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Facebook Adds Features to Paper, Says Slow Growth Is No Concern

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Facebook Paper, the standalone news reader app the company launched in January, released its first significant app update Friday — adding a couple new features to the News Feed section of the app as well as making a few subtle design tweaks

You can now see birthdays and events within Paper by clicking on the notifications tab in the upper righthand corner of the app and scrolling to the bottom. Users can also add a photo to a comment by using the phone’s camera or camera roll.

The small additions are the result of user feedback, says Michael Reckhow, product manager for Paper, who says these two features in particular were the most requested. Most changes in the update pertain to News Feed, which looks drastically different within Paper compared to Facebook’s flagship app Read more…

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LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users Amid Mobile Push

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LinkedIn proudly broadcasted its increasing mobile traffic last week, but that’s not the only growth the company is experiencing

LinkedIn announced Friday it has reached 300 million registered users, a jump from 277 million members at the beginning of the year. LinkedIn announced the 200 million user milestone in January 2013, which means the company has added an average of 6.6 million new users per month over the past 15 months.

This registered users figure is different from the number shared by other social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Those companies share a “monthly active user” statistic, not total registered accounts. Instead, LinkedIn uses an engagement number produced by comScore to highlight their active audience, according to a company spokesperson Read more…

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11 Musicians on Tumblr Who Hit the Right Note

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Welcome to Tumblr, Lana Del Rey.

The singer is the latest in a slew of songbirds taking up social residence on the blogging site. The hyperreal online mecca, where everything is beautiful and nothing hurts, is home to a number of big-name musicians.

Full of glittering GIFs, candid photographs and brazenly honest blog posts, here are 11 musicians worth following on Tumblr.

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New Facebook for iPhone Lets You Reply to Comments on Pages

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Facebook has rolled out version 9.0 of its iPhone app, adding the ability to reply to comments on stories on certain Pages

For this to work, the Page in question must have this feature turned on

Also, group admins can now easily review and approve pending posts by group members, and posts about trending topics are highlighted in the iPad version of News Feed.

The new version comes just one day after Facebook announced an optional feature for the iPhone called Nearby Friends. If you turn it on, you’ll be able to discover which of your friends are nearby or on the go. You can also choose to share a precise location with a particular group of friends at a set period of time. The feature will become available on the Android and iPhone in the U.S. in the coming weeks. Read more…

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Social Seating Can Lead to Business Opportunities on Dutch Airline

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The Boeing could be the new board room.

Business travelers have found a new way to make valuable connections thanks to KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s social seating service Meet & Seat, which was launched in 2012 to introduce passengers with similar interests via social media. Over the past two years the company has found that approximately half of those customers are using it for professional networking, according to a KLM spokesperson.

Travelers can opt to pick who they sit next to based on details from their Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+ profiles after they purchase a ticket. You might choose a seat mate simply because of a shared interest, but a similar job title could put you near a potential business contact. If you get cold feed (or just want to snag that row of empty seats) you can change your mind up to an hour before your flight. Read more…

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60+ Events in Social Media, Entrepreneurship and More

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The Mashable Events Board is a great place to find leading conferences in your industry, whether it’s advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week, we’re highlighting five events that we think can help move your career forward, from those in Chicago to New York. If you don’t find something that’s right for you, check out more than 60 events featured in our complete listing.

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On the Events Board, you can sort listings by date added, get discount codes as a Mashable reader and watch videos of past events to get previews of what to expect. You can also follow @MashableEvents on Twitter to catch the best events before they sell out.
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Ironically, Anonymous App Secret Is Hatching IRL Meetups

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On anonymous social media app Secret, you can be anyone you want — even yourself.

My new acquaintance, whom we’ll call Steve, has just organized one of the first Secret IRL meetups, which began with this simple Secret: “Starting yet another expensive, consumption habit: artisanal whiskey. San Francisco, you can keep your $4 toast.”

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The Secret appeared in my feed because Steve is a “friend of friend,” meaning a contact saved in my phone book is also saved in his. It could easily be someone we exchanged numbers with for an OKCupid date or to purchase furniture via Craigslist. The social filtering is what makes Secret unique from other anonymous apps Yik Yak and Whisper — there’s no guarantee you’ll see all posts from friends, because each user only sees a few new posts each day. Read more…

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Your Facebook Friends Really Do Care What You Think! (We Think.)

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Your friends actually do care what you think — or at least Facebook assumes they do

You may have noticed a relatively new feature on Facebook lately that allows users to ask friends for recommendations or share their own thoughts on topics like movies, TV shows and books with those who ask. You may have missed it when it first rolled out a few months ago; it was a quiet rollout that didn’t get the usual attention that a new Facebook feature often generates

When a user visits a friend’s profile and that friend has specified certain “favorites” along the lefthand side of said profile, a new button lets users “ask” that friend for a recommendation. Facebook first started testing the feature in late 2013. Read more…

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44 Photos of Lovable, Huggable Babies

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Warning: Cuteness overload on this page.

Last week, we asked Mashable readers to share their most-adorable photos of babies. Parents captured special moments of their kids, both candid and posed. Some were able to catch that innocent smile, heart-melting yawn or stretch on camera. Others used a more shallow depth of field to concentrate on their baby’s little hands and feet.

The 500 submissions we received in this round of our Mashable Photo Challenge highlight the beauty and innocence of infants and toddlers. These images remind us to preserve the fleeting early years of a child’s life, before it’s over Read more…

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Coachella’s Top 5 Most-Tweeted Moments: Surprise Cameos Steal Show

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Coachella‘s first weekend had no shortage of surprises.

Those unexpected moments incited quite the buzz on Twitter, where attendees in California and people watching live streams from afar on YouTube posted more than 1.6 million tweets about the action from April 11 to April 14.

Here are the top five most-tweeted moments based on Twitter analytics:

1. Beyonce dances with sister Solange.

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Beyonce and Solange perform together at Coachella at the Empire Polo Club on April 12 in Indio, Calif.

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Out of nowhere, Beyonce returned to Coachella for the first time since 2010 when on Saturday she made an energetic cameo during her younger sister Solange’s set. Read more…

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