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August 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter has stopped displaying the names of third-party services used to send tweets. This means you will no longer see that tweets on Twitter's website and mobile app have been sent from services such as Tweet-bot, Seesmic, HootSuite and others. Don't worry, you'll still be able to use those services to send tweets, but those third-party services will be hurting because Twitter has dramatically cut their visibility. The change is part of a continuing effort by Twitter to direct focus at its official platforms after long embracing third-party services.
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BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mobile start-up Lightbox announced it would be joining Facebook and discontinuing its Android photo sharing app next month. The start-up's team of seven staffers, as reported by several outlets, will join Facebook just days before the social networking giant's IPO. The company made the announcement on its blog Tuesday. "Today, we're happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we'll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook's 500+ million mobile users," the mobile app's founders, Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel, wrote in the post.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber, the San Francisco-based car service company, is using election day to get out the word on its mobile app. The mobile start-up is running a promotion today that offers free rides for first-time users to get to a polling location. The service can be used anywhere in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Make plans for how you'll get back, though, as the offer can only be used for a one-way ride, not a round trip. If you want to ride back using Uber, it'll cost you a minimum of $15 in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If only Anthony Weiner had this feature two years ago. Twitter is now letting users send pictures to others through private messages sent on its platform. The San Francisco company announced the new feature Tuesday as it rolled out a major update for its mobile app. Although Twitter was made so that users could broadcast their messages to many at once, the social network has also included a private messaging tool for quite some time. But until now, the Direct Message feature was useless if a user wanted to send a photo.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has agreed to hand out more than $100 million in iTunes store credits to settle a lawsuit alleging that its iPhone and iPad apps allowed children to make purchases without their parent's knowledge or consent. The lawsuit, which was filed by five parents two years ago, alleged that Apple did not create parental controls to keep children from buying extra features sold within a video games app. The parents who filed the lawsuit said they didn't realize their children were charging their accounts until they were billed.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
When one of TV's top scripted dramas returns next week for its fourth season, the crack investigative team of "NCIS: Los Angeles" will employ technology in an entirely new way: to capture the second screen in the living room. CBS is offering an iPad application that synchronizes with each episode and delivers content designed to complement the TV viewing experience. The "NCIS: Los Angeles Connect" app, available Tuesday through Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, will afford viewers the chance to examine evidence more closely, learn more about the suspects and vote on whom they believe committed the crime.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users' computers. The app lets you "chat with friends without opening Facebook," according to Facebook's message introducing the app. The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users. ROUNDUP: The freshest Facebook features The app, Facebook's first native desktop app, uses the same branding as Facebook's mobile Messenger app, which received an update on both Android and iOS on Monday.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If you've gone to drive.google.com , you'll find that not everyone gets past the velvet rope immediately. But you can take comfort in the free bump to 10 gigabytes in Gmail storage. Those who get immediate access to Google Drive will see "Get Started with 5 GB free. " The rest of us get to wait a bit. For the wait-listed, when you log in and go to the Google Drive link, you'll see in the top right corner a message stating that your Google Drive is not ready. After clicking on "Notify me," there's a message saying you'll get an email alerting you it's ready.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As awesome as birthday comments are, nothing beats a gift. And Facebook has taken note. The social networking giant announced a new service Thursday afternoon called Facebook Gifts that will let users buy and send each other presents they can enjoy in real life. To start, these presents include Starbucks gift cards, stuffed animals and cupcakes, but Facebook said it will continue to add more options every day. Picture Gallery: Fresh Facebook Features The company said users will have the option to send gifts from birthday reminders or when they visit their friend's timelines.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Looking for a home or want to sell one but not yet ready to retain a real estate agent? Homesnap , a Washington, D.C., start-up, has developed an Apple mobile app that provides real estate information for users who are on the hunt or curious about selling -- that can be found just by snapping a photo of a house.  Within seconds, the app will display on the iPhone or iPad the address of the house and other real estate information, including...
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