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Facebook data center in Sweden goes live, first outside US

Facebook data center in Sweden goes live, first outside US

Facebook announced today that they have opened up their first data center outside the US in Luleå, Sweden. It's located in a small town at the northern edge of the Baltic Sea, and is just 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It's an odd place for a data center, but Facebook says there are numerous reasons why they picked this location.

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Twitter splays out heat maps with geotagged Tweets

Twitter splays out heat maps with geotagged Tweets

We've seen heat maps from Foursquare before, but we haven't seen anything from Twitter in a while. However, the micro-blogging service showed off a handful of heat maps today that map out all geotagged Tweets that make the maps look like a blue-and-white blotch of paint that spilled onto a canvas.

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Twitter CEO on security: “we haven’t moved quickly enough”

Twitter CEO on security: “we haven’t moved quickly enough”

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo spoke at the D11 conference today and discussed a wide range of topics involving the social media serivce, including Twitter's new two-factor authentication that they just recently started rolling out. Twitter was one of the few big services to play catch-up with the security feature, and Costolo knows it.

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Facebook intros verified pages and profiles, takes a page from Twitter

Facebook intros verified pages and profiles, takes a page from Twitter

In an effort to help users identify legitimate pages and profiles of popular celebrities and businesses. Facebook has rolled out their own verification system that's a lot like Twitter's own offering. Verified Facebook page and profiles will have a small blue checkmark next to their name, indicating that it's the official page or profile of said person or business.

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Twitter two-factor authentication rolling out now

Twitter two-factor authentication rolling out now

As tipped late last month, Twitter has begun rolling out two-factor authentication. This will allow users to require both a password and a verification code that gets sent to them via SMS on their mobile phone. The feature is disabled by default, so you'll need to go into your account settings in order to enable it.

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Twitter granted pull-to-refresh patent for “defensive purposes” only

Twitter granted pull-to-refresh patent for “defensive purposes” only

Twitter announced today that they have been granted a patent for the popular pull-to-refresh gesture that you see in many mobile apps. However, as a part of the company's new Innovator's Patent Agreement, Twitter agrees only to use the patent for "defensive purposes." Otherwise, the company will need Loren Brichter's permission, the man who invented the gesture.

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Syrian Electronic Army cyberattacks The Financial Times

Syrian Electronic Army cyberattacks The Financial Times

Another day, another cyberattack by the Syrian Electronic Army. This time the hacktivist collective targeted The Financial Times, making a nuisance of itself by taking over several of the company's Twitter accounts, as well as changing the titles of posts on The Financial Times' blog posts to "Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army." While the actions themselves are annoying, one message in particular crossed the line when it sent readers to a video of an execution.

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Google+ amplifies mobile reach: how in-site reccommendations will affect the reader

Google+ amplifies mobile reach: how in-site reccommendations will affect the reader

Google is continuing its push for more Google+ features, and today it has announced a new addition for mobile users to take advantage of. Essentially, the new feature suggests other articles to read to mobile users when already reading a specific article. The content that gets recommended is based on relevancy, popularity, the author, and other minor factors.

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Flipboard update brings SMS sharing, proves that text messaging isn’t dead

Flipboard update brings SMS sharing, proves that text messaging isn’t dead

Flipboard has updated its iOS app to add even more features on top of the recently-updated 2.0 version that was released on iOS and Android not too long ago. Today's update brings new profile pages, a new "Friends" category, improved sharing that now comes with SMS support, and the ability to save an image to your camera roll by tapping on it.

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Microsoft’s Bing integrates Facebook Likes and comments

Microsoft’s Bing integrates Facebook Likes and comments

Microsoft is continuously adding new features to its Bing search engine, and this time around the company has added integration for Facebook that allows users of the social networking site to comment and Like stuff directly in Bing search results. Microsoft has been researching ways to distinguish itself from Google, and it seems social is the way to go for them.

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Facebook Trusted Contacts suggests safety from a locked-out account

Facebook Trusted Contacts suggests safety from a locked-out account

Facebook is rolling out a new feature called Trusted Contacts, which allow you to choose three to five friends to help you if you ever get locked out of your account. If you're ever locked out, your trusted contacts can step in to prove that it's actually you needing to get back into your account. From there, Facebook will give security codes needed to log in to your account.

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Facebook rakes in $1.46b revenue, 751m mobile users in Q1 2013

Facebook rakes in $1.46b revenue, 751m mobile users in Q1 2013

Facebook has reported its Q1 2013 earnings today, and there seems to be mixed results across the board. The company scrounged up $1.46 billion in revenue, which is up 38% from the same quarter last year, but it's not up to par from where the company was at over the summer. As for net profit, the company earned $312 million and earnings of 12 cents per share.

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