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Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

Google is killing off Orkut, the web giant's original and arguably most successful social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India but never really gained traction in the West. Worse still, the Mountain View company announced the move during the World Cup football tournament – taking place in Brazil. In a carefully …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jun 2014

Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

The US government ran a covert campaign to undermine the Cuban government via a social networking platform, according to the Associated Press. A report from the news agency detailed the launch and eventualy shutdown of ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like platform which its creators say was designed to spur free speech, and which the AP …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014
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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

If you're avoiding friending your manager on Facebook or Twitter, the net is tightening: Microsoft has stitched new social network-like features into all of its productivity products. In a keynote speech today at the company's Sharepoint conference, Microsoft corporate vice-president Jeff Teper ushered in "the transformation of …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014

Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

A trademark ruling in Europe could stop Pinterest from expanding onto the continent, as the EU's office rules that the company doesn't own the rights to the name "pinterest". The EU Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market has ruled against the crafts'n'cupcakes website, deciding that London-based social news aggregator …

DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

Norbert Spankmonkey has invited you to connect. Oh dear, not another one of these mystery invitations. Who the heck is Norbert Spankmonkey? Did we exchange emails perhaps, or cross swords recently on a forum? Could I have met him at that conference earlier in the week, the one at the casino that ended with free drinks? I recall …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 Jun 2014
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British Bebo founder buys back social network for $849m profit

"Buy low, sell high," is the investor's mantra. Michael Birch, the British founder of Bebo, has just amply demonstrated that principle by spending a piddling $1m to buy back the social network he sold to AOL for $850m five years ago. We just bought Bebo back for $1m. Can we actually re-invent it? Who knows, but it will be fun …
Iain Thomson, 02 Jul 2013

Take a number, says new social network

If you're tired of old schoolmates looking you up on Facebook and then bombarding you with endless inspirational junk and/or heart-tugging slactivism but still crave online interaction, a new social network on which you are just a number might be for you. “Revealed” this week, “Social Number” doesn't offer users instantly …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2012

New social network is for DEAD PEOPLE

Not content with worming their way into every aspect of daily life, a new Indian social network has decided to do the same for the afterlife. Departedlife.com is the output of Anglo-Indian outfit Planet E-com Solutions, which says it is a Microsoft Certified Partner offering software development, search engine optimisation and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2013

Australia floats plan for national social media regulator

Australia has floated a plan to regulate social media at a federal level. The idea's not new: the Liberal/National coalition took it to the nation's 2013 election as a policy that, in part, it used to show that someone was thinking of the children, especially in the context of cyber-bullying and youth suicides felt to have been …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2014
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LinkedIn adds nagging notifications to social-network-for-suits

Social-network-for-biz-types LinkedIn has begun offering a Facebook-like feature that notifies a user when another member connected to their network views that person's profile, accepts an invitation or carries out other creepy stalking habits as is de rigueur in the Web2.0 world. The company said in a blog post that LinkedIn …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2012
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OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

As of today teenagers and other BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls to each other - if they're on RIM's stealth 'social network in hardware', BBM. RIM announced the news last month, but the updated app is now available in its App World store. Users of version 7 of BBM version 7 will be able to make calls over …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012
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Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

Now that Google's "network thingy" is melded into the web giant's product line-up, the man behind Google+ Vic Gundotra has quit Mountain View to pursue a yet-to-be-revealed new venture. Arguably, his work is largely done at Google, a company that has routinely shied away from describing Google+ as a social network. In 2012, …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Apr 2014

Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for NOT BEING SOCIAL ENOUGH

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is being sued by a property developer who accuses him of backing out of an alleged deal to introduce him to all of the social network billionaire's rich friends. Mircea Voskerician says that the chief Facebooker bought a plot of land from him after learning that he planned to build a large …

