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New Twitter feature opens direct message floodgates

Spammers, rejoice! A new opt-in setting lets anyone send you a direct message on Twitter.

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How to stay private now that anyone can find you on Facebook

Facebook is making it easier for people to find you, so it’s about that time again: Check your privacy settings.

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Twitter optimizes Android app for one tablet -- the Galaxy Note 10.1

A partnership with Samsung resulted in Note-specific features like S-Pen doodles and multi-screen views in Twitter’s new Android app for tablets.

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Good news, dudes: Ladies read comics, too

One of the largest comic apps, ComiXology, says digital comics are opening the doors for new readers.

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Watch TV from a tweet with Twitter's new See It feature

The microblogging platform is taking this second-screen thing seriously with a new Comcast partnership that encourages users to use Twitter as a channel changer.

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Yahoo makes Mail beautiful to woo Gmail users

Less than a year after redesigning Mail's site and apps, Yahoo is pushing a fresh new look to kill the competition.

Nielsen’s numbers back up Twitter’s second-screen push

Twitter now has official stats on social engagement with TV shows to convince big brands that the network is an important ad outlet.

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Facebook’s app ads want you to act. Now.

Facebook knows when you've downloaded an app. Now it want you to use the app.

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Twitter Alerts give new meaning to crisis communication

Twitter's new program lets you sign up for push alerts about emergencies, disasters, and public safety information.

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"60 Minutes" in 140 characters: Twitter and CBS partner for promoted tweets

Twitter's Amplify advertising program will now push out CBS content.

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Pinterest’s promoted pins preview ads to come

Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann reassured users that promoted pins won't be "flashy banners or pop-up ads."

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Rest assured, your Facebook likes are now free speech

A court has decided that the First Amendment covers the Facebook pages that you give thumbs up to.

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My Yahoo gets the Marissa Mayer redesign treatment

Yahoo’s customized landing pages get a new look as part of Yahoo’s ongoing transformation.

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Why Twitter dominates the social sports arena

Twitter is a home run for connecting directly with fans, building a social platform, and keeping the excitement going after the game ends.

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BitTorrent and Madonna join forces for free speech

The queen of pop is using BitTorrent to distribute a free film and launch a new art project.

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