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Twitter advertising update allows targeting based on email addresses and IDs

Twitter advertising update allows targeting based on email addresses and IDs

Yesterday, Twitter revealed a refresh to its Web design, something still rolling out and ushering in another change, this one for the company's advertising partners: the ability to target based on email addresses and Twitter user IDs. The announcement was made on the company's advertising blog today, and expands the functionality to excluding users just the same, offering more control over all.

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YouTube adds comments page following user outcry

YouTube adds comments page following user outcry

YouTube revealed last fall that Google+ would be integrated into its comment system, causing a sweeping overhaul to the video service and forcing many onto Google's social network. The change went live by early November, and with the changes came a user outcry on multiple levels -- from those who resented being pushed onto Google+, and from creators who found managing comments unnecessarily difficult as a result.

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Yandex signs agreement to include Facebook content in search results

Yandex signs agreement to include Facebook content in search results

Here in the US Yandex isn’t exactly a household name. In Russia, Yandex is the most popular search engine leading Google. Yandex has over 60% of the Russian search market and makes most of its loot from advertising along with its search results. Yandex and Facebook have signed a new agreement.

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Gmail now allows direct emailing of Google+ contacts

Gmail now allows direct emailing of Google+ contacts

Google has added a new feature to its popular Gmail email service. The new feature more tightly integrates Google+ into the Gmail service. Some will see the new email feature as a plus, while others will see it as invasive.

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Xbox One update will make online social features more accessible

Xbox One update will make online social features more accessible

Microsoft revealed an upcoming update to the nascent Xbox One console that will hopefully improve the overall gaming experience, even those parts not directly involved in gameplay. The major update will be fixing issues that revolve around the console's more social aspects, particularly its online features.

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Twitter boasts 4 out of 5 world leaders on its service

Twitter boasts 4 out of 5 world leaders on its service

The fourth annual rankings of the use of social media among world leaders has been published by the Digital Policy Council. The report looks at the number of world leaders that are using the social network Twitter to spread their agendas to the world. According to the report, about 80% of all world leaders are using twitter.

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Google patents process for turning chats into comic strips

Google patents process for turning chats into comic strips

If you're a Bitstrips aficionado or a fan of flicking open an old-school newspaper funnies section, a patent Google has been awarded might be right up your alley: turning conversations into digital comic strips. The information turned up in a patent detailing a process that, in terms of the social element, at least, sounds very similar to the aforementioned Bitstrips: the ability to share on social networks, with at least two users being involved in the comic.

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Vine vanity URL signups begin December 20

Vine vanity URL signups begin December 20

The number of people out there that use the Vine 6-second video service is booming. Last August the number of people using Vine reached over 40 million. Vine has also been steadily updating the service to make it more usable and appealing to users. One of those updates was the addition of video editing.

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iHealth smart blood pressure cuff enters trials, aims to improve preventative monitoring

iHealth smart blood pressure cuff enters trials, aims to improve preventative monitoring

Smart medical devices come in two varieties: the type that are positively science fiction-esque, and the type that take traditional medical items and give them a new variety of functionality. Such is the case with iHealth Labs' new smart cuff, a blood pressure cuff that is being tested on at-risk patients.

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Facebook auto play video ads for advertisers announced

Facebook auto play video ads for advertisers announced

Facebook announced today that it is testing a new video format for advertisers. The testing for advertisers comes after Facebook began testing a similar format for making videos more engaging on Facebook. The test that kicked off in September made videos easier to watch in the News Feed.

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BackPeddle app limits content sharing with an expiration date

BackPeddle app limits content sharing with an expiration date

A lot of people, especially parents, don’t like the fact that any content they or their kids post on traditional social media sites can be hard to remove if needed. You can delete pics from a Facebook profile you own, but it can be difficult to remove any shares of the photos by other users. A new social media sharing app has launched called BackPeddle that is aimed at people that want control over their content.

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Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter's decision to make an abrupt about-face on blocking policy after user outcry has highlighted little-understood shortcomings in how social services handle privacy and bullying, sending the 140-character message service back to the drawing board to refine its procedure. Twitter had thought it was improving the relatively blunt blocking process users were offered when it quietly changed the system on Thursday morning; by the evening, however, the company had been forced to restore the old approach, following criticisms that the amended tools in fact victimized those affected by bullying, rather than the bullies themselves. Meanwhile, the turnaround raises questions around the blocking and privacy tools other popular social networks offer their users.

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