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Weird Wide Web: Facebook's birthday, squishing birds and dating with a difference

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

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

Birthday of the week


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Facebook turned ten-years-old this week and boy did that make us feel ancient. It has changed a lot over the decade and these are just some of the moments that helped define the social media giant.

Dangerous shopping features of the week

As if it’s not already easy enough to run up a massive credit card bill buying random things you don’t need online, now you might even be able to buy things from tweets. The lovely folks at Amazon are also making it easier for you to buy things, with a new feature in their app letting you purchase items by just pointing your phone at them, Wired reports. Thanks you guys.


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Stress-relieving game of the week

The infuriatingly difficult game Flabby Bird has been driving people up the wall. So much, in fact, that its creator has decided to resign it because it ruined his life. Now there is a new game in which you can take out all of this pent up aggression by, well, squishing Flappy Bird to death. Play it here.


Dating website with a difference of the week

Stories of people finding love online are becoming ever more common but this dating website is a little different, according to Business Insider. Women can create profiles for their very eligible single male friends, telling other women just how great they are. You even get to scope out the girls who are interested beforehand to weed out the crazies.


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Exciting gaming launch of the week

This week Double Fine released popular game designer Tim Schafer’s first adventure game in more than 15 years. Schafer spoke to Buzzfeed about the changes in gaming over that time, the decision to crowdfund it and the pressure to live up to the success of some of his earlier gaming masterpieces. Here’s the trailer for his new game, Broken Act:

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