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Apple snaps up social suggestion platform Spotsetter

Apple snaps up social suggestion platform Spotsetter

In what appears to be an attempt to make their Maps app better, Apple has acquired Spotsetter. The small firm is aimed at providing you suggestions on places to go, all overlaid on a map interface. This would make Apple maps a bit more contextual, as well as just plain useful.

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The CIA goes social, sends out first cryptic tweet

The CIA goes social, sends out first cryptic tweet

Twitter, a very public forum for announcing all manner of things, has drawn the favor of one of the more secretive entities on earth. The CIA have taken to the micro-blogging platform, starting things off with a very familiar tone, putting the "CIA" in "social".

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Facebook explains changes to News Feed

Facebook explains changes to News Feed

Late last year, Facebook changed their algorithm for News Feed. The news had many content providers calling foul, but Facebook didn’t relent. The change meant we’d see less in our stream, and the company has now explained why they went ahead with the alteration.

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Twitter toying with video suggestions for your hashtags

Twitter toying with video suggestions for your hashtags

Twitter may be getting a lot more visual, and take up more of your time, with a new experiment. It seems as though the micro-blogging platform is toying with the option to suggest videos based on your tweets. By adding a hashtag, Twitter may end up suggesting you post a video of the occurrence you’re talking about.

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Metrics suggest 44% of Twitter uses never tweet

Metrics suggest 44% of Twitter uses never tweet

Twitter is one of the more popular platforms out there for communicating and keeping in touch with people. At last count, twitter had about 974 million users. A third party metrics firm has published some figures looking at twitter that shows that a huge number of those users set up an account and then never used it.

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S.E.L.F.I.E. mirror takes your pic and puts it on Twitter

S.E.L.F.I.E. mirror takes your pic and puts it on Twitter

Anyone who has an account on a social network like Facebook or twitter knows that a huge portion of the content you see are selfies taken by people. A selfie alone is not that hard for people to accomplish, but taking them with a group can be a challenge to get everyone into the picture. A strange and cool creation has turned up called the Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine or S.E.L.F.I.E. and it is a mirror that will take a selfie for you and post it to twitter.

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Google+ now showing total profile views to prove people are actually there

Google+ now showing total profile views to prove people are actually there

Google has been operating its Google+ social network for a long time and it has a reputation of being a ghost town. Facebook is certainly more popular and grew faster than Google+, but Google has a new trick for its social network that aims to show that people are actually using the network and looking at user profiles.

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Tumblr two-factor authentication uses password and mobile code

Tumblr two-factor authentication uses password and mobile code

It's hard to keep popular online blogging and other platforms secure. Hackers are constantly working to break into these sites for all sorts of purposes. Tumblr is a blogging platform that has been the target of hacks and attacks in the past.

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Twitter blocked in Turkey for ignoring court orders

Twitter blocked in Turkey for ignoring court orders

Twitter is a popular microblogging service that is available in a bunch of countries around the world. Twitter celebrated its 8th birthday this week and was also blocked in Turkey. The blockage in Turkey came after the service didn’t respond to court orders issued by the Turkish government.

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Twitter eyes methods for making @replies and hastags invisible

Twitter eyes methods for making @replies and hastags invisible

Twitter is one of the most popular ways for people to keep in touch with friends and for brands to keep in touch with fans and customers. Two of the hallmark features of twitter are the @replies that people can make and the hastags that help with searches. Those hashtags are often bizarre and long since #theycanbeashardtoreadasyoulike.

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Facebook to archive older data on Blu-ray discs

Facebook to archive older data on Blu-ray discs

Facebook has a massive data center that deals with all the data that users of the social network upload on a daily basis. The data centers that Facebook uses are packed with the latest technology for storage and performance. It's a bit surprising to learn that Facebook is also using some low-tech storage methods, namely Blu-ray discs.

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Facebook launches A Look Back feature to celebrate its 10th birthday

Facebook launches A Look Back feature to celebrate its 10th birthday

Facebook is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week. To celebrate that anniversary, Facebook has launched a new feature that is designed to highlight some of your best moments from your time on the social network.

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