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Scott McNealy sees gold in the hills of social data

Now head of Wayin, the former Sun CEO aims to wrest enterprise value from all the chatter

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Why integrated social suites are failing marketers

The central argument for an integrated marketing suite, such as those from Abobe and Salesforce, has yet to be made, yet most marketers think a social suite is the way to go -- but they couldn’t be more wrong.

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Pro sports teams look to social video to score big with fans

Video-upload and live-streaming apps provide unprecedented fan access to sporting events and athletes, but if professional sports organizations want to engage fan bases and build loyalty, they need to overcome a set of key challenges....

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Config error at Boston-area hosting company takes down Reddit, others

A Boston-area hosting provider briefly knocked several large services and websites dependent on Amazon and AWS offline on Tuesday night, thanks to a configuration error.

Facebook tests a new way to show video - and make money from it

Called Suggested Videos, a new feed will appear first on iOS, showing both partner content and ads

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Social media sites still don't do enough to combat abuse

Twitter, Google and Reddit have adopted new policies or introduced tools meant to reduce abuse on their sites, but the recent efforts simply aren't enough to combat the exploitation they've let fester for years.

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7 things we hate about Twitter

You probably either love Twitter for its quirkiness and brevity or see it as a pointless waste of time. After nearly a decade on the social scene, Twitter still needs to improve its user experience and fill in notable gaps in the...

Zuckerberg wants to be the Stephen Hawking of social relations

What makes humans social? Facebook's CEO wants to know.

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10 Facebook Messenger features you’re not using (but should)

As Messenger's user base has grown, so have the app's features. Here's a closer look at what's new as well as a look at the privacy settings you should know.

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Social media policies: You can’t say that!

The sad truth is that “That’s not what I meant” isn’t a defense that can save anyone’s job.

Which songs stumped Shakira? Shazam will now show you

An updated version of the app will show artists' searches to users

Uber grabs mapping tech, employees from Microsoft

Going forward, Microsoft's Bing Maps will no longer collect its own imagery, relying instead on outside partners

Facebook aims to srengthen link to mobile-first Africa with new office

Developing user communities outside the U.S. is important for Facebook

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Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?

Photo recognition is so good on Facebook and Google that they don't even need to see your face to ID you. Now what?

Tech throws its weight behind marriage ruling ... with rainbows, emojis and software

Companies voiced support for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Twitter, with product features to boot

Here's how Facebook wants to make sharing links easier on mobile

A new button in Facebook's iOS app lets users search for and embed articles in their posts

Instgram said to be back in North Korea

Block of photo sharing website dissappears with as much mystery as it appeared

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Can Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest help marketers reach millennials?

Instagram and Pinterest are big with the millennials advertisers want to reach. Large brands such as McDonald's are already experimenting with the social networks, but it may be too soon to tell if the new features deliver customers...

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