Social network bins Beijing's banned buzzwords

Japanese Whatsapp-like service Line has come under uncomfortable scrutiny by international users after appearing to prepare self-censorship capabilities for its Chinese service Lian wo. Twitter user @hirakujira spotted a chunk of code in the social messaging app including “<key>warning.badwords<key>” which would trigger a user …
Phil Muncaster, 23 May 2013
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler

Winklevoss twins stuff $1m into social network for the FILTHY RICH

Wanna know what the world's been lacking? A social network for hedge-fund bods, of course. And who better to be at the helm of such a brave Web2.0 venture than square-jawed Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss - who rose from the ashes of their legal spat with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to plunge some of their …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Sep 2012
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Google+ exec declares Facebook 'social network of the past'

If you're looking for disingenuous quotation of the week then Vulture Central wouldn't blame you for looking no further than Google+ boss Bradley Horowitz. The exec not only described Facebook as the "social network of the past" but also labelled Mark Zuckerberg's ad strategy as "intrusive". He went on, while talking at a …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2012

Yo, mall rats: Facebook and Cisco in Wi-Fi hookup to track your retail, social life

Facebook just got into the consensual Wi-Fi data-pumping game after it inked a deal with networking giant Cisco that will allow businesses to better target people's shopping and social habits. The free content ad network will play swapsies with its users by getting them to agree to hand over their "customer preferences and …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Oct 2013

Facebook reveals open network gear to drive WEDGE between itself and Cisco

Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, says his company is only "one per cent" done with changing data center hardware, but we reckon that with the reveal of its new open networking equipment projects, Cisco and other incumbents are hoping it will slow down. The top-of-rack switch, named Wedge, and Linux-based …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2014

Australian Police want in-house social network

The Police Force in the Australian state of New South Wales wants to build its very own social network. The Force isn’t just bandwagon-hopping: the tender (registration required) for the network says it’s already done that, with decent results: The organisation’s ITC department, Business and Technology Services (BTS) recently …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2012
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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you're in the 'underbelly of dark social sharing'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden got tired of hearing himself referred to as a tech geek this week and told the world that, actually, he’s real-life James Bond type. Speaking to NBC News, Snowden said he wasn’t some lowly outside contractor, but a bonafide 007: I was trained as a spy in the traditional sense of the word in that …
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We're! not! a! social! network! yells! Yahoo!

Despite spending most of the past few years trying to make its services more social, Yahoo! is now claiming that it is definitely NOT a social network - and resents being lumped in with Google and Facebook to face charges in India of hosting “objectionable content” online. The faded web pioneer filed a strongly worded complaint …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Feb 2012
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Nearly 2 MILLION US Facebook users quit social network

Shares in Facebook continued to slide on Tuesday, after an analyst claimed the dominant social network had seen a modest drop in its userbase. Capstone Investment's Rory Maher said Mark Zuckerberg's company suffered a 1.1 per cent fall in US users over the last six months. The number of European Facebookers had also declined, he …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jul 2012
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Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

LinkedIn, the social network for suits, has come out in defence of its LinkedIn Intro app after security researchers panned it for making users' emails vulnerable to hackers. LinkedIn Intro is an iOS application that allows iPhone or fondleslab users to route their email through so that they receive background information on an …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2013
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Social Network scribe to turn hefty Steve Jobs tome to popcorn-fodder

The screenwriter who brought a bratty young Mark Zuckerberg to life in the film The Social Network has been appointed as the writer of new Steve Jobs biopic. Aaron Sorkin will continue his lionisation of tech superstars with the new film, funded by Sony. The film promises to tell the story of Jobs' rise from rude-but-charismatic …
Anna Leach, 16 May 2012
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LinkedIn SHOCK: Social-for-Suits ISN'T a flash in the pan

LinkedIn has once again proved that a social network can make money, just as long as it's got more than one way for the cash to roll in. The network for professionals topped analysts' expectations for profit and revenue in the third quarter of 2012 as its advertising business continued to do very well and its job listings unit …
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Facebook reveals TAO - the data store for its social graph

