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Happy Valentine's Day! Tell Us: Is Love Easier to Find in an Online World?

By Wil Payton

Ever found yourself looking for love through your computer? Match.com claims that at least 1 in 5 relationships begin online. Since 1997 a substantial number of singles have met partners through online dating sites according to a new study led by Northwestern University Associate Professor of Psychology Eli Finkel. Below is an excerpt of an article by Digital Trends that examines the science of online matchmaking: Ever tried to find love through your computer? Online dating has grown into a large, billion dollar industry over the past 15 years, and has become a mainstream way to meet your future mate. However, a new study, led by...

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The Increasing Impact of Social Media in Politics

By Wil Payton

Nearly 200,000 phone calls, 7 million online signatures, and over 2.4 million tweets opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) recently demonstrated how social media has become a force to be reckoned with in today’s political arena. Forty-eight hours of online activism, and over 1,000 protesters showing up in person, stopped legislation being promoted by some of the most powerful lobbies in Washington D.C. Below is an excerpt from a Washington Post article on the emergence of social media —and the technology world — as a phenomenon akin to awakening a sleeping giant. You’ve read how Facebook and Twitter fueled the Arab Spring uprising. You...

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Connect South Carolina Releases Updated Broadband Availability Estimates

By Ashley Littell

Connect South Carolina has released broadband availability estimates at the statewide and county levels using the most recently published 2010 Census household data. These availability estimates reveal that 3.8% of South Carolina households do not have access to basic broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. In addition, the data show that 13.1% of South Carolina households do not have access to higher speeds of at least 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream. Broadband data gathered and submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for inclusion on the National Broadband...

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