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Editors’ Picks — 17th May 2015

This week, readers are given a chance to see the effects of certain budget cuts and investment initiatives; how did Twitter’s share price drop by US$8b, and should we be trusting market trends? Moving beyond Australian borders, we explore Africa’s rapid urbanisation and China’s new proposal to invest $50 billion in Brazil.

Social media, social capital and… lolcats?

As my first year statistics students can tell you, I’m not much of a gambling man. But if you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet you use social media. I’d even guess most of you only found this post because of social media. So let me ask you this. Is social media a blessing or a curse? Does it boost or cripple productivity?

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