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Google Hotpot finally (and fully) merged into Places

It's taken months of confused looks, but Google's finally seen the light. Hotpot, which has been a universally scorned moniker for a service that just about everyone called Places, is now simply lumped in with Places. The actual differences between Hotpot and Places were nearly non-existent, especially when dealing with the mobile aspect (which was even worse, since finding and rating restaura...

TweetDeck to launch as HTML5 Web app, now accepting beta testers

When TweetDeck landed in the Chrome Web Store, it seemed like an indication that it might eventually evolve into a pure HTML5 Web app. Now it looks as though that's exactly what's going to happen, with TweetDeck announcing that a new, not-just-for-Chrome Web client is ready for beta testing. It's a natural progression for TweetDeck, especially since its originally Adobe Air app is practicall...

Facebook launches unified mobile site, announces 250 million mobile users

Facebook has announced that its two mobile sites -- m.facebook.com and touch.facebook.com -- have been unified, bringing a simpler mobile experience to Facebook users. And there are a lot of those -- a quarter billion, according to Facebook. Smartphone users won't be losing any functionality because of the consolidation. If your phone supported the enhacned features offered by touch.facebook.co...

Top Facebook scams revealed by BitDefender (infographic)

Security company BitDefender -- which recently released the Safego app to protect your Facebook account -- has put together an infographic illustrating information about the state of scams on the social networking site. At an impressive 7,532 pixels tall, the graphic offers plenty of insight into the dark underbelly of Facebook. The company found profile insight apps -- like those which prom...

Facebook acquires Snaptu to bolster 'dumb phone' mobile apps

Facebook has plunked down between $60 and 70 million on mobile app developer Snaptu, which creates Java-based applications for feature phones. Snaptu had been hand-picked by Facebook to develop its non-smartphone app, and the acquisition means Snaptu will now be part of the internal team. Snaptu's reach goes beyond Facebook, of course: the company's mobile app also integrates with Twitter, Picasa,...

GetGlue BlackBerry app now available for download

GetGlue, the popular social activity check-in app, has finally arrived in BlackBerry App World. Now, users of just about any BlackBerry 8xxx or 9xxx device with OS 5 or better can share what they're watching, reading, playing, listening to, or thinking about. After a little more than a month in beta testing, GetGlue is now fully ready to provide BlackBerry owners with a way to earn piles of fre...

Twitter puts its foot down, calls for client consistency and tightens controls

Realistically, the writing has been on the wall for quite some time when it comes to Twitter's attitude toward non-official clients -- likely around the time the company turned Tweetie into Twitter for iPhone. Now, in a developer forum, Twitter's Ryan Sarver has penned a post which leaves little doubt. "[...]user research shows that consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a...

Facebook expands @ mention tagging to comments

A while back, Facebook introduced Twitter-esque @ tagging, allowing users to mention specific people in posts and status messages. Now Facebook has expanded that same functionality to include comments. The update also provides users with a notification when someone tags them, the same way Facebook notifies you about -- well, about nearly everything. There's also a benefit for Facebook Page a...

Mozilla F1 adds support for multiple Twitter, email accounts

Mozilla's F1 sharing add-on for Firefox has finally gained support for multiple accounts. The latest update to F1 allows users to set up additional profiles for as many Twitter, Gmail, and other supported services as needed. The update also addresses some performance issues, and you should find that F1 now appears much more quickly when you click the button on your toolbar. Mozilla also ...

RockMelt, the Facebook-powered Web browser, enters public beta

In November 2010, RockMelt launched the private beta of its social Web browser. The app features tight Facebook integration and offers plenty of social networking conveniences for its users. Now RockMelt has entered open beta testing, and the app is available for download by anyone who wants to kick the tires. Like Flock, RockMelt offers at least one feature we really like: a master logi...

Like.fm aggregates, simplifies your music discovery and sharing

Those of you who spend a lot of time online discovering and listening to music may want to check out Like.fm, a new app which is designed to automatically track and share what you play. It's a sort of 'discovery aggregator,' pulling in tunes from services like YouTube, Pandora, Rdio, and Grooveshark -- which already offer their own discovery tools. Like.fm aims to provide one-stop shopping, ...

Bizzy launches check-out app, helps you find places to shop

There's a new check-in app in town, but Bizzy isn't just about letting friends know where you are -- it's also about rating businesses where you just completed a purchase. The app also acts as a discovery service, allowing you to see where users with tastes similar to your own have been checking out. Location updates can be posted to Facebook or Twitter, and so far the service has gathered info...

TweetDeck teases iOS update, promises "a bucketful of magic"

TweetDeck has posted some news about its upcoming iOS update. The new TweetDeck will bring with it all of the features from its Android app like and the company promises it has "built in a whole bucketful of magic." The update will launch in a couple of weeks, and TweetDeck says it will "raise the bar" for iOS apps in general. There's also some good news for those of you attending SXSW: TweetDe...

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 ...

Google Profiles get a professional, slightly Facebookish update

Google has updated the design of its Profiles pages, bringing a more professional -- and far less haphazard -- look. It's also a little bit like a Facebook profile, though thankfully devoid of annoying recommendations and announcements of which fish your friends have unlocked. The new look is almost snazzy enough to use as your online resume, which might explain the addition of structured da...