In an attempt to encourage more people to vote, Facebook is today promoting an Election Day message atop U.S. members’ News Feed and asking them to click an “I’m Voting” button. The company is tracking these special status updates in real-time.
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Editor’s Pick Hermione Way, one of the stars of Bravo’s new reality show “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” is a polarizing figure. But she’s just being herself, she insists.
Twitter plans to alter its mobile applications with photo filters, but that won’t help the information network fight off the surging Instagram.
The sweetly named but oh-so-devastating storm that hit the mid-Atlantic with deadly force also shook up Twitter as people turned to the information network’s airways to search and share about Sandy.
It took LinkedIn nine years to reach 187 million members. It took the professional social network about a month to pass 200 million endorsements.
When President Barack Obama or Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tweet, millions listen. But how well do their 140-character messages resonate with people across the nation?
The powers that be in Chicago have proposed new regulations that, if passed, would mean lights out for startup Uber and its mobile system for booking and paying for black car service.
Foursquare today gave BlackBerry owners the option to use its application to explore nearby recommended places without creating an account or logging in to the service.
Food porn is not for all, but those who do get a rise out of obscene photos of dishes should check out Yelp. The rest of you should shield your eyes, because what you’re going to find on the reviews site’s new menu pages may be hard to stomach.
Composing a new email is about as commonplace as toasting a bagel. Well, not if Google has anything say about it.
“Best of” lists are everywhere, but the Village Voice has decided to lay claim to the “best of” phrase and is suing reviews company Yelp for use of the seemingly generic words on its website.
Proposed changes to taxi regulations could eliminate the ongoing tension between New York City and Uber.
Warning: people with an elitist view on what it takes to earn the label “geek” may want to look away. For the rest of us, there’s a new application called Silicon Valley Status that gives fans of Bravo TV series Start-Ups: Silicon Valley the chance to measure their status against the show’s cast.
TechCrunch played middleman in a Facebook IPO-related legal matter that ended with underwriter Citigroup being hit with a $2 million fine, and the firm firing a top analyst.
A scandal squashed. Yes, Uber’s Chicago taxi service faces opposition in Chicago, but the attacks are coming from parties with an agenda and not city officials.
Newly minted Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has purchased Stamped, a mobile recommendations-focused startup with a team of talented ex-Googlers, to help the company catch up to competitors far ahead in the all-important race for mobile mindshare.
Editor’s Pick Discarded for pennies on the dollar, Digg has a new lease on life, but the rebuilt service is almost unrecognizable to those who loved it before. The new Digg is a single, compelling voice speaking for the Internet at large. But whose voice is it?
StumbleUpon is fueling new life into a 10-year-old product that was once teetering on the edge of irrelevancy. The most dramatic evidence of such can be seen in the company’s just-released application for Windows 8.
Facebook said that roughly 126 million of its mobile monthly active users accessed the social network exclusively through mobile devices in September.
Now we know exactly how much Facebook paid for Instagram.
News.me announced Wednesday that it’s shutting down the digital presses to focus on other things — mainly remaking Digg into a desirable destination for news.
Engineers looking to skip to the front of recruiting line and land a job at Facebook have a new, unconventional way to get themselves noticed. All they have to do is successfully map the entire Internet.
Chirpify has masterminded an ingenious system to do what Facebook can’t: help people and brands sell to their fans on Instagram, and pocket a piece of the action in the process.
In what normally would strike the fear of God into investors, Facebook announced that it grew mobile monthly active users to 604 million people. The quarter was ultimately a rather lackluster one for the company financially speaking — save for mobile advertising growth.
Third-party data on last night’s presidential debate confirms what we already know: Politics can bring out the worst in people.
StumbleUpon is shaking off the beta label and introducing all 25 million of its members to the colorfully redone and hyper-personalized version of its site first launched one month ago.
Putting its new money to good use, Square signed a lease on a 150,000 square-foot space at 1455 Market Street in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood.
Firefox users can now respond in record time to pressing pings from Facebook friends thanks to a collaboration between Mozilla and the social network.
Psst. Word on the street is that famous serial investor Peter Thiel wants to pump $150 million into community-powered hotel alternative Airbnb.
Stop fretting and start mentioning. Your Instagram people tags are now automatically translated into Twitter mentions when need be.
Even under new management, Skype has continued to pick up millions of fresh users.
Business reviews company Yelp has started affixing the equivalent of a scarlet letter to the pages of vendors that try to game its review system by inappropriately garnering stellar ratings.
In what the company is describing as the biggest overhaul yet, Facebook today released a reworked SDK for Android designed to help app makers on the platform get their Facebook-enhanced applications in front of more of the social network’s 1 billion members.
Block away, people, because Pinterest now lets you get rid of your haters.
Two months into testing a program for promoting sponsored applications in Facebook’s iOS and Android applications, the social network has opened the service to all developers.
Klout updated its iPhone application to allow members to receive rewards on their phones and add an influence identification card to Apple’s Passbook application.
No longer content to serve as a showroom for gadgets that consumers go on to buy from online competitors, Target committed to match the prices of items offered at rival online retailers for the bulk of the holiday shopping season.