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December 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google said Thursday its social network, Google+, now has 135 million active users, up from 100 million in September. In total, Google+, which launched in the summer of 2011, has topped more than 500 million total members, and 235 million of them are active in some form -- meaning, they have hit Google's +1 button on one of the company's sites, such as Google Search or the Google Play store. "Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever," said Google's Vic Gundotra, senior vice president, on a blog posted Thursday morning.
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October 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
There was a brief moment of confusion on Twitter on Friday afternoon, as what appears to be a widespread glitch wiped out users' timelines, making it impossible for them to see any tweets. The problem didn't last long, and Twitter was back to normal in no time. And of course, users quickly tweeted about the situation. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's  iOS  7 Here are a few funny tweets from confused users. twitter was telling me there were no tweets in my timeline and my first thought was that i was left behind #rapture - KFitz (@kfitzzz)
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Social networks have found a promising new source of advertising revenue: targeting users with ads for products they browsed online. The latest form of advertising, called "retargeting," is expected to not only get more pervasive but intensify worries over privacy. Tania Mulry, an entrepreneur from Santa Clarita, said she and other people are noticing and talking about the flood of retargeting ads. One of Mulry's students in a mobile app design class at USC was unnerved that a swimsuit she browsed on Nordstrom.com showed up as an ad on her Facebook page.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is being sued over allegations it monitors private messages on the social network to surreptitiously gather even more information on its users and share the data with marketers. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, Facebook scans the contents of private messages including links to other websites "to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users. " The links to third-party websites are interpreted as a "like" of that website and contribute to a profile of the sender's activity on the Web for the purpose of targeting advertising, the lawsuit alleges.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Users of performance-enhancing drugs have not been forgiven by Hall-of-Fame-voting members of the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America. That much became clearer than ever on Wednesday. Roger Clemens was named on only 37.6% of ballots; home run king Barry Bonds on just 36.2%. To be inducted, a player must be mentioned on 75% of the ballots. But the most striking example of a player tainted by PED use was illustrated further down the list of 37 players who were potential inductees.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sorry Tumblr fans, ads are coming to the social network's mobile app. Tumblr, the social network known for its following among teens and young adults, said it will start letting companies promote their posts to mobile app users within the next three months. The mobile ads will work similarly to those added to the website version of the social network a couple of months ago, said Tumblr Vice President Derek Gottfrid, according to Bloomberg . That means companies have to pay to promote their own Tumblr blogs so they'll be seen by more people.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Vine is branching out beyond the world of six-second videos by adding a new feature that makes it possible for users to privately message one another. The Twitter-owned social network introduced the Vine message feature in an update Thursday for its Apple iOS and Android mobile apps. To use the feature, users open the navigation menu and tap the "Messages" option. They then record a short clip before choosing who they want to send the video to. Users can add a caption to the video if they want.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Facebook users, expect to see a whole lot more pictures in the news feed. The social network quietly launched a new feature Wednesday that lets users attach a photo when commenting on status updates. The tool appears to enable JPEG and PNG image files to be uploaded and inserted. Although animated GIFs can be uploaded, they'll display like a still image. Although not a direct stab at Twitter, the feature will give users an easy way to crowd-source images - something Twitter users have been able to do for a while.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Before being removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play, an app called InstLike duped Instagram users into sharing their login information with the app in order to gain 'likes' and followers, a report said. The app asked users to share their Instagram username and password, all the while reassuring users that it would not misuse the information. But once users shared the information, InstLike turned accounts into digital zombies that would follow other InstLike users who had paid to gain followers and 'likes' for their photos.
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