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Google buys polling startup for Google+ integration

Google buys polling startup for Google+ integration

Today, Google is announcing they’ve made another acquisition, this time in a startup named Polar. If you’re unfamiliar, don’t worry — the company focusses on online polls, not an app you’re missing out on. It’s being reported that Polar will be cobbled into Google+, suggesting that Google is, at least in some respect, forging ahead with its social layer.

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Apple may buy Path, that social app you don’t use

Apple may buy Path, that social app you don’t use

If there’s one thing Apple currently lacks, it’s a good social layer to their various offerings. Perhaps to satiate our need to be digitally social, Apple is reportedly close to purchasing the nearly four-year-old Path. Insiders say the deal may already be done, too.

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Twitter “Buy” feature officially in testing phase

Twitter “Buy” feature officially in testing phase

We previously told you that Twitter was testing out a system for allowing users to purchase goods right from their timeline. With the “Buy” button, goods and (perhaps someday) services could be purchased with a few clicks, making Twitter much more than a social platform. That feature is now being rolled out, with Twitter rolling out an explanatory video alongside it.

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Facebook starts looking for click-bait so you don’t have to

Facebook starts looking for click-bait so you don’t have to

Lots of people use Facebook as a news feed rather than a social site. Even if you mix the two up, chances are you see some website news in your feed (like ours). Facebook is making another pass at creating the best system possible, and it will help weed out the nonsense for you. As for websites and publishers — they may have to change their practices.

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Twitter may be readying feature to let you purchase goods

Twitter may be readying feature to let you purchase goods

Twitter may be nearing an agreement that will let you make purchases right from your social media feed. In working with payments startup Stripe, sources say Twitter will offer up a quick link within a tweet. The purchase option could have an item shipping to you immediately, too, making quick-hit social media an even quicker drain on your bank account.

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Twitter will remove deceased’s photos on family’s request

Twitter will remove deceased’s photos on family’s request

Twitter has put in place a new policy that somewhat goes contrary to its usual stance on censorship and freedom of speech. Starting today, the immediate family of a deceased, or an authorized representative of his or her estate, can not only request that the Twitter account be deactivated but to also have images of their loved ones removed from Twitter altogether.

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Ditto will scan Tumblr photos to identify you with brands

Ditto will scan Tumblr photos to identify you with brands

Social media sometimes reveals quite a bit about what you like or dislike, and Tumblr is trying to capitalize on that. the picture-centric social site is now allowing Ditto Labs to scan posts to gauge how we feel about products we post pictures of. It’s a unique attempt at creating meta-data that goes beyond the hashtag.

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How to: Manage your Facebook, Google app log-ins

How to: Manage your Facebook, Google app log-ins

If you’re one to use a social media account to log into an app or service, chances are you’ve got a lot of them accessing your info. It’s a quick and easy way to get up and running with a new app, but if you stop using that app, it may still be accessing your info. If you want to manage those apps and services that can see your details and such (and you should), here’s how to go about doing so with Google and Facebook.

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How do you consume media on Android?

How do you consume media on Android?

Earlier today, we posed a question via Facebook: how do you consume media on your Android device? With so many great services out there, we wanted to know if there was one that stood out for our readers. As it turns out, the options for media consumption amongst our readers is as varied as the services on offer.

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Social goes shopping with Facebook ‘Buy’ feature

Social goes shopping with Facebook ‘Buy’ feature

You may soon get the option to buy something neat you find via Facebook. The company has announced they are testing a “Buy” button on posts which would let you purchase an item on display right from Facebook. The service works from either desktop or mobile.

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Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Starting with a Malaysia Airline Tweet at 10:36 CST today, the world quickly became aware of a problem with Flight MH17 over Ukranian airspace. This civilian flight originated in Amsterdam and was headed to Kuala Lumpur. The Ukranian presidency has confirmed the crash officially.

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Google+ lifts real-name policy — too little, too late?

Google+ lifts real-name policy — too little, too late?

Google+, the social service you probably aren’t using, has lifted a restriction that may have been keeping you away. The social layer of Google once required you to use a real name to associate yourself with the service. Over time, they peeled back that rigid requirement, and are now doing away with it completely.

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