The MediaMiser Blog

The Northern Red Carpet: The stars and buzz of TIFF 2016

Ten days, 400 films, and endless yards of red carpet later, the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a wrap. The crew here at MediaMiser used our patented software to track tweets for the entire festival — that’s over 200,000 tweets from opening day to closing night — to see which stars, which films, and which awards got the most traction (ahem…that’s Twitter action).

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Hit the road, Jack: Twitter responds negatively to iPhone 7’s absent headphone jack

Courage. The word is typically reserved for the likes of firefighters, soldiers, and civil rights leaders. As of Wednesday, however, one more noble breed joins the ranks: Apple Inc.

“It comes down to one word,” said Phillip Schiller, the company’s senior VP of marketing, last week. “Courage. The courage to move on and do something better for all of us.”

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From biased editors to biased algorithms? The case of Facebook trending stories

Facebook has come under fire again for the nature of trending stories showing up in people’s news feeds. With Facebook’s algorithm now doing much of its content selection without human assistance, the expectation was that the platform’s automated choice of trending stories would be less biased.

But those who held out hope for this forgot an important fact: algorithms can sometimes be as biased as the people who write them.

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