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Facebook tipped to be interested in your health

Facebook tipped to be interested in your health

Facebook may have just found its next social experiment, or rather public service venue. Anonymous sources close to the matter have revealed that the social networking giant is now interested in entering into the Internet healthcare business. What that means for your privacy and your actual offline health will depend on how Facebook will be able to implement and spin this new outlet.

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California bill limits the surveillance of student social media posts

California bill limits the surveillance of student social media posts

Social media is an established part of life at this point, but how society deals with it is still be worked out. For a long while, it wasn't uncommon for employers to demand access to accounts, and many have been fired over what they choose to share. Schools often monitor students' social media accounts, and a new California bill has specifically targeted that.

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Google shutters Orkut, but don’t worry about Plus (yet)

Google shutters Orkut, but don’t worry about Plus (yet)

Google original attempt at social, Orkut, has been shuttered. Officially dead to us, those who visit the Orkut page will be redirected to a support page. Though it may not have had an impact stateside, Orkut’s closure is felt elsewhere.

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Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

Ello review: it’s not the ‘anti’ anything

You’ve probably seen Ello pop up on your RSS feed (or however you happen to keep up with information) over the past few days. The new social media site has been dubbed the “anti-Facebook”, due to its strikingly sparse interface and promise to not make you the product. To gauge how accurate that is, I went inside to discover what Ello is, and who it isn’t for.

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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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Facebook testing Snapchat-style self destructing statuses

Facebook testing Snapchat-style self destructing statuses

Facebook is testing self-destructing status messages, with some users spotting Snapchat-like expiration options in the company's iOS app. The new option, not yet available to all users, offers a range of times from a single hour of visibility through to seven days.

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Apple may buy Path, that social app you don’t use

Apple may buy Path, that social app you don’t use

If there’s one thing Apple currently lacks, it’s a good social layer to their various offerings. Perhaps to satiate our need to be digitally social, Apple is reportedly close to purchasing the nearly four-year-old Path. Insiders say the deal may already be done, too.

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Facebook’s Privacy Checkup ensures you know your settings

Facebook’s Privacy Checkup ensures you know your settings

If you've posted anything on Facebook recently, you might have been met with a new box called "Privacy Checkup". This is a new tool that helps ensure the social network's users understand their settings and who gets to see posts and apps.

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Twitter rolls out activity dashboard for the little people

Twitter rolls out activity dashboard for the little people

Celebrities and other big wigs on Twitter have long had access to their accounts' metrics, able to see user engagement and other information on followers and account activity. That feature has been extended to include (almost) every user, regardless of whether they're verified.

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Facebook starts looking for click-bait so you don’t have to

Facebook starts looking for click-bait so you don’t have to

Lots of people use Facebook as a news feed rather than a social site. Even if you mix the two up, chances are you see some website news in your feed (like ours). Facebook is making another pass at creating the best system possible, and it will help weed out the nonsense for you. As for websites and publishers — they may have to change their practices.

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