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Briefly: LinkedIn retires InMaps, BBC's kids' coding, computing shows

09/02, 1:00am

LinkedIn retires visualization tool InMaps

Professional networking platform LinkedIn has discontinued its InMaps visualization tool. Citing the need to focus on new ways to visualize users' professional network, InMaps officially retired September 1. The feature was first launched in January 2011, and allowed for viewing different clusters in one's network and color code them as to see where crossovers and separations appeared.

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Briefly: LinkedIn Connected, YouTube Creator Studio launched for iOS

07/10, 11:41pm

LinkedIn Connected released as a redesign of LinkedIn Contacts

LinkedIn, the social platform for professional networking, has released a redesigned version of its LinkedIn Contacts app for iOS. LinkedIn Connected offers users relevant updates about people in their networks, and notifications about job changes, birthdays, and more. The revamp includes the same features as the previous release, with a focus on relationships. LinkedIn Connected is free to download.

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Briefly: Uber pilots cars with child seats, LinkedIn cuts CardMunch

05/08, 2:33am

Uber launches uberFamily pilot service in NYC

Uber has announced a new pilot service, uberFamily, launching first in New York City. The cab-hailing service is offering users vehicles that are equipped with car seats for children. The seats will be installed by those who are trained and certified to do so, and accommodates children aged one year and up. Available for a $10 surcharge, those interested in trying out the service in the New York City area must enter "FAMILY" as a code in the app to access the option.

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Apple donates $500,000 toward San Francisco anti-poverty charity

05/05, 11:50am

Group working toward $10 million goal

Apple has joined a list of companies that have agreed to donate $500,000 apiece to a San Francisco anti-poverty charity, SF Gives, two sources tell Fortune. In all about 15 companies have signed up for the initiative so far, including Google, Zynga, and LinkedIn. SF Gives was started by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Tipping Point CEO Daneil Lurie; the goal is to have 20 business sign up by Wednesday, leading to a total contribution of $10 million. That money in turn will be donated to local charitable programs.

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Google, Facebook, others release updated transparency report data

02/03, 4:30pm

FISA requests detailed in agreement with US government

A group of tech companies have released more information about government requests from the NSA and other agencies for user information, as part of their transparency reporting programs. Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Microsoft have all posted more statistics online for these Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests, following an agreement between the companies and the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

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Apple, Google, Microsoft join forces to demand NSA reform

12/09, 9:59am

Agents infiltrate World of Warcraft

Eight tech giants, including industry competitors Apple, Google and Microsoft, have joined forces to demand reforms to the US government's surveillance tactics. In an open letter sent to President Barack Obama and members of Congress, the companies argue that current surveillance practices, as detailed in ongoing leaks from former National Security Agency staffer Edward Snowden, have created an imbalance "too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual-rights that are enshrined in our Constitution."

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Briefly: LinkedIn Pulse app fixes, SwitchEasy's Pelle for iPad Air

11/18, 10:47am

LinkedIn Pulse responds to feedback, enhances 4.0 update

LinkedIn Pulse, formerly Pulse, was released last week on iTunes and Google Play as LinkedIn's "main vehicle for [its] social news experience". Version 4.0 was met with criticism, leading the company to hurriedly issue version 4.0.1 to respond to complaints. The update includes full screen reading on iPad, increased density on the home screen, the ability to swipe to go back after reading a story, and several smaller fixes and performance improvements.

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Briefly: Facebook Messenger gets SMS, LinkedIn, Pulse fully integrate

11/14, 11:02am

Facebook Messenger updated for iOS 7, adds SMS

Facebook Messenger, a chat app for Facebook users, has received an update for iOS 7. Facebook Messenger allows users to read messages without opening Facebook, send photos privately, make free calls and more. Version 3.0 features a completely new design, optimized for iOS 7. Central to the update is that users can now message people that are not their Facebook friends, using SMS. Available for free, Facebook Messenger can be downloaded on iTunes.

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LinkedIn 'Intro' embeds user profile information in iOS emails

10/23, 10:24pm

New feature scans users' emails for contacts, inserts LinkedIn data

Business networking and communications service LinkedIn released data on a new iOS-only service that it calls "Intro." The new service gives iPhone users emails enhanced with an in-line profile of the sender and relevant information stored on the social network.

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LinkedIn debuts Recruiter Mobile for iOS, Mobile Work With Us

10/16, 2:36pm

iPhone app promotes hiring through LinkedIn

LinkedIn has introduced two new mobile services. The first, Recruiter Mobile, is an iPhone app that manages job applications, as well as talking with candidates and hiring managers. Recruiters can track candidates' profile updates, and respond to people via phone, text, email, or LinkedIn's own InMail. The app is a free download, but requires a special link provided by LinkedIn.

