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Google+ is being dismantled, and that’s a good thing

Google+ is being dismantled, and that’s a good thing

In a recent chat with Forbes, Google’s Sundar Pichai turned a few heads by noting Google+ would be considered as parts — not the sum of those parts. Rather than a social network, Plus would be a stream. And Photos. And Communications. Adding a bit of fuel to the fire was the subsequent dismissal/resignation of Dave Besbris as the head of Google+. Besbris took over for Vic Gundotra, who spearheaded Plus from inception. With a new boss in Bradley Horowitz, the circumstance around Plus might sound confusing. That’s because they kind of are.

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New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

Google really has some trouble putting Google+ in its proper place, or at least helping the public understand what it's all about. The much maligned social network, if you still could call it that, has weathered problem after problem but now it seems that the status quo isn't going to last anymore. Brad Horowitz, who will be standing at the helm of Google+, has just confirmed speculation that the service will soon be split up into a more photo-centric product called Photos and the traditional social feed called Streams.

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Facebook adds custom gender field to profiles

Facebook adds custom gender field to profiles

Facebook is joining the growing number of websites that have increased the options available when choosing one's gender on a profile. Today the social network has added the ultimate gender addition, one that seems most sensible to have -- a blank text field in which users can enter their own desired gender designation. This offers flexibility to those who don't identify with any of the pre-defined options available for selection, which includes everything from standard "Male/Female" options to things like "two-spirit".

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Facebook posts land inmate 35 years in the hole

Facebook posts land inmate 35 years in the hole

Being punished for accessing Facebook is nothing new — it’s just typically grounded pre-teens who face the wrath of their parents, not an inmate at a state correctional facility. In South Carolina, one inmate just received 37 years — years — in solitary confinement for posting how much he missed his family. In addition to the alone time, the inmate in question, Tyheem Henry, also lost double that time (74 years) of canteen (inside marketplace for snacks and such), phone, and visitation privileges.

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LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn might be able to find you work, but they’re not happy with the job Developers have done with their APIs. Starting today, Developers who want to use any LinkedIn APIs will have to become part of LinkedIn’s Developer Program, which has been ‘refocussed’ to provide a limited set of use cases and support. There will still be open APIs, but what Developers can do with them will change. It’s an interesting move which some will take issue with, but also provides some careful image management for LinkedIn.

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Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Maybe because they’re trying to get in on the Etsy racket, or maybe just because they can; either way, Facebook is now making it much easier to sell things via Groups. Today, the social giant is announcing a new feature for Groups, which will allow users to sell items in a more streamlined way, with posts that are more easily manageable and professional looking. The feature was spotted previously, with Facebook saying they were trialing it for some groups who were noticed to have been actively selling anyway.

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Twitter’s Instant Timeline gives new users a feed full of content

Twitter’s Instant Timeline gives new users a feed full of content

Think back to when you created your Twitter account -- it was a lonely timeline and you were prompted to follow a bunch of accounts in order to change that. This resulted in following friends and maybe a bunch of others randomly, then picking through them over time, getting rid of some, following others, until you were getting the tweets you really wanted. Twitter isn't satisfied with this new-user experience, and so has addressed it with a new feature called Instant Timeline, something that does exactly what its name suggests.

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Snapchat ‘Discover’ brings curated news, ads

Snapchat ‘Discover’ brings curated news, ads

Snapchat is pushing their curated content platform out today. Called ‘Discover’, the new feature makes a home in Snapchat as you know it, but has videos and other media from deep-pocketed outlets instead of your broke friends. Discover can be found vi a small round icon in the top right of the screen, which then redirects you to media from the likes of CNN, Food Network, ESPN, Vice, and People. Like other snaps, the content also vanishes — just not as quickly.

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Facebook ordered to censor pages or face ban in Turkey

Facebook ordered to censor pages or face ban in Turkey

Turkey has a long track record of trying to censor social media over political and religious reasons. Earlier this month, Twitter received the nation's focus when it demanded that an account belonging to an opposition newspaper be censored, otherwise the site would be banned. Now the nation has turned its attention to Facebook with similar threats and demands, this time with a requirement that the social network block certain pages considered to be offensive, otherwise the site will also be blocked.

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Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter prompts top users to stop tweeting Instagram links

Twitter and Instagram are battling over mobile photo-sharing, and it is a story that has been long running. Back in December of 2012, Instagram changed the way its photos showed up on Twitter so that the latter's users are forced to click a link and view the images on Instagram's own site/app. For its part, Twitter has made filters available to users for sprucing up photos and making it more appealing to post images directly in tweets rather than through a different service. Now Twitter is upping its game.

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