Don't-Miss Web & social Stories

uber driver

Uber knuckles down on security, poaches exec from Facebook

Uber has acknowledged that its security issues go beyond simply protecting data.

lemontreeperiscope

Twitter launches Periscope, a Meerkat-like live video streaming app

iPhone users got another app on Thursday to help them share live video streams after Meerkat launched several weeks ago. This time Twitter is getting into the game with Periscope.

fb video 2

Facebook's Video API lets brands push more and more video into your News Feed

Brands can post just to their Pages but not to News Feed, and target their videos to users based on gender, age, and location—but only if they use Facebook's newly updated Video API.

Twitter partners with Foursquare to add precise locations to tweets

You can already add your general location to your tweets, but soon you'll be able to let everyone know if you're in Central Park or Central Perk.

socialsafe2

SocialSafe automates social media backup

SocialSafe downloads data from all your social networks automatically for viewing in the desktop application, or you can even export it.

say no to big browsers

10 obscure, highly specialized browsers that will make you forget about Chrome, Firefox, and IE

Sick of the Big Three browsers? These 8 alternatives scratch more niche interests.

meerkat logo

Why Meerkat, the breakout app of SXSW, is more than a flash in the pan

If Meerkat can continue to evolve quickly, it might survive Twitter's own live-streaming launch. (Despite its terrible videos.)

Chrome's bleeding-edge Canary build adds support for next-gen HTTP/2 web tech

Google took another step towards transitioning away from SPDY and towards HTTP/2 by adding the standardized protocol to Canary.

randpaulsxsw

Rand Paul sweet talks crowd at SXSW, tries to woo techies and millennials

Paul talked Snapchat, privacy, and net neutrality during his tech-centric interview, that was definitely not part of a pre-election ramp up (wink wink).

sxsw mcdonalds2

St. Bernards and free French fries prove that shameless brand stunts draw crowds at SXSW

McDonald's, Windex, and Dove have nothing to do with tech startups, but that didn't stop them from showing up at South by Southwest Interactive this year in hopes that the tech festival's patina of cool would rub off on them.

sxsw all gore

Al Gore challenges SXSW to focus online activism on climate change

Gore urged the tech-minded folks who attend South by Southwest Interactive to wage an Internet campaign for climate change, just like they did for net neutrality and SOPA.

facebook

Researcher releases tool that can hijack accounts on sites using Facebook Login

Attackers can force users to associate their accounts on other sites with malicious Facebook accounts.

friendfeed1

FriendFeed will finally shut down on April 9

Wait, FriendFeed was still running? Yeah, we were surprised too.

uber driver

Lawmakers ask Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to check driver fingerprints

The eight members of Congress say measures taken so far to screen drivers do not take advantage of all the available tools

Bitcoin and other currency

One year later, we're no closer to finding MtGox's missing millions worth of bitcoins

As the bitcoin investigation drags on, key people in the probe are keeping mum