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PSA: What You Post On Facebook and Twitter Can Now Affect Your Credit Score

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Are you one of those people who likes to go out, get super drunk, and then talk about it on Facebook later? If so, you should know that what you say online can now hurt your credit score. Credit rating giant FICO — creator of the widely-used FICO credit scoring system — recently announced that it has widened the number of factors it looks at when trying to determine how creditworthy a person is. Among those new factors: what you post on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. “If you

Facebook Is Testing Out Emojis to Give Users An Alternative to the “Like” Button

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The “like” button is one of the cornerstones of Facebook, but there’s no avoiding the fact that it simply isn’t appropriate for certain situations. Facebook has been becoming increasingly aware of this recently. Just last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company was preparing to roll out some sort of “dislike” button sometime in the near future. On Thursday, Facebook took it a step further, announcing that it would be testing out a set of six new emoji icons that give users the ability to interact with posts using

Remember That Fried “Rat” from KFC? Ya, It Was Actually Chicken

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Two weeks ago, a California man named Devorise Dixon shared the following photo to his Instagram account: I WENT TO KFC YESTERDAY AND BOUGHT A 3PIECE CHICKEN TENDER. AS I BIT INTO IT I NOTICED THAT I WAS VERY HARD AND RUBBERY WHICH MADE ME LOOK AT IT. I NOTICED IT HAD A VERY LONG TAIL AND WAS SHAPED LIKE AN RAT! IT SENT DEEP CHILLS THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE BODY IM STILL FEELING SICK CANT EVEN EAT!!! PLEASE WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

Anonymous Hackers “Expose and Destroy” Nearly 800 ISIS Twitter Accounts

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The “hacktivist” group Anonymous has decided to join in the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. On Sunday (2/6), the group posted a list of nearly 800 ISIS-linked Twitter accounts to the online text storage site “Pastebin”, claiming that the accounts had been “exposed and destroyed” by Anonymous’s RedCult team. For some of the targeted accounts, the list included notes on the number of followers. If these figures are accurate, the hacked accounts had a combined audience of well over 1.5 million followers. Along with the Twitter accounts, Anonymous also exposed

Study Finds That Social Media Use Benefits Both Physical and Mental Health of the Elderly

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A recent study conducted in the UK and Italy seems to show that the use of social media may actually be beneficial to the overall health of elderly people. The 2-year study followed 120 elderly people from the south west of England and the Marche region of central Italy, two regions known for inheriting a long-living population. The study followed two groups: one with exposure to social media outlets such as e-mail, Skype and Facebook, and one without exposure to these outlets (the control

Facebook Is Facing A Class-Action Lawsuit for Scanning Users’ Private Messages

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Facebook has been having a bit of a controversial year. The social media giant got blasted earlier this summer for manipulating users’ emotions, and their new mobile Facebook Messenger has been widely criticized for tracking a ridiculous amount of user data. Now they’re in hot water once again. According to engadget.com, “A California judge recently ruled that The Social Network will face a class-action lawsuit following accusations that it peeked at users’ private messages without consent to deliver targeted advertising.”

Student Raises $60,000 for Homeless Man Who Offered to Pay for Cab to Get Her Home Safely

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Dominique Harrison-Bentzen is an art student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. Not long ago, Dominique was wrapping up a night out when she discovered that she had lost her bank card. While trying to figure out what to do next, Dominique was approached by a homeless man known only as Robbie. Robbie offered the 22-year-old his last £3 ($4.67) so that she could pay for a cab to take her home safely. Dominique ended up declining the offer,

Australians Offer to Ride by Muslims’ Side Amidst Fears of Retaliation for Hostage Situation

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Yesterday, Man Haron Monis, a self-described extremist Muslim cleric, entered a Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney, Australia and took all of the store’s occupants hostage. The siege ended just a few hours ago after police stormed the cafe. As news spread that the hostage-taker was a Muslim, a coalition of Australian Muslim groups released a statement condemning the man’s actions. “We reject any attempt to take the innocent life of any human being, or to instil fear and terror into their hearts,”

Were Our Most Celebrated Leaders All Good, Moral People? (Opinion Piece)

Before I really get into this piece, I just want to warn you that after reading it, you may never look at some of history’s most honored figures the same way ever again. That being said, let’s start off in the present. Next Tuesday, November 4th, Americans will vote in the midterm elections to decide the political fate of the American Congress. As usual, underhanded, and just downright offensive mud-slinging tactics have been being used for political gains all over the

Nigerian Military Kills Boko Haram Leader and Captures Hundreds of Militants

Earlier today, the Nigerian military announced that nearly 270 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered this week following a military offensive against the Islamic militant group in northeast Nigeria. A military spokesman also announced that the Nigerian military had killed Boko Haram’s current leader, Mohammed Bashir. The group’s original leader, Abubakar Shekau, is thought to have died back in 2009. Nigerian officials say that following Shekau’s death, Bashir (who looks a lot like the late Shekau) began to impersonate the leader. “[Bashir] had been

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