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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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Blame your friends for Twitter screwing up your timeline

Blame your friends for Twitter screwing up your timeline

Twitter's little-loved new habit of putting other users' favorited tweets into your timeline may well be changing, it's reported, though only to clarify why they're showing up, not stop them altogether. The short-message social network began frustrating users earlier this month, by effectively treating some favorited tweets as favorites in how they were displayed to other users. Now, some background on exactly how that's decided - and how it might be evolving - has emerged.

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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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