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Apple, Google, others back proposed surveillance transparency laws

10/01, 3:25pm

Laws would only offer more precision in reporting gov't. requests

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo are among the companies that have signed a new Center for Democracy and Technology letter asking the US Congress to pass Rep. Zoe Lofgren's (D-CA) Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013, and Sen. Al Franken's (D-MN) Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013. The bills were first introduced in August, and would let companies be more precise about when and how often they receive national security-related requests and hand data over to the government.

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Google Plus struggling at two percent of shared Internet content

07/21, 6:15pm

Facebook 25 times more popular than Google for sharing

Despite Google's efforts to integrate its "social layer" across all of its services, Google+ trails every other major social networking platform. A new report out from Gigya pegs Google+ at only a two percent share of social sharing, behind even LinkedIn, which holds a three percent share. The social platform is in fifth place among the major social outlets.

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LinkedIn integration could be coming to iOS 7, code shows

06/19, 9:30am

Some critical code left out

Apple is considering LinkedIn integration for iOS 7, beta code references suggest. In particular the references hint that LinkedIn could be supported in the same manner as Facebook and Twitter, meaning single sign-in support, and the ability to quickly post content via a share sheet or hooks in iOS apps. Some essential code strings are missing though, preventing LinkedIn options from turning on in the current iOS 7 release.

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New technologies, changes seen in OS X Mavericks, iOS 7 betas

06/11, 9:01pm

Discoveries leaking as betas are seeded to developers, testers

A handful of new information nuggets are coming to light about both the OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 betas given to developers and testers beginning yesterday after the WWDC keynote. Two examples of significant changes being found in the betas includes a new networking default in OS X, accompanied by a change in iOS 7 that will someday make Wi-Fi connections in public hotspots completely automatic. More minor tweaks include the addition of LinkedIn system-wide integration, and a new "active" icon for the clock app in iOS 7.

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Briefly: White Nexus 4 on sale, LinkedIn adds two-step verification

05/31, 2:09pm

Google Play, T-Mobile start selling white Nexus 4

The white version of the Nexus 4 has gone on sale through Google Play, with T-Mobile also stocking the device. Google is charging $299 and $349 for the 8GB and 16GB models respectively, equaling the price of the black version, and will also provide a free bumper. T-Mobile is offering the 16GB model for $17 up-front and 24 monthly payments of $17, or $428 for it off-contract, though without the bumper.

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LinkedIn confirms $90 million deal to buy Pulse

04/11, 5:07pm

May be tied into LinkedIn Today, demographic data, ad money

Work-oriented social network LinkedIn has confirmed earlier rumors and announced a deal to buy news aggregation service Pulse. The buyout will cost LinkedIn $90 million; the company hasn't announced many specific plans for its new holding, but says it wants to be the "definitive professional publishing platform," where "professionals come to consume content and where publishers come to share their content."

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Report: LinkedIn to buy Pulse newsreader app

03/11, 9:07pm

Terms of deal not disclosed, expected to be between $50 and $100M

According to sources familiar with the matter, professional networking service LinkedIn will buy the newsreader app Pulse. A report on AllThingsD said the price of the acquisition fell between $50 and $100 million. The buy is thought to be used as part of a larger initiative into content development and distribution.

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LinkedIn CEO gives 32GB iPad minis to all 3,500 employees

02/13, 8:00pm

Borrows idea from CEO colleague at YouSendIt

Christmas came very early (or very late) for employees of business networking site LinkedIn: CEO Jeff Weiner on Wednesday gave all 3,500 employees of the company their own 32GB iPad mini during the usual biweekly "All Hands" meeting. The company said later the move was a "small gesture" to thank workers for their efforts and accomplishments in gratitude for their contributions. LinkedIn grew 81 percent year-over-year in 2012 and beat Wall Street estimates in the most recent quarter.

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Google+ snags top spot in service index

07/17, 8:35pm

Ahead of Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest

Google+ topped other popular sites in the American Customer Satisfaction Index E-Business Report. As Bloomberg details, Google+ tied socially-editable encyclopedia Wikipedia with a score of 78 out of a possible 100. Google's "social layer" attained higher customer satisfaction scores than Facebook, even though Facebook maintains an overwhelming lead in terms of user base.

