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Google lets you look for tweets in mobile searches

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Your tweets just got a lot more searchable

Google and Twitter are teaming up to allow the search engine to surface tweets directly in search results, the two companies announced Tuesday. To start, the update will appear in mobile searches — both on browsers and in Google's iOS and Android apps

An update on Google's regular web search will follow.

This means you no longer need to go directly to Twitter to look up specific Twitter accounts, hashtags or tweets concerning given topics. If you want to search for a particular handle, for example, you can simply search "NASA Twitter" to view the handle and account's most recent tweets. Searching for specific hashtags or other topics that may be trending will also turn up Twitter results, Google says Read more...

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Pinterest gets serious about making money, rolls out video ads

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Pinterest on Tuesday announced video ads for the social network called Cinematic Pins.

Cinematic Pins work similarly to Pinterest’s current ad products, Promoted Pins, in that they’re formatted to blend in with other items in your home feed — except for the fact they're motion-based. Gap, L’Oreal, Target, Unilever, Visa, Walgreens and Wendy’s are among the first crop of paid advertisers

Pinterest is taking a slightly different approach to video ads compared to companies like Facebook. Whereas Facebook’s video ads usually start automatically (without sound) when they appear on a device’s screen and stop when you’ve scrolled past, a video in a Cinematic Pin moves in relation to how quickly a user scrolls through. Read more...

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Exclusive: 7 Facebook Events features coming this year and beyond

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Facebook's 1.44 billion users create hundreds of thousands of events on the service every single day. Those events range from small, private dinner parties to Burning Man-themed ragers with guest lists in the hundreds.

As Facebook continues to grow in size and influence, its Events team — a group of 30 or so employees, including three data analysts — continues to experiment with new features and tweak current ones to enhance the ways users interact with one another and ultimately keep folks engaged with the social network for longer periods.

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Facebook: Spinning off Messenger was a good move, and here’s why

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Some Facebook users hate change — that's just fact.

Roll out a radically revamped News Feed or tinker too much with privacy settings, and a subset of users inevitably cry foul. That's what happened when Facebook made its standalone Messenger app a mandatory download last year for people who wanted to continue sending text-based messages through the social network. This "family of apps" approach, Facebook said, was done for the benefit of users, so that each app could offer a richer, more focused experience.

Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger's head of product, suggests that if Facebook had kept Messenger a part of its main app, it wouldn't be as full an experience. Features such as video calling, introduced last week, would go unnoticed by users. Read more...

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World-class stop-motion animators compete in the ultimate Vine duel

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We went Western last week for a duel between two talented stop-motion artists

Since Viners Alicia Herber and Tee Ken Ng were in town, we invited them to stop by Mashable HQ. Little did they know what we had in store for them.

As they walked in, we handed them cowboy hats with no explanation. We led them upstairs to our roof, and briefly explained the concept of our video: a speed Vine duel. Then we filmed their game faces.

Back in our Vine studio, we gave Ng and Herber a handful of random materials — patterned paper, Mashable poker chips, fish bowl gravel, sticky tack and scissors. With 30 minutes on the clock, they began crafting their animations Read more...

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Google+ introduces themed Collections, becomes more like Pinterest

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Google+ is getting a Pinterest-style facelift.

Google's social network is adding Pinterest-like collections to its platform, the company announced Monday. Collections allow Google+ users to group similar posts into topic-based sections, which appear in the new "collections" tab on Google+ profiles.

"Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into," Google's Dmitry Shapiro wrote in a post on Google+. "Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people." Read more...

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Meerkat now lets you watch some live streams without Twitter

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It looks like Meerkat is finally addressing its troubles with Twitter, which has worked to limit the live streaming app's access to its users since the launch of rival Periscope, which is owned by Twitter.

Meerkat added Facebook support to its iOS app over the weekend, along with other features that minimize the app's reliance on Twitter, in its latest update.

The biggest change is that live streams can now be viewed from Facebook; the app no longer requires a Twitter account in order to watch all broadcasts. Those who manage a Facebook page for a brand or business can connect their Meerkat account with their Facebook page so live streams can be viewed from within Facebook. Read more...

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