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At this point in time, it's pretty-well assured that the vast majority of people are getting a little annoyed by North Korea's ongoing antics, and while we'd love to see things settle down and people be reasonable, that's not the restrictive state's way. It seems that the country has only one outcome in mind, and for that reason, hacktivist group Anonymous has stepped-in in an attempt to annoy it right back. In the best way it knows how, Anonymous has begun targeting social networking accounts and websites related to the country, such as news site Uriminzokkiri and its related Flickr page. It also claims to have 15,000 usernames and passwords snatched from a North Korean university... Read more...
Remember when encyclopedia sets were sold as genuine hard-backed books, with folks walking door to door to sign you up for the year's latest and greatest edition? Man, those were the days. And soon, we'll be saying the same about the census. According to a new report, the Census Bureau will conduct the 2020 census via the Internet. A trial of some sort is already underway, offering it as an option to around a quarter of a million households that are selected at random for the American Community Survey. Come 2020, the Internet, smartphones and other technologies will be used to take stock of how the country is represented. Reportedly, the 2010 census cost $96 per household to conduct, up from... Read more...
Who says the economy is still rough in Northern California? Just months after Apple announced plans that it would soon be moving ahead with a second headquarters south of San Francisco, Facebook has now received the proper blessings to construct a second campus in Menlo Park, California. The secondary headquarters will be within walking distance of the first, reportedly "west of Bayfront Expressway, near its headquarters on the other side of the road." The city council voted 4-0 to let Facebook move forward, obviously its formal way of 'Liking' such a plan. Based on early plans, the company is hoping to build an "exceptionally long 433,555-square-foot building designed by renowned architect Frank... Read more...
Facebook is a social network that's maturing before our eyes. What started as a simple way for university students to keep in touch has blossomed into a company with publicly traded stocks, and with that comes an expectation to get better, slicker, and add more features over time. Google, on the other hand, has been pushing hard to make Google+ the go-to network when planning events. After all, if you invite people who also use Google Calendar, you can see right away if there are any conflicts in scheduling. But Facebook wants a piece of that pie as well. The company has just added a new feature that includes the weather forecast for your upcoming event, and it's also being embedded in several... Read more...
If you had any concerns that Facebook would begin to rest on its laurels after becoming a public company, let those concerns be put to rest. The company has just announced the hiring of a new Chief Technology Officer -- obviously an extraordinarily important role in a tech-driven outfit. Mike Schroepfer is the man taking the role, but the interesting twist is where he's coming from. He's actually an ex-Mozilla employee, so he knows a thing or two about coding, the Web, the cloud, and how people interact on the Internet. Facebook is actually replacing two interim CTOs (Cory Ondrejka and Mike Vernal), but it's unclear what roles those two will fall into. Photo: Joi Ito/Flickr Prior to this position,... Read more...
#thatsagoodidea. No, that's not a legitimate sentence, but you get the point, right? Twitter has taken the hashtag to another level, making it a part of everyday culture at this point. And since it's so easy to recognize, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that one of Twitter's primary rivals is consider adding it as well. Facebook is reportedly thinking about adding the hashtag to its official lexicon. It's unclear at this point how far along the process is, but it has become quite clear that with breaking worldwide events (the Pope ordeal, for example), Twitter is leading the way on trends. And Facebook wants a part of it. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is "testing whether... Read more...
We already covered the sad, sad notion that Google is shutting down its famed Reader RSS platform, and that has left many RSS loyalists looking for an immediate alternative. And now, Digg is taking advantage of the situation. Digg was once a huge force in the social sharing game, but as Facebook, Twitter and newer forms of networking took off, Digg usage began to sink. After a fresh redesign, the team is now placing a "top priority" tag on the building of an all new RSS reader. And the goal, of course, is to capture as many ex-Reader users as possible. In order to do so, the company is accelerating a plan it said was already in the works -- a plan to construct its own reader. In fact, it's even... Read more...
