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Twitter desktop notifications for direct messages launch

Twitter desktop notifications for direct messages launch

Twitter has unveiled a new desktop notification that makes it easier to know when someone has direct messaged you. The notification will pop up on the right side of your computer screen and if you click the notification, you will be taken to the direct message interface. This is the latest move twitter has made to make it easier for you to keep in contact with friends and followers.

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Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook breaking news project tipped to take on Twitter

Facebook is working on a breaking news project described as being similar to Twitter, according to sources. The project is said to have an app in place and to be at the "alpha" stage. With this, publishers could push out breaking news alerts to users who have downloaded the app (or a reciprocating app; it isn't clear), in effect making the new service a new way for Facebook users to get news through the social network. This follows reports showing that many individuals get their news primarily through Facebook.

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Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook testing out profile tags feature

Facebook is in the process of testing out a new feature on some user accounts that allows you to tag your profile with things you are into. Facebook says that Profile Tags are creative tools that allow the owner of the profile and friends to tag things that describe the person who owns the account. The profile owner must approve any tags that friends add before they are shown to others.

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Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Many of the major tech companies that rely on the internet for users to take advantage of their service are focused on getting people online in areas where broadband is traditionally lacking. Getting the next billion internet users online is a big area of focus for Google. Facebook is also interested in getting as many people online as possible. The more people who use the web around the world, the more users Facebook gains and the more revenue it can potentially generate.

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Google Plus ‘Collections’ now rolling out to users

Google Plus ‘Collections’ now rolling out to users

Whether or not Google is dismantling Google+, reorganizing it, or just thinking differently about social is unknown. Through signs that the social layer of Google is at least being demoted through the ranks, the service has nonetheless added a new feature that pinches a bit of cool from another social service that might be more widely used. With Collections, you’ll be able to take things of interest and organize them into lists, which can in turn be shared to the public, or a more private audience.

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Pinterest opens Developer platform to take over social

Pinterest opens Developer platform to take over social

Pinterest, the upstart social network centered around imagery rather than words, is trying to become even bigger. Today, Pinterest is announcing details of a Developer platform, a suite of APIs engineered to “bring pins to life”. Developers can now leverage user pins in their own apps, where Pinterest envisions apps that use what people pin to encourage real-life shopping, “like apps for ordering ingredients from a recipe Pin or booking trips based on travel Pins.” The program is still in beta form, but Pinterest already has the underpinnings of a winner.

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Facebook announces Internet.org Platform

Facebook announces Internet.org Platform

Facebook has announced the launch of a new project called Internet.org that aims to connect mobile users in the developing world by allowing developers to create apps and services on top of the internet.org Platform. Facebook previously offered the platform only to a few partners and has now opened it up to any developer that wants to try the platform out.

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