social networking

Tumblr Sponsored Posts hit web with dollar-sign icon

Tumblr Sponsored Posts hit web with dollar-sign icon

This week Tumblr has begun to roll out sponsored posts beyond their mobile application environment. While back on the 22nd of April Tumblr brought advertisements to smartphones, users working with their desktop computers and browsing their Dashboard with a web browser will see the same thing. Because the Yahoo buyout of Tumblr was announced so very recently, it's likely this move was scheduled well ahead of said acquisition.

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DISH Hopper Social app brings Twitter chat and Facebook updates to HD DVR

DISH Hopper Social app brings Twitter chat and Facebook updates to HD DVR

Today an app has been released by DISH that will bring social networking to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR machine, integrating Twitter and Facebook into the mix. This app is what DISH calls the "first set-top box application capable of providing contextually-relevant social feeds." Of course this isn't the only way you can chat through Twitter or see your Facebook updates on your TV, but it certainly is a unique bit of integration.

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Facebook Waze acquisition negotiations end

Facebook Waze acquisition negotiations end

As talk continues surrounding the possible acquisition of the social mapping company known as Waze, it appears today that Facebook is out of the running. According to sources familiar with the matter speaking with All Things D, a potential acquisition of Waze by Facebook is no longer an option as talks have fallen apart. Facebook was tipped to be considering buying Waze for upwards of $1 billion USD.

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Apple’s Cook: “I’ve never felt like we’ve needed a social network”

Apple’s Cook: “I’ve never felt like we’ve needed a social network”

This week in a chat with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the conference known as D11, Tim Cook took the stage with chat about what Apple needs - and what it does't need - to push forward in our modern mobile market. Suggesting that Apple may be "missing" social networking as it acquires companies (at a pace of 6 or 7 companies a year, according to Cook), Swisher found Cook mentioning iMessage and Apple's Game Center as "some things that are social" that Apple does.

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Being a Better Tweeter

Being a Better Tweeter

I have been using Twitter continually for about three years now. I'm not sure of the exact date, or my first tweet, because Twitter still hasn't given me the option to download my entire archive yet, though every time I check, the "Deactivate my account" option stares back at me from the bottom of the Settings page, where the archive option is supposed to appear someday. It taunts me, that deactivation option, because like all good things, Twitter occasionally makes me sick. There are days when I love it, and days when I can't stand it. There are days when I can't stand myself as a tweeter. To paraphrase a misogynist saying, show me a beautiful social network and I'll show you a guy who's tired of checking his @replies.

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Yahoo boosts Flickr storage to one terabyte, reboots Android app

Yahoo boosts Flickr storage to one terabyte, reboots Android app

This week amid word that the company had purchased Tumblr to give its youth segment a boost, the company made use of the press it'd been given for a couple boosts to Flickr. Having acquired Flickr back in 2005 to the tune of $35 million USD, it's no wonder that a $1.1 billion dollar cost for Tumblr continues to hold sway over the press - especially before it was formally announced. Here with Flickr, Yahoo is bringing on a full a terabyte in storage to compete with Google's base free offering and makes with a new Android app to boot.

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Yahoo Tumblr acquisition reportedly approved in cash-only deal

Yahoo Tumblr acquisition reportedly approved in cash-only deal

This morning a deal between Yahoo and Tumblr has been approved according to sources familiar with the matter. This deal is said by people familiar with those speaking with the Wall Street Journal to have been approved by Yahoo's board only at this time, and that Tumblr's board is not yet at a final decision point. This deal has been reported after several days of rumors surrounding purchases by not just Yahoo, but other large-name web-based businesses as well.

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Project maps national racism based on geotagged tweets

Project maps national racism based on geotagged tweets

Twitter, at its most base level, is merely a means for individuals to share small snippets, links, and pictures with a wider audience, helping sort them via the judicial use of hashtags. It has many applications, however, because of the vast amounts of data it presents. Trends, for example, offer an immediate auto-updating way to get a feel for how those around you feel about a specific topic, whether it is a breaking news story or the latest meme. On the broader level, the information can be compiled to draw certain conclusions, such as the case with Humboldt State University's latest project - mapping national racism via geotagged tweets.

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