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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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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.
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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)
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March 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Pinterest will roll out a new look it has been testing since January to the rest of its users starting Monday. The popular social network said in a blog post that users can expect an invitation in their email to check out the redesign. Among the changes coming in the redesign are bigger pins with more information. Pinterest said that when users click on a pin, they'll also be able to navigate to see other pins from the same pinboard, other pins from the same source and other pins by people who pinned the item users are looking at. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Under the hood, Pinterest said it has rebuilt its foundation, which will make the website more reliable and make it easier for the company to improve it in the future.
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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.
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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.
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March 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Google Now notification feature has begun rolling out to all users of the Mountain View tech company's Chrome Web browser. The notification feature has been available to Android and iOS smartphone users for some time. Google Now is designed to provide users with information they may need before they search for it. This includes traffic, weather and news updates. Google began testing Google Now for the beta version of the Chrome browser last month, but this week, it announced that all users of Chrome will soon be able to activate Google Now if they would like.
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June 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As part of its settlement in a class-action lawsuit, Facebook will allow users to opt out of its Sponsored Stories ads, which include users' Likes, names and pictures. Facebook reportedly agreed to a settlement last month, and news came this week that the social network will pay $10 million to a charity as part of the settlement. That's in addition to the $10 million it will pay for the plaintiff attorneys' fees. Also part of the settlement: changes to Facebook's advertisements.
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November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG this week confirmed that its Smart TV sets are collecting information on users' viewing habits even when they have not been authorized to do so. The South Korean tech company's Smart TVs include a feature that gathers information on what users are watching and sends it back to LG in order to come up with recommendations for other content that they might like. LG gives users the option of turning the feature off, but LG said it has verified that its TVs continue to collect that information even if users opt out. LG looked into the issue after it was brought to its attention by a tech-savvy user . PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' "LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public," the company said in a statement.
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June 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Ever wondered how many people click on the links you tweet? Wonder no more. Twitter appears to be giving all users access to analytics tools that can be used to see how many people are clicking on links they share. The analytics tools also show how many retweets and responses that tweets get, as well as how many users "favorite" a specific tweet. To access this data, users can head to the Twitter Ad dashboard , where they will be prompted to sign in with their Twitter account.
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