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Is it too early to call Facebook Paper a failure?

When Facebook introduced Paper for iPhone early last month, the app quickly skyrocketed to the top of the App Store social network charts because, well, it was from Facebook. But beyond that, the enticing preview video that showcases what Paper is supposed to be about made the app feel...

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TUAW by social media, podcast or newsletter

The fact that you're reading this now means you've found TUAW. Welcome! Did you know we have three fabulous podcasts to subscribe to? First there's our weekly call in show, the TUAW Talkcast. We hope you'll join us for the next live taping, but if you miss it you can listen on iTunes. There's also...

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Jelly uses photos to ask questions, maybe make a better world in the process

Jelly is an app designed to create empathy, according to Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter. He should know, as it's his new company. Using Jelly, you post a picture and you Twitter and/or Facebook friends who also have Jelly installed can look, answer, ignore or forward your photo question to...

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TUAW on social, podcasts and more

Just a reminder as we start the new year that we have an active Twitter account, a hoppin' Facebook page, our very own Tumblr (where the weird stuff goes), and Google+ and App.net pages. You can sign up for our daily app newsletter using the box to the right (cleverly labeled "Subscribe to...

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Atmospheir launches its bid to make business cards obsolete

Social networks used to be a way to organize and keep track of your friends and collegues, but with the number of different digital personas most of us now have, it just might be time for a network to keep track of our networks. At least that's what Atmospheir is betting on, with its über...

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Apple buys Twitter analytics firm Topsy for over $200 million

Apple already benefits greatly from social media hype surrounding its product reveals, and now the company is looking to get super serious about Twitter. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has bought up Topsy Labs Inc., a San Francisco-based social search and analytics firm. The...

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Spin looks to bring high-fidelity group video chatting to iPhone and iPad

For the past year, three relatively low-profile but intriguing iPhone and iPad apps from developer Net Power & Light have graced the App Store: Together Talks, Together Justice and Together Learn are all built on the company's core Spin technology. Each app provides a collaborative video chat...

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Twine uses your interests to match you with singles

Twine (free) launched today, and it offers a novel approach to the age old problem of meeting other singles. While niche sites like Cupidtino come and go, your Facebook profile, check-ins and activity provide a map of your interests. Twine looks at those interests, the people around you (more or...

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Vine adds channels, protected accounts, shooting tools and more

Just in time for memorializing Fourth of July celebrations Vine has released its biggest update to date with version 1.3. The first new feature is the addition of Channels that allow you to search specific categories like Comedy, Arts & Experimental, and yes... cats. They've also debuted a new...

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Google has purchased Waze

Google announced in a blog post today that it is acquiring social traffic company Waze. This announcement is not surprising as Google was rumored to be close to inking a deal with the Israeli startup. Google was one of many suitors reportedly courting Waze -- earlier rumors hinted at a potential...

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Square Enix announces Final Fantasy Tactics S, coming soon to iOS

Square Enix has launched a Japanese site for an upcoming mobile game called Final Fantasy Tactics S, and it sounds intriguing. Final Fantasy Tactics, of course, is the excellent tactical strategy game based on Square's old Final Fantasy series, which arrived on iOS a little while ago. The "S"...

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Daily iPhone App: Bookworm Heroes takes Popcap's wordfinding classic social

The big deal with Popcap's latest big entry into the App Store, Bookworm Heroes, is that it's social. It's a version of the company's popular wordfinding game given a social twist, so that you can play against your friends, neighbors, or just random people online. But here's the thing I most...

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Rumor: Amazon's Goodreads purchase cancelled a possible Apple partnership

The Wall Street Journal says that before Amazon's purchase of the Goodreads service earlier this year, Apple was planning to possibly integrate the social reading-recommendation service into its own iBookstore. Apple and Goodreads, says the WSJ, had been talking for a year or more about...

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Snapchat users share 150 million photos daily

Speaking at the All Things D: Dive into Mobile conference in New York City today, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that the popular photo-sharing app is much more popular than anyone may have imagined. Specifically, Spiegel noted that Snapchat users send over 150 million photos through the...

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App.net introduces a free tier, currently invite-only

App.net is a service that's had its fans and opponents -- it's currently used as a microblogging service, similar to Twitter, where users can share files and updates easily. But unlike Twitter, App.net's had a philosophy of staying away from ads, letting users keep all rights to the content...

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