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More than a social network: Facebook aims to be the source for breaking news (Ellis Hamburger/The Verge)
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
More than a social network: Facebook aims to be the source for breaking news — Facebook has always been filled with “news,” just not the kind you'd find in a daily newspaper. — Recently, however, Facebook had made several moves to shift the content of your News Feed towards hard news …
eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences — Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8.
Accompli is the powerhouse email app for iPhone that Outlook users have been waiting for (Casey Newton/The Verge)
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Accompli is the powerhouse email app for iPhone that Outlook users have been waiting for — Email on smartphones is finally growing up — For all the advances the smartphone has brought us, our email is still largely chained to the desktop. Stock email apps have never had half the features …
Google tells 34 candidate cities for Google Fiber that it's considering deploying Wi-Fi as well (Martyn Williams/Computerworld)
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Google tells 34 candidate cities for Google Fiber that it's considering deploying Wi-Fi as well — Exclusive: Google may offer Wi-Fi for cities with its Google Fiber — Cities getting gigabit-speed fiber Internet could also gain Wi-Fi networks — Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks …
Salesforce launches Service SOS, an enterprise version of Amazon's Mayday button (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce launches Service SOS, an enterprise version of Amazon's Mayday button — Summary: Salesforce plans a limited beta of Salesforce1 Service SOS, which takes Amazon's Mayday concept and makes it available to enterprises. Can companies get their operational act together to support it?
Pinterest Hits 30 Billion Total Pins, Up 50% In 6 Months — Tonight at an event in the company's San Francisco headquarters, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann announced that users had contributed more than 30 billion Pins since being founded, a number that has grown by nearly 50 percent in the past six months alone.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Calm down: the FCC's position on Net neutrality hasn't changed — There's been a lot of confusion about what the FCC is or is not proposing for its rewrite of its Open Internet rules. CNET's Marguerite Reardon breaks it down. — The FCC commissioners (left to right): Ajit Pai …
Focusing on single-purpose social apps could be the key to Google's social future (Danny Sullivan/Marketing Land)
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Focusing on single-purpose social apps could be the key to Google's social future — What Would Happen If Google Really Did Kill Google+? — News is leaking out that Google might be planning to kill Google+, or at least put it into a Walking Dead-like “zombie” mode, as TechCrunch characterizes it — and something Google denies.
Lauren Hockenson / Gigaom:
Pinterest debuts Guided Search, Custom Categories, improved Related Pins — At a Pinterest event Thursday evening in San Francisco, CEO Ben Silbermann announced changes to the photo-based social media platform to help improve users' ability to discover content.
Riding on virtual reality fever, Virtuix raises $3M round for Omni VR treadmill (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Riding on virtual reality fever, Virtuix raises $3M round for Omni VR treadmill — Above: A Virtuix 360-degree treadmill plus an Oculus Rift headset makes for a terrifyingly immersive video game experience at GamesBeat 2013. — Virtual reality continues to be hot in the wake of Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Covert Bitcoin miner found stashed in malicious Google Play apps — Researchers scouring the official Google Play market have unearthed more Android apps that surreptitiously abuse end-user devices to carry out the computationally intensive process of mining Bitcoins.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
California shoots down ‘kill switch’ legislation for smartphones — Legislators rejected a bill requiring device makers like Apple to include antitheft software on smartphones sold in the state. Their reason: It would be bad for business. — The senate chambers at the California state capitol building
Automattic aquires visual editor Scroll Kit, company to shut down in 3 months (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Automattic aquires visual editor Scroll Kit, company to shut down in 3 months — Automattic Buys Scroll Kit, A Code-Free Website Builder That Once Got Legal Heat From The NYT — WordPress maker Automattic's acquisition spree to build out its platform continues apace.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Comcast Says Netflix Slowed Down Its Own Streams — A couple days after Netflix and Comcast fought in public, the two companies, who are supposed to be partners, are at it again. — Three days after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings publicly opposed Comcast's planned acquisition of/merger with Time Warner Cable …
Comcast: Neflix degraded its Comcast streams, seeks to shift its costs onto all Internet users (Jennifer Khoury/Comcast Voices Blog)
Jennifer Khoury / Comcast Voices Blog:
Comcast: Neflix degraded its Comcast streams, seeks to shift its costs onto all Internet users — Comcast Response to Netflix — Netflix's argument is a House of Cards. But there is no need for us to engage in a point-counterpoint with Netflix to demonstrate the continued distortions and inaccuracies on which it relies.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
FCC's position on Net neutrality conflicts directly with what it warned against in 2010 (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC's position on Net neutrality conflicts directly with what it warned against in 2010 — The FCC's “fast lane” rule is awful for the Internet—just ask the FCC — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is in damage-control mode today after word leaked that potential new “net neutrality” rules are anything but neutral.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
CEO Nadella Promises Microsoft Will Deliver “Courage in the Face of Reality” — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella praised his company's recent efforts to both grow where it is strong, but also to bulk up in areas where it has been weaker. — “I sum up this quarter in two words, execution and transition,” Nadella said.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix to Launch on Three U.S. Cable Operators via TiVo — Netflix has grabbed its first foothold with cable operators in the United States, with plans to launch on three smaller companies next week through an app on TiVo DVRs. — The deals are with RCN Communications, Atlantic Broadband and Grande Communications.
Google+ to become a platform, integration with other products to be optional, teams reshuffle (TechCrunch)
Google+ to become a platform, integration with other products to be optional, teams reshuffle — Google+ Is Walking Dead — Today, Google's Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years. The first obvious question is where this leaves Google+ …