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Twitter Announces 'Best Tweets First' Mode, Rolling Out In The Coming Weeks

You may have heard about the fury last week over a rumored change to the way Twitter organizes Tweets. The rumor claimed the stream was going to become algorithmic like Facebook, but it appears now that was overblown. Twitter just announced a new feature that allows users to see the "best Tweets" at the top of the timeline, but it's optional and doesn't alter the overall layout.

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Twitter Reportedly Planning To Increase Character Limit From 140 To 10,000

Twitter always set itself apart from the competition by keeping things succinct. The 140 character limit forced everyone to get to the point rather than drone on a la Facebook. However, the company is now said to be close to essentially doing away with that limit. Multiple reports claim Twitter is planning to make the new character limit a whopping 10,000, just like Direct Messages.

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LinkedIn's 3.4 Update Redesigns Profile Pages And Makes Them Easier To Edit

Say what you will about certain social networks, LinkedIn is the one basically all of us can agree isn't any fun to use. That's not its purpose. We go there either to get a job or to tell everyone about the job we just got. It's easy for people with stable employment to end up with profiles as current as their Myspace pages.

When the time does come to give the profile a quick touch-up, the latest version of the Android app hopes to make that experience just a bit nicer. LinkedIn has redesigned the way profile pages look within the app, and it's simplified the editing experience.

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Twitter Adding Mute Support To Official Apps And Web Interface

Sometimes you just don't want to hear everything people on your Twitter timeline are saying, especially if you follow a lot of accounts. Also, some people just get annoying. This is why third-party Twitter clients have long included muting. Now Twitter itself is embracing the idea with official support coming to its apps and website.

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Sony Opens Up Its Socialife News Reader App To Non-Xperia Devices Running Android 4.1 Or Higher

Sony's Socialife is an attractive app, but it has thus far only found its way into the hands of a limited number of users. This isn't an indictment of its quality. Rather, it speaks to the app's previous exclusivity. The news reader and social network aggregator has only been available for Xperia phones, tablets, and Sony VAIO PCs. Now it's open to any Android device running Jelly Bean or higher. Here it is running on a Nexus 5.

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Socialife's style fits somewhere between Flipboard's highly animated approach and the subtle transitions found in Google Play Newsstand. The app scales to fit the screen of whichever device you're using, regardless of whether that's a smartphone or PC.

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[New App] Jelly Is A Search Engine Powered By Social Networks, From The Co-Founder Of Twitter

If you're a regular user of almost any social network, you probably know how powerful crowdsourcing questions and answers can be. That's the basis behind a new search engine dubbed Jelly, created by Ben Finkel and Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter. Jelly is a social network for question-and-answer style interactions with friends you've already made connections with on Twitter and Facebook. Instead of going to traditional search engines, users are encouraged to snap a picture and post a question, which can then be answered or forwarded to others who might be able to help.

Jelly is very focused on the use of photos to steer answers in the right direction, so much so that there doesn't appear to be a way to ask questions without one.

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[Hands-On] Blast Multiple Social Networks At Once With Everypost, Assuming It Will Let You Sign In

If you need to mass spam - I mean, notify - a bunch of people at once, Everypost might be the app you need. With Everypost, users can upload photos, videos, or text and blast it out to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and other networks, including the anti-social Dropbox. As social networking continues to grow in importance, tools like this are real time-savers. But here's the thing, there are plenty of options out there, so is Everypost worth your time? That depends on if you can get it working.

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For a quick introduction, view the trailer. Just ignore the fact that the overly-happy users have iPhones in their hands, as the core experience is essentially the same.

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[New App] Official Mashable App Available Now On Newer Samsung Devices, Wider Launch Set For Next Week

Mashable is sort of the middle ground for breaking stories and Internet memes: it includes metrics so that the most popular stuff gets to the top, but the formatting and content are friendly enough to appeal to a wider group of users than, say, Reddit. Now there's an official app available in the Play Store. Samsung seems to have secured an exclusive for the launch.

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At the moment the description says that you'll need a Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, or any of the new Galaxy Tab 3 models to download and use the app. (The splash screen proudly displays "Presented By Samsung Galaxy S4.") Strangely, I was able to download and install it to two Motorola phones right from the Play Store.

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Google Makes Its Waze Acquisition Official, Mapping Apps To Remain Separate For Now

This weekend the tech world was abuzz with rumors that Google had purchased Israeli mapping and navigation software maker Waze for a sum of over a billion dollars. Today Google has made it official, thanks to a post on the company blog from the VP of Geo, Brian McClendon. While Google declined to mention exactly how much it spent on Waze, it's a safe bet that it was a lot, since both Apple and Facebook had previously expressed interest.

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Current Waze users will be glad to know that Google doesn't plan on shutting down the Waze app, at least in the short term:

The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now.

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[New App] Beer Citizen Is The App Where Beer Nerds And Regular Nerds Meet

Quick quiz: can you name how many different beers you've had in the last week, their country of origin, and their brew style? Do you know what beer to recommend with barbeque shrimp? Have you ever successfully used the word "mouthfeel" in a sentence? Then Beer Citizen is for you. It follows the basic formula for enthusiast "social" apps (in other words, just like BeerAdvocate) but presents all that information in a mobile-friendly format that's got more taste and is less filling.

Friends, reviews, photo annotations - it's all here. The sliders for different qualities is a nice touch for those who want to get really specific.

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