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Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.

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Zuckerberg: standalone apps will pepper Facebook’s future

Zuckerberg: standalone apps will pepper Facebook’s future

During its fourth-quarter earnings conference call yesterday, the social network's Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook's mobile future, and it looks to be one peppered with standalone mobile apps that provide a decidedly non-Facebook experience. The move will give the company's troves of users -- and even those who shy away from the network -- more incentive to use one or more of its apps.

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Obama hosts real West Wing “Big Block of Cheese Day” across social

Obama hosts real West Wing “Big Block of Cheese Day” across social

Fans of the West Wing - and of getting greater insight into how the US government ticks - will be excited to hear that today is Big Block of Cheese Day, with the Obama Administration throwing open the virtual doors and answering public questions across social networks. Named after the fictitious day when West Wing's President Bartlet and staff took questions from special interest groups, however wacky, according to The White House the real thing will be playing out today across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Instagram.

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Google+ Explore turns misunderstood network into social Reader replacement

Google+ Explore turns misunderstood network into social Reader replacement

Google has added a new category view to Google+, effectively turning the contentious service into a socially-curated news reader to take on Flipboard, Pulse, and others. Dubbed Google+ Explore, and initially available both on the desktop and in the Android app, the new view combines shared posts and content, communities related to particular topics, and popular "What's Hot" stories that have been highlighted by other Google+ users.

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Vine celebrates first year with #VineBirthday campaign, favorite videos

Vine celebrates first year with #VineBirthday campaign, favorite videos

It seems only yesterday Vine took off in a Twitter-fueled spat of popularity, rising through the ranks to become the stomping grounds for all those who want more than GIFs but less than full-blown videos. Alas, a year has passed, and today is the looping-video service's birthday. To celebrate, users are encouraged to share their favorite Vines with the #VineBirthday hashtag, as well as checking out the company's all-time favorites.

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Pinterest adds GIF support

Pinterest adds GIF support

If Tumblr isn't satiating your GIF needs, Pinterest might become your new favorite stomping ground -- the company has announced on its blog new support for GIFs, adding an element of easy-to-browse animations to the picture-pinning social network. To get people in the mood, it also collected together some of its favorites for all to enjoy.

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