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7 Things We’d Change About LinkedIn

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You didn’t really think sending the recruiter at your dream company a Facebook message would work, right?

That’s why you have LinkedIn, the definitive online platform for networking and finding new career opportunities. The website has effectively cornered the market on adapting social networking to the professional space, but it can use a few upgrades to make the most of its unique place in the virtual world.

While one of its most frustrating defaults — allowing other people to see that you’ve visited their profiles — is easily fixed, there are still a few things the company can do to streamline the experience for the average user. Read more…

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LinkedIn Redesigns Mobile Profiles to Put Relationships Into Context

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LinkedIn‘s flagship app has gotten a major overhaul.

The company rolled out an update to its app Tuesday morning, unveiling completely redesigned user profiles that focus on adding contextual information. The extra info aims to make it easier to initiate conversations with other users — even if they’re not connected.

Profiles now have a completely overhauled “in common” section that displays contextual information about experiences, connections or groups you share with other users — including those who are not part of your connections. (Previously, this section only displayed shared connections.) “In common” may display whether you and another connection went to the same college, for example, or are members of the same LinkedIn group. Read more…

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10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore

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Had enough of Facebook and Twitter? It may be time to switch up your go-to social network

With the daily explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social media tools popping up. These newer platforms could be working on the next big thing, so you’ll want to keep an eye out.

Here’s a look at 10 up-and-coming social networks you should know.

Editor’s note: Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore’s personal investment in Shots and Secrets in no way influences the decisions of editorial coverage or analysis.

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‘Supernatural’ Star Misha Collins Wants You to Beat William Shatner for Charity

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It’s a special year for Supernatural star Misha Collins’ worldwide charity scavenger hunt, GISHWHES. (Short for the modest title, Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.) It’s their fourth year, they’re looking to add three more world records to their existing five, and this is the first year the event features celebrity-led teams

The latter point is arguably the most thrilling, because no longer are the teams competing against fellow fans — they’re up against the likes of William Shatner

“He’s got some heavy hitters; it’s no joke,” says Collins, who runs the annual event via his charity Random Acts. “He basically had people apply to be on his team. It was a full-on recruitment drive.” Read more…

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Buzz Aldrin: We’ll Be on Mars ‘Before 2040′

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Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin has walked on the moon, and now he’s touched down in Menlo Park.

Aldrin, one of three astronauts who were part of the historic Apollo 11 space mission that successfully landed on our gravitational neighbor on July 20, 1969, stopped by Facebook headquarters for a Q&A on Friday.

Aldrin responded to all sorts of questions from Facebook users — ranging from technical questions regarding NASA’s past and current space endeavors to the future of traveling to Mars to what his favorite sandwich is (note to Buzz: we’re not sure a quesadilla really counts as a sandwich, but they are definitely the most delicious). Read more…

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Thanks for Helping Us Hit a Vine Milesone

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It seems like only yesterday that we were posting about a new looping video app that dropped in the App Store

Now, almost three hundred videos, millions of loops and one Shorty Award later, Mashable‘s main account on Vine has hit 100,000 followers, and we couldn’t be more grateful for each and every one of you

To celebrate, take a look at some of the highlights from our first year and a half on the platform. Some of the videos were created by our staff, and others come from the incredibly inspiring community that takes part in our weekly Vine Challenges. Read more…

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Like Its Peers, Pinterest Releases Mostly Male Employee Demographics

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Silicon Valley’s most promising tech companies are proving what everyone already suspected — that tech has a diversity problem

Pinterest is the latest tech company to unveil its employee demographics, which look similar to other companies in the area: mostly white, mostly male.

Pinterest reports that 92% of its workforce is either white or Asian, a ratio similar to other social companies like Twitter (88%) and Google (91%)

Perhaps more indicative of Silicon Valley’s diversity problem: 79% of Pinterest tech jobs, and 81% of its leadership positions are filled by men Read more…

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New App or New Ad? Instagram Teases Us With Bolt

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What exactly does Facebook have up its sleeve?

An ad for a new app called Bolt mysteriously appeared on Instagram on Wednesday. Android users reported seeing a new banner-style app-install ad on on the service, according to TechCrunch, which featured a “one tap photo messaging” app called Bolt.

The ad included what appeared to be an install button similar to the app-install ads from your Facebook News Feed

The button was a dead link, however, and the ads were removed shortly after they appeared, according to The Verge. “We don’t have anything to share right now,” an Instagram spokesperson told Mashable. Read more…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Agreed to via Terms of Service

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The terms of service, also known as the document you’re supposed to read before signing up for a site or platform, is a treasure trove of legal guidelines, rules and permissions that few people really care about.

But there are a few things you’re agreeing to, hidden within the jargon, that might change the way you use the web. Some permissions, like keeping personal information, protecting copyrights and preventing impersonation, are well-known and relatively innocuous. That said, there’s a chance you’re violating a term of service without even realizing it.

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‘Jews and Arabs Refuse to Be Enemies,’ Unite for Peace Amid Gaza Conflict

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As tensions, and the death toll, continue to rise and Israeli forces move further into Gaza, two students at Hunter College in New York have found a way to spread love at a time when it’s so easy to hate.

Abraham Gutman and Dania Darwish created a Twitter hashtag campaign, #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies, and Facebook page after Israeli military forces launched Operation Protective Edge and advanced into Gaza on July 8 — an offensive that has led to the death of more than 680 Palestinians, according to an AP report. The same report put the Israeli death toll since the start of hostilities at 31 Read more…

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