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Seesmic for Android beefs up Facebook support, adds widgets and TwitLonger

Seesmic has updated its Android app with much-improved Facebook support. Users can now add multiple Facebook accounts, and post, comment, and like items on walls and Facebook pages they administer. Homescreen widgets have also been added, and all Seesmic's social networks are supported -- Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz, and Salesforce Chatter. Support for Google's goo.gl URL shortener has been...

Facebook reels in Beluga to bolster group messaging

Facebook has snatched up Beluga, one of the most popular group messaging services around. We recently mentioned Beluga in our round-up of cross-platform BlackBerry messenger alternatives, and it's been growing steadily in popularity ever since it launched just a few short months ago. In its official announcement, Facebook says it is "excited that the [Beluga] team will continue their vision...

GroupMe group texting app for iOS and Android redesigns, now uses your data connection

Group texting apps are all the rage these days (okay, so they may share some of that rage with those perpetually angry birds). All the cool kids are using them to bypass SMS costs (who knew that those were such an issue?) and quickly get messages across to entire groups of friends. One of the contestants in this space that's almost exclusive to iOS and Android is GroupMe. When this service...

Facebook 2.0 for BlackBerry coming soon, adds chat and improved looks

Facebook's native app for BlackBerry is about to receive a major overhaul. Version 2.0 of the app is coming soon and will bring it on par with Facebook's apps for iOS and Android. A few screenshots of the new version have surfaced, and they show that the app will have built-in support for Facebook Chat and its user interface will be completely revamped. You will also be able to view friends...

Facebook 'Like' button replacing 'Share,' world domination next

Facebook's 'Like' button has been a real success story for the social-networking giant. It's been spreading across the Internet like wildfire, with users 'Liking' everything from news articles to gourmet recipes. Now the Like button looks set to replace the Facebook 'Share' button, publishing full feed stories to users walls complete with headline, blurb and thumbnail. Previously the Like...

FaceTime hits the Mac App Store for 99c

Apple has just released FaceTime for OS X onto the Mac App Store. The app will take advantage of the 'built-in FaceTime HD camera' or any other iSight-equipped Intel Mac, to bring you Mac-to-Mac and Mac-to-iPhone 4 (or latest generation iPod touch) video calling over Wi-Fi. It supports up to 720p video for those soon to be released Macs sporting fancy new FaceTime HD cameras, or standard VGA...

Facebook Breakup Notifier: this is 21st century romance

Ladies and gentlemen, there is now a sure-fire way to capitalize on the freshly dumped. Netizens, Facebookers and geeks: take heed! No longer must you pore through your friends list looking for easy rebound relationships. With Breakup Notifier, simply select friends who, in your opinion should be in your bed rather than someone else's, and you'll receive an email when (if?) they become single....

Hotmail's Facebook Chat feature now available worldwide

In September of last year, Microsoft first announced support for Facebook Chat in Hotmail, along other major updates. But since then, Facebook Chat has only been available in Hotmail in six regions. That changes today: now, in every country that has Facebook, Hotmail users will be able to use Facebook Chat right in their email client. Because, according to Microsoft, three out of four Hotmail...

Twitter suspends UberTwitter and Twidroyd for policy violations

Users of popular Twitter clients UberTwitter and Twidroyd found that they couldn't log into Twitter today, and a post in the Twitter help center explains why: UberTwitter and Twidroyd have been suspended for violating Twitter's policies. TechCrunch followed up with Twitter on the suspensions and discovered that the suspended apps were violating Twitter's privacy, trademark and monetization rules....

Firefox F1 social sharing add-on gets vertical UI, big sharing tweaks

Mozilla Labs has posted another update to its F1 social sharing add-on for Firefox. Right off the bat, you'll notice a new vertical UI has replaced the full-width horizontal look of previous versions -- and rather than rudely shunting everything out of the way, F1 floats above your current Web page in a Firefox 4'ish notification box. F1 now lets you share with your LinkedIn contacts, Twitter...

OpenFeint announces OpenFeint Connect cross-platform gaming API

Before Apple introduced Game Center, iOS gamers got their scores and rankings fix from OpenFeint. Don't count OpenFeint out, though: the company now boasts 65 million users, and it's about to launch a cross-platform service called OpenFeint Connect that will let gamers on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, OS X and Windows compare scores. Even Facebook games could potentially connect to OpenFeint....

MetroTwit v5 packs more features into the slick Windows Twitter app

MetroTwit was one of our favorite new Windows apps of 2010, and the first updates in 2011 have added even more functionality to the already slick Twitter program. For starters, several new URL shortening services have been added, including goo.gl. There's also TwitLonger support for updates you just can't cram into that 140-character limit. While some users may enjoy MetroTwit's autocomplete...

Twitter overhauls its Translation Center, adds Turkish, Indonesian and Russian

First launched in 2009, Twitter has just overhauled its 'gameified' Translation Center. It now has a very shiny UI, and voting on suggested translations or adding your own is easier than ever. Translating phrases earns you experience points, and ultimately yields level-ups. You don't actually get anything by leveling up -- you just end up at the top of a feel-good leader board. If you're an...

Top 5 free BlackBerry Messenger-style cross-platform chat apps

Ever since early in the evolution of the BlackBerry, RIM's BlackBerry Messenger has been the envy of all other smartphone users. By creating an always-on Instant Messaging platform that linked phones to phones, RIM managed to provide a service that not only replaced the need for text and multimedia messaging, but also didn't interfere with any desktop IM protocol that you might use. OK, some...

Digg bans RSS feed submissions to decrease spam

Digg's unpopular version 4 redesign last summer has put a big damper on the site's traffic, but the Digg team has come around and started to make changes that are helping to bring users back. The latest smart move: banning RSS feed submissions. No longer can every single post from a site be auto-submitted to Digg via RSS. According to Mashable, Digg's product manager, Mike Cieri, just informed...