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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.
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BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
What does your email address say about your energy consumption? According to energy efficiency software company Opower, it could say a lot . The company's resident number crunchers say that Yahoo! Mail users spend about $110 more a year on energy in their households than Gmail users do. And Opower is quick to point out that the extra kilowatt hours expended by these profligate Yahoo users in a year could power the island of Barbados. Data came from households across the country, and controlled for differences in climate, according to Barry Fischer, a writer and analyst at Opower.
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August 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In a very nonchalant tweet Tuesday, Vine announced that it has now surpassed 40 million users. How much growth is that? A whopping 207% since it hit 13 million just two months ago. Though Vine has only been around since January, it has quickly become a leader in the short-video market, and a big reason for that is its users, whom are passionate about making six-second videos with the iPhone and Android app. Vine has had to compete with...
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July 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A slight redesign to Twitter's website is causing confusion among some users, who believe the social network might be blocking them from tweeting. For some users, Twitter has removed its tweet compose box that is normally at the top left corner of its website and has replaced it with another box that says "Get Started. " The new box is prompting users to find more friends from their address books on various email services, such as Gmail and Yahoo. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on It's unclear if Twitter is testing a new design or if this is simply a glitch.
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July 10, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
Social media giant Facebook says it's boosting antivirus offerings to its users. Facebook is directing people to its new malware "checkpoints" if users suspect their computers have been infected with a virus,  the company announced Tuesday . Through a self-enrollment system, users can access free antivirus programs from McAfee or Microsoft. Facebook this year created an “ antivirus marketplace ” where users could download trials of security software. The company also developed a system to notify users if their machines had become infected.
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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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November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is updating Gmail so that users can quickly preview files attached to emails they receive by using Google Drive. The tech company said it is updating its email service so that when users receive emails with files attached, small thumbnail previews of each file will be visible at the bottom of the email. Users can click on each thumbnail to get a full-size preview of each file. "You're probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your 'Downloads' folder," Google said in a blog post announcing the new feature.
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May 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T has kept its unlimited-data iPhone users from making FaceTime calls over its cellular network for eight months, but that could change in just a few weeks. The Texas-based carrier on Tuesday announced it will give software and smartphone makers the ability to enable cellular video calling on apps that come preinstalled on devices, such as Apple's FaceTime feature, for unlimited-data users. AT&T said it will begin enabling cellular video calls to preinstalled apps by mid-June and will then continue to do so throughout the rest of 2013 -- so it's unclear when exactly each app will be enabled.
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December 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has said that it is within its terms of service to see what users are typing even when the status or comment is never posted on the social network. The Menlo Park, Calif., company confirmed that it can track users' unpublished posts after two Facebook researchers disclosed that they had tracked the activity of about 5 million random Facebook users in the U.S. and England. The researchers' study looked at how often these users censored themselves while typing posts and comments on Facebook.
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December 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is opening its Gifts feature to all U.S. users, the social network said Tuesday. Gifts is one of Facebook's big attempts this year at creating additional streams of revenue to complement its advertising sales. The feature capitalizes on the birthday and congratulatory wishes people send one another via Facebook by giving them a quick and simple way to purchase someone a present and have it sent to them. Users can also use the Gifts feature to send an another gift cards or donate to charities and nonprofit groups.
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