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Editorial: Facing Facebook and Google: Without a fairer market, quality news can’t thrive

We often deliver frank advice to members of Congress. Today we deliver a frank alert: If companies that provide high-quality reporting and commentary can't freely bargain with the likes of Google and Facebook for a fair marketplace, then the news industry's downward financial spiral will only intensify. News staffs will continue to shrink, Americans will get less high-caliber journalism – and the low-rent providers of skimpy, one-sided or manipulative information will happily fill that void.

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Commentary: Quitting Facebook: isolating, yet ‘oddly’ freeing

I was a regular Facebook user for about 10 years, and I still keep an account open that I check from time to time. But, shortly after my children were born, I decided that using Facebook was not helping me to live my life in a meaningful way and might have been adding to my re-emerging feelings of depression. So, after a few false starts, I stopped using it. I found that after I quit, I really did not miss it very much. Sure, I lost touch with what was happening with some of my acquaintances and felt a little more isolated, but I also felt oddly freed.

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Editorial: What Facebook needs most: competition

A familiar pattern has emerged over the past decade with Facebook. A journalistic investigation or a watchdog group shows the world's most popular social network – with more than 200 million users in the United States and more than 2.2 billion worldwide – has broken promises about safeguarding its users' privacy or protecting them from manipulation by malign forces. Facebook co-founder and main owner Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for mistakes and promises his company will do better. Some cosmetic changes and even actual improvements occur, but before too long another story emerges showing still more broken promises.

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Editorial: Will Facebook face up to its failings?

Major corporations make big promises to potential customers. Beer companies sell refreshment. Insurance companies offer protection. Facebook, the social media network used by an astounding 68 percent of American adults, peddles a warmer, fuzzier concept: togetherness.

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Book review: ‘Fansgiving,’ vampire learns the meaning of family in funny holiday tale for toddlers

Parents need to know that Ethan Long's "Fangsgiving," is the third book starring the funny, friendly, familiar characters introduced in "Fright Club." Here, the ghost, witch, werewolf, mummy, a Frankenstein-like monster, and a Dracula-like vampire named Vladimir are preparing a delicious Thanksgiving feast when Vladimir's relatives show up unexpectedly. The relatives take over and make horrifying food – and then their dog swoops in and eats it all up.

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Fans got meet George R.R. Martin, sit on the iron throne

MidAmeriCon II, a world science fiction and fantasy convention, brought authors, astronauts, costume creators, artists, role-playing gamers and more to the Kansas City Convention Center for five days. Fans got to meet George R.R. Martin, Hugo Awar