Facebook officially unveiled the promised overhaul of its News Feed today, and the result--which users will see on the Web as early as, well, right now--is essentially a live-updating social newspaper, complete with different “sections”. Citing three values that the Facebook team wanted to bring to this update--visually richer stories, choice of different feeds, and a unified experience across desktop and mobile devices--the new News Feed significantly increases the amount of screen real estate that is devoted to actual items. For example, photos appear larger than before, with the accompanying text overlaid on top instead of above and below, and the left side of the screen has been... Read more...
Well, we can't say we didn't see this one coming. Twitter purchased TweekDeck for around $40-50 million in 2011. And now, it's essentially shutting things down. In a strange effort to continue getting people to use Twitter.com and the official Twitter apps instead of the myriad excellent third-party alternatives, Twitter announced this week that TweetDeck is essentially dead. The company will continue to support the Web-based versions, but it's discontinuing support for the older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone. They will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop functioning shortly thereafter. It's also going to discontinue support... Read more...
Pundits wondered why Facebook would pay a billion dollars for Instagram, when it only had around 30 million users. This is why. Despite a mainstream backlash over privacy and policy changes a few months back, the sign-up rate at Instagram has been tremendous. In fact, the photo sharing company just announced that after two years of hard work, over 100 million people are now members. That's a huge, huge number, and it makes sense that Facebook wanted to get in on the roller coaster ride as Instagram was still sailing high. It's tough to envision how long it'll take Instagram to double up (or triple up, even) from here, but with Facebook intertwined, the sky probably is the limit. So, are you on... Read more...
As it often goes, smaller startups tend to forget all about awesome parts of their business as soon as they're snapped up by larger companies. Even if the "larger company" used to be a "small startup" itself. When Sparrow got swallowed by Google, almost all of the innovation within Sparrow's own app came to a screeching halt. And now, Posterous looks to be saying goodbye to some of its core as it moves on to a world dictated by Twitter. You see, Posterous was purchased by Twitter around a year ago, after launching to much fanfare in 2008. The goal for the company was to make sharing photos and connecting on social networks easier. Naturally, that kind of mission statement makes it a perfect fit... Read more...
For a little while now, Facebook has been offering users the ability to pay to promote their own posts. In doing so, stories you post and promote are displayed more prominently in your friends' news feed. Now, Facebook is expanding this feature by offering users the ability to pay to promote their friends' posts. By paying to promote one of your friends' posts, you'll ensure that post will show more prominently in other friends' news feeds. To demonstrate how the feature could be used, Facebook gave the example of a friend who is renting out her apartment. By telling her friends on Facebook, your friend reaches a limited audience. If you promote that post, it will appear higher in the news feed... Read more...
Here's an interesting idea: buying things on Twitter. And not just on Twitter, but through Twitter -- as in, Twitter is the transactional medium. It sounds like a crazy, bold idea, and it is. But, that's not stopping American Express from giving it a whirl. As many major corporations look for ideal ways to utilize social media to better service and engage clients as well as potential clients, AMEX is taking its "Sync" program to the next level. AMEX was already fairly savvy with technology. It already utilizes Sync in order to link AMEX cards to Foursquare accounts, allowing cardholders to receive occasional discounts if checking in at a location and then making a purchase with their AMEX card... Read more...
According to a recent report, around half of all Super Bowl commercials featured Twitter in some form or fashion. Perhaps it was just a hashtag logo at the end, or perhaps it was that iconic bird icon beside the company's Twitter handle. Regardless of the particulars, it's quite clear that Twitter has exploded, and is most certainly not reserved as just a niche, techy-only social network. Moreover, researchers are increasingly turning to Twitter to size up how well television shows are doing, and how the majority are reacting. To no one's surprise, Twitter itself is taking notice. In a blog post this week, the company announced that it has acquired Bluefin Labs. If you've never heard of that... Read more...
