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Jennifer Van Grove
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After nine years of not really searching on Facebook, why would we start now?

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Myspace gets more aggressive with GIF-tastic play for your attention. Facebook drowns out the release entirely with hashtag support.

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This story landed in my lap after a colleague's 13-year-old came clean about using Ask.fm and the drama it was causing at her school. Turns out this Formspring clone, now with more than 57 million registered users, has infiltrated middle schools and high schools in the same way that Instagram and Snapchat have. A back-channel for after-school chitchat that can stay anonymous, the app often exacerbates offline dramas and has even been linked to a handful of teen suicides.

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Foursquare or Yelp? Every time I try to use Foursquare to find a new place, I end up having to open Yelp too to get business hours, find if there's WiFi etc. These new search filters help a bit, but I just don't think Foursquare is ready to stand in for Yelp.

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Google won't get most people to make G+ their primary social identity with flashy updates to the stream. But it can slowly convert them into active G+ users by making G+ the identity platform on Android.   #io13  

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Food for thought 

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Great photos of +Dennis Crowley at SXSW. Credit: +James Martin/CNET. Story: Foursquare gunning for Yelp http://news.cnet.com/8301-14013_3-57573704/foursquare-gunning-for-yelp/
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Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner discuss the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, a $3M prize awarded to 11 scientists. Photo credit: James Martin/CNET. Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki (pictured far right) are also backing the prize. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57570335-93/mark-zuckerberg-co-sponsors-$33m-prize-to-extend-human-life/
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As far as dating apps go, this one is hands-down the hottest around. I'd say the app has substance too -- if only it would stop showing me 18 - 25 year-old guys with no jobs.

Right now I'm contemplating "social fitness" and whether it's an actual trend or a fleeting thing. Specifically, I'm talking about RunKeeper, Nike+, Endomondo, and other applications that people hook into their social networks to share milestones and get encouragement.

There seems to be some evidence to suggest that there's a positive correlation between fitness apps and social networks. For instance, when a person connects their Facebook account to RunKeeper, there is a 70% increase in the likelihood that they’ll go out for their first run, walk, or bike trip (according to Facebook).

If I explore a story here, I want it to be authentic. Do you use fitness apps? Do you get extra value out of sharing your activities with friends? 
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