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Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

If you're one of those people who has to tweet every 10 seconds, never keeps your Facebook page outdated, and always checks out up and coming platforms like Instagram and Pinterest? If so, then you probably already know about Klout, a startup that ranks individuals based on their social media presence. It is largely just a way to brag about yourself online - but one airline is starting to turn it into something more.

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Zuckerberg a no-show at Facebook’s Boston IPO roadshow

Zuckerberg a no-show at Facebook’s Boston IPO roadshow

When you're trying to justify an initial public offering somewhere in the range of 11 billion dollars, it's a good idea to keep your calendar in order. Nevertheless, Reuters reports that Facebook's 27-year-old CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined to attend the second stop of the company's IPO roadshow in Boston, leaving over 200 observers - including potential investors - feeling like fans at a cancelled rock concert. Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg fielded questions, but offered no explanation for her boss's absence.

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Zynga’s YoVille game falls victim to hackers

Zynga’s YoVille game falls victim to hackers

It's not as popular as FarmVille or Mafia Wars or Draw Something, which is probably why hackers thought it would be an easy target. And they were right. Zynga has admitted that a group of users exploited vulnerabilities in its game YoVille, but they didn't have access to any sensitive information. What they were able to do, though, is erase the inventory of players, some of whom no doubt spent a fair sum of real money to acquire that inventory. However, this isn't an issue of user privacy.

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Facebook investor roadshow sees Zuckerberg keep it casual

Facebook investor roadshow sees Zuckerberg keep it casual

Mark Zuckerberg is starting to come to terms with the fact that as the head of a humongous public company he'll have to have a little more stage presence. In an effort to promote Facebook's vaulting into its initial public offering, the young billionaire is going on a roadshow across the country, though by his appearance you wouldn't believe he's there to talk about a $10 billion entry into the stock market. His presence can be described with one word: casual.

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Yelp reports positive quarterly earnings

Yelp reports positive quarterly earnings

Social restaurant reviewing site Yelp is on the rise. The website posted $31 million in revenue during the most recent quarter, a notable increase from the previous quarter. The social site managed to jump out in front of other social platforms even though Facebook is launching its initial public offering and other social companies are being scooped up by larger companies. It's a good sign for Yelp.

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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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