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As the old saying goes, "men are trash." If you're a twenty-something woman, you've probably said this phrase to your friends at least once, possibly over alcoholic drinks after a man has done something bad. Or perhaps you've said it to coworkers after your dumb boss makes a boob joke in front of the entire company.

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With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don't burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here's how to give them a test drive.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's annual Targeting Scams report has revealed a 47 per cent increase in scam reports in the last year - a record high.

The ACCC's Scamwatch and the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network received a combined 200,000 reports about scams costing people $299.8 million - with a "sharp increase" in dating and romance scams through social media sites, in particular Facebook.

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Sick of Snapchat? Tired of Twitter? Fed up with Facebook? This is a great time to completely eradicate yourself from social media. All of these online services let you scrub out your accounts if you want a cleaner, leaner life online. Even better, plenty of them let you export your data for safekeeping before you do. So you can always remember that time The Rock answered your desperate tweets or your roommate plastered your Facebook wall with photos of your dog.

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Remember Words With Friends? Expect to have a whole flood of new invites to play via Messenger, with Facebook revealing its new gaming push on the service.

Speaking with Gizmodo, Facebook revealed a plan to include advertising ("its already possible") and microtransactions ("something we are working on") to be implemented for developers "within six to nine months".

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Facebook made another bad decision today, adding an unnecessary amount of nuance to your interactions on its social platform. You can now "sad" and "wow" not just posts and messages, but also comments. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't want this level of comprehensive feedback.

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If you're using one of those dodgy social media services that promises you more likes and comments and a thin veneer of internet popularity, you might be trading away more than you think. A security company has found thousands of otherwise legitimate Facebook accounts — ones that signed up for a boost in their own online presence — leaving spam comments promoting the service on popular Facebook pages.

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Back in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was "quite proud of the impact that we were able to have on civic discourse", doubling down on his stance that the rise of misinformation, spread of outright propaganda, and rapid erosion of trust in the fourth estate were anyone's problems but his. A whitepaper from the world's largest social media platform — where an estimated 66 per cent of the site's American users get their news — casually mentions that Facebook is also fertile soil for "subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people".

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The New York Times Magazine has an interesting story out this week about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fake news and Facebook's role as the world's most prominent information distributor. It's all part of Facebook's ongoing public relations freak out surrounding the prevalence of fake news and hoaxes spread on the platform. The company is trying to fix the problem now, but it sure is funny to see Zuck constantly rolled out to do a series of interviews on something he brushed off as a "crazy idea" just a few months ago.

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"It sounds impossible but it's closer than you may realise," Facebook's Regina Dugan recently told audience members at the F8 developer conference. Dugan was referring to the social network's plans to read users' thoughts. Just in time to inject some practical considerations into that terrifying scenario, researchers have proposed four new human rights to protect our minds from those who might have the worst intentions.

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At Facebook's annual developer conference, F8, on Wednesday, the group unveiled what may be Facebook's most ambitious — and creepiest — proposal yet. Facebook wants to build its own "brain-to-computer interface" that would allow us to send thoughts straight to a computer.

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At its annual developer conference in San Jose today, Facebook unveiled some of its latest tech projects, assuring investors that it's catching up to competitors like Snapchat. Mark Zuckerberg himself took the stage to make painful jokes about Fast and Furious and opine on how Facebook wants to dominate what he sees as the next major platform: Augmented reality. Being able to have animated sharks swimming around your cereal bowl is apparently the future of tech — according to Zuck, at least.