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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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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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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
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...
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.
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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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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
August 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Box, a cloud data storage provider, is offering users 25 gigabytes of free storage as part of a promotion with another tech company. The promotion lets new users get five times as much storage as the free 5 GB that Box normally offers. The offer is effective until the end of August. Users will get the additional storage after signing up for HelloSign's new digital document signature service. The offer also appeared earlier on Box's homepage, meaning some users could sign up with Box and get the 25 GB of storage without also signing up for HelloSign.
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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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