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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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BUSINESS
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.
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
June 27, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
If you go to a gym to work out, you know the sinking feeling when you arrive only to find that it seems everyone who has a membership has decided to muscle up at the same time. But now there's an app for figuring out the times when the gym is going to be mega-crowded. GymFlow this week launched an early tester program for its Apple and Android app, which promises to give users a real-time measure of how crowded local gyms are. A group of USC students created the app last fall and tested it out at the school's Lyon Recreation Center.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Let's get ready to grumble -- Twitter has announced it will be forcing its latest profile page redesign onto all users starting Wednesday. Users have been able to opt into Twitter's latest profile page design since September , but now the San Francisco-based social network will be bringing the design to all of its users -- regardless of whether they want it. The new design emphasizes Twitter's header photo feature, which places a large picture...
BUSINESS
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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November 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
If you're having trouble loading up profile and other pages on Facebook on Friday morning, you aren't alone. A glitch appears to have affected several users of the world's most popular social network by leaving them unable to see their profile pages, their friends' or the pages of others whom they follow.  [Update 10:03 a.m., Nov. 8: Facebook said this glitch has now been resolved. "Earlier today, we experienced an issue that prevented some people from loading Timeline or Pages content for a brief period of time," the company said in a statement.
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
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
April 9, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Maybe Instagram needs a better filter for how it announces its deals. Its user base seems to have a twitchy reaction with every announcement. Last week, it was the end of the world as they knew it for iPhone users, who had the Instagram universe all to themselves until Android users were given the keys. It seemed a photo joust might have been in order. And now Facebook has announced it's buying the super popular photo-sharing app and social network for $1 billion. As @HmSeb put it on Twitter, Instagram is in a relationship now, and it's complicated.
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