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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.