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Weird Wide Web: The week in online oddities

The internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at some of the internet’s best offerings in social media, tech, science and weird news.

Portrait of an Istagram Artist

Before Instagram, photography was the reserve of people who had “talent” or “technical skills”. Well, not anymore.

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iPhone 5

The “iPhone 5″ – or whatever Apple’s new model ends up being named – is coming, with reports it will be unveiled on 12 September. If this video of a fresh model booting up doesn’t excatly rivet you (trust us, unless you’re a die-hard fan, it won’t) you might prefer to take a look at Sh*t Apple Fanatics Say…

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Twitter wars

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign saw it first sponsored hashtag (#AreYouBetterOff) go slightly wrong this week, when many tweeted back that, yes, they were actually better off.

On the other side of the race, Joe Biden also took a beating on Twitter when he gave an ad-lib speech during which he said the word “literally” a gazillion times and the word starting trending on Twitter. Literally.

However, Obama’s team are a tech-savvy as ever and managed to turn the attention to their advantage by buying an ad on the search term and promoting a tweet, which read:

Vice President @JoeBiden: “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive”.

Clever.

Grocery list

Mashable has complied a list of grocery apps that allow you to keep an eye on what’s in your fridge and sync grocery lists with your spouse or flat mate. Does this spell an end to excess packets of dried pasta clogging your cupboards or even – gasp! – that your flatmate may actually remember to buy toilet paper/milk/anything once and a while?

(Don’t hold your breath.)

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Social networking – career pitfalls

Most people are aware that their social networking profiles can have an direct effect on their job prospects. But what exactly piques the interest of a potential employer – or turns them off?

You may be surprised by the results of a new survey, which indicates that poor spelling turns recruiters off more than photos of drinking (although they’re not crazy about that either). And forget mentioning the Burning Man festival. They really don’t like that.

Suenos Del Agave performers dance on the playa during the Burning Man festival, Nevada. Picture by: Brad Horn/AP/Press Association Images

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