Facebook has revealed details about Tao, its multi-petabyte data store for the company's social graph. Though Facebook's social network may have little relevance for IT pros, its internal infrastructure does, because here the social network is dealing with quantities of information so vast that it has to come up with new ways to …
Jack Clark, 27 Jun 2013
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Big Brother? Social networks are far worse, says Estonian president

Fears about states' Big Brother-style invasions of peoples' privacy are outdated, and citizens should instead be worrying about how social networks and supermarkets are using their private data, says the president of Estonia. Toomas Hendrik Ilves explained today at the annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict that …
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2013
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Facebook SIM brings social network to dumb phones

Personal Argentina is the first operator to deploy a Facebook-enabled SIM, bringing the social network to any GSM handsets, and into hitherto unexploited markets. Getting Facebook working on a SIM means using the SIM Toolkit commands, which limits interaction to a cascade of text menus, but it does mean that any GSM handset can …
Bill Ray, 06 Oct 2011
Microsoft&#39;s new social network, so.cl

Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

Microsoft’s “experiment in open search”, so.cl, is now open to anyone. Launched back in May amidst very little fanfare, so.cl (pronounced “social “) was initially offered only to students and billed as an experiment in learning. Redmond has recanted those restrictions, today telling world+dog they’re free to pile in and enjoy …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2012
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Social networks give Australia a throat to choke

Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo! and YouTube have stuck out their necks and offered Australia’s federal government the chance to choke them under a new “Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling” launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In return, the four get regular meetings with government. Cyber-bullying and trolling have …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2013
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Liberals propose law to regulate social media

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has floated a suite of online child safety ideas that would include legislation to regulate social media, which would become answerable to a “Children’s e-Safety Commissioner” charged with taking “a national leadership role in online safety for children.” The proposals stand a very good …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2012
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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

Google has quietly removed mandatory signups to its unloved "network thingy" Google+, which new Gmail users had been automatically shoved into when creating accounts on the ad giant's web-based email service. The Chocolate Factory was criticised by former employee and Digg founder Kevin Rose in January this year for linking …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2014
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Chinese social network to recruit in-house censor

Eagle-eyed users of China’s popular Twitter clone Sina Weibo have spotted an unusual job ad for the company, posted on its site on Monday – internet censor. The advert, translated by the Wall Street Journal China, reportedly calls for candidates keen to try their hand at the role of “monitoring editor” who would be tasked with …
Phil Muncaster, 22 May 2012
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Mozilla's Social add-on MERGES Facebook with Firefox

Do people say you spend too much time on Facebook? Do you actually worry that viewing other websites might be cutting into your Facebook time? Then the Mozilla Foundation has the Firefox add-on for you. Facebook Messenger for Firefox integrates the social network's controls directly into the browser's user interface, making it …
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2012
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LinkedIn shows webtastic social media firms how it's done

LinkedIn stuck its tongue out at all its social media rivals with better-than-expected revenue and a tidy profit for the second quarter. While web firms like Facebook, Groupon and Zynga have seen their stocks tumble amid mounting losses and growing concern over how they will continue to grow revenue, LinkedIn's net profit of $2. …
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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

Medieval terror bastards ISIS have moved from Twitter to non-profit social networking outfit Diaspora to spew their cant – and apparently nothing can be done to stop them. "Diaspora is a completely decentralized network which, by its nature, consists of many small servers exchanging posts and messages," the organizers of the …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2014
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Facebook fever prices social network at $70bn

Doomsayers who believe the Internet is looking like a bubble again will be out in force, following GSV Capital’s decision to tip $US6.6 million into Facebook. The dollar value is trivially small, but GVC is only buying 225,000 shares, putting a notional valuation of $US70bn on the social network site. Even that number is …
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Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?

