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LinkedIn buys Newsle to become the Google Alert for your professional life

The networking site wants to offer a Google Alert-style service for your professional life.

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LinkedIn tries again to keep people connected, with a redesigned app

The company's Connected app uses a cards interface to deliver updates on people's contacts

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The U.S. military is not-so-shockingly studying your Facebook and Twitter habits

DARPA keeps an eye on social networks to prevent “strategic surprise.”

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Foursquare updates Swarm to soothe check-in blues

Foursquare fans aren’t getting games back in the main app, but Swarm’s latest improvements could help smooth the unbundling transition.

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How anonymous app Yik Yak plans to conquer all college campuses

With a new feature and new round of funding, Yik Yak wants to be the bulletin board for your life.

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Privacy group files FTC complaint over Facebook's 'emotional contagion' study

EPIC contends that Facebook 'purposefully messed with people's minds' when it manipulated their news feeds to measure emotional responses

Clockwise Podcast: Facebook makes us sad

This week on the podcast born on the 10th of July, we discuss podcasting, Android Wear smartwatches, Apple's new pricing strategies, and Facebook toying with your emotions. Plus we fire up the barbecue grill for the long holiday weekend in the ol' U.S.A.! With guests Philip Michaels and Jon Phillips.

Facebook’s News Feed experiment: Not the end of the world

The network constantly tweaks the content it shows you, which makes its emotional manipulation expected if not acceptable.

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More app install ads are coming to your Twitter Timeline

First they came for your Facebook News Feed, and now mobile app install ads are going to be all up in your Twitter Timeline.

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Farewell, Orkut: Google shuts down its first social network

Orkut was popular in Brazil, but never gained traction in the U.S.

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Facebook messed with users' emotions--for science!

A recently released research paper shows that the emotions others express on Facebook rub off on you—even with the absence of nonverbal social cues.

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Report: The team behind Facebook Home is no more

It sounds like the Android launcher is done for.

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FireChat opens up off-the-grid conversation between iOS and Android

In its third update, the anonymous messaging app makes it possible for all its users to chat with each other.