so it ignores topics that are popular over a long period of time.
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Teens Aren't the Rampant Sexting Maniacs We Thought

Teens aren't the rampant texters that we've been led to believe. In fact, they're pretty darned modest. That's the news from a survey of middle and high schoolers. Just 1 percent of teenagers said they had created or appeared in sexually explicit videos or photos that were shared.
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Short And Sweet Status Updates Tell Their Own Story

In 420 Characters, Lou Beach crafts micro-stories, each the length of a previous character limit on Facebook statuses. What began as a writing exercise for the accomplished illustrator will soon be a published book.
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Not Just Any Set: Behind The Scenes At 'Funny Or Die'

Neda Ulaby visits the set of a video from the comedy website Funny Or Die, and she examines how funny videos have become a successful business.
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Xeni Jardin Tells Twitter Fans She Has Breast Cancer

Journalist Xeni Jardin has learned that she has breast cancer. Jardin, the co-editor of Boing Boing, the tech and culture news site she helped to found, announced the news via Twitter Thursday. She kept her followers informed with tweets from the screening clinic, including several photos.
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Siri's Position On Abortion? A Glitch, Not Conspiracy, Apple Says

When it was discovered earlier this week that Apple's new iPhone assistant had trouble telling users where to find abortion providers, abortion rights groups immediately cried foul.
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After 10 Years, Segway Falls Short Of High Hopes

Melissa Block and Guy Raz mark the 10th anniversary of the public unveiling of the balancing scooter called the Segway — a device that was predicted to change our world. It only did 10 percent of the volume expected and became something of a joke.

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