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Instagram hits 50 million users

Instagram hits 50 million users

Facebook buying Instagram for $1 billion might be pretty cool, but the service hitting 50 million registered users is even cooler. Spurred on by the acquisition, plus the recent release of Instagram for Android, users are falling over themselves to get on board the image sharing service. According to the Instagram API, new users are joining at a rate of 5 million per week.

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Where’s Zuckerberg’s Facebook organ donor status?

Where’s Zuckerberg’s Facebook organ donor status?

We reported earlier today that Facebook has launched a new feature that encourages more people to become organ donors by letting users share this information via a profile status update. With more people announcing that they are organ donors, peer pressure may get more folks to join the ranks. However, on last check, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself has yet to set a good example by adopting this new status.

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Blackberry Foursquare app gets NFC support

Blackberry Foursquare app gets NFC support

Here's something we don't get to say very often - the Blackberry version of a popular social app is trailblazing the way for new technology. Yes, the Foursquare app on Research in Motion's dying smartphone platform has just been updated, bringing with it support for a whole portfolio of Near Field Communication (NFC) features. This widely expands NFC Foursquare functionality, which is currently only available to Android Ice Cream Sandwich phones.

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Olympic athletes sue Samsung over Facebook app

Olympic athletes sue Samsung over Facebook app

No fewer than 18 world-class athletes are fuming over a Facebook app that lets users see how closely they are connected to stars of the Olympic games. The app, powered by Samsung, ties in its products and services to the upcoming 2012 games. It is essentially like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but instead of Kevin Bacon it's professional athletes who have won in the Olympics. Now, a dozen and a half of those athletes are suing.

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Snapguide becomes first to have seamless Pinterest integration

Snapguide becomes first to have seamless Pinterest integration

Pinterest may be the third most popular social network on the Internet, but up to this point its presence on third-party mobile apps has been minimal. It doesn't offer developers an API (application programming interface) and there is no universal log-in feature like other services such as Facebook. But Snapguide, a newbie in the iPhone App Store that wants to make its mark in the social media world, wants to change that.

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Facebook IPO expected to face delays

Facebook IPO expected to face delays

The date for the Facebook IPO hasn’t even been made official yet, but already it’s being threatened by delays, according to sources familiar with the matter. CNBC reports that Zuckerberg and co have been so focused on acquisitions than they haven’t prepared themselves for the IPO. The current rumored date is May 17th, although these new developments mean it could happen towards the end of May.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 24, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. It's time for the evening wrap-up where we check out all the big stories that made headlines today. And we can't talk about big stories today without mentioning Apple's quarterly earnings call - Apple Q1 earnings top entire history. By comparison, everything else might be a secondary story, but there is good news for the anti-Apple (i.e., Android) crowd. The Asus Transformer TF101 gets ICS update. And if you're more interested in the latest emerging news and trends, you have to check this out - Planetary Resources asteroid mining made a reality.

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Facebook eclipses 900 million users

Facebook eclipses 900 million users

The number of Facebook accounts is almost equal to the entire population of Africa. In fact, it's about the same as one-seventh of the entire global population. Of course, not all of those people actually log on to the social networking site on a regular basis, but around 60% of them are in fact checking in to Facebook each and every day. That's a retention rate that sites with 1/100 that volume of users pray for. In other words, believe it or not, there is still room for the site to grow.

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Privacyscore scans Facebook apps for privacy rating

Privacyscore scans Facebook apps for privacy rating

While it may soon be worth a gazillion dollars, there are many out there still scared to death by Facebook and certain privacy issues, not to mention the large numbers of apps and sites across the web that use your Facebook as a passport of sorts. PrivacyChoice is hoping to alleviate such fears, today launching a Privacyscore app for Facebook. The app will let users see which Facebook apps protect their privacy, and which don’t.

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Facebook Credits become subject of class-action lawsuit on behalf of parents

Facebook Credits become subject of class-action lawsuit on behalf of parents

When a 13-year-old signs up for Facebook and agrees to the terms and conditions of the site, buried within which is a phrase about consulting a parent or guardian before buying Facebook Credits, is that enough to shield the social networking site from parents who say their children are making purchases without their consent? That will be the subject of a class-action lawsuit that was recently filed against the online giant.

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