1. We’re gaining the ability to track how often we listened to pop hits, and how much time we waste on Facebook. Soon we may be letting Apple listen to the sound of our blood in hopes that the information will inspire us to become fit. Big Brother is now the geeky shlub in the mirror: you.
    — Michael Brendan Dougherty, in Our hacked lives

  2. Facebook has a lot of data about its users, and it also has a data science division dedicated to transforming all that data into interesting information. They recently publicized a series of studies around the topic of love. While many of the results match up well with our expectations (e.g., people tend to marry within their religion), not all of them were so obvious

    4 surprising things Facebook has learned from your relationship status


  3. Facebook just added 56 new gender options. Don’t know the difference between “cisgender” and “intersex?” We’ve got you covered.


  4. As Stalin learnt in June 1941, it’s not official unless it’s Facebook official. The twice-named Time Person of the Year found out the hard way not to trust your supposed friends, and so it would likely be his recommendation to be clear how public your relationships are. If you choose Open Relationship, however, then you’re just asking for it.

  5. A big clue into why Pope Francis was named Time's Person of the Year? This:

    Time’s Person of the Year is the perfect choice for the Upworthy era



  7. FOMO can “can wreak havoc on our finances when we attempt to keep up with a million imaginary lifestyles while ignoring our own real bottom line.”

    Is social media bad for your finances?


  8. Not a typo: Social media might actually be making us… smarter


  9. Facebook announced big changes to the platform Thursday, including a splashy visual overhaul that puts photos front and center. As we’ve all come to learn, anytime Mark Zuckerberg and Co. change anything, tons of people will hate it. Others will love it.

  10. State of the Union Live Chat: Before President Obama gives his fourth State of the Union tonight, we’ll be chatting live with White House reporter Paul Brandus, founder of West Wing Reports

    Brandus is an award-winning journalist and independent member of the White House press corps. In 2011, he won the Short Award for “Best Journalist on Twitter.” He’ll be responding to your questions and comments about the President’s 2013 State of the Union address. Come chat!

    • When: Tonight at 7:30
    • Where: The Week’s Facebook page
    • What: A discussion about tonight’s State of the Union. What do you want to hear Obama say? What will he skip completely, and why? How will Marco Rubio’s response position him within the GOP? 
    • How to participate: Tune in on Facebook around 7:15 to start submitting your questions and comments. Brandus will jump in at 7:30. 

    In the mean time, here are the 5 things Obama is likely to talk about in his speech tonight. 


  11. Tonight, President Obama will address Congress and the nation in his fourth State of the Union address, which is set to begin at 9 p.m. EST. If you won’t be in front of a television — and even if you will be — be sure to follow along via social media. Here’s how:  

    • Before the speech: At 7:30 p.m., chat live with White House reporter Paul Brandus on The Week's Facebook page. He’ll give you the lowdown on what to expect from tonight’s address.

    • During the speech: On Twitter, subscribe to @TheWeek's list of key political players, which includes both reporters and politicians who will be tweeting about the address. Separately, you’ll want to follow the hashtag #SOTU.  

    More: A social media guide to the SOTU



  13. Amanda Bynes: The former child star with a DUI record (her April 6 booking photo, pictured) was caught allegedly getting high in her car. Photo: Getty Images


    Facebook activism
    A new study suggests that social networks like Facebook are more effective at getting people to vote than television ads or phone calls. [Discovery News]

    The not-particularly-thirsty
    The New York City Board of Health approves a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16-ounces at restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries. [Slate]

    Color corrections
    SNL announces that actually African-American cast-member Jay Pharaoh will take over as the show’s go-to Obama impersonator, releasing Fred Armisen (who’s of Venezuelan-German-Japanese extraction) of his duties. [The Daily What]


    In its first week of sales, No Easy DayNavy SEAL Matt Bissonnette’s firsthand account of the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden, sells more copies than Fifty Shades of Grey. [Death & Taxes]

    Being untidy
    A photographer obsessively documents actress Amanda Bynes allegedly smoking marijuana in her car, surrounded by junk food wrappers (!) and other debris. [Buzzfeed

    Online marketplace eBay unveils its brand new logo — less “spunky,” more “corporate” — and faces lukewarm reviews. [Geekosystem]

    (Source: theweek.com)