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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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Twitter Mac update adds in-line pic previews

Twitter Mac update adds in-line pic previews

Twitter has announced that it has made some nice updates to the Mac twitter application. This week Twitter added some new features and tweaked the look and feel of the application. Twitter also made a change this week to how user are blocked on the service resulting in a user outcry and repealed those changes in less than a day.

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Twitter kills changes to follower blocking after user backlash

Twitter kills changes to follower blocking after user backlash

As with any social network on the internet, a fair amount of trolling and harassment goes on with Twitter. One of the only ways to stop a troll's harassment on social networks is to block that user from being able to follow your account. Traditionally blocking a person on Twitter meant that they could no longer see tweets or interact with the accounts that blocked them.

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Google+ profile pictures to be paired with phone numbers in early 2014

Google+ profile pictures to be paired with phone numbers in early 2014

Google is getting ready to roll out a new feature for users of Google+. The new feature will pair your Google+ profile picture with your phone number verified with Google. What the feature will mean is that when you call someone after your number has been verified with Google, the person you're calling will see your profile picture on the screen of their device.

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Shots of Me social network for teens lands investment from Justin Bieber

Shots of Me social network for teens lands investment from Justin Bieber

Social networking is something that teenagers and many other age groups to participate in with regularity. The most popular social network right now is Facebook, which has recently made an effort to expand some of the features available for teens. A new social network specifically made for teens has been announced called Shots of Me.

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Google+ custom vanity URLs available for all this week

Google+ custom vanity URLs available for all this week

If you're an avid user of the Google social network called Google+ you will be excited to hear that starting this week everyone will have access to customized vanity URLs. The idea is that by signing up for your own custom URL you could make your Google+ page a sort of destination website for people wanting to know more about you or your business.

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Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook decapitation video forces U-turn over graphic violence

Facebook has removed a graphically violent video that had been circulating around the social network, reviewing its policies on sharing in the process so as to reduce the amount of controversial content that is posted without any warning or consideration of audience. The company prompted raised eyebrows when it surprisingly permitted the sharing of a video showing a graphic decapitation earlier this week, with complaints both from regular users, police forces, and politicians.

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Twitter saves money on US taxes with Irish operations

Twitter saves money on US taxes with Irish operations

Unless you are familiar with the inner workings of the corporate world, you may not realize that the way some major technology firms in the US avoid paying so much in taxes is by setting up some operations in the country of Ireland. One of the companies that does this is Apple, which is reportedly saved over $74 billion in corporate taxes since it moved some assets to its Irish operations.

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Twitter allows direct messages from any follower

Twitter allows direct messages from any follower

Since Twitter launched the only way for a follower to be able to directly message you was if you were also following them. Twitter has now unveiled a new option that makes it easier for followers to directly message you. The new setting has reportedly been rolling out over the last week.

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Facebook buys app maker Onavo for data compression tech

Facebook buys app maker Onavo for data compression tech

Social networking giant Facebook frequently purchases smaller companies to add to its capabilities and programming repertoire. The most recent purchase made by Facebook is the purchase of a mobile data compression startup called Onvao. Facebook purchased the company in an effort to make Internet access more affordable.

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Facebook Graph Search boost adds statuses, posts & more

Facebook Graph Search boost adds statuses, posts & more

Facebook has updated its Graph Search feature to now include both posts and status updates, expanding the usefulness of the socially-enabled search engine as it digs through more online content. Revealed back in January, and rolled out across the US in July, Graph Search had until now only handled people, places, interests, and photos.

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