How Facebook plans to become one of the most powerful tools in politics

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg. Already a focal point of political activity, the site has shifted its toolset to let campaigns target extremely specific audiences with very specific messages.

A look at the digital Godzilla’s campaign toolkit.

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    Master bladesmith: New lightsaber design is a terrible idea

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    Lightsaber critics say the one in the Star Wars teaser could never work. They’re wrong.

    Lightsaber critics say the one in the Star Wars teaser could never work. They’re wrong.

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    Hypocrisy and half-truths mar ‘net neutrality’ debate

    Hypocrisy and half-truths mar ‘net neutrality’ debate

    COLUMN | Hypocrisy and half-truths mar the discussion over the principle of equal treatment of content on the Internet.

    An app for untangling your Christmas-shopping lists

    Splash Shopper suggests items that might be on your list with editable fields for price, quantity and recipient.

    Facebook unbundles its Groups function

    Facebook unbundles its Groups function

    Free app makes a handy supplement to Facebook, but not necessarily a full-featured stand-alone download.

    You can watch the new Star Wars trailer on iTunes -- and Youtube

    You can watch the new Star Wars trailer on iTunes -- and Youtube

    The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered on iTunes, but is already popping up on other sites and services.

    AT&T’s good cop, bad cop routine with the FCC

    AT&T’s good cop, bad cop routine with the FCC

    Why AT&T may have softened a warning that strong net neutrality rules would halt the company’s network investments.

    Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry

    Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry

    Germany has approved BlackBerry’s purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a “no-spy” agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker.

    The Switchboard: EU passes symbolic measure calling for break-up of Google

    The Switchboard: EU passes symbolic measure calling for break-up of Google

    Your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team.

    In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

    In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

    The caveat: even that growing global online population tends to look a lot like that of the United States -- relatively well-off, generally educated, and fairly young.

    #HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

    #HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

    Traveling by train? air? hot air balloon? Someone is always watching you.

    Hack your Black Friday with these five apps

    Hack your Black Friday with these five apps

    Here are some apps to download before you go shopping for a smoother more fruitful Black Friday

    When a shaman outperforms Western medicine

    When a shaman outperforms Western medicine

    Mark Plotkin describes getting superior medical care deep in the Amazon rain forest.

    Senators press for drone rules

    Senators press for drone rules

    And at least one of them is pushing back against a rumored agency proposal that would place heavy restrictions on the drone industry.

    City of Ferguson bulks up its security online, too

    City of Ferguson bulks up its security online, too

    The Missouri city has added protection against the sort of digital attacks preferred by the online hacker collective Anonymous.

    FTC says Sony lied about how innovative the PS Vita is

    FTC says Sony lied about how innovative the PS Vita is

    As part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over false advertising charges, Sony will be offering early Vita buyers a small refund.

    Ferguson prosecutor slams “non-stop” social media while calling for increased attention to race

    Ferguson prosecutor slams “non-stop” social media while calling for increased attention to race

    St. Louis County’s Robert McCulloch condemned the digital churn of news and discussion -- but he might be more of a Twitter fan than he thinks he is.

    Three-quarters of Americans don’t know this basic fact about the Internet

    Three-quarters of Americans don’t know this basic fact about the Internet

    Seventy-five percent of Americans think the Internet and the World Wide Web are the same thing. They aren’t.

    Wikipedia’s ‘complicated’ relationship with net neutrality

    Wikipedia’s ‘complicated’ relationship with net neutrality

    And what it says about attempts by telecom companies to exempt apps and services from your monthly data cap.

    The spoon that stabilizes itself

    The spoon that stabilizes itself

    The Google creation makes it easier for those with tremors to eat and not spill.

    Four ways we’re reinventing Thanksgiving

    Four ways we’re reinventing Thanksgiving

    Hashtags provides unique insights into the changing rituals of Thanksgiving.

    Switchboard: FCC says T-Mobile can’t hide throttled data speeds

    Switchboard: FCC says T-Mobile can’t hide throttled data speeds

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    7 innovative gifts worth waiting for

    7 innovative gifts worth waiting for

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    T-Mobile adds Google Play, Xbox Music and more to ‘Music Freedom’

    T-Mobile adds Google Play, Xbox Music and more to ‘Music Freedom’

    T-Mobile was clear in its statement Monday that the music services themselves aren’t paying for access to the program -- though it didn’t disclose who is.