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How to ethically study people on Facebook? Researchers discuss
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A study on Facebook users that altered the news feeds of some 700,000 people in 2012 drew shrill outcry from Facebook users, ethicists, politicians, and researchers when the work was published this summer. The feedback prompted a post-mortem of the methods in that study within the research community as well as a re-examination of ethics surrounding research on people and their data. Read More
Virtual world
The virtual reality revolution arrives in Boston
Brian Ornstedt showed off a swiveling chair that connects into the Oculus and eliminates associated dizziness (Photo by Kyle Alspach)

It’s been about two decades since virtual reality arrived as a major area for technically-adept tinkerers to explore. They’re still tinkering. But it’s a different story now: The arrival of the Oculus Rift, and its $2 billion vote of confidence from Facebook, suggests that VR is finally on a path to the mainstream.

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Teach the Children Well
Panorama Education - recent moves and new hires don't follow the traditional ed tech playbook
Panorama co-founder and CEO Aaron Feuer.
Since moving from California to Boston last fall, Panorama Education, which uses and analyzes surveys to make schools, teachers, and education as a whole better, has strived to break the common ed tech startup mold by being a bit more like a traditional software startup or consumer tech company. That trend continues with some recent developments. Read More
Digital dilemma
In the Facebook era, will printed yearbooks survive?
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One historic school ritual of graduating — or simply finishing one grade and moving on to the next — has been getting a copy of the yearbook, and passing it around for friends to sign and scribble in. But has the Web — and particularly social media such as Facebook and Instagram — done away with the traditional printed yearbook? Read More