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Instagram down: App and website not working across the world


It’s rare that the service goes down – but, when it does, it is drastic


Instagram code reveals upcoming music feature

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Is the internet good or bad for society? Americans are having a tougher time deciding.

More and more people are mixed on the internet’s impact.

More people are giving the internet mixed reviews, according to data from Pew Research, which found an increase in the percentage of people who think the internet has had both positive and negative impacts on society.

The percentage of people who think the internet is good for society is shrinking. Roughly 70 percent of American adults who use the internet believe it’s mostly good for society, down from 76 percent in 2014, Pew found.

A chart showing how many people think the internet has had a positive impact on society.Pew Research

That doesn’t mean those people now believe the internet is necessarily bad — it’s just more complex. The portion of people who believe the internet is a “mix of good and bad” for society nearly doubled in that same time, from 8 to 14 percent of those interviewed. But the percentage of people who think the internet is bad for society remained virtually unchanged.

Pew found that the change was most prevalent among older Americans. About 64 percent of online adults over 65 say the internet has been “a mostly good thing for society,” Pew wrote. In 2014, that number was 78 percent.

The fact that more people can’t figure out if the internet is good or bad isn’t really a shock. The internet is great for many things, like helping people stay in touch, spreading vital information, and easing the burden of everyday tasks, like shopping or paying the bills.

It’s also terrible for a lot of reasons, many of which we’ve seen play out in the past couple of years thanks to the proliferation of fake news on Facebook and YouTube and the influence of filter bubbles on public discourse. That’s probably why a former Facebook pollster recently found that 32 percent of Americans believe that Facebook has a “negative impact on society.” (Pew says its research was conducted in January, so before Facebook’s recent data privacy scandal.)

Many people, including those of us at Recode, have been trying to figure out how these tech behemoths are viewed by the general public. In a recent survey we conducted along with Survey Monkey, just 10 percent of respondents said that Facebook has had the “most positive impact on society” of all the tech companies.

The winner: Amazon, with 20 percent of respondents saying it has had the “most positive impact on society.”


NSA triples metadata collection numbers, sucking up over 500 million call records in 2017


NSA triples metadata collection numbers, sucking up over 500 million call records in 2017  TechCrunchNSA collected more than 530M US call records in 2017  The HillNSA Collected More Than 500 Million US Call Records In 2017, Official Report States  The InquisitrNSA says searches of Americans’ data spiked in 2017  ZDNetFull coverage


Nigerian Email Scammers Are More Effective Than Ever


By fine-tuning social engineering techniques and targeting small businesses, Nigerian scammers have kept well ahead of defenses.


Facebook announces new dating service ‘for serious relationships, not hookups’


One is the loneliest number, which is probably why Facebook is taking steps to connect the people on its network who aren’t in a relationship.

At it’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company will soon add a dating service to the main app.

“This is going to be for building real long-term relationships, not hookups,” Zuckerberg said during the announcement.

Zuckerberg did not elaborate much on what the feature will look like or how it will work, but Facebook posted more details shortly after on its company blog:

It should be no surprise why Facebook wants to get into the online dating industry. A recent Pew study found that 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites or apps in their lifetime, and another recent estimate suggests that the online dating industry generates approximately $3 billion in revenue every year. Read more…

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Google Doodle honors ‘Prince of Mathematicians’


Google Doodle honors ‘Prince of Mathematicians’  CNETMonday’s Google Doodle Celebrates Mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss  ForbesToday’s Google Doodle: Celebrating Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, ‘The Prince Of Mathematicians’  The Inquisitr‘Prince of Mathematicians’ Google Doodle marks Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss’ 241st birthday coverage


How to keep paying $99 a year for Amazon Prime

Last week, Amazon announced it would be increasing the price of its yearly Prime membership subscription from $99 to $119 starting May 11 and June 16 for renewals. Prime has gradually become more expensive over time — the last time the price of a yearly subscription increased was in March 2014, from $79 to $99 — and while it’s hard to argue that you’re not getting plenty of value for what you’re paying, no one likes to have to pay more for something.

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Are our online lives about to become ‘private’ again?


The new rules which might help stop private information being shared without our knowledge.


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