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November 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has begun asking users wishing to leave reviews on Google Play to start using their Google+ names. Previously, users could leave anonymous reviews for content sold on the digital store, including apps, movies, books and songs, but no more. Now, if you try to leave a review for a product, Google will send you a message saying "From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. " To go ahead and write a review, you are prompted to either press "Continue" or sign up for a Google+ account if you don't already have one. Google might be making this change for two reasons.
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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 4, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Do you have Instagram? Well, pick a team -- #TeamAndroid or #TeamiPhone ? Now that Instagram has launched its Android app, many iPhone app users with a not-in-my-backyard approach are crying, "There goes the neighborhood!" Can you blame them? For the past year and a half, iPhone users have graduated through the stages of development with Instagram. First, you shoot and share everything you see -- food and pets, mostly -- but without any discipline. Eventually, you develop an eye, a style, a flair, if you will.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A database containing email addresses and passwords belonging to users of the website for Ubisoft, the video game developer behind the hit "Assassin's Creed," was accessed illegally in a hack. The French company said someone used "stolen credentials" to access its “online network.” The company didn't disclose how many of its users were hit, but it has sold more than 55 million of its top game. Ubisoft said on its website Tuesday that no credit card information is stored with the company and thus users' financial information was not at risk.
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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
April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If smartphones could talk, they'd probably tell of how much smarter they are than their owners. We users put them through all the elements and then some. Fire, water, wind, snow, safari -- they've seen it all. Consumer electronics warranty provider SquareTrade asked owners to post on Facebook some of the trials and tribulations their phones endured. Several met their demise by car -- either sliding off the top of the car into traffic or just being dropped by overwhelmed or clumsy hands and getting run over as the car backed out. Some got dunked in a coffee bath like a biscotti at breakfast.
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
December 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Vine will begin letting users register for custom website URLs, like the ones they can already get on Twitter and Facebook, on Monday. The benefit to custom URLs, which look like "vine.co/salrodriguez," is it lets users direct others toward their profiles with short and easy-to-remember links, rather than links with seemingly random numbers. Users can head to vine.co on Monday to register for their custom, or vanity, URL. To do so, users will log in with the information for their Vine account.
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