1. Why do we love to hate each other online? Over at Beta Beat Ryan Holiday writes about “outrage porn,” the steady stream of insincerely performed umbrage and gulping hysteria that seeps like super-concentrated vinegar out of the web’s pores every moment of every day.

    So, why are we addicted to online outrage?

     

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  3. 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
     

  4. 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

     

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

     


  6. 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.
     

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  8. #nofilter: Darth Vader’s first Instagram selfie isn’t so hot.  

    Here’s how Vader blew it.

     


  9. Sleepy Hollow’s independent success is testament to the power of its unique blend of horror, humor, escapism, and mystery, which has been augmented by a uniformly excellent cast and breakneck, twist-laden storytelling. So far, it’s also the only freshman show to have been renewed for a second season.
     

  10. 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?

     


  11. The most shocking part of this story was learning there is a vegan strip club in Portland.
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    Kevin Griffis, spokesman for Cory Booker, on his latest scandal

    Twitter follies: Cory Booker is no Anthony Weiner

     

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

     


  13. TheWeek.com is hiring!

    Come work with us! Our growing web team is small, but awesome. (We promise.) We’re looking to fill two full-time positions here in our New York office with two creative, smart, and amazing people. We offer 401K/403B, Dental, Health, etc. Spread the word.

    Send us a short note about yourself along with a resume to jobs(at)theweek.com.

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    This individual should be a super-confident, highly organized news junkie with proven writing, editing, and social chops — and someone who can work successfully in the fast-paced environment of a breaking news-and-opinion website. Creativity and a sense of humor are key — as is the ability to quickly master The Week’s tone, which you’ll need to employ in all aspects of our social media presence. (More)

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    This person, along with another deputy editor, will report directly to the editor-in-chief, and often be charged with running all aspects of the site. This individual should be a super-confident, highly organized news junkie with proven editing chops — and someone who can work successfully in the fast-paced environment of a breaking news-and-opinion website. Versatility is important — the ideal candidate should be enthusiastic about conceiving, assigning and editing stories by staff writers and freelancers on topics ranging from President Obama to Ke$ha. Creativity is key. The ideal candidate will be a sharp-thinking self-starter who can imagine new and better ways to cover all things for TheWeek.com. We need a hard-working, enthusiastic leader — someone who is not only a sharp and aggressive editor, but someone who will play a key role in our editorial leadership team and help take our site to the next level. (More)

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    • Experience working as an editor on a daily news/opinion website
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    • Ability to work well with others in a fast paced, dynamic media environment
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