Pinterest adds direct messaging of followers to service
Pinterest has added the ability to message other users to its service for the first time. An extension from last year's pin-sharing feature, Pocket-Lint notes the social network's mobile apps include the option to send messages back in responses to pins, including support for messaging multiple followers in the same thread, with the site suggesting it could be useful for planning events or projects with others.
Facebook introduces free downloads of anti-malware software
Facebook has announced that it has added downloadable anti-malware software to its abuse detection and prevention systems. Provided in conjunction with F-Secure and Trend Micro, Facebook's new service is aimed at Windows users with infected devices. A pop-up notification appears upon signing into Facebook on an infected device; the app sends scan notifications within Facebook, and when the scanning is completed, the software uninstalls.
Pop for iPhone combines photos, videos and GIFs in messaging service
Pop, a visual messaging app for iOS, has been released, offering users the ability to create photo and video combinations to relay a message. Each image-based message is called a "Pop," and upon receipt users press down on the first image to reveal secondary content. The format lends itself to a two-part structure that works well for relaying jokes or surprises, and is conducive to ongoing chatting. Users can share a "Pop" with via the Pop social feed and comment, or build off of, any shared "Pop." Available for devices running iOS 7 or later, Pop is free to download.
Facebook 25 times more popular than Google for sharing
Despite Google's efforts to integrate its "social layer" across all of its services, Google+ trails every other major social networking platform. A new report out from Gigya pegs Google+ at only a two percent share of social sharing, behind even LinkedIn, which holds a three percent share. The social platform is in fifth place among the major social outlets.
Amazon adds 5 NBC shows exclusively to Prime Instant Video catalog
Amazon has signed a deal with NBCUniversal to add the previous seasons of five shows exclusively to its Prime Instant Video Roster. Grimm, Suits, Covert Affairs, Hannibal, and Defiance will be available on the streaming service over the course of this year and 2014. A number of other shows, including Smash, Alphas, and Warehouse 13, will also appear on the service, though under a non-exclusive distribution deal.
Friend finding through Facebook, Twitter enabled, 'via' feature restored
Pinterest has made some adjustments to its design and functionality, only a month after the social network revealed its new look. A number of items dropped from the site have been brought back after users provided feedback, with the team also adding improvements to notifications, search, and alerts relating to new pins being added to the home feed.
Search engine gets tie-in with popular sharing service
Users of Microsoft's Bing will now have access features integrating the search engine with popular image-sharing service Pinterest. Microsoft tipped the new feature in a post to the Bing Search Blog last week, noting that the ability to share to Pinterest flowed out of previous meetings the company had had with lifestyle and design bloggers at Bing headquarters last fall.
User emails, subject lines, and email headers potentially downloaded
In a post on its blog, customer support outsourcing firm Zendesk has reported that a hacker had penetrated its systems, and had purloined data from its customers, including Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest. Zendesk officials believe that the attacker was able to download email addresses and subject lines from support mails sent to its clients.
Skoopwire and Rendezvoo allegedly spawned key Pinterest features
A lawsuit filed on Thursday claims that Pinterest founder Brian Cohen misappropriated the concept and idea for social media sharing website Pinterest. The suit details development of failed sites Rendezvoo and Skoopwire, developed by filer Theodore Schroeder and two of his Columbia Law classmates. Pinterest believes that "the lawsuit against Pinterest is baseless" and intends on fighting it in court.
All three 'hand crafted' to take advantage of each device
In the company's first official press briefing, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann released dedicated applications for both Android and for the iPad, joining the newly-redesigned iPhone version. "Our goal has never been to get you in front of the computer transfixed for hours and hours on end, itís to get you offline," Silbermann explained, referring to users on the mobile apps versus the web interface on desktop computers.
Ahead of Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest
Smartphone users Facebook for longer than PC users
A new analysis undertaken by comScore, using its new Mobile Metrix 2.0 tool, has shown that mobile apps are driving most of the time spent on social networks like Facebook, overtaking traditional computer-based browser access. The typical Facebook user was found to spend 441 minutes of their time accessing the site through their smartphone, which compared with an average of 391 spent by users surfing the site from their computer. A similar trend was seen for mobile-centric brands including Twitter, Pinterest and Foursquare, highlighting the increasingly post-PC nature of Internet use.
Flickr, Behance, Vimeo, YouTube today, more coming
Pinterest continues to add features to its service. Earlier today, the official Pinterest blog detailed the newest addition -- automatic creator attribution from original content sources Flickr, Behance, Vimeo, and YouTube. Other content providers are expected to be added later in the year.
Rumors point to buyout
Google is rumored to be in the beginning stages of acquisition negotiations with the photo sharing startup Pinterest. Although the companies have yet to publicly comment on the reports, unnamed sources have told TechCrunch the search giant is attempting a buyout worth several hundred million dollars.
Facebook expands Open Graph at event
Facebook at at evening event Wednesday expanded its Open Graph to include many more companies. Shifting away from its focus on music, it now has the gallery app Pinterest, Airbnb rentals, Ticketmaster, and 57 others that can use the verb system to integrate their sites and services directly into the social network. As an example, Pinterest now works in two directions, both sharing any pinned content and letting friends pin shared items themselves.
Mixel is for creative types, allows for collages
A new iPad app lets users create digital collages from a variety of sources including personal photo collections, Facebook photos, Bing search images and more. Called Mixel (free, App Store), it's also unique among similar apps as it shares all creations with the Mixel community to tear apart and do with what they will. Created by Dogpatch Labs, the app is meant for creative types who don't need to be sitting at a dedicated desk or studio to indulge in their passion, said founder Khoi Vinh.