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Your #Brain Playing Tricks: What #Colors Are the #Dress? @VTnews @VTresearch

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Cyberbystanders: Most Don’t Try to Stop Online Bullies

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In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get “bullied” right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened, either by confronting the bully online or helping the victim.

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Snooping Smart TVs an “Orwellian” Invasion

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Looking for Love? Use Reddit to Give Cupid Tech Support

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Study finds that users on OKCupid and mobile-based Tinder aren’t able to determine social norms or effective match-making techniques on the services, so they use Reddit to learn tips about online dating. Once there, they also find ways that allow them to “cheat the system” to interact with more potential dates

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Love Online Is About Being Real, Not Perfect

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How you fill out an online profile makes a big difference in how you're seen by others. New research shows it is better to be real with your information than trying to be perfect.

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UC Berkeley Net Neutrality Expert Ben Hermalin Available to Comment on FCC's Proposed New Rules. Haas School of Business: ptom@berkeley.edu

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Intellectual Privacy Vital to Life in the Digital Age

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In our increasingly digital world, the balance between privacy and free speech is tenuous, at best. But we often overlook the important ways in which privacy is necessary to protect our cherished civil liberties of freedom of speech, thought and belief, says Neil M. Richards, JD, a privacy law expert at Washington University in St. Louis and author of the new book, “Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in the Digital Age,” published Feb. 2 by Oxford University Press.

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Physician Guidelines for Googling Patients Need Revisions

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Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.

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Keep Your Enemies Close? Study Finds Greater Proximity to Opponents Leads to More Polarization

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Encouraging adversaries to have more interpersonal contact to find common ground may work on occasion, but not necessarily in the U.S. Senate, according to new research.

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Intrusive Monitoring of Internet Use by Parents Actually Leads Adolescents to Increase Their Risky Online Behavior

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Intrusive monitoring of Internet use by parents actually leads adolescents to increase their risky online behavior