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Weird Wide Web: A Facebook scam, a Forrest Gump game and a pop-up ad apology

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.

Scam of the week

An app offering to change your Facebook’s colour turned out to be a scam that fooled as many as 10,000 users.

Source: Tumblr

iPhone game of the week

There is now a Forrest Gump iPhone game, you guys. In it, you can travel along the famous Route 66, dodging obstacles along the way. Run, Forrest! Run!

Source: Genera Mobile/YouTube

Use for your sweat of the week

A new gadget means that on a hot summer’s day or during a gym session your sweat will be able to do something even more productive than cool you down – it will generate electricity.

Apology of the week

The man who created pop-up ads has apologised, explaining he wrote the code after a major car company “freaked out” that they’d bought a banner as on a page that celebrated anal sex. Read his full essay in The Atlantic.

Source: life-s--a-bitch via Tumblr

Dangerous shopping app of the week

The Spring app is one shopaholics will love – until their bank balances start to move into minus numbers. Business Insider reports the app will let you browse a ton of brands and buy things just by swiping left to right.

Source: Spring

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