Facebook on Tuesday turned on facial recognition software for many international users, according to a report by IT security firm Sophos. The software is automatically enabled and makes it easier for your friends to tag you in photos that look like you.
Social analytics company PostRank on Friday announced in a blog post that it had been acquired by Google. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Twitter announced Wednesday that it has added a new photo sharing feature and search page for photos uploaded to its popular social site. Photobucket will partner with the site to host the photos.
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Facebook plans to launch a new music-streaming service powered by Spotify in as little as two weeks, according a report by Forbes. The partnership will only be in countries that already have a Spotify presence, which excludes the U.S.
Car manufacturer Toyota is working with Salesforce.com, a provider of web-based software for large companies, to create a private social network for electric car drivers that will connect them with Toyota officials and local dealerships.
Shares of LinkedIn, a social network for business professionals, ended their debut on the New York Stock Exchange up 109 percent at $94.25 as the first high-profile Web 2.0 initial public offering made a huge splash in public trading.
LinkedIn, a social network that connects professionals to help form new business contacts, increased the share pricing for its initial public offering tomorrow to between $42 and $45 — giving the company a valuation of around $4 billion — according to an updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Users of Yammer, a social networking service for enterprises, can now embed Yammer feeds and activity streams into just about any business application through the use of embed codes, the company announced today.
Business social networking site LinkedIn has priced its initial public offering between $32 and $35 per share, meaning the company seeks to raise up to $175 million and would be valued at $3 billion, according to an updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Professional social networking startup LinkedIn has joined forces with well-known open source coding repository GitHub, which will allow others in a user’s network to see what projects they and their connections are working on at any given time.
BrightEdge, a search engine optimization management (SEO) platform, said today it has become the first such platform to become fully social in a bid to help marketers optimize their social media activity, Jim Yu, founder and chief executive, told VentureBeat.
DEMO Fall 2010 alumnus Bump.com, a social network that links people through their car license plates, has raised more than $1 million in its second round of funding, VentureBeat has learned.
Jake Mintz, cofounder of Bump, could make his social-sharing application send out annoying push notifications to remind users to update it and use it — but he’d rather focus on the user experience, he said.
Social news aggregator site Digg.com has unveiled more new features designed to satisfy users unhappy with the direction the site has gone since a botched redesign attempt last year. Interestingly, some of the features look promising enough that longtime users may be distracted for a few days before remembering the fact that there are still massive issues Digg needs to fix before possibly recapturing its lost user base and site community activity.
Social news aggregator site Digg did a good job last week of unveiling a new look and adding back some features it had removed prior to version 4, but the company still has a long way to go before it finally erases all of the mistakes it has made.
Jim Breyer, one of Facebook’s earliest investors through venture firm Accel Partners, just talked to Bloomberg TV about LinkedIn’s recently announced initial public offering. He said that if he were in LinkedIn’s board of directors, he would have told the company to wait a little longer:
Search behemoth Google is back on the prowl again, today snapping up microblogging Twitter recommendation service Fflick for around $10 million, the companies confirmed this morning, one being an unnamed source at Google.
The Social Network walked away with a few choice awards, including Best Picture, at the Golden Globes tonight. The film is loosely based on Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook, and it largely trashes his reputation from the very first scene, where the Zuckerberg character (Jesse Eisenberg) gets trashed by an ex-girlfriend, who says some classic lines to him.
Who is the next Steve Jobs? It’s a question that Apple shareholders will be looking at during their next meeting, where they’ll vote on a proposal to create a written policy on finding a new CEO.
Tapjoy, a transaction provider for games and sites that use virtual currencies, announced today that it has picked up $21 million in its third round of fundraising after shedding a bit of a dirty image in its old incarnation.
The race between enterprise-focused social networking services Chatter, run by Web-software giant Salesforce.com, and Yammer, a darling of the venture-capital set, goes on.
As 2010 comes to a close, social news aggregator Reddit.com is celebrating another success in what has been a year full of them.
This holiday season shoppers will most likely be more tempted to buy a product online based more on what it looks like on their computer screens, than what a link or word search of the same item might show, according to data by the visual product search company Superfish.
When you think of hot social networking companies, MyLife probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind. Or the second. But chief executive Jeff Tinsley said Los Angeles, Calif.-based website is quickly building an audience that can challenge its more famous rivals.
German business social networking site Xing has acquired Amiando, an online event management and ticketing services company, for around 10.3 million euros, as the “German LinkedIn” attempts to engage its more than 10 million members more actively.
Intelius, a company that runs background checks on people via everything from iPhone apps to screening phone calls, today launched TrueRep, a new subscription service designed to help consumers track and control their online identity and reputation.
Social media tracker startup Tynt has launched a new application program interface (API) that allows developers to access their content through real-time data streams, as the rush to put more information in the hands of smartphone users heats up.
Blog plug-in Zemanta has raised $3 million in venture capital as it attempts to bring “semantic” blogging to the rest of the world, the company said Wednesday.
Zynga’s games on social networks already have a lot of international appeal. It seems the social game giant is finally catering to that market with the release of its next game.
Online-chat and content-sharing provider Meebo is closing a $25 million round of funding led by Khosla Ventures, the company confirmed, as investors try to muscle in on every aspect of the burgeoning social networking space.
White-hot microblogging startup Twitter has tongues wagging again, as rumors continue to swirl that the startup will soon lead a new round of financing with an estimated valuation of around $3 billion.
User-generated shopping site dealspl.us is upping the ante for the holiday shopping season, on Wednesday it’s launching a Money Makers Program that will allow deal and coupon enthusiasts to earn money for each deal or coupon they share, the company told VentureBeat.
It turns out that the world’s best-selling book, the Bible, has now produced one of the smartphone world’s most popular apps: YouVersion, which added its 10 millionth user Tuesday.
The newly launched Twezr iPhone app (free on the App Store) has an ambitious goal: To combine all of your communication with friends and close contacts, including email, Facebook and Twitter, in a single iPhone application.
The guys over at Unsocial, a mobile app that helps people find business connections in a nearby geographic area, have certainly kept themselves busy. Since launching at VentureBeat’s DiscoveryBeat conference just a few weeks ago, Unsocial has added a new CEO, executive vice president and 10,000 users — just in time to return as the official conference app of GreenBeat 2010.
Social news aggregator Reddit.com announced Monday that its chief executive and lead developer Christopher Slowe is leaving the company, even as the site experiences a year of unparalleled traffic success.