LinkedIn made money in 2012. By all accounts it has done better than it had the year before, and as a result its stock price has soared. Despite this, I have some serious questions about the service, even as my fellow technorati fall all over themselves to heap praise upon the company. I get why LinkedIn is attractive to certain …
Trevor Pott, 12 Feb 2013
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Microsoft apes Google social search master plan

Every now and again Microsoft comes along to remind us of two things: it's still a big name in online search and remains very cosy with the world's biggest social network, Facebook. Meanwhile, Google has been busy injecting its once gleaming search engine with far to much Web2.0rrhea, by adding what it describes as more "social …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2012
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Licked RIM has a lifeline: a social network in a box

RIM's fortunes have taken a catastrophic, Nokia-style nosedive in the past year - but it has a chance of pulling up. Admittedly, the odds are long, but this week the Canadian company began its fightback. It's certainly right up against it. Fewer enterprise customers are dependent on RIM's email servers. The trend to 'bring your …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2012
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Me, myself and Eric: Google delays social network effort, says report

Google has reportedly delayed the official launch of a social network it’s understood to be quietly mothering until spring next year. According to Mashable, the so-called “Google Me” virtual playground – which the Mountain View Chocolate Factory has declined to directly comment on – will land in March or April of 2011. …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Nov 2010
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Facebook 'signs' independent social network deal with Baidu

Facebook has reportedly inked a deal with Baidu to build a social network for the People's Republic. According to the report, anonymous sources at China's biggest search engine outfit claimed an agreement had been reached following a number of meetings between Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Baidu CEO Robin Li. Bloomberg …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2011
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Chinese Facebook clone bags Windows 8 social app first

Facebook copycat Renren has announced it will make the first social networking app for Microsoft's Windows 8 app store. The Chinese site said that high-def app Renren HD will feature full integration with the new tablet-friendly platform, allowing citizens to share web pages, pictures, videos and other stuff via the social …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Mar 2012
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Sony to use social network dweebery to sell 3D TVs

Sony is turning to trendy online service Foursquare in a desperate bid to interest yoof in 3D TVs. Foursquare - a service which wetly promises to "unlock your world" and help you "find happiness just around the corner" - tells you where all your social network chums are hanging out. Visit the same places frequently to win game- …
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2011
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Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work

Viruses, loss of confidential data and fear of employees tooling around doing sweet FA on Twitter are the top reasons that employers give for putting the brakes on social media in the workplace. And it's stopping them benefiting from new collaborative technologies, says ClearSwift Research. The company surveyed 1,529 employees …
Anna Leach, 07 Sep 2011
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Social networks can't be forced to filter content, rules top EU court

Social network operators cannot be forced to filter out content such as copyrighted music, the European Union's highest court ruled today. Such a system would fail to adequately protect the personal data of social networking users, said the EU Court of Justice (ECJ). "The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2012
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Privacy-protecting social network opens up

Diaspora, the open-source based social network touted as a privacy-conscious alternative to Facebook, has opened up for business. For now, stepping aboard the alpha-version of the decentralised service is strictly on an invitation-only basis. Although anyone can request to join the alpha test, the numbers are limited. The …
John Leyden, 24 Nov 2010
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Is Anon ready for the social network?

The story so far is that Anonymous – or someone associated with Anonymous, or someone cynically riding on the back of Anonymous, who knows? – has set up a site that will offer some kind of social network. According to TechSpot, the idea (and the “Alpha” Website, anonplus.com) arose when Google+ allegedly banned an unknown number …
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Australia on path to social media regulation

Australian MPs have started to call for legislative powers to compel social networks to swiftly remove offensive content, after Facebook failed to act decisively to remove a page containing numerous racist stereotypes of Australian aboriginals. Facebook initially did nothing about the page, which disappeared briefly and then …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2012

Faced with stiff competition, Facebook just can't satisfy – report

The latest data on social networks from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows Facebook is about the least popular social network – but that doesn't seem to stop people using the site. "Even with improvements across the board, e-business—and social media in particular - doesn't do well in terms of user …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jul 2014