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Weird Wide Web: Romantic Google and Facebook comments landing you in prison

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.

Facebook change of the week

Forget ‘male’ and ‘female’, Facebook users in the US can now use 50 different custom gender terms. You can even keep your gender a secret.

Romantic Google Doodle of the week

Google went all lovey-dovey on Friday with its Doodle, letting users make their own yummy chocolate box and send it to their lovers:


App of the week

Most people achieve very little when they’re asleep but all that could change with this new app from Samsung which can help researchers fight diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s while you snooze.

(Video: Samsung Austria/YouTube)

Internet horror story of the week

We can often regret leaving a Facebook comment while drunk or tweeting something inappropriate but usually embarrassment is the punishment. This article from the Dallas Observer tells the frankly terrifying story of how one young man’s Facebook comments landed him in prison.


Flappy Bird replacement of the week

Did you miss out on a chance to download Flappy Bird? Fear not, here are a few games equally addictive games to fill the void.

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