Can Twitter achieve its lofty 10-year goal of becoming a $ 14 billion business? At the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo contended it could be, reiterating the elements of the company strategy first outlined at its Analyst Day last November, including an emphasis on initiatives [...]

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LinkedIn is making sweeping changes to its developers platform to weed out third-party products it deems poor quality or competitive to its business, the company announced Thursday. The professional social network is changing the way it approaches application programming interfaces (APIs), which allow software applications to communicate with one another and share information. Oftentimes, APIs let [...]

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Like it or not, governments are more curious than ever about Twitter users. The social network released its latest government transparency report on Monday, revealing that the number of requests for user information in the second half of 2014 jumped 40% over the previous six months. See also: Will Twitter let users pay for verified [...]

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LOS ANGELES — “Tyler, Tyler, Tyler,” the crowd chanted while staring up at YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley, who’s blushing atop the House of Blues balcony at a recent MTV music event he attended just to watch the artists perform onstage. With his disarming smile, captivating wit, impact on pop culture and knack for social activism, [...]

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Would you pay for that little blue checkmark next to your Twitter handle? According to tech investor Jason Calacanis, users may soon get the opportunity to do that. On Friday, Calacanis appeared on CNBC’s Halftime Report and claimed the social network is set to introduce verification for all — for a price. “For $ 1 [...]

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Facebook rolled out an update on Thursday to its celebrity-focused Mentions app, making it easier for high-profile users to interact with fans. In addition to sharing on Facebook, Mentions users can now add other people — including bandmates, teammates or colleagues — and hashtags to the “Mentions Feed,” a feed of posts in the app, as [...]

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Last year, Pinterest rolled out its own native advertising unit the Promoted Pin. Very similar in concept to native units on Facebook and Twitter where advertisers can pay for additional impressions of organic content, Promoted Pins are now moving beyond the pilot phase into an expanded roll-out. Despite some recent headlines to the contrary, these [...]

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LOS ANGELES — The Sundance Film Festival is one of those “bubble” events, both inside and out: When you’re there, it seems like the only thing going on in the world, and when you’re not, it’s easy to forget that it’s happening at all. That could explain some of the social media trends around this [...]

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My parents have always been upfront with me about their wishes for when they die. I can remember talking about cremation, living wills, and Do Not Resuscitate orders way back in middle school. But when a PR pitch came across my inbox, announcing that in a recent survey only 16 percent of baby boomers had [...]

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