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  • Senior VP of Engineering at Google Vic Gundotra before a Google event in San Francisco

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's head of social networking services, Vic Gundotra, is leaving the Internet search company, he said on Thursday, three years after overseeing the launch of the Google+ social network. Gundotra, who has worked at Google for eight years, announced the move in a Google+ …

  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg smiles in the stage before delivering a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has acquired the maker of a mobile app that can track the distance consumers walk or run and measure the calories burned, giving the social networking company an entree into the nascent market for fitness and health monitoring technology. Facebook did not disclose …

  • Facebook buys fitness app Moves AFP News - 13 hours ago
    Apps are arranged on the display of a smartphone in Berlin, Germany on February 20, 2014

    Facebook has bought the fitness app Moves, which helps users monitor daily physical activity and their calorie counts on a smartphone. The two-year-old Finnish startup ProtoGeo, which developed the app, said Thursday it had been acquired by the US social networking giant, and that key members of its team would be moving …

  • The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny
    Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social … More »Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads

    The loading screen of the Facebook application on a mobile phone is seen in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny

    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook …

  • Zynga CEO Mark Pincus speaks at the Zynga Unleashed event in San Francisco
    Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround Reuters - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting … More »Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround

    Zynga CEO Mark Pincus speaks at the Zynga Unleashed event in San Francisco

    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on Wednesday and retreating to an advisory role as Chief Executive Officer Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan. Zynga shares were up 5 percent …

  • A user of Russia’s leading social network internet site VKontakte, poses holding an iPhone showing the account page of Pavel Durov, the former CEO and founder of VKontakte, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The network’s founder, Pavel Durov, described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook),  left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is reported to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
    Russian social media CEO quits, flees country Associated Press - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled … More »Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    A user of Russia’s leading social network internet site VKontakte, poses holding an iPhone showing the account page of Pavel Durov, the former CEO and founder of VKontakte, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The network’s founder, Pavel Durov, described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook),  left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is reported to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

  • In this April 12, 2014, photo, Chef Ezequiel De La Torre, left top, talks to customers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The website www.cookapp.com was launched in March 2013 and recently moved its headquarters from Buenos Aires to New York City. It works like a matchmaker, arranging intimate gourmet dinners between strangers. Chefs list when and where they will prepare particular meals; diners book what interests them, pay upfront via the app, then just show up and enjoy. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
    New social networks connect cooks and diners Associated Press - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. More »New social networks connect cooks and diners

    In this April 12, 2014, photo, Chef Ezequiel De La Torre, left top, talks to customers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The website www.cookapp.com was launched in March 2013 and recently moved its headquarters from Buenos Aires to New York City. It works like a matchmaker, arranging intimate gourmet dinners between strangers. Chefs list when and where they will prepare particular meals; diners book what interests them, pay upfront via the app, then just show up and enjoy. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants.

  • New social networks connect cooks and diners
    New social networks connects cooks and diners Associated Press - Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. A growing number of apps and websites are taking … More »New social networks connects cooks and diners

    New social networks connect cooks and diners

    If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. A growing number of apps and websites are taking the traditional chef-diner relationship ...

  • A portrait of the Facebook logo in Ventura
    Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission … More »Facebook gets U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus

    A portrait of the Facebook logo in Ventura

    Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal. Facebook Chief Executive Officer …

  • Samsung apps a turn-off according to report
    Samsung apps a turn-off according to report AFP Relax - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The company might well be the world's most popular Android handset maker, but when it comes to offering its consumers apps they value, Samsung still has some way to go. … More »Samsung apps a turn-off according to report

    Samsung apps a turn-off according to report

    The company might well be the world's most popular Android handset maker, but when it comes to offering its consumers apps they value, Samsung still has some way to go. Samsung's flagship phones come pre-installed with a host of in-house developed apps offering everything from social messaging to voice-activated search. …

  • WhatsApp hits 500 million users
    WhatsApp hits 500 million users AFP Relax - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    When the news first broke that Facebook had snapped up WhatsApp for a scarcely believable $19 billion, reports stated surfacing that the social messaging app's closest … More »WhatsApp hits 500 million users

    WhatsApp hits 500 million users

    When the news first broke that Facebook had snapped up WhatsApp for a scarcely believable $19 billion, reports stated surfacing that the social messaging app's closest rivals had started to see a huge influx of new customers. The belief was that consumers were deserting WhatsApp because of its Facebook connection. What's …

  • Websites probed for unauthorized Borges downloads Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    An Argentine prosecutor is pursuing a criminal investigation against the owners of the social network Taringa! and another website for downloads that he says violate … More »Websites probed for unauthorized Borges downloads

    An Argentine prosecutor is pursuing a criminal investigation against the owners of the social network Taringa! and another website for downloads that he says violate the intellectual property of the late ...

  • A picture taken in St. Petersburg on November 1, 2013, shows a view of a building where the social network VKontakte (In Touch) rents an office space
    'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed ou … AFP News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The maverick founder of Russia's top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had fled the country after selling his share in the company under pressure from the … More »'Russian Facebook' founder flees country after being pushed ou …

    A picture taken in St. Petersburg on November 1, 2013, shows a view of a building where the social network VKontakte (In Touch) rents an office space

    The maverick founder of Russia's top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had fled the country after selling his share in the company under pressure from the security services. Durov told US technology news website TechCrunch he was no longer in Russia and had "no plans to go back" after social network VKontakte …

  • A picture taken in St. Petersburg on November 1, 2013, shows a view of a building where the social network VKontakte (In Touch) rents an office space
    'Russian Facebook' accepts founder's resignation AFP News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Russia's top social network said Monday it had accepted the resignation of its founder, Pavel Durov, after he announced earlier this month he was leaving and then apparently … More »'Russian Facebook' accepts founder's resignation

    A picture taken in St. Petersburg on November 1, 2013, shows a view of a building where the social network VKontakte (In Touch) rents an office space

    Russia's top social network said Monday it had accepted the resignation of its founder, Pavel Durov, after he announced earlier this month he was leaving and then apparently changed his mind. On March 21 Durov told the company, VKontakte, he was resigning and did not formally withdraw his resignation, the firm's press …

  • A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura
    U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud Reuters - Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has won the dismissal of an unusual lawsuit accusing the social media company of fraudulently arranging a private … More »U.S. judge dismisses case against Twitter alleging pre-IPO fraud

    A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has won the dismissal of an unusual lawsuit accusing the social media company of fraudulently arranging a private stock sale it never intended to complete, with a goal of stoking interest in its November 2013 initial public offering. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin …

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