social networking

Pinterest reveals its ideas for a “Buy” button

Pinterest has recently opened up its platform just a teeny weeny bit to third party developers, but it's no secret that it wants really big, not to mention profitable, brands to join the party. And what better way to entice them than by putting big buttons that let users instantly buy, or at least even wish for, those pinteresting pinned products. That is precisely the plan that is months in the making, which Pinterest has finally somewhat confirmed in a presentation for developers who would be making this into reality.

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Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that'll likely not win it favor with the NSA. This morning the social network announced that it is rolling out a feature that will allow privacy-conscious users to receive encrypted emails from Facebook, with the feature covering emails that are of a sensitive nature — password reset messages, for example. Under this new feature, one can add OpenPGP public keys to their Facebook profile, and can also opt-in to an encrypted notifications option for getting more secured messages.

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Animated Gifs on Facebook: now you can too!

Facebook opens the doors to animated .GIF image postings on the vast social network - through 3rd party servers. While you'll be able to see animated gifs on Facebook from this point forward (fingers crossed), Facebook isn't shouldering the burden themselves. Instead they - and you - will be relying on image hosts from around the web, and continued hosting from those sites remotely. Facebook's policy with gifs remains the same - but showing images from other sites is about to become just fine.

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Social network Path sold to Korea’s Daum Kakao

Path, that social network with a focus on mobile sharing that not too many people use, has just announced that it has bought by Daum Kakao, a South Korean internet and mobile company. Dave Morin, Path's founder and CEO, revealed the news on the company's blog, adding that both Path Talk and the main Path app will continue to operate under Daum Kakao, as well as receive updates for the foreseeable future. The financial details of the deal were not revealed, however.

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Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Remember Google+? Google’s social network has long been the butt of jokes, positioned first as the Facebook killer for the whole family but failing to hammer the killer nail into Zuckerberg’s empire. Turns out, though, that Google+ isn’t going away, though the broadly-misunderstood network is certainly going to change according to VP of Product Bradley Horowitz speaking at Google I/O today.

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Facebook Messenger payments expand test market, bring improvements

Facebook Messenger's mobile payment system is going to undergo an update, which aims to increase user-friendliness, removing any obstacles that are preventing users from opting for Messenger for their peer-to-peer payment needs. The service was first introduced to Messenger users in March, in select U.S. cities such as Portland, Seattle, and Austin. The update adds New York City to the roster. The app just announced its incoming changes on Wednesday.

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Facebook is testing new Security Checkup tool

On Wednesday Facebook announced that it is testing a new security checkup tool, something that is akin to the previous privacy checkup tool that users were seeing. Facebook has been criticized in the past for what some think are lax security measures, or then-convoluted menus that made finding security settings difficult for some. These changes bring the security settings directly to the user’s eyes, and makes them go through a quick checkup that ensures all the settings are as desired.

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Facebook starts adding restaurant critiques to newsfeed

Facebook is constantly tweaking things, and if you thought the changes to your newsfeed would die down for a while, think again. The social network is back with yet another tweak, this time testing critics' reviews of restaurants that the Facebook user may be interested in. It works a little like this: visit the page of a particular restaurant, and you may see links to critics' reviews of that same place, augmenting your own opinion (if you've tried the place yet) and that of your more discerning friends.

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Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope released for Android

Periscope, the live-streaming app/service that was acquired by Twitter earlier this year, has finally debuted on Android with a new app on the Google Play Store. Today's release comes roughly two months after the iOS version, which has become very popular since then among Twitter users, celebrities, and as tool for citizen journalism. At its core, the Android app functions the same as it does in iOS, letting you both watch and record live broadcasts on your phone, but there a couple features exclusive to this new release.

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Instagram starts sending Highlights emails to draw users in

This sort of this isn't new, as both Facebook and Twitter have been doing it for some time now, and the fact that it's owned by Facebook means it was inevitable, but photo-sharing social network Instagram has finally started sending emails to users that attempt to draw them back to the service. Titled "Highlights," the emails are the typical "recent activity you may have missed" fare, featuring a selection of the most popular photos shared by users you follow.

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See all 38 new Emoji here, before Unicode approves

The newest batch of proposed Emoji have been released (in proposal mode) this morning. These 38 new images include such gems as Drooling Face, Raised Back of Hand, and Croissant. The list includes notes about proposed popularity, including suggestions based on Google searches. Imagine how popular a Selfie Emoji will be with Google hits at 233,000,000 in text and 138,000,000 in images. People want these tiny representations of complex ideas, and they want them now. Immediately! Before they have to resort to words!

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Pinterest launches new video ads, dubbed ‘Cinematic Pins’

Pinterest is the go-to destination for wedding-planning brides and backyard barbeques, alike. Now as users scroll through pins during their lunch break, they may notice some new types of pins popping up that are seamlessly interconnected with the crowdsourced content. Pinterest is making itself more attractive to advertisers with new, targeted pins and video-like ads, dubbed "Cinematic Pins." The company has also remodeled the way it charges for ads, making them more efficient and "taking the risk out of how you spend" on advertising.

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