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Weird Wide Web: Online vigilantes, a tech founder lashing out and apps to help your sex life

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.
Dec 14th 2014, 11:30 AM 13,316 9

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Potential Facebook u-turn of the week

Though the inventor of the Facebook ‘Like’ button said in October that there will probably never be a ‘Dislike’ button, Mark Zuckerberg has said the company is “thinking about it”.

Source: AP/Press Association Images

Tech founder lash out moment of the week

Ev Williams, founder of Twitter, lost the rag a bit this week, Fortune reported, saying he doesn’t “give a s*** if Instagram has more people looking at pretty pictures”. Yikes.

Source: wikia

Torrent takedown of the week

The Pirate Bay was taken down this week after Swedish police raided a server room.

Source: pirate bay image via Shutterstock

Tech birth control tools of the week

The Atlantic had this interesting feature on tech tools women are using that revive old school contraception methods. They include an app-linked thermometer, cycle monitors and ovulation trackers.

Source: Daysy

Worrying online development of the week

We would be the first to say that citizen journalism can be a beautiful (and helpful) thing to have in the world. However, as Buzzfeed pointed out this week, this search for the truth can sometimes move into the uncomfortable territory of online vigilantism, where we see people outing alleged perpetrators of crimes and sometimes victims. And in some of the most damaging instances, people were wrongly identified.


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