How do you know we're living in the future? If Wi-Fi in the skies and second-screen experiences aren't enough for you, how about this? While Google has thought up some pretty outlandish things in its history, there's a big difference between cooking something up on a drawing board, and submitting something to the FCC for clearance. Google Glass has been seen as a pretty far-fetched initiative, essentially strapping a 24/7 camera to your face and allowing those who wear it to interact with their social contacts via the Internet. It could very well usher in the era of wearable computing in the mainstream, but it could also serve to freak out those who are already concerned with being watching too... Read more...
If you haven't heard, Facebook is now a public company. That means that the experience has, and will continue to change into eternity now that the company has to turn a profit to satisfy shareholders. Facebook has been cramming ads into feeds left and right, and is even experimenting with an option that'll let users pay real money to send a message into someone's Facebook Inbox. But here's a money-making idea that feels a lot less forced: gift cards. The new Facebook Card is a new twist on a familiar concept, and considering that giving is always better than getting, it might just make you feel warm and cozy within. Starting this week, people can give their friends gifts to Jamba Juice, Olive... Read more...
Twitter has been evolving fairly rapidly of late, likely because it's moving closer and closer to a legitimate business model with sponsored tweets and the like. This week, the social networking outfit has rolled out several enhancements that make it easier to view photos and videos on Twitter — in particular, on profiles and in search results. Viewers can now see larger photos right on the page; just click a photo from a profile page or in search results to see a larger version of that photo without leaving the page. On the video front, media galleries now include videos from Vine, YouTube, Vimeo, and other partners whose videos appear in expanded Tweets.  What’s more, tweet... Read more...
Pinterest, the social bookmarking site everybody loves but many guys will only use through their wife/sister/girlfriend’s account (come on fellas, own it already), is getting a bit of a revamp. According to a blog post, Pinterest is changing up the interface somewhat in addition to unspecified “behind the scenes” changes designed to make things run a little faster. The most evident changes will pertain to the user interface. Primarily, Pinterest is making it more intuitive to navigate the site and is both enlarging the pins and including more information with each one, including related pins, other boards the pin was pinned to, and other pins from the same board. Any improvements... Read more...
Netflix is gearing up to add something you’ve been wanting for a long time. What? No, it’s not HBO content. No, it’s not a better selection of new movies. This is bigger! Better! It’s…”social features.” That’s right, Netflix is getting closer to letting you share your viewing habits with friends. Keep holding your breath for that HBO content, if you insist.   An amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act should make it easier for Netflix to get digital permission from its users to add features that would let them share tidbits about their movie preferences on social networks, such as Facebook. (Some non-U.S. Netflix users already... Read more...
Good things tend to come to those who are famous. And if you're one of the high and mighty, you now have more more vain reason to turn to Google+. The company has just announced that vanity URLs will be available to "verified accounts," with other profiles to follow suit "over time." Basically, this is following a move by Facebook to allow users to select a URL username to follow the host name and backslash. The custom URLs are being rolled out now to select celebrities and companies, but the simpletons are simply told to "stay tuned." If you're looking for that level of vanity right now, Facebook will let even the non-celebs grab their own.... Read more...
Does the world have room for another Twitter? And moreover, does the world even want another Twitter? We're about to find out. What started as a nifty idea and a Kickstarter project has now been fully funded, with "App.net" reaching its $500,000 funding goal overnight. That means that Dalton Caldwell's project has enough money to really kick into overdrive, with a Twitter-like atmosphere of real-time global information streaming hitting its users. What's the primary difference? Well, it's a service dedicated to users, and devoid of advertisers. Many have questioning the stability and genuineness of Twitter now that advertisers are getting more deeply involved, and App.net seems to be an answer... Read more...
Now that Facebook's a properly official public company, it'll be doing things it never had to do before. Things like "being transparent." With the world watching, the company is a much different place, but even before the IPO, it looks as if Facebook was tracking something that'll be highly important in the years ahead. Following in the footsteps of countless other technology mainstays, Facebook has just announced its 2011 carbon footprint, energy mix and energy use. Why? According to the company, it's making the move because it "believes in the power of openness, and because it hopes that adding another data point to our collective understanding of our industry’s environmental impact will... Read more...
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