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An 11-year-old in Michigan took his own life last week after his girlfriend used social media to lead him to believe she had died by suicide. Bullying was the second largest child health concern in 2015 according to a study done by the University of Michigan, but parents are split on what actually is considered cyberbullying and how it should be dealt with. Join us today as we discuss the implications of cyberbullying, if Facebook has too much power and the latest in tech news.

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Mark Zuckerberg published a more than 6,000-word-long manifesto on Thursday outlining the goals he has for Facebook and how he sees the social media platform developing to serve its users in the future.

The manifesto has been critiqued for being vague and long, but it gives an idea of how Zuckerberg sees his company contributing to the spread of globalization and shaping communities across the world. Today we'll discuss Zuckerberg's manifesto, the past and future of WiFi and more.

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Editor's note: This story contains references to child pornography that some readers may find disturbing.

It's tempting to think of Facebook as pure entertainment — the dumb game you play when your boss looks away, or your date goes to the bathroom. But that's underestimating how powerful the Facebook empire has become. For some, the app is more important than a driver's license. People need it to contact colleagues, or even start and build businesses.

An article in an online publication accusing Facebook of suppressing the Women's March in its trending topics caused a little tempest on social media over the weekend. Facebook says it did not intentionally block any story and is revealing a new way its trending-topics algorithm will now operate.

Providing new details about how it's trying to counter the spread of fake news on its services, Facebook says it's working with fact-checking groups to identify bogus stories — and to warn users if a story they're trying to share has been reported as fake.

Facebook also says it will let users report a possible hoax by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post and choosing one of four reasons they want to flag it — from "It's spam" to "It's a fake news story."

Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant.

So, yes, fake news is a big problem.

Tech Tuesday: Phone Trackers, Fake News & Gift Guide

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Fake news spread virally throughout the entire campaign season. Many critics are claiming it led to the election of Donald Trump.  Also today, we will discuss phone trackers and how they relate to family life. 

Rachael Garrity posted a farewell message on Facebook. She told her "friends" — that's how she puts it in an email to NPR, in quotes — that she would delete her account. An email from her son followed: Are you OK?

"I am finding Facebook to have a negative impact on my continuing to keep a positive feeling regarding some of the people I have known longest and cherish most," writes Garrity, who has worked in not-for-profit marketing and publishing since the 1970s.

Since Donald Trump's election victory, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come out not once, but twice, to address the issue of fake news, inaccurate or simply false information that appears on the Web in the guise of journalism.

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According to a new study, use of certain Instagram filters can reveal depression. Also, new partisan news sources have risen in their popularity on Facebook in this election season. Additionally, with a new update, WhatsApp is providing Facebook with users' phone numbers, HP is incorporating a new privacy screen in its laptops, and there is a a new single lens 360 degree camera available as a GoPro attachment. 

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Facebook is changing how it prioritizes what you see on you news feed now, with more posts by people you know appearing. Also, a new study shows why internet access doesn't necessarily mean more democracy around the world. And, how virtual reality experiences are evolving to look more realistic. 

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A new OSU study of highly-educated, Midwestern women indicates new mothers who want to be seen as good parents post more pictures of their babies on Facebook.

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The creators of Apple's voice command app, Siri, are now out with a new interactive technology called, Viv. Viv is suppose to be a virtual assistant that can answer and perform more complex tasks. Also, what Facebook's abilities and struggles are when it comes to regulating gun sales on the site. And, how people can be forced to open their phones for the police with their fingerprint and what this means for consumer's privacy.   

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From 4G on cell phones to free Wi-Fi available in restaurants, connectivity with high reliability and speed is something mobile users have come to expect. Now, Google is working to reach these high speeds through programs like Google Fiber and Google AMP. Join us this hour to hear more about Google's new high speed developments, Facebook's new emoticons and the latest in tech gadgets. 

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Controlling your home's temperature from your phone and receiving cooking tips from your kitchen countertop are just two possibilities offered by so-called smart homes. This hour, we will discuss the gadgets that make homes smart and the future possibilities such technology creates.  Also, how Facebook wants to make the internet available to everyone for worldwide connectivity. But, some are skeptical if this plan is purely philanthropy or if there are ulterior motives at work. 

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