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After nine years of not really searching on Facebook, why would we start now?
Before taking on Google, the social network will have to convince people to deviate from the only learned search behavior they know: looking for people. That's a tall order. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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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.
Insanely popular with kids, the question-and-answer service thrives on anonymity, making it fun and dangerous. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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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  
New Android hooks and compelling upgrades mean Google+ can finally help the company connect the dots between Web, mobile, and social. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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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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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.
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A good friend of mine has been extolling the virtues of G+ and I'm ready to see the light but I need some enlightenment. What, if anything, would you like me to post here? I don't want to just share my CNET stories, because that seems redundant. I could go on vegan tirades, but I tend to think that most people who follow me here do so because of my tech/social interests and coverage. So please advise. What can I share/discuss here that would be interesting to you? If no one responds, I'll take that as a message too. :)
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I certainly will keep fighting it. If more people were educated to what our governments are doing to us the better. As a great saying suggests "The pen is mightier than the sword" or in this case the "internet is mightier than the sword". To many people suffer at the hands of a powerful few, but the people are always more powerful when united as one.
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Myspace gets more aggressive with GIF-tastic play for your attention. Facebook drowns out the release entirely with hashtag support.
The mobile release, which includes a digital radio feature and an animated GIF tool, is part of a two year strategy to bring sexy back to the forgotten social service. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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Facebook went from communication with friends relatives, n close acquaintances... now it's becoming the new n latest dating b.s... ppl constantly adding as if their in competition with the world in who knows who...!!! SMH!! What has technology done to our young minds that plan on creating a better future on our planet instead of destroying it...
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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.
New iPhone and Android apps help people fine-tune place queries and push forward a strategy to make Foursquare king of local search. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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The navigation app would give the social network a way to insert itself into the lucrative mobile search business owned by Google. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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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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This year's winners are ... Cornelia I. Bargmann, David Botstein, Lewis C. Cantley, Hans Clevers, Napoleone Ferrara, Titia de Lange, Eric S. Lander, Charles L. Sawyers, Bert Vogelstein, Robert A. Weinberg, and Shinya Yamanaka 
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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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I use MapMyRun on an iPhone. I do like that it auto-posts the workout to Facebook (cause it's always fun to get kudos!), and I've noticed I push myself more when there's an 'audience' watching. I keep thinking "don't walk here, you'll look like a wimp". This is both an inspiration and a curse: I've pushed myself to the point of injury because I couldn't back down. Damn you ego!

Still, I highly recommend them. I'm always giving props to my friends who post their workouts.
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Interesting M&A. Localmind launched at the height of the location-based movement and could have easily been forgotten, but it found itself a nice exit because it stayed small and focused on doing one thing well.
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