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Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

An anonymous reader writes “Speculation on the eventual shuttering of Google+ has once more risen with news that Google+ Photos will soon be developed and run separately from the social media site. This news follows observations that Google+ “was barely mentioned at Google I/O 2014, while there were 15 sessions dedicated to the service in 2013″ and that the company has ended its controversial real name policy. Google Hangouts was also separated from Google+ at the end of July.” I’ve actually heard several people praising Google+ lately; scaling it back to “just a social stream” probably fits into some kind of corollary to Murphy’s Law.

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Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

12486_599509700146266_5829774949269802494_n No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and Internet.org’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s right resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by… Read More

Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 12.23.01 PM A new mobile application called Phantom is offering a way to post personal photos and videos to blogs and social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter, which “self-destruct” like they do in Snapchat, while also offering controls that limit the number of people who can view the content, and more. The idea to allow for ephemeral sharing on Facebook and other sites is interesting,… Read More

.@HiddenCash Revealed: Making Generosity Go Viral

Yan Budman Give away a dollar, and you’ll make someone’s day. Teach someone to give, and they’ll make a difference for a lifetime. The anonymous duo behind the @HiddenCash Twitter account didn’t quite realize that was the point when they started hiding envelopes of money and tweeting clues to their locations. With over 700,000 Twitter followers, they’ve become de facto… Read More

LinkedIn Launches A Standalone Sales Navigator To Help Users With “Social Selling”

Sales Navigator Lead Capture LinkedIn is fleshing out its tools for salesepople today with a new version of its Sales Navigator. The biggest difference — the Sales Navigator is now a standalone product, rather than an additional set of features on the main LinkedIn site. Vice President of Sales Solution Mike Derezin and Group Product Manager Sachin Rekhi walked me through the new product last week. The idea,… Read More

LinkedIn Beats The Street In Q2 On Sales Of $534M, EPS Of $0.51

linked-earnings With social networks Facebook and Twitter handily beating analyst estimates for Q2 earnings, LinkedIn today reported its Q2 results and showed that rising tides are lifting its boat, too. Revenue for the second quarter was $534 million and its EPS (non-GAAP diluted) was $0.51 as the company also raised its guidance for Q3 and the full year. The company’s stock is up by around 8% in… Read More

Twitter Acquires Password Security Startup Mitro, Open Sources Its Product

Mitro_Company_Logo Twitter is acquiring a small password security startup called Mitro for its New York office. Mitro built a way that multiple people can share or control passwords to a single account. The most obvious use case would have been in the enterprise where team members need to share a single password for an account. Twitter isn’t keeping the product and we hear that the team will likely be… Read More

Government Requests For Twitter Account Data Up 46% Since Second Half Of 2013

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 8.35.47 AM Early this morning, Twitter released its biannual transparency report, detailing the number of requests from global governments for account information, and content takedown demands. Information requests from governments regarding account information for the first half of 2014 totaled 2,058, up 46% from the second half of 2013, and up 77.87% from the year-ago period. The pace of growth in… Read More

RockYou Raises $10M In Debt As It Shifts To Buying And Monetizing Existing Games

RockYou-game-network RockYou, once known as a leading social games developer before hitting rough times and making multiple rounds of layoffs, has recently become focused on buying up existing web, social, and mobile games.
Today, the company is announcing that it has raised $10 million in debt from FastPay (a firm that makes loans to digital media companies) to continue funding those efforts. Read More

Closely Is Another Way To Keep Tabs On Where Your Close Buddies Are At

Closely A German startup that’s built a mobile location-based network for families, called Familonet, which includes an automatic location notification feature is launching a spin-off side project app targeting small groups of friends or co-workers who might find it similarly useful to be automatically informed of each others’ whereabouts. The new app, currently in beta on Google Play,… Read More