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Netropolitan social network launches with $9,000 sign-up fee

09/18, 10:47am

Founder bills Netropolitan as social network for the affluent

A new social network for affluent individuals has launched, with an unusual membership strategy. Netropolitan is billed as the "world's most exclusive online community," with new users looking to sign up to the service required to pay $9,000 for the first year's membership fees, followed by annual fees of $3,000 in subsequent years.

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Briefly: Pinterest messaging, Facebook Mentions in more countries

08/07, 7:58am

Pinterest adds direct messaging of followers to service

Pinterest has added the ability to message other users to its service for the first time. An extension from last year's pin-sharing feature, Pocket-Lint notes the social network's mobile apps include the option to send messages back in responses to pins, including support for messaging multiple followers in the same thread, with the site suggesting it could be useful for planning events or projects with others.

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DARPA funds research into social media influence over public

07/09, 7:19am

Social media usage examined in government-funded research

The US military has been analyzing the use and influence of social networks and social media, according to a report. Research funded by DARPA under the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program was conducted with the ultimate aim of developing tools to help "counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."

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Google announces closure of Orkut at end of September

06/30, 12:54pm

Early Google social network shuttering, focus shifts to YouTube, Google+

Google is warning it will be shutting down its early social network, Orkut. Closing after ten years, the service will officially stop operating on September 30th of this year, with the search company planning to focus its "energy and resources" on its other social efforts, including Google+, YouTube, and blogging platform Blogger, to make them "as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them."

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Facebook updates policies in attempt to curb private gun sales online

03/06, 5:56am

Social network introduces new rules for posts concerning regulated goods

Facebook is attempting to curb online sales of guns by updating its policy on user posts and pages on its social network. A number of "educational and enforcement efforts" were introduced by the company on Wednesday to both Facebook and Instagram, which will cover not only firearms but also discussions relating to other regulated item sales or services.

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Briefly: Frontback for iOS update, EasilyDo's new premium plan

02/14, 7:10pm

Frontback for iOS updated, adds new notifications, self-timer, and more

Frontback has released v1.7.0 of its camera app that captures using both front and back cameras. Users can capture moments using both front and back cameras, write short captions to accompany them, and share instantly via SMS, e-mail and social networking. Frontback v1.7.0 has added a self-timer feature for easier photo-taking, as well as new social network notifications. Support for full screen photo view is also now included. Available as a free download, Frontback requires iOS 7.0 or later.

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Facebook intros Trending lists for popular topics

01/16, 2:41pm

Column appears alongside News Feed

Facebook has introduced a new Trending feature that enables users to view topics that are currently surging in popularity. The discovery tool is said to be personalized, combining notable topics from across the social network and conversations that are relevant to each specific user.

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Briefly: Glassboard app updated, PDF to Word and PDF to Text for iOS

01/15, 1:51pm

Private social networking app receives iOS 7 design revamp

Second Gear has released the latest version of Glassboard this week, offering users a redesigned aesthetic to accompany iOS 7. A private social network tool for teams, Glassboard consists of multiple 'boards' that each represent a specific grouping of people. Within each board, users can share messages, photos, videos, files and location privately and securely. Second Gear recently acquired Glassboard from NewsGator, and with the change Glassboard 3.0 now offers a layout that reflects the design language of Apple's iOS 7.

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Facebook sued over alleged false 'like' endorsements in advertising

01/12, 8:54pm

Facebook user claims not to have endorsed company, seeks $750

Facebook is being sued over apparent false "likes" being used in advertising on the social network. Anthony Ditirro has filed a class-action suit against Facebook in San Jose, for allegedly showing that users are endorsing products on the service to friends and acquaintances linked to the user, even if the claimed endorser did not actually "like" the associated Facebook page.

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Microsoft Research releases Socl apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone

12/10, 10:39am

Microsoft-created social network gets its own mobile apps

Microsoft's own work-in-progress social network now has its own mobile apps, something the other large social networking sites have already implemented. Apps for Socl, the site opened for testing by Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Labs (FuSE Labs) this time last year, are now available to download on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

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Google patent outlines automatic responses for social network posts

11/25, 8:14am

System could create specific responses based on earlier messages

Responding to social network postings could be easier in the future, according to a patent filing from Google. A listing on the USPTO for the "Automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network" advises of a potential system that could suggest appropriate responses to posts and messages, one that takes into account previous messages by the user.

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