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Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

You’ve probably seen Ello pop up on your RSS feed (or however you happen to keep up with information) over the past few days. The new social media site has been dubbed the “anti-Facebook”, due to its strikingly sparse interface and promise to not make you the product. To gauge how accurate that is, I went inside to discover what Ello is, and who it isn’t for.

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New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

New Gmail users no longer need Google+ account

Those without a Gmail account (we were surprised they existed, too) will no longer have to join Google+ as a result of signing up. Quietly, Google slipped the once-mandatory Google+ account away from Gmail, leaving those who want email to have that alone. It’s a strange subtraction for Google to make for social, but may be the biggest sign yet they’re not too keen on it lately.

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Facebook changing news feed to be timely, topical

Facebook changing news feed to be timely, topical

Facebook is a good way to find news (you can find us there, too!), but has faced quite a bit of criticism for not providing timely posts. Today, Facebook is announcing changes to their news feed that will provide users with topical info that is popular, and not simply a sampling of everything in your feed.

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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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