LinkedIn removes photos from ‘social ads’ after complaints

A new feature on LinkedIn called “social ads” has been modified to take out user photos after it attracted the attention of several blogs. The feature allowed the social network to place users’ names and pictures into contextualized ads that other users could see. While the feature wasn’t brand new, the setting was turned on by default.


Anonymous fights with itself over planned Facebook attack

New details have emerged on the purported plot by hacker collective Anonymous to “kill” Facebook on Nov. 5. In recent Twitter posts, it appears the group has confirmed that some of its members are working on the plan, nicknamed #OpFacebook, but that other members do not support the initiative.

How to find VentureBeat on Google+

Google+ is great for individuals, but so far Google hasn’t provided any way for companies, websites or publications to play on the fast-growing social network. In fact, some have already been booted off for not being human enough.


Ning adds in-browser photo editing to social networks (exclusive)

Build-your-own-social-network company Ning announced today that it is adding Aviary, a photo-editing tool that works inside a social network’s web browser, to its social networks.That gives social networks built on Ning a one-up over sites that are built around image sharing, like 4chan or news aggregators like Reddit. It removes the barrier of having to purchase (or pirate) expensive photo-editing applications like Photoshop to modify images and create original content for those sites.Photo editing is a feature that’s so popular it spawned a new startup from 4chan founder Christopher Poole called Canv.as. That site is essentially a massive image-sharing board that lets users “remix” images with rudimentary photo-editing tools — all from within the web browser. And so far it’s proved to be pretty popular, with hundreds of new, remixed images appearing on the site daily.”If you look at usage and popular features, photos are right up at the top of the list,” said Ning Chief executive Jason Rosenthal. “And users are really doing both Photoshopping and photo sharing, people are already uploading and sharing photos around the topic of the site.”Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ning previously eliminated its free product and focused on paying customers. Small groups interested in building a tight-knit social network can pay $3 per month to build one on Ning. Then there are “plus” and “pro” pricing plans that are for larger social networks, which cost $25 and $60 per month. The company has more than 100,000 social networks built on top of its service. More than half of those social networks are either “plus” or “pro” clients.

Foursquare Android Notifications

Foursquare Android app gets notifications update before iOS

Usually Apple’s iOS platform gets the freshest apps and biggest app updates before Google’s Android OS does. But location-based service Foursquare bucked that trend Tuesday with the release of an update that adds a cool new notifications panel to its Android app before its iOS counterpart.


Facebook’s Zuckerberg attracts the most followers on Google+

In a game of social networking chicken with Google, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not blinking. Zuckerberg currently has the most followers on Google’s new social network, Google+, beating out Google CEO Larry Page and Senior VP Vic Gundotra, according to socialstatistics.com.


Gmail gets renovated with Google+ in mind

The Google team is gaga for Google+. Or at least that’s what the company’s recent tweaks and redesigns would suggest, including the new black toolbar that floats above all Google products. Next up: a makeover for Gmail.