A man survived having his throat slashed in a street brawl by using a kebab to staunch the blood gushing from his neck. Doctors said the man lost six pints of blood and was lucky to survive the attack.
Fresh rumors are circulating that Facebook plans to launch a cellphone, but David Zax writes that that's probably not the case. Facebook is more likely to sneak aboard existing iPhones and Android handsets by launching applications intended to replace built-in camera and messaging features. "A 'Facebook phone' would be a niche product at best. But if Facebook's software and services can colonize various aspects of your iPhone, Droid, or Windows Phone ... well, that's well beyond a niche," Zax writes.
You're more likely to be perceived as friendly and likable if your Facebook contacts list is packed with beautiful people, Dutch scientists say. That could be because physically attractive social connections are taken as being a true signal of a stranger's social worth. "People are attracted by other people who look very healthy, happy and productive. ... That is an accepted evolutionary law," one researcher told reporters.
Many people in new relationships find themselves struggling with their other half's social media use, experts say. Some couples hammer out ground rules about what it's appropriate to tweet about, what sorts of photos can be shared on Facebook or Flickr, and whether it's ever OK to air dirty laundry via social channels. "There is a standard negotiation that takes place in lots of relationships, but now there are multiple audiences watching," says Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center.
LinkedIn's 150 million users now can access the site via an iPad application. The app is a departure from the conventional Web interface, using a Flipboard-influenced design to provide a slick user experience, Chris Taylor writes. "This was a chance to go back to the drawing board, ... to design it for how people use the iPad: morning and night infotainment," LinkedIn's Mario Sundar says.
The majority of social channels are devoid of boxy display ads, and that will prompt a major rethink of the economics of online advertising in years to come, James Gross writes. Brands are already learning to think like publishers, investing in building an engaged audience rather than in simply broadcasting a message, Gross writes. "This new world ... is a big shift from a brand perspective," he writes.