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Digg sold for $16 million, to WaPo, Betaworks, LinkedIn

07/13, 12:30pm

Deal more complex than originally thought

Expanding on yesterday's news that Digg had been bought by Betaworks, further details have emerged that paint a more complex picture of the Digg sale. New and expanded information reveal that not only did The Washington Post Company play a part in Digg's sale, as was previously known, but professional networking site LinkedIn also acquired a portion of the fallen social news site. The newest information brings with it a recalculation of Digg's total selling price; all told, the site is thought to have gone for around $16 million.

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Report: 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords stolen [U]

06/06, 4:46pm

Encrypted passwords reportedly posted to Russian hacker sites

(Updated with breach confirmation from LinkedIn) Wednesday brings reports of further security woes for LinkedIn, as Norwegian site Dagens IT carries a warning that 6.5 million encrypted passwords from the professional networking site have been posted to a Russian hacker forum. The passwords are said to be in an easily-crackable encryption format, and the files posted to the hacker site may contain user data as well. LinkedIn is looking into the problem, but the company is unable to confirm the breach as of yet.

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LinkedIn iPhone app transmits unsecured iCal data home

06/06, 10:54am

Plain text data transfer in LinkedIn seen as security risk

Security researchers have found that a feature in the LinkedIn mobile app for iOS could be considered a security risk. Yair Amit and Adi Sharabani of Skycure Security found that, although it's an opt-in feature, it gathers and sends information back to LinkedIn when users access their calendar within the app. The insecurity is magnified by the data being transferred in plain text, including meeting details and other information that could be highly sensitive in nature.

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Cathas claims patent infringement by iOS Developer program

06/01, 2:15pm

Firm sues Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn and others on same day

A new lawsuit has been filed against Apple and its iOS Developer Program for patent infringement. Delaware-based Cathas Advanced Technologies believes the iOS Developer Program infringes on two claims of a patent entitled "Web-Based Design Software for Keep-Alive Boards," according to Patently Apple. Cathas expects a “reasonable royalty” along with a payment with interest for "suffered damages."

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LinkedIn implements calendar integration with mobile app

04/26, 3:00am

View meeting participants' profiles, postings

Capitalizing on the 22 percent daily userbase utilization of LinkedIn on mobile platforms, version 5.0 of the LinkedIn iOS application brings both a native iPad version as well as tight calendar integration to the year-old application. The LinkedIn application update is available on the Android Marketplace as well as a universal iOS version on the Apple App Store.

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Nokia job post suggests PureView coming to Windows Phone

03/30, 10:40am

Nokia hiring PureView for Windows Phone engineer

Earlier hints from a Nokia exec about a PureView-badged phone running on Windows Phone have gained more traction thanks to a newly discovered LinkedIn job post. Thus far, the company only confirmed that a Symbian-powered 808 PureView (shown) is coming, but a Lumia variant is evidently on the way. The job ad seeks a Senior Specialist for imaging algorithms for Windows Phone, and the 808 PureView is directly referenced.

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Apple, iOS app makers targets of questionable privacy suit

03/18, 2:15pm

Apple, Path, Facebook, others in lawsuit sights

A new lawsuit (below) filed last week and uncovered on Friday by CNET could try and take Apple and key iOS app writers to task for alleged unapproved contact access. The potential class action case accuses those who've admitted to any access, such as Path, Twitter, and Instagram, of violating privacy by becoming "mobile radio beacons" that were "broadcasting and publicly exposing" contact lists to everyone. Questionably, however, it also names the developers of numerous other unverified apps of doing the same thing, including Beluga, Burbn, Chillingo, EA, Facebook, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Hipster, Gowalla, Kik, LinkedIn, Rovio (Angry Birds), and ZeptoLab (Cut the Rope).

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LinkedIn relaunches CardMunch app to link cards to profiles

11/15, 2:45pm

Also implements simpler interface, card notes

LinkedIn says its it has relaunched CardMunch, one of its two iPhone apps. CardMunch is used to scan business cards and turn them into digital contact information. The overhauled app now automatically links a person's information with a LinkedIn profile where possible. This provides access to extended data, such as connections, education, and work experience.

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Flipboard 1.5 removes feed limits, adds Content Guide

06/30, 12:05pm

Mimics Pulse's pre-selected content

The developer of Flipboard has released a major update of the iPad app, v1.5. Three main changes have been made, including support for an infinite number of feeds, the old limit being 21. A new Content Guide makes it easier to find material by sorting through favorites and sections, as well as by searching for people, publications, sites or topics. One focus of the Guide is on Pulse-like curated streams, featuring publications like The New Yorker and National Geographic.

