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Consumer, Be Aware: Quality of Health-Related Internet Searches Varies

If you’re like most people, you’ve gone online to find out what’s causing that ringing in your ears or whether a gluten-free diet is worth considering. Be careful.

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A Rainy Day Can Ruin an Online Restaurant Review

After looking at 1.1 million online reviews for 840,000 restaurants in more than 32,000 cities across the country, Georgia Tech and Yahoo Labs researchers have found that the weather outside can be just as significant a factor for reviews as what happens inside a restaurant. Their study shows evaluations written on rainy or snowy days, or very cold or hot days, are more negative than those written on nice days.

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Hold That RT: Much Misinformation Tweeted After 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing

University of Washington researchers have found that misinformation spread widely on Twitter after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing despite efforts by users to correct rumors that were inaccurate. The researchers presented their findings at iConference 2014 in Berlin March 4-7, where they received a top award for their related publication.

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Facebook Feelings Are Contagious

A study led by UC San Diego shows that emotions can spread in an online social network -- and that positive emotion spreads more than negative.

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Capturing the Zeitgeist: Exploring Urban Trends through Selfies

The term ‘selfie’ took on a life of its own in 2013, especially after the Oxford English Dictionary selected it as the ‘international word of the year’. The Internet and mobile phones were awash in self-portraits as consumers purchased more smartphones with front-facing cameras – turning the selfie into a truly worldwide phenomenon. Now comes more evidence that selfies have come to inhabit a unique place in world culture – a place with a Web address of its own: Selfiecity.net.

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Twitter 'Big Data' Can Be Used to Monitor HIV and Drug-Related Behavior

Real-time social media like Twitter could be used to track HIV incidence and drug-related behaviors with the aim of detecting and potentially preventing outbreaks

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New Search Engine Delivers Content Matched to Student Ability

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An Internet search engine developed specifically for schools by two University of Alabama in Huntsville professors is being tested as a way to increase reading abilities in challenged students and help motivate intellectual development in gifted students, while saving schools money on textbooks.

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Smartphone-Based Voting Technology May Lead to Fewer User Errors

A new study published in Human Factors examines how smartphone-based voting systems can be incorporated into the current large-scale election process.

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How Politics Divide Facebook Friendships

A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that politics are the great divider. People who think the majority of their friends have differing opinions than their own engage less on Facebook. For those who choose to stay logged in and politically active, the research found that most tend to stick in their own circles, ignore those on the other side and become more polarized.

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Olympics: Will Social Media Use Be Free, Unfettered?

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