apps
Grandkid Rental App Wants to Hook Up Lonely Old People With Willing Young

A well-meaning app that pairs lonely old men with willing youngsters could soon launch in the UK, with the ambition of hooking up the elderly with young people able to do chores or just have a cup of tea and a little moan about immigration. Read More >>

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Poundland Warns That “Poundland” Should Not be Used as an Insult

Poundland threw a wobbly on the internet yesterday, after the social account manager for the Thameslink rail franchise apologised for poor service by saving its schedules have been "a bit Poundland" of late. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Spreads Public Testing of the Downvote Button

Facebook is giving more people the chance to passive-aggressively vomit their hearts out this week, as reports of a wider launch of the social network's thumbs-down button come in. Read More >>

security
Government Wants Tech Giants to Auto-Delete Terror Content

Theresa May has said something not to do with Brexit for once, with the PM using a speech at the United Nations to ask today's tech giants and social media kingpins to do more to automatically filter out terrorist material. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter Lite is a Mobile Web Twitter That’s Better Than the Real Thing

Twitter's decided that it's all got a bit too complicated out there, and has released an entirely new mobile web version of its site that's all clean white, minimally designed and loses loads of the tat around the edges that no one cares about. It's suddenly become the best Twitter client. Read More >>

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London Dungeon is Sorry About What it Did on the Internet

London Dungeon exhibited some of the same social ideals as those once held by a few of its nastier exhibits yesterday, using the cover of Valentine's day to make some ageing sexist jokes that had everyone rocking back and forwards in horror like an animatronic model of a victim of Jack the Ripper. Read More >>

lego
Lego is Now a Social Network Too

The Lego behemoth would like to take control of the parts of your child's life that aren't spent playing with bricks on the floor, with its Lego Life social network now live for the entertainment and sedation of the under-13 demographic. Read More >>

news
MPs Launch “Fake News” Inquiry

Parliament is launching a serious inquiry into the world of fake news, with a Culture, Media and Sport Committee set to examine whether or not making stuff up for clicks and likes is really having any tangible effect on society. Read More >>

education
Teachers are Feeling Besieged by Angry Parents on Social Media

A survey of more than 1,000 head teachers has found that many of them are finding the constant pressure applied by parents through social media too much to handle, with more than half of the teachers polled saying the online behaviour of mums and dads is a big issue that impacts upon their working day. Read More >>

health
Facebook Users Live Longer Because the Brain Thinks They’re Real Friends

A survey looking at the medical effects of having lots of friends has reaffirmed that this is generally a good thing that helps people live longer, and the effect also works even if most of your "friends" are virtual ones on a list on a computer that you haven't actually seen in real life for a decade. Read More >>

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Viz Comic Blocked From Facebook Because of… Everything it is and Does

Viz comic, the last bastion of sanity in the sea of abysmal bookazines for children that make up today's newsagent reading material shelves, has had its Facebook page blocked by the social network due to not meeting the "Terms and Standards" of the photo-liking portal. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook to Ruin Friendships With Event Invite Read Reciepts

The little [tick/seen] notification that lets you know people have received your plea for help/intervention is making its way to new parts of Facebook, with the social network currently adding the looked-at receipt system to event invite notifications for a small testbed of users to try. Read More >>

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North Dakota Cops Are Periscoping Traffic Stops and It’s Not Going Well

Police in Fargo, North Dakota have started livestreaming traffic stops via Periscope in an experiment for all the world to see. And so far, it’s been an embarrassing failure. But the Fargo PD doesn’t see it that way. Read More >>