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iOS 5 beta hides Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, MySpace links

06/09, 8:05pm

iOS 5 may link to LinkedIn, more beyond Twitter

A further discovery inside the iOS 5 beta has shown that the social network integration runs deeper than just Twitter. Readily accessible settings in the contacts let users add Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, and even MySpace. The AllThingsD look showed that users just have to enter a given username and let the OS take care of the outbound links.

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T-Mobile Motorola Defy gets Android 2.2 upgrade

04/22, 11:55am

T-Mobile issues Android 2.2 update for Defy

Motorola and T-Mobile announced on Thursday in the T-Mobile forums that the Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Defy has been released. As the update is optional, users need to manually check for it and download it over the air. As the update is about 112MB in size, Motorola suggests users do it over a stable Wi-Fi connection.

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LinkedIn 3.6 app update adds News, Buzz modules

03/11, 3:45pm

Concentrates on industry tracking

LinkedIn has added a News feed to its iPhone app, which has been updated to v3.6. The News aggregator focuses on specific industries a person works in or markets to. Users can select the industries they want to follow, see what contacts have shared, and share headlines themselves. Articles can be archived for later reading.

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Rogers outs $40 smartphone plan for entry-level devices

01/27, 11:40am

Rogers adds limited time $40 smartphone plan

Canadian wireless and cable provider Rogers has started a new smartphone plans for entry-level smartphones, MobileSyrup reported on Thursday. The promotional plan is called an Exclusive $40 Promo Plan, and has gone into effect on January 25 for a limited, though unknown, amount of time. It requires a three-year contract and includes 200 minutes per month, 100MB of data and unlimited social networking, which grants unlimited access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo, Flickr, Photobucket and LinkedIn.

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HP going on webOS hiring spree

12/29, 11:50am

Job postings for webOS support environment

HP and Palm, along with their recruiters, are attempting to hire a large number of programmers and software engineers, as evidenced by job posts on sites like LinkedIn, SimplyHired and Palm's own page. Positions to be filled include a senior software engineer for e-mail sync, a senior manager for information and product security and developers to "deliver compelling solutions and applications for the webOS ecosystem."

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Yahoo hires away Microsoft Kin exec

09/10, 10:35am

Ex-Microsoft exec John Matheny hired by Yahoo

Yahoo has very recently hired former Microsoft executive John Matheny, according to a Thursday AllThingsSD report. Matheny was involved heavily in the failed Kin project at Microsoft but was also the General Manager for the Windows Phone App Studio, Premium Mobile Experiences and MSN Platforms & Services groups, his LinkedIn profile revealed. At Yahoo, his new job is as senior VP of Yahoo's communications products and communities unit.

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HP: webOS coming to printers as well as tablets

05/18, 6:45pm

HP to use Palm for web-connected printers

HP during the call discussing its latest quarterly results provided the surprise that it would use webOS in printers. While the company had previously said it would use the Palm deal to make webOS tablets, chief executive Mark Hurd added that "web-connected" printer hardware was coming. They need an OS to get online, he said.

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LinkedIn iPhone app update integrates new interface

12/28, 9:25pm

App enables Bluetooth connection with members

LinkedIn on Monday released an update to its self-titled app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Version 3.0 features a redesigned interface, with a new main screen displaying several large buttons.The Reconnect feature allows users to quickly find other LinkedIn members, while the In Person selection enables contact information to be swapped via Bluetooth.

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Palm outs webOS 1.3.1 update for Pre

11/16, 4:45pm

Palm releases webOS 1.3.1 for Pre, Pixi

Palm on Friday announced users of the Pre smartphone on both the Sprint network and Bell in Canada will receive an automatic over-the-air software update to webOS 1.3.1. The Palm Pixi, released on Sunday, shipped with the updated operating system as well. A number of new features are made possible with the new OS, and some known issues were resolved. One such new feature is the integration of Yahoo contacts, calendar and messaging into Palm Synergy, along with Outlook EAS, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn accounts. The Yahoo contacts and calendars can also be integrated into the Pre's respective applications, while Yahoo! IM can be used in the webOS Messaging app.

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Firm hires away Google's Android head

01/20, 3:55pm

Coupons hires Android head

Coupons Inc. has announced on Tuesday that it has hired Steven Horowitz as its chief technology officer. Horowitz will leave his position as Google's Engineering Director, a position in which he oversaw the development of the Android operating system and related software. Horowitz will oversee Coupons' global engineering, product management and technology efforts for its creation and distribution of coupons to retailers.

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