social networks

Color image sharing app sorts by location (& gets privacy zealots worried)

Color image sharing app sorts by location (& gets privacy zealots worried)

Privacy advocates and social networking addicts alike are all aflutter over new image sharing app Color today, a start-up with $41m of investment and a desire to get proximal photos onto your screen at the same time. Available for iOS and Android, Color allows you to take a photo or video and then upload it for general viewing - hence the privacy concerns, since there's no security or filtering available - and gathered by being taken within a 150ft radius.

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Google Me social network debut at Google I/O?

Google Me social network debut at Google I/O?

Google's plans to challenge Facebook and other social networks with "Google Me" are tipped to come to a head at Google I/O 2011 in May. According to TNW's sources, Google is expected to announce the "social layer" at its developers conference, part of a broad social networking initiative that will touch on all of the search giant's online services.

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Facebook and Skype in talks over video calling to take on FaceTime?

Facebook and Skype in talks over video calling to take on FaceTime?

 

Facebook and Skype have apparently returned to the negotiating table, with the prospect of Facebook users being offered video call functionality. Talks last year between the two companies resulted in the launch of Skype voice calls between Facebook friends, but according to Bloomberg's pair of sources the discussions had also tentatively covered video calls as well.

That failed to appear in the October Skype update, but with Apple's FaceTime system gaining momentum - likely to be aided with the launch of the iPad 2 later this week, which features twin cameras for FaceTime support - it seems Facebook's interest has re-awakened.

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The Different People I’ve Been

The Different People I’ve Been

When I was 14 my parents bought me an account on the Prodigy network. This was back in 1989, before I had a clue the Internet existed, and four years before the first graphical Web browser would be introduced. I did all the things on Prodigy that you did when you first discovered the Internet. I had email conversations and grew addicted to the chiming sound when I fired up the 2400 baud modem and discovered I had new mail. I posted messages on bulletin boards and got into long-winded arguments with people for no good reason. I did research for school projects, played games and read news, and generally poked around the seemingly limitless world the growing network offered. I also pretended to be someone else.

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HootSuite For BlackBerry Updated With New Social Features

HootSuite For BlackBerry Updated With New Social Features

If you own a BlackBerry and are socially over-extended, then you'll be glad to hear that HootSuite for BlackBerry has just gotten updated with additional social features. HootSuite is a popular social media dashboard app that aggregates all your social network streams into one location that you can easily manage while on the go.

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Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

Apple “Stylized Speech Bubbles” trademark tips new social networking service [Updated]

With only hours to go until the launch of the iPad 2 and what's expected to be a demo of iOS 5.0, an Apple trademark submission has been spotted for what looks like a social messaging or online chat service. Filed on February 23, the "stylized speech bubbles" are in fact referenced in four separate submissions - 85249977, 85249986, 85250000 and 85250006 - with various classifications including "online social networking services."

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Nexus S losing Facebook contacts sync as Google tightens data policy

Nexus S losing Facebook contacts sync as Google tightens data policy

Facebook integration with the Nexus S is set to be scooped out after the Android 2.3.3 update currently being distributed OTA, with Google claiming that the social network's cloud-based contacts violate its terms of service. According to the search giant, while currently Facebook contacts can be synchronized with the Nexus S' contacts, the fact that the data can't be exported from the phone "created a false sense of data portability." It's the latest jab in the ongoing war over data access between the two companies.

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