Social Happenings

By Jeanette Delaplane | Articles about social networking

Pinterest’s Head Of Partnerships Hints At Company’s “Aggressive Roadmap” For 2015

Pinterest’s Head of Partnerships Joanne Bradford spoke in more detail about the social network’s recently announced plans to open up to third-party developers at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference this morning, as well as how the site aims to make good on its multi-billion-dollar valuation …

Pinterest

Top Instagram Users Making Thousands Per Photo by Promoting Products

It pays to have a lot of Instagram followers — literally. Top users on the photo-sharing service these days are finding that their simple picture …

How to Pin iOS Apps On Pinterest

You may have heard Pinterest has teamed up with Apple to allow pinning iOS apps, with links directly to the App Store. Kelly explains how to pin apps …

Facebook acquires speech-recognition IoT startup Wit.AI

Image copyright Derrick Harris / Gigaom.Facebook has acquired Wit.AI, a San Francisco-based startup building a speech-recognition platform for the …

Artificial Intelligence

WhatsApp hits 700 million monthly active users

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>WhatsApp is one step closer to a billion regular users. The Facebook-owned chatting application released its latest metrics, …

The New Flipboard Gets Personal with Over 30,000 Topics to Follow

We’re on a quest to create the world’s best personal magazine, and today’s update—the third generation of Flipboard—builds on our core tenets. The …

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Off the Beaten Path: 6 Unusual Ways to Use Pinterest

Pinterest is no longer just about food, clothes, and weddings. We have learned in the past the potential for business on this social network is …

How 4 Photo Editors Are Using Instagram

Instagram is a powerful tool that professional photographers must take seriously if they want to be discovered via the platform – because just like …

Google+ will stop forcing you to use your real name

'We apologize.'<p>After years of receiving complaints that its policies put users at risk, Google said today that it has eliminated the requirement that people use their real names on Google+. The real-name policy, which debuted with the launch of Google+ three years ago, was designed to create a …

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Democrats introduce bill to ban 'paid prioritization' on the Net

In attempt to keep Net open to all, bill would require FCC to adopt rule that prevents formation of so-called "Internet fast lane."<p>Democratic congressional leaders have introduced legislation they say will ensure the Internet stays accessible to all online services and Net users and free of …

Net Neutrality

Flickr to Drop Google and Facebook Login Options at the End of this Month

Earlier this year, Yahoo! announced plans to wean off the Google and Facebook-based logins for its services. The first victim was their sports …

How to Stop Caring About Trolls and Get On With Your Life

You see them everywhere you go on the internet: anonymous users with nothing to say but rude, off-topic, or annoying comments designed to make you …

Gowalla Founder Josh Williams Raises $2.1 Million To Have Another Go At Local Mobile Discovery Apps

Gowalla founder Josh Williams is nothing if not consistent.<p>After several years spent building location-based mobile apps and products for his own company, as well as Facebook, he’s back with another venture that’s focused on improving the way we explore our everyday world.<p>As you probably recall, …

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Some upset with upcoming change to messages on Facebook mobile app

Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature.<p>The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from …

Facebook will punish publishers who ask for Likes and Shares

In its continued efforts to clean up and optimize your News Feed, Facebook today announced plans to start penalizing pages that bait users into liking and sharing content. Facebook specifically pointed to three kinds of posts it plans to pull from user feeds: "Like-baiting" posts that ask users to …

Why Teens Are Innovators Of A New Public Form Of Privacy

It may seem like teens are always over-sharing without a thought. But in a world where opting out of online culture is hardly an option, many take a far more sophisticated view of privacy than adults give them credit for.<p>The following is an excerpt from It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of …

Privacy

Amazon Prime Review - Is it Worth it?

Amazon recently announced that they will be increasing the price of their Prime service to $99 a year. That’s a $20 increase from $79 a year so let …

Pinterest Now Lets You Create As Many Secret Boards As You Want

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Google Adds Full Restaurant Menus To Its Search Results Pages

Here is a small but nifty update to Google Search: if you ask it to find a restaurant menu for you, it will now often just show you the menu right on the search results page. Try this for a search like “show me the menu for fogo de chao” and the menu will be right there.<p>As far as I can see, this …

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LinkedIn Finally Lets You Block Other Members

LinkedIn has at last added a long-requested feature with the introduction of member blocking. This adds a new privacy control to the service, which lets you restrict access to your profile, direct interactions, and network activity from any other logged-in member who you don’t want to interact with …

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Sochi hack report 'fraudulent,' security researcher charges

NBC News report that attendees at the Winter Olympics were being hacked immediately is "wrong in every respect," Errata Security's Robert Graham says. NBC defends its story.<p>A report this week that attendees at the Sochi Winter Olympics were being hacked the second they booted up their electronic …

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Dropbox’s Cloud Storage Kings Drew Houston And Arash Ferdowsi Win Founder Of The Year Crunchie

You know you’re doing something right when Silicon Valley rock stars are ditching cushy jobs at Google and Facebook to join your startup. This year’s Founder Of The Year Crunchie goes to the talent magnets at Dropbox, CEO Drew Houston and CTO Arash Ferdowsi.<p>From an MIT dorm room to rejecting huge …

Startups

Early Twitter Investor Chris Sacca Wins Crunchie For Angel Of The Year

In the year in which Twitter went public, it’s hard to bet against one of the company’s earliest and most influential investors. Which is why it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Lowercase Capital founder Chris Sacca has won this year’s Crunchie for Angel of the Year.<p>Sacca put some of the …

Startups

Kickstarter Wins The 2013 Crunchie For “Best Overall Startup” By Leveling The Maker Playing Field

It’s not often that a startup changes the way the world works, but Kickstarter has done just that. The crowdfunding site had a banner 2013 and has won the Best Overall Startup award at this year’s Crunchies.<p>The category was packed with strong contenders. CloudFlare is a silent partner to the modern …

Startups

Now With 75% Of All Traffic Coming From Apps, Pinterest Revamps Its Mobile Website

Pinterest is today launching a new version of its mobile website, which the company says is “complete rewrite and redesign” aimed at better integrating the features found in Pinterest’s native mobile applications, like its more useful pins (those embedded with additional information) and related …

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SocialRadar shows you who is nearby, how you know them, and what you have in common

SocialRadar is trying to give humans the power of dolphins.<p>That is to say, enable us to figure out who is around using a form of radar.<p>SocialRadar released its iPhone app today that presents real-time information about people in your social network that are nearby. It was founded by Blackboard …

Facebook to launch standalone news app ‘Paper’

Facebook is launching a new standalone mobile news app called Paper that features a slick new look and content creation tools.<p>Why is Facebook concentrating solely on a news feed app? Well, the company definitely understands that its news feed is one of the most vital components overall. It’s one of …

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Squarespace: A quiet success story | Fortune.com

FORTUNE -- Andrew Braccia, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, often rolls his eyes when he comes across yet another list of the hottest New York startups. Most often, Squarespace, which he helped to finance, does not make the cut. Yet, he says, Squarespace is bigger and more successful than most …

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