Yahoo said today it would set up a large office in Times Square and had launched a major update of Flickr.
Seattle start-up Blab launched a public beta today for a social analytics tool that it claims can predict the future of social conversations.
Facebook Phone Home? (SocialTimes)
Facebook announced Thursday a new application that will put Facebook activity front and center on Android devices. Facebook Home is neither an operating system nor an actual phone, the company said, but a “family of apps” that puts the social network on the home screen instead of in an apps folder.
Facebook Exchange Ads Being Tested on Desktop News Feeds (AllFacebook)
The lines between different ways to advertise on Facebook are beginning to blur, as the social network Tuesday announced what it called a “small alpha test” of running ads delivered by its Facebook Exchange real-time-bidding ad-purchase platform on the desktop version of its News Feed, while at the same time assuring users that the number of ads in their News Feeds would not increase. Facebook added that it would expand availability of this new ad format in the coming weeks.
Highlight, the It Girl of last year’s South by South West Interactive conference, is playing catch up this year, unrolling today photo filters and a map view that shows users where social contacts are checked in.
Aviary, makers of a photo-editing software package used by Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket and Walgreens, has helped users edit 3 billion photos since it launched 18 months ago and counts on 35 million monthly active users, the company announced today.
To show how different MBA programs use social media to attract new students, the business organization Online MBA Page.com has published a list of the 100 most social friendly business schools. While these students were mastering business administration, they were also mastering social media.
The photo wars continue, as Google launched support late Tuesday for zooming and panning on photos viewed in Google+.
This morning tech blogs and social media lit up with users reacting to changes to Instagram’s privacy policies, which some users took to give the company permission to sell user’s photographs to advertisers. Instagram has taken notice and has issued a response reassuring users that it is not claiming rights to their photos.
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