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International Olympic Committee enhances online social presence

International Olympic Committee enhances online social presence

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are going to be the most online-connected Olympics ever. That's a fact, and it's nothing worth writing an essay about because that doesn't surprise anyone. What's perhaps most interesting, though, is to see whether or not the organization that runs the international games is keeping up with the incredible social presence that the next few months will have.

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Autodesk buys Socialcam in $60m deal

Autodesk buys Socialcam in $60m deal

3D design software pioneer Autodesk announced today that it has agreed to buy mobile video start-up Socialcam for around $60 million. The deal will likely close sometime within the next 30 days, and afterward, it sounds like Socialcam will still retain a large amount of its independence. That doesn't mean that Autodesk isn't going to focus on beefing up Socialcam's service, however, with the company saying that it intends to develop "a more comprehensive set of tools" for Socialcam's tens of millions of users.

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Facebook acquires Spool team and shuts down legacy apps

Facebook acquires Spool team and shuts down legacy apps

Facebook has acquired the team behind Spool, a company that offers free iOS and Android apps that allow users to bookmark web content and view it later offline. This is just the latest in Facebook's line of mobile and social acquisitions as it attempts to cash in on the increasing number of Facebook users who are accessing the site through smartphones and tablets. The price Facebook paid for the Spool team was not disclosed during the announcement of the acquisition.

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Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

A lot of the discussion about the rise in social networking tends to shift toward the subject of users being divorced from real life, sitting at home instead of going out and actually meeting people. One would assume this would lead to a society where vanity and looks don't seem as important, but in fact it's exactly the opposite that seems to be true.

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Oracle continues social media binge with Involver buyout

Oracle continues social media binge with Involver buyout

Cloud-based software company Oracle is apparently serious about hitting the social media scene hard, announcing today that it has purchased Involver, a company that specializes in the development of customized social media campaigns. This marks Oracle's third social media acquisition in the past two months, so Oracle will soon be ready to offer its customers a range of social media services alongside the cloud-based software services it already provides. The price Oracle paid to acquire Involver is still unknown.

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Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Waze has passed the 20 million user mark. If you haven’t heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It’s a unique ‘social GPS’ platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features.

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Chirpify takes political donations to Twitter

Chirpify takes political donations to Twitter

We hear expressions like "if everyone just gave a few dollars..." all the time for things like charitable donations, reducing the poverty level, etc. But in reality the one place where that mindset probably makes the most profound difference is in political elections. There's been a paradigm shift in fundraising such that candidates now truly care about those $10 or $20 donations made by average voters. And the less friction there is, the better.

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Facebook not acceptable place to serve legal papers judge rules

Facebook not acceptable place to serve legal papers judge rules

"You've been served." Those are three words that usually carry with them a rather weighty tone. But don't expect to see them creeping into your Facebook message inbox any time soon. A judge has ruled that serving defendants with legal papers notifying them that they're being sued is not acceptable. The case in question revolves around a measly $1,243 credit card debt.

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