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Pinterest raises $200 million in funding valuing the company at $2.5 billion

Pinterest raises $200 million in funding valuing the company at $2.5 billion

If you're one of the many users of Pinterest, you might find it interesting that the company recently raised $200 million in funding. By raising $200 million in funding, the company now has a value of $2.5 billion reports AllThingsD citing sources close to the situation. Previously reports and rumors were flying that the company was trying to raise funding, but that funding is now complete.

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Twitter launches Advertisement API

Twitter launches Advertisement API

Twitter has just launched its new advertising API. The new ads API is designed to help marketers get their ad campaigns out to the right type of audience. This way, Twitter can help create more relevant advertisements for both marketers and users alike. Twitter states that "our focus has been on delivering better ads for users, not more ads", because more ads would mean a lot of angry Tweeters.

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Pew Research shows Pinterest is larger than many think

Pew Research shows Pinterest is larger than many think

When it comes to social networking, most people know that Facebook is by far the largest social network around. Pew Research Center released a survey recently looking at late 2012 for the social networking landscape. As expected, Facebook was in the lead with 67% of Internet users in the United States using the social network.

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Twitter updates search to include older tweets

Twitter updates search to include older tweets

Thus far, search on Twitter has limited results to tweets no older than one week. That changes today as the social network rolls out an update to its search that includes tweets older than a week. Users aren't presented with just any tweets, however; the results are being tweaked to show posts most relevant to search query based on various criteria.

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Twitter announces Bluefin Labs acquisition

Twitter announces Bluefin Labs acquisition

Twitter has announced that it acquired Bluefin Labs, a social TV analytics company, a move taking it further into the world of television. Twitter has shown interest in television for years, with people using it as a way to interact with televised events using hashtags. According to the social network, the acquisition will aid in both ad product innovation and the creation of social TV consumer experiences.

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Pew study finds 61% of Facebook users have taken extended breaks

Pew study finds 61% of Facebook users have taken extended breaks

For some, Facebook has simply become a part of day-to-day life, but for others, it can be hard to keep up with the constant stream of (sometimes pointless) status updates. A new poll from the Pew Internet & American Life Project suggests that many Facebook users take breaks from the social network from time to time, with these breaks stretching for weeks at a time. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by Facebook, it would seem you're not alone.

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Twitter says it was targeted by hackers, 250,000 accounts compromised

Twitter says it was targeted by hackers, 250,000 accounts compromised

Media companies have been alight with hacking attempts and security breaches, including two recent statements from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal stating that they were the target of Chinese hackers. Now Twitter has come forward, stating that it recently noticed unusual access patterns that got its hackles up, resulting in the discovery of unauthorized attempts to access users' information. As many as 250,000 accounts could be compromised.

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Mark Zuckerberg awarded CEO of the Year Crunchie, Larry Page is runner-up

Mark Zuckerberg awarded CEO of the Year Crunchie, Larry Page is runner-up

At the 6th annual Crunchies, Mark Zuckerberg has been awarded "CEO of the Year", beating out several other big names in the field, including runner-up Larry Page of Google. Zuckerberg has comes a long way in a short time, taking the idea of Facebook generated during his college years and making it into something that has had a large and lasting impact on both the techsphere and world as a whole.

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Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Google+ becomes the second most popular social network behind Facebook

Move over Twitter, because according to Trendstream's Global Web Index for Q4 2012, Google+ has managed to move into the second-place spot for social platforms. This puts it behind Facebook (although by a significant amount of users), with YouTube also managing to top Twitter. Now Twitter is in fourth place in terms of total active users, at least according to Trendstream's collected data.

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