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Pinterest Will Test a Redesign (SocialTimes)
Pinterest will begin testing a redesign with a “very small” group of beta testers “over the coming weeks,” the company said on Monday. The redesign will provide clearer navigation and more opportunities to discover new content. Mashable Pins will also be bigger and include more image details. The new design also includes a related pins side bar, which may encourage users to stay on the site longer by clicking through to other boards. VentureBeat Pinterest reps say it has done a backend overhaul to give the service more speed, as well. It had a huge year in 2012, and its much-copied interface sparked one of the year’s biggest and best design trends. CNET Pinterest is a social network for clipping recipes, fashion finds, housewares, and other aspirational digital goods to collections called “boards.” The product, which first launched in 2010, had a phenomenal 2012 and ranked as the sixth most popular social network with 27.2 million unique U.S. visitors by year’s end, according to Nielsen. TechCrunch Don’t worry, Pinterest isn’t ditching the grid-style “Masonry” design it’s known and cloned for. Overall, Pinterest writes that “we’ve tried to take your feedback into account.”
Please Don’t Try to Copy The New Republic (FishbowlNY)
The New Republic is back in a big way. The magazine, which began publishing all the way back in 1914, has a new print design (orchestrated by Dirk Barnett) and a new website — both of which are great. It also landed a big interview with Barack Obama for its latest issue. The Huffington Post The New Republic’s editor and publisher Chris Hughes spoke out on Mark Zuckerberg’s recently-announced fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Hughes, who co-founded Facebook alongside Zuckerberg, told ABC News he had “a lot of questions” about Christie, particularly since the New Jersey governor had opposed same-sex marriage. USA Today “There are tens of thousands of couples in New Jersey that can’t share their love and be recognized under the law because of that decision,” said Hughes. “I’m not a single issue voter, and I think most people aren’t either, but for me personally, it would raise serious concerns about supporting someone like him.”
Law Enforcement Rarely Uses Search Warrants in Getting Twitter Data (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
U.S. law enforcement agencies by and large do not establish probable cause or obtain a search warrant from an impartial judge before they seek information about a Twitter user, the company said Monday in its second transparency report. The company said it received a little over 1,000 requests for information between July and December 2012.
Facebook Updates iOS App, Adds Voice Messaging, Recording of Voice and Video (AllFacebook)
The voice-messaging feature that was added to the Facebook Messenger applications for iOS and Android is now part of the flagship Facebook app for iOS following an update Monday, along with the ability to record voice and video directly within the app, and an improved version of the nearby tab. Users sending messages to other users within the iOS app will now have access to the cameras on their devices, enabling them to take still photos or shoot video clips, and then add them to messages.
Grubwithus Launches a Social Dining App for the Impatient: GrubTonight (GigaOM)
Over the weekend, Grubwithus launched GrubTonight, an iPhone app that allows strangers in the same city to meet up for impromptu meals with just a few hours notice. Think of it as a tweetup with a set menu.
Clinton Hosting Global Town Hall on Twitter (AllTwitter)
In what is being called a “Global Townterview,” Hillary Rodham Clinton will be taking questions on Twitter from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. And it happens today.
Crash Reporting Firm Crashlytics Acquired by Twitter, Continues Developing Product (The Next Web)
The crash reporting platform Crashlytics has announced that it is merging with Twitter, but will continue to work on its own product after what is essentially an acquisition. Crashlytics makes a tool that allows developers to get detailed reports on issues with apps and what exactly was causing them.
Yahoo Sees Bump in Annual Revenues Under Mayer Leadership (SocialTimes)
Yahoo’s 2012 revenue was up 2 percent from the year before, the first such increase since 2008 for the troubled company. Its share price rose slightly in after-hours trading.
Twitter’s Vine App Doesn’t Have a Porn Problem. It Has a Porn Discovery Problem. (AllThingsD)
Twitter’s problem of the week isn’t that there’s porn on one of its services. It’s that the porn is a cinch to find.