Ryan Lochte brings home gold, beating rival Michael Phelps

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Lochte won the first gold medal for the US, outpacing fourth-place Phelps.

Elizabeth Beisel (right) congratulated Shiwen Ye of China after they competed in the women's 400-meter Individual medley on Saturday.

Elizabeth Beisel wins silver in 400-meter individual medley

The Rhode Island native finished behind China’s Ye Shiwen, who set a world record.

The Olympic rings were illuminated with pyrotechnics during the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday.

Olympics Opening Ceremony hits ratings high

NBC’s taped coverage of Friday night’s festivities earned the highest overnight rating for a non-US Opening Ceremonies ever, summer or winter.

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Patrick returns 3 strikes bill

Governor Deval Patrick sent the bill back to lawmakers Saturday urging that they amend it to give a sentencing judge more flexibility.

Red Sox at Yankees

Rain delays Red Sox-Yankees

The first pitch is now scheduled for 6:05 p.m. after rain delayed the start of the second game of the weekend series in the Bronx.

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Nicholson Baker.

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‘The Way the World Works’ by Nicholson Baker

This collection of essays is Baker’s fourteenth book and prompts reflection on his extraordinary writing career.


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Nancy Baym (left) and Mary L. Gray are social media researchers at Microsoft Cambridge, becoming anthropologists of the digital age.

Cambridge becoming social media research hub

Some of the Boston area’s brightest minds are studying, in real time, changing attitudes and behaviors for Harvard, MIT, IBM, Google and Microsoft.

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Many of the athletes from around the world will be posting both text and images on Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media, documenting their time in competition and in around the Olympic Village in London.

Welcome to the Socialympics

Thanks to the soaring popularity of social media, fans of the Olympics will have the opportunity to follow the London Games more comprehensively, and obsessively, than ever before.