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Atheists live in isolation and secrecy all over the country. In a nation that celebrates freedom of religion like no other, freedom not to be religious at all can be as hard to exercise as the right to swim the Atlantic.

Full story at Slate

Despite appearances, the history of social media traces back as far as the late 1970s, when computer hobbyists Ward Christensen and Randy Suess invented the bulletin board system (BBS). The launch of the Mosaic web browser in 1993 gave birth to the world wide web, and from here we never looked back.

Navigated from Media Bistro

Measuring how we taste potato chips’ saltiness could lead to reduced sodium but not lost flavor. The aim is to develop a series of technologies that accelerate the delivery of salt to the tongue by moving the burst from 20 seconds to within the time that you normally chew and swallow. This would mean that less salt would be needed to get the same amount of taste.

Via Futurity

Every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers. And many of those retailers are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need.

Full story at Forbes

It might not seem like it, but a huge amount of work goes into that little tiny search bar in the corner of your browser. Google employs literally thousands of people to make sure all its other services are working properly, too. So, how do they get it done? What equipment do they use?

On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st as well as data it collects on you in the future. You may wish to delete your YouTube Viewing and Search History, which can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, and health concerns.

Via Gizmodo

On March 1st, Google will implement its new, unified privacy policy, which will affect data Google has collected on you prior to March 1st as well as data it collects on you in the future. If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.

Via Gizmodo

Did you know Apple played a huge role in keeping Facebook afloat during its early years?

Full story at Business Insider

Today everyone is using social media in their job search. People make connections and share their work on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter — and with the recent explosion of Pinterest, there’s a new player in the game.

Via Business Insider

No one could have predicted that smartphones would end up playing a major role in journalistic coverage or revolutions worldwide—but as this infographic shows, they have. Smartphones are beginning to represent in one device abilities we used to have to spend money on an array of different electronics to achieve. They can be a camera, a web browser, a social media hub, and, of course, a phone.

Via Frugal Dad

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Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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