Neighborhood Social App Nextdoor Launches on Android

Nextdoor, the social app aimed at connecting people in small, tightly knit communities, announced the launch of its Android app on Wednesday. The release comes about three months after the company’s iPhone app and mobile Web release, which brought with it significant growth for the startup. In the 90 days since release, the network has … Continue reading

Facebook’s Latest Photos Update Dings Smaller Album-Sharing Startups

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But it may feel slightly different if you’re a small startup whose marquee feature was just cloned by a major tech company. I’m speaking, of course, of the latest product iteration from Facebook. In an interview with Mashable on Monday, the company announced a new shared-photo-albums … Continue reading

Facebook takes heat for gun advertising changes

Both pro and anti gun groups have been critical of the social network, which has become one of the world’s largest marketplaces for guns Dominic Rushe

Facebook Hooks Up With PlayStation 4 to Link Identity to Gaming

As Sony’s PlayStation 4 gaming system launched Friday morning, Facebook said it will allow players to connect to the console using their Facebook accounts. Users can share their real identity with others they select in the hope of establishing a bond of trust that will serve to combat online gaming abuse between anonymous players, long … Continue reading

Explaining What It’s Going to Do With All That Dough, Pinterest Unveils Stats on Strong Mobile and International Usage

Pinterest confirmed an earlier report by AllThingsD that it had raised $225 million more from investors at a valuation of $3.8 billion. This Series E round will bring the total funding to $564 million for the San Francisco social scrapbooking startup since it launched in 2010. Yes, you may say it out loud: Yipes! In … Continue reading

Kamcord Raises Another Million for Mobile Gamecasting

Mobile gamecasting service Kamcord has raised $1 million from two Chinese investors. It’s the second round of seed funding for the startup, which lets players of connected mobile games record and share videos of their playtime. In December 2012, Kamcord raised $1.5 million from a diverse group including Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Tencent. This … Continue reading

Angry Birds Friends From Facebook To iOS And Android

Angry Birds Friends crashes onto Apple and Android devices, Thursday May 2. Fans of Facebook games might already be familiar with the social version of Rovio’s Angry Birds, as it appeared as a Facebook app last year. Play against your friends in a competitive version of Angry Birds with a familiar style of gameplay fans … Continue reading

When “Likes” Can Shed Light

Facebook users’ patterns of “Likes” on the social-networking site can unintentionally expose political and religious views, drug use, divorce and sexual orientation, researchers said Monday. A study of 58,000 U.S. Facebook users, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, arises from an emerging discipline in which experts sift through extremely large digital … Continue reading

OMGPOP’s Draw Something becomes #1 social game

Watch out, Zynga. There’s a new kid on the block and his name is OMGPOP. For the first time in several months, Zynga is not at the top of the list in AppData’s running tally of the most popular games being played on Facebook and mobile phones. Instead, it’s a Pictionary close by the name … Continue reading

Facebook Confirms It Will Acquire Atlas Advertiser Suite From Microsoft To Close The Ad Spend Loop

After weeks of speculation and leaks, Facebook today announced it will buy the Atlas Advertiser Suite away from Microsoft. The Seattle-based Atlas team will stay put, but Facebook plans to invest in back-end scaling and better measurement to help advertisers “close the loop” and understand how their spend earns them money. Discussions between the tech … Continue reading