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A Gift to Google+ on Its Third Birthday: No More Facebook Comparisons

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Google+ turns 3 years old on Saturday, a birthday the service is celebrating with little fanfare (if at all)

Google didn’t make any major announcements or release any special features to commemorate the moment. Google+ didn’t even rate an appearance at Google I/O, the company’s biggest tech conference, which wrapped up on Thursday

Google, for whatever reason, seems to be content to let the event pass. The birthday is just happening: another year older, another year wiser. That’s why I believe Google+ deserves a special gift from the rest of us: Let’s stop comparing it to Facebook Read more…

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Ku Is A Social Network For Composing Creative Status Updates

ku The plain social network ‘status update’ has been superseded by the rush to share photos. Quicker, easier and less likely to get lost in translation, the selfie and its subsidiaries (otheries) are the digital social currency du jour. But Israeli startup Ku wants to make words cool again, with a social network that’s focused on sharing a more creative kind of status update.… Read More

Ku Is A Social Network For Composing Creative Status Updates

ku The plain social network ‘status update’ has been superseded by the rush to share photos. Quicker, easier and less likely to get lost in translation, the selfie and its subsidiaries (otheries) are the digital social currency du jour. But Israeli startup Ku wants to make words cool again, with a social network that’s focused on sharing a more creative kind of status update.… Read More

Whisper Redesigns Its App to Hear What Everyone Is Really Thinking

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Whisper, the anonymous social network, has redesigned its app with a series of new features aimed at providing users with the ability to find like-minded users across topic and location while maintaining incognito

The look and feel remains the same, with “whispers,” as the app’s posts are known, keep its simple text-over-image format. But how users can find whispers from users with the same interests has changed.

The company has also added $36 million in funding at a valuation of $200 million. Whisper has now raised $60 million since launching in 2012.

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Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia Faces Hit-and-Run Charges in San Francisco

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Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia, whose company provides a social network platform for neighborhoods, is facing felony hit-and-run charges after allegedly causing an accident last August that resulted in injuries for another driver

NBC Bay Area reported the felony charges, which are being filed by San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Tolia is also facing a civil lawsuit from San Francisco resident Patrice Motley

Wagstaffe told NBC that Tolia, who has no criminal record, will be served with the felony paperwork in the mail. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison, according to Bloomberg Businessweek Read more…

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79% of Parents Talk to Their Kids About Online Safety

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It’s difficult to be a parent in the digital age. Your kids probably know more about the Internet than you do (you can undo sent emails now?), and they’re using gadgets and apps you’ve never heard of (what’s a Whisper?)

There’s simply no way to keep kids off the web, or to keep smartphones out of their little hands. Instead, arm yourself with knowledge: How are “kids these days” interacting with tech, and how worried should you be?

eBuyer assembled the results of a comprehensive study of kids’ and teens’ online activity. The results range from expected — 95% of 12- to 15-year-olds own at least one smartphone, tablet or other media device — to more surprising — the same age demographic has an average of 78 Facebook friends they’ve never met in real life. Read more…

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The Secret to Password Security Could Lie in Your Social Network

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It’s midnight and you’re soothing your insomnia by purchasing a pair of shoes on a daily deals website. You click through to the checkout page only to find you can’t connect your PayPal account; you’ll have to input your credit card data manually and create a new username and password for this little-known site you’re not sure you’ll ever use again. So you roll your eyes and type in the same password you’ve used for PayPal, Amazon and a host of other shopping sites

There’s a term for that feeling: password fatigue

In a hackable world, password fatigue can have dire consequences. The difficulty of remembering dozens of unique and complex passwords leads us to make short, overly simple ones instead, or to use one password for a number of different websites. This can be devastating, if just one of these sites is hacked Read more…

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Study: 1/3 of Women in U.S. Use Pinterest

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Pinterest’s popularity in the United States has surged in the last year, particularly among women, according to a new study.

The social bookmarking service is now used by more than one-fifth (21%) of American adults, up from 15% a year earlier, according to a survey of U.S. social networking habits from Pew Research. That puts Pinterest slightly ahead of Twitter and Instagram, though all three are well behind Facebook.

Pew’s data suggests that Pinterest has experienced strong growth among women in particular. One-third of U.S. women now use Pinterest, up from 25% as reported in a similar study in February. Just 8% of men use Pinterest, though that’s up from 5% previously Read more…

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Twitter Dethrones Facebook as Teens’ Favorite Social Network for Shopping

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Twitter beat out Facebook in the battle for teenagers’ preferred social networks for online shopping. In a recent survey of teens’ retail behavior, participants were asked about their favorite networks, and 26% responded that it was Twitter.

Facebook and Instagram each captured the hearts of 23% of survey respondents. Clearly, Instagram’s rising popularity among teens took a toll on both Twitter and Facebook’s popularity; Facebook saw a 10% decrease in the survey since six months ago and Twitter saw a 4% decrease

“The data point is likely unsurprising as the trend in our survey has been moving toward Twitter over the past couple of years,” said analysts Gene Munster and Douglas Clinton in a note to clients. Read more…

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