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  32. technology
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  34. life in pixels
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  35. life in pixels
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  37. movies
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  38. life in pixels
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  39. life in pixels
    Facebook Doesn’t Need to Fool YouIs the #10YearChallenge meme a conspiracy to steal your data?
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  41. tomorrow
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    How Much of the Internet Is Fake?Turns out, a lot of it, actually.
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    Did Facebook Cause Riots in France?If you’re blaming the gilets jaunes on Facebook, you might be missing the forest for the trees.
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