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San Francisco adds social networking element to emergency, disaster planning

The nation’s tech hub plans to partner with social networks to help residents prepare for the worst.


Twitter opens self-service ads to everyone

Twitter is expanding its self-service advertising platform so that any business in the U.S. can pay the site to promote its accounts and tweets.


Services seek money in social messaging as SMS declines

A large number of customers are migrating from SMS to free or cost-effective social messaging apps, but that's where the money is, says global analyst firm Ovum.

Twitter launches its music service with iTunes, Spotify and Rdio integration

Twitter today unveiled a music service that uses activity on the microblog to help users share and discover new music.


Developers unveil new mobile apps for shopping, restaurant reviews at Demo Mobile

Snaptiva wants to add a bit more color to the experience of shopping for home design and fashion products, literally.

Twitter will target ads based on your tweets

Twitter’s Promoted Tweets so far have been vaguely based on your information, but on Wednesday, the social network began allowing companies to use keywords in your tweets to market to you.


Facebook affirms its privacy commitment with national campaign

Facebook is teaming up with the nation's attorneys general to launch a public awareness campaign aimed at keeping young people safer on the site.


Uber to take on Lyft, Sidecar with ridesharing service

Lyft and Sidecar may be the kings of ridesharing right now, but Uber is coming up in the rearview mirror.


Twitter OAuth feature can be abused to hijack accounts, researcher says

A feature in the Twitter API (application programming interface) can be abused by attackers to launch credible social engineering attacks that would give them a high chance of hijacking user accounts, a mobile application developer revealed Wednesday at the Hack in the Box security conference in Amsterdam.


Twitter bots, fake retweets rake in big bucks

So you think your Twitter account is gaining popularity because you’re really interesting and funny. But a growing number of accounts are fake, created to generate links and drive traffic to the highest bidder.


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Facebook addresses concerns of how Home affects privacy

Facebook has posted a Q&A on its website about the privacy implications of its new Facebook Home software for Android phones, though it was unclear if it has addressed all the concerns raised.

Microsoft disses Facebook Home as so 'two years ago'

Microsoft took a big swing at Facebook Friday, calling the social network's new Home launcher an old idea.


New tech will keep your photos safe in (and from) the cloud

A new tool may help you keep ownership of your images and safe from Facebook and Flickr's fine print.


Will more smartphones support Facebook Home?

The HTC First smartphone will have native support for Facebook Home when it ships on AT&T April 12. Some analysts wonder how soon -- or whether -- native support for the app will be added to more smartphones.


Smartphone users tap Facebook obsessively

A new report shows just how much smartphone users love Facebook, checking it as much as 14 times a day.