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Google just completely revamped Google+

Google just completely revamped Google+

Google has just given their social network Google+ a major update, one they're calling "the new G+". This version of the social network is drastically simplified in both look and functionality, with new navigation centered on Collections and Communities. Playing to the social networks' strengths in this case means showcasing the communities that already exist and grow with speed - those that are bustling with activity and have visitors posting and commenting all day long. The home stream is redesigned as well.

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Pushbullet pins price to formerly free features

Pushbullet pins price to formerly free features

The app Pushbullet begins attempting to monetize its services by adding a "Pro" plan to its roster, making formerly free features cost cash. Soon the Angel investments made by pockets-full investors will no longer cover the costs of the device-to-device message and file-sharing service Pushbullet. Instead, users will be paying $40 a year or a cool $5 a month for the service - for some of the service's features, that is to say. If you're in Pushbullet too deep, you might have to open your pocketbook.

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Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

The Turkish government seems to be continuing it crusade against internet platforms that enable the public to freely communicate, with the latest victim being Reddit. The entire site has been blocked in the country, with officials saying it violates Internet Law 5651, and users losing access sometime late Friday night. The law allows the government to ban websites found hosting "scandalous" content, including piracy, drugs, adult material, or criticism of Mustafa Ataturk, the nation's first president. However, it's not hard to imagine the law being used to censor criticism and free speech.

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Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Just in case you weren't already getting enough notifications on your phone, Facebook is here to bring you more. The company has launched Notify, an iOS app that delivers the latest news headlines based on user preferences. Turns out the early peek at the app a few weeks ago was mostly accurate, with Notify clearly aimed at competing with Twitter when it comes to delivering news in real-time.

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Google AboutMe is your info placard for the public

Google AboutMe is your info placard for the public

Google appears to have torn another feature from Google+ with "Google AboutMe," a public place for your "About" information. Here you'll place your personal contact info, work contact info, Education and Work History, Places you live and have lived, Gender, Birthday, Occupation, and a list of sites where you contribute content or participate in social networks. At this time, it would appear that this system is not entirely separate from Google+ (it still has the Google Plus-centric "Circles"), but as with Google Photos, it certainly could be.

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Tinder updates with new profile info, improved messaging, and better algorithms

Tinder updates with new profile info, improved messaging, and better algorithms

Following the recent addition of its Super Like feature, Tinder has released an update for its mobile app that introduces several new refinements, including additional information on user profiles, and improved algorithms for finding matches. First up are what Tinder calls "Smart Profiles," which will now not only include details on a user's job history and education background, but also highlight information that they and the browser have in common.

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Tumblr rolls out instant messaging on web, mobile for select users

Tumblr rolls out instant messaging on web, mobile for select users

Tumblr has just debuted something new for both its website and mobile apps: a true, honest-to-goodness instant messaging feature, allowing private conversations between users. The live chat function is a bit limited right now, with no support for emojis or media like gifs and images, much like when Gmail first introduced chat to the inbox many moons ago. Oh, and Tumblr is also gradually rolling out the feature to a limited number of users, so don't be surprised if you don't have it yet.

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Pinterest can now search visually within pins for similar items

Pinterest can now search visually within pins for similar items

Pinterest has just announced a useful new feature that will make it easier for users to find items they discover in pins. Following recent additions that brought shopping and buying features to the social network, Pinterest's website and mobile apps are getting a tool that will visually search for things within images. If users see something like a lamp or chair in a photo that they are interested in, Pinterest will search it database to find the exact item, or those that are visually similar.

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Instagram: No, we’re not testing 3D Touch adverts

Instagram: No, we’re not testing 3D Touch adverts

Despite reports to the contrary, Instagram has denied testing 3D Touch adverts for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. The photo-sharing social network was rumored last week to be using Apple's newest pressure-sensitive technology for a trial of a new monetization system, but according to the Facebook-owned firm it's not actually underway.

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Instagram developing ads that support 3D Touch, Apple Pay [Updated]

Instagram developing ads that support 3D Touch, Apple Pay [Updated]

As more social networking/media apps begin integrating options for users to shop and buy right from their service, Instagram is said to be doing the same by developing ads that can take advantage of iPhone features like 3D Touch and Apple Pay. A report from Digiday says the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is already testing the new ads, which can be used to promote anything from clothing to restaurant menus.

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Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook iOS app will play Spotify, Apple Music clips in News Feed

Facebook is rolling out a new update for its iOS app that introduces a feature allowing users to hear clips of music right from the social network's News Feed. Anytime a link to a song or album from Spotify, Apple Music, or iTunes is shared, it will automatically formatted into a post that plays a 30-second preview of the music. The feature is actually part of a new post format, called Music Stories, that is being introduced solely on the iOS Facebook app.

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Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter replaces stars with hearts, Favs are now Likes

Twitter has finally done it. They've made the change that many have been expecting for some now. The star icon for favoriting something is out, and now the social network is all about hearts. Because hearts are in. To really emphasize the change, the action is not even called "favorites" anymore, but is instead the universal "likes" from now on. In a blog post, Twitter says the change is going into effect from today on both Twitter and Vine.

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