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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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Facebook Trending brings popular topics to light, rolling out now

Facebook Trending brings popular topics to light, rolling out now

Following the inclusion of hashtags, Facebook began testing a Trending box during the late summer last year, showing popular topics in the upper corner of one's account much in the same way the aforementioned microblogging site does. Fast-forward a handful of months, and Facebook has now begun rolling the new feature out in certain (yet unspecified) countries, while mobile users will have to keep waiting as testing is still underway.

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Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook is working on a suite of mobile apps for release in 2014, insiders at the social network claim, breaking out key features and effectively turning them into standalone software much in the manner of Facebook Messenger. The scheme, which is billed as recognition that Android and iOS users prefer task-specific apps rather than a do-all title that can be confusing, will include the rumored "Facebook Paper" news app with Mark Zuckerberg's appearance at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona next month potentially where one or more titles could be unveiled.

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Facebook Paper news app could challenge Flipboard this month

Facebook Paper news app could challenge Flipboard this month

Facebook could launch a Flipboard-rivaling news reader before the end of January 2014, insiders claim, believed to be called Facebook Paper and aiming to bring shared and aggregated stories to smartphone and tablet users. The service - which could be either a standalone app or a mobile-centric site, sources say - has been long-rumored, and is believed to be an attempt by the social network to better monetize its mobile user-base as well as increase engagement.

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