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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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Google Hangouts flaw sends messages to the wrong recipients

Google Hangouts flaw sends messages to the wrong recipients

There is a serious problem going on currently with messages sent from some users via Google Hangouts. The problem is that some senders are seeing their chat messages sent to the wrong recipients. The problem has reportedly been occurring since about 4 PM EST.

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Twitter to be listed on NYSE for IPO

Twitter to be listed on NYSE for IPO

Earlier this month Twitter submitted the paperwork required for its IPO to commence. One bit of information that we didn't know at the time Twitter announced it had filed its S-1 with the SEC for its IPO was which stock exchange would be handling the IPO for twitter. We have now learned that Twitter will be listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Hisense announces world’s first Internet connected smart air-conditioner

Hisense announces world’s first Internet connected smart air-conditioner

Hisense is a Chinese company that makes all sorts of electronics products. The company has announced what it claims to be the world's first Internet connected smart air conditioner for home users. The air-conditioner was announced in connection with Chinese social networking site Weibo.

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China to lift ban on Facebook in Shanghai free trade zone

China to lift ban on Facebook in Shanghai free trade zone

China has blocked access to Facebook from its populace for a long time. The reason for blocking Facebook access is that China doesn't want its citizens to have access to information that it deems unfit or unsavory. China recently announced that it was lifting the ban on Facebook, but only within the Shanghai free trade zone.

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