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LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn might be able to find you work, but they’re not happy with the job Developers have done with their APIs. Starting today, Developers who want to use any LinkedIn APIs will have to become part of LinkedIn’s Developer Program, which has been ‘refocussed’ to provide a limited set of use cases and support. There will still be open APIs, but what Developers can do with them will change. It’s an interesting move which some will take issue with, but also provides some careful image management for LinkedIn.

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Facebook Legacy Contact elects a guardian for your digital grave

Facebook Legacy Contact elects a guardian for your digital grave

Facebook is making it easier to handle your post-death digital footprint, introducing a new Legacy Contact feature which allows a pre-determined contact to turn a profile into a memorial. Legacy Contact builds on an existing option that converts the profiles of deceased Facebook users into stable shrines to their memory, allowing a trusted person to be nominated and that individual to then have some basic editing rights after a death has been confirmed. Alternatively, however, there's the option to have your Facebook account self-destruct when you yourself pass away.

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Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Maybe because they’re trying to get in on the Etsy racket, or maybe just because they can; either way, Facebook is now making it much easier to sell things via Groups. Today, the social giant is announcing a new feature for Groups, which will allow users to sell items in a more streamlined way, with posts that are more easily manageable and professional looking. The feature was spotted previously, with Facebook saying they were trialing it for some groups who were noticed to have been actively selling anyway.

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Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Detractors of Google’s social layer, Google+, can agree that its one redeeming quality is photo storage and sharing, where Google has done an incredibly good job of making sure your media looks good, and is easily accessible. To that point, Google has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that has some interesting features for private photo sharing. The team at Odysee, in announcing the acquisition, also say they’re joining the Google+ team.

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Yammer updates bring Android Wear support, iOS Handoff

Yammer updates bring Android Wear support, iOS Handoff

Yammer, the social network gone enterprise, is getting a pretty neat set of updates today. For those on iOS and Android, there’s more reason to use Yammer everywhere you go, and possibly even via alternative devices. For Android, Yammer now supports Android Wear, letting you check messages on your wrist, like them, and even reply as needed using vioce-to-text dictation. The update doesn’t fall on Yammer’s freemium side, either, so it’s open to all. For iOS users, cross-platform fun is coming via Handoff.

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Twitter’s Instant Timeline gives new users a feed full of content

Twitter’s Instant Timeline gives new users a feed full of content

Think back to when you created your Twitter account -- it was a lonely timeline and you were prompted to follow a bunch of accounts in order to change that. This resulted in following friends and maybe a bunch of others randomly, then picking through them over time, getting rid of some, following others, until you were getting the tweets you really wanted. Twitter isn't satisfied with this new-user experience, and so has addressed it with a new feature called Instant Timeline, something that does exactly what its name suggests.

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Twitter adds group messaging and 30s videos

Twitter adds group messaging and 30s videos

Twitter may be the social network where you tell the world what you had for breakfast, but new private messaging features now allow you to share it on a need-to-know basis. The support for private conversations - added to Twitter today, along with new video features that streamline the sharing of clips - builds on the social service's existing Direct Messages support, but expands them to an impromptu group of up to twenty people who needn't be following each other. It's the company's response to wildly popular instant messaging clients like Facebook-owned Whatsapp.

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Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter and Instagram are battling over mobile photo-sharing, and it is a story that has been long running. Back in December of 2012, Instagram changed the way its photos showed up on Twitter so that the latter's users are forced to click a link and view the images on Instagram's own site/app. For its part, Twitter has made filters available to users for sprucing up photos and making it more appealing to post images directly in tweets rather than through a different service. Now Twitter is upping its game.

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Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Renegade social site Ello now has ads via YouTube

Remember Ello? Not until you just read that, I bet. The ‘Facebook killer’ social network was ad-free, and a bit of fun for a week or so. Various brands latched onto it as a new medium to share themselves with the world, with its stripped-down interface and stark indifference to social as we know it. A big selling point for Ello was ads, where none existed. According to the founders, none would, either. Until today, with the rollout of video and music on Ello.

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Tumblr announces Creatrs, an ad network for Tumblr artists

Tumblr announces Creatrs, an ad network for Tumblr artists

Dovetailing into their other advertising initiatives, Yahoo-owned Tumblr is announcing Creatrs, an agency meant to connect Tumblr artists with interested ad agencies. A two-pronged effort, Creatrs will have two distinct moving parts: Network, and an internal cooperative at Tumblr made up of artists. The Network will allow creators to make their artwork available to brands and advertisers, which opens them up to syndication and better exposure. For now, Tumblr is choosing artists for the initiative, but it is likely going to open up to the community at-large.

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Facebook News Feed changes could prevent you from looking foolish

Facebook News Feed changes could prevent you from looking foolish

Facebook is more than just a social network. For many, it’s their primary source of news content, making their news feed much more than updates from family and friends. Sometimes, you come across content that appears real, but it’s quickly recognized as a ‘hoax’ story. In their ongoing attempt to end the clickbait, Facebook is now allowing us to report hoax posts. Facebook’s algorithm also takes into account how many delete the post, which will drive the ‘hoax’ down in the distribution rankings.

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Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

The official Twitter for Windows Phone app has been updated, adding Cortana integration for tweeting by voice, and improving how links browsed on your phone can be shared socially. The latest version, for Windows Phone 8.1 devices only, now allows users to tell Cortana - Microsoft's virtual personal assistant, aka Siri for Windows Phone - to fire out a 140 character message without having to tap it in themselves. It's a welcome improvement, though it remains to be seen whether Windows Phone fans, jaded by the ongoing token saga crippling third-party Twitter clients, will warm to the software.

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