Don't-Miss Social Media Stories

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Why Google doesn’t care about your name anymore

Google+ now allows fake names on the network, but that doesn’t mean Google has stopped caring about your identity.

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Google nixes real-name policy for Google+

Since the social network's inception, Google had required that people use their real names in profiles, but that's changing now.

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World Cup sets social media records with tons of talk on Twitter and Facebook

The month-long tournament sparked more than international rivalry—it generated hundreds of millions of posts, comments, tweets, and likes across both networks.

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Now you can see your Facebook friends’ confessions on Secret

The anonymous app’s Monday update adds a Facebook login and better discovery tools.

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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.