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Facebook never forgets: Now users can search your status updates on mobile

Facebook’s mobile search tool might finally match the utility of its online counterpart. A limited number of users can now search their friends’ status updates — a feature that’s already available on the Facebook website — through the company’s mobile application, according to Bloomberg. Making its mobile applications as appealing as its website has been a problem for Facebook. It’s [...]

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T-Mobile’s “Music Freedom” plan subsidizes data plans without (really) threatening net neutrality

T-Mobile has announced that its Music Freedom program, which allows some customers to stream music without the requisite data counting against their monthly limit, will expand to include Rdio, Grooveshark, and a number of other services by the end of the year. It already offered a similar deal to people using Pandora, Spotify, and a [...]

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This Is My Jam unveils new features to help solve music’s social problem

The social Web has turned us into over-sharing monsters that broadcast every action, thought, or emotion to everyone we’ve ever known. Facebook said last year that its users can encounter more than 1,500 stories every day. More than 500 million tweets are shared to Twitter in that time. Combined with the social features included in [...]

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UPDATED: Code Club cofounder resigns after being ordered not to criticize Google

[Update: A Google spokesperson reached out to say. "We have not asked Code Club or its board to refrain from criticisng us." Code Club also published a blog post stating, "We are not under any obligation to endorse any of the products or services of our corporate funders."] One of the founding members of Code Club, [...]

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Don’t let the price tag fool you: Snapchat isn’t a late stage company

Snapchat has secured commitments from Kleiner Perkins and at least one strategic investor toward its next funding round, according a report by the Wall Street Journal today. Long-rumored to be in excess of $10 billion, the Journal describes the company’s new valuation as “close to” that figure. The round, we’re told has not yet closed. [...]

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Pew: Social media makes people even less likely to share unpopular opinions

Everyone knows the old saying that’s handy around the holidays, “Don’t talk about religion or politics in polite company” — that is unless you come from one of those families where the children somehow didn’t rebel against every ideal their parents hold dear. Indeed, research from before the days of the Internet indicates that, unsurprisingly, people [...]

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Facebook is finally doing something about its “clickbait problem”

As publishers know all too well, the stories that perform best on Facebook tend to be listicles, quizzes, and irresistibly clickable headlines that often lead to stories with little substance. This has been observed by many anecdotally, but it also bears out in data recently published that shows the stories Facebook fed the most traffic to, for [...]

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Facebook’s plan for the Emmys: ask celebrities to shake a glorified Magic 8-Ball

Facebook is placing its hopes on a glorified Magic 8-Ball. The company plans to introduce the Mentions Box, a device that selects questions from Facebook users and prompts a celebrity to answer one with a video response, during tonight’s Emmy Awards. (Access Hollywood has the unenviable task of carrying this plastic monstrosity around and asking celebrities to shake [...]

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The trouble with open networks: After Twitter cracks down on ISIS, the militants move to Diaspora

Earlier this week, after the Islamic militants of ISIS beheaded journalist James Foley and posted a horrific video of his murder, Twitter suspended a number of ISIS-affiliated accounts. CEO Dick Costolo clarified the company’s policy in a tweet, saying, “We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery” (though, [...]

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Of course eBay has to spin off PayPal. Here’s why it hasn’t done so…. yet

Headlines today say that eBay is still considering a spin off of PayPal. The reports manage to be, at the same time, both thrilling and “duh.” If it happens, a PayPal spin-off would be one of the most exciting tech spin-offs ever, with big ramifications for most of the global Internet. While most people acknowledge [...]

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When you die in Delaware, your digital assets become part of your estate

Delaware may be the legal home to most of this country’s corporations, but it’s never been known as a progressive or particularly innovative state. So it comes as somewhat of a shock that Delaware would be the first US state to pass legislation around what happens to a person’s digital assets when they die. But [...]

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