Consumer Web/Social Media

Twitter copies Facebook with new article previews auto-expand on Android and iOS devices update

It seems like Twitter is slowly turning into Facebook, especially with its new update featuring article previews auto-expanding on mobile devices.

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Google Play Newsstand app makes pay content available in four new countries; iOS version of app gets updated

Google has announced that paid content for the Google Play Newsstand Service is now available in four more countries. This brings the total number of territories with access to paid content through the service to 22.

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Say hello to MoneyPenny, your new personal assistant from Facebook

MoneyPenny is Facebook's newest digital invention. Reports have indicated that Facebook is currently testing out a brand new, voice-assisted, personal assistant application, to help Facebook account users with their online needs.

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Twitter confirms purported Bloomberg story is false

A report claiming that Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) received an offer to be acquired for $31 billion attributed to Bloomberg LP is fake, Twitter and a spokesman for the news and financial data provider said on Tuesday.

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ClipMine raises $2.6 million in funding to kickoff world’s first video annotation and crowdsourced indexing service

ClipMine announced to have amassed a whopping $2.6 million in funding to roll out world's first crowdsourced online video indexing and annotation service.

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Yahoo unleashes all-new daily fantasy sports league, expects it to be a game changer

Yahoo's official launch of its daily fantasy sports league has stirred a joyful gush of excitement among the millions of fantasy users across the world. Yahoo Sports has been a leader in entertaining their fans with highly engaging sports updates, news, events and mainly sports fantasy contests and appealing prizes.

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Twitter to let users follow live events, not just people

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) will start curating tweets on live events, the microblogging service said, as it plans major changes to make its real-time news feed more user friendly.

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Alibaba to launch Netflix-like video streaming service in two months

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) will launch an online video streaming service in China in about two months, hoping to emulate the U.S.'s Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and HBO, the firm's head of digital entertainment said on Sunday.

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Google launches a YouTube built for gamers

Google Inc (GOOGL.O) said on Friday that it is launching a live streaming gaming service called "YouTube Gaming", creating a rival to Inc's (AMZN.O) Twitch service.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Android

Facebook Messenger app has surpassed the 1 billion download mark via Google Play store. Google apps are the only other apps to surpass this mark, TechCrunch reported.

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Yahoo to shut down Maps and other services

California-based Yahoo Inc will be shutting down its maps website and other services at the end of the month, Yahoo's chief architect, Amotz Maimon said in a blog post.

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Netflix expands Internet TV service to southern Europe

Internet television service Netflix plans to expand into Italy and Portugal later this year, the company said on Saturday, as part of a bid to expand its popular streaming TV service to some 200 countries worldwide within two years.

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Worldwide Chromebook sales set to reach 7.3 million units in 2015: Gartner

Market research firm Gartner Inc estimated 7.3 million Chromebooks would be sold this year, helped mainly by demand from the education industry.

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Yahoo shares plunge on report IRS considering spin-off rule changes

Shares in Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) fell 7.6 percent on Tuesday, as the stock sold off dramatically in the last 20 minutes of the trading day on worries that a potential change in U.S. tax regulations would affect Yahoo's expected spinoff of its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N).

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LinkedIn follows Twitter, shocks social media investors

Another day, another shock for investors in social media stocks. Shares of LinkedIn Corp, operator of the most popular social network for professionals, fell 20 percent in early trading on Friday, wiping out more than $6 billion of market value, after the company slashed its full-year forecast.

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