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LinkedIn’s new Connected app prods you to keep in touch with your network

linkedin7-14LinkedIn today announced a new iOS app called Connected, which offers people various opportunities to reach out to folks in their network. With this app, LinkedIn is diving deeper into what it calls “anticipatory computing.”

Much like LinkedIn’s website, the app has a feed highlighting news mentions, job changes, work anniversaries, and birthdays. If you sync your contacts and calendar, it can send push notifications with “intelligence” and reminders prior to meetings.

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Sharing On Twitter And Pinterest Leans Mostly Mobile

mobile7-14By now it's clear that mobile and social have become more than a shotgun marriage. Findings from comScore last month showed that more than 70% of time spent in social media takes place on mobile devices (including tablets). And total mobile engagement on social is up 55% in the last year.

In its latest quarterly report, ShareThis took a closer look at sharing activity among top social platforms on mobile. Twitter and Pinterest emerge as the most mobile-centric networks, with 75% of all content sharing on those platforms happening in mobile. By comparison, half of sharing activity on Facebook is mobile.

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Virginia Senator Asks FTC to Investigate Facebook

sen7-14Virginia Sen. Mark Warner isn't letting Facebook off the hook for experimenting with user emotions.

Warner, a member of the U.S. Senate since 2008, is encouraging the Federal Trade Commission to "fully explore" a 2012 Facebook study in which the company overexposed users to either positive or negative content in their News Feeds to examine how it impacted their emotions.

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Twitter’s New Analytics Tell Advertisers And Publishers How Many People Actually Saw Their Tweets

twitter7-13If you’re looking for more details about how all of your tweets are doing, Twitter today released a new analytics dashboard for advertisers, Twitter Card publishers, and verified users.

The company already gave its advertisers data about tweets that they’d paid to promote, covering things like impressions, replies, and link clicks, but there was nothing equivalent for “organic” tweets, i.e., regular, non-promoted messages. So the new dashboard offers a broader view of an account’s entire Twitter strategy.

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Apps and kids: Google may be next in FTC crosshairs

FTC7-13Apple leaped into action after the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on iPhone and iPad apps that let kids spend their parents’ money without permission. Not even a week after the news broke in January, the company’s top lawyer quietly took aim — at a competitor.

“I thought this article might be of some interest, particularly if you have not already seen it,” Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell wrote to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Democratic Commissioner Julie Brill, pointing to a report that criticized Google’s app store over the same issue of unauthorized purchases. The previously undisclosed email was obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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