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It's not just Facebook: OkCupid experiments with users too

Looking for love online? There's a chance somebody else has been looking at just how you go about doing it. 

Popular dating site OKCupid revealed in a blog post that the site has been running experiments on how users go about finding a match, including removing profile pictures and telling badly matched couples they were actually good matches. 

OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder rationalized the experiment, saying: "Guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That's how websites work." 

Rudder's decision to come clean about the experiments comes after Facebook revealed it had experimented on its users in 2012, altering whether a group of nearly 700,000 users saw positive or negative content. (Via CBS)

That sparked angry responses from users and prompted some outlets to call it a violation of trust, because Facebook didn't tell anybody about the experiment in the first place. (Via WiredLos Angeles TimesBoston Globe)

‚Äč"They don't then tell you this is a psychological experiment. I don't know why you would continue to use Facebook after you know it does this to users, I honestly don't." (Via Fox News)

It also led critics to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and even an investigation by British regulators. (Via Information WeekUSA Today)

The backlash against OKCupid hasn't quite gotten that far, but people — shockingly — still don't seem to like being secretly experimented on, especially not when it comes to their love lives. 

As a writer for Businessweek put it, "You're the guinea pig for all kinds of experiments run by snarky Internet types, who grind up your loneliness and use it to feed their algorithms."

Businessweek also pointed to the fact that Rudder, who wrote the OKCupid blog post, could be trying to get attention for his upcoming book to be published in the fall. (Via Amazon)

‚Äč‚ÄčOKCupid's revelation once again puts the spotlight on the actual state of our online privacy, with The New York Times noting, "The test also illustrates how easy it is for a website to manipulate users without their knowing."

On the whole, though, the reaction seems more subdued than it was after Facebook's revelation, with some outlets even getting playful. 

"It's what's going on on the inside that counts."
"Yeah, until they show you what's going on on the outside, and according to that, everything changes."
"‚ÄčWell, thank goodness you're so beautiful, right?" 
"‚ÄčAnd you are, too, and so are you and you and you and you." (Via KXAS)

To understand the difference in the responses between the backlash Facebook got and the response to OKCupid's announcement, it's worth noting that OKCupid only has around 30 million users, where Facebook boasts more than a billion. (Via Getty Images)

On the whole, OKCupid said the experiment's findings — that well-matched people do better than people who are just told they're well-matched — prove the site's algorithm works.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:10:04 -0700

Speeding mini-van triggers horrific downtown San Francisco crash

A speeding stolen mini-van careened out of control on a downtown San Francisco street late Monday night, slamming into a cab and striking two pedestrians, authorities said.

The incident began around 10:18 p.m. when police attempted to pull over the mini-van for a traffic infraction violation at Larkin and Post streets.

Officer Albie Esperanza said the suspect fled and ran a red light before colliding with a taxi two blocks away. Police said they initially did not give chase as the suspect sped off.

A witness told KTVU that the driver did not attempt to stop before the crash.

“He came straight through the light, didn't make an attempt to brake,” the witness told KTVU. “He just hit the taxi full force and did a full 360 and as he did he collected the pedestrians and the traffic light."

Esperanza said the suspect in the stolen vehicle attempted to flee the scene, but was taken into custody after boarding a westbound 38 Geary bus.

One of the injured remained hospitalized early Tuesday with life-threatening injuries.

Esperanza said the driver will face hit-and-run and other charges depending on the recovery of the critically injured pedestrian.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:10:01 -0700

Breast-feeding moms take over Oklahoma park

People walking through a Tulsa park Monday might have gotten a bit of a surprise: nearly 30 moms breast-feeding their babies right out in the open. But the fact that it may have surprised them is why the moms were there in the first place. 

“Get with it. Let’s realize that this is going to be normal,” says organizer Carrie Fulgencio.

She’s a photographer who arranged for the women to get together in the park so she could take pictures of them with their babies. But it’s not your average playdate or photoshoot. They were to breast-feed — out in the open.

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Fulgencio said women couldn’t wait to participate. 

“Just because of the looks you get, or it’s not socially acceptable really around here yet,” breast-feeding mom Ashley Roberts told KOKI-TV.

Those disapproving looks are a common concern. Many moms said they have experienced those looks in public, and some have even gotten looks when they tried to go somewhere private, such as the bathroom of a restaurant. 

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“I overheard girls talking. I was like, 'Are you serious?' They were making comments about me feeding him in a stall, and so it really hurt my feelings at that point, and I didn’t understand,” said new breast-feeding mom Chelsie Root.

Fulgencio was there to photograph the birth of Root's son, and now Fulgencio is trying to help her feel comfortable breast-feeding in the open. Fulgencio said it’s unacceptable that bathrooms are sometimes the only option. 

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“I should not have to take my baby into an unsanitary place to feed them, and neither should any other mom. You don’t go eat your lunch there, so why should I take my child?” she said.

Plenty of dads came out for moral support. Taylor Roberts says rude treatment in public bothers them, too. 

“You have to be able to stand there and take some of it, but it gets annoying after a while,” Roberts said.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:01:34 -0700

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