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Google follows Facebook by placing user profiles and pictures in adverts

Social advertising takes a step forward as search giant commits to new terms of use

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Facebook removes option to hide your name in searches

Firm claims the move is being made to improve the experience for users

Twitter Android app showing multi-screen view

Twitter begins Android tablet app rollout

Samsung Note 10.1 first device to receive app

Twitter aims for $1bn IPO as it touts 218 million active users

Innards of social network available to public for the first time as IPO flotation looms

UBS navigates regulatory minefield with Jive use for social collaboration

Financial superpower finds itself stuck between strict data laws and pushing employee engagement

US government shutdown could hit Twitter IPO and major tech contracts

Nasa also shuts down @AsteroidWatch Twitter account

Microsoft reveals no Skype call data handed to government agencies

Microsoft as a whole remains broadly in line with industry averages in data releases

Twitter launches tool to tackle misinformation during national emergencies

Micro-blogging site looks to increase public service credentials with tool for government agencies and charities

Spiceworks adds mobile device support to free IT-management platform

Spiceworks 7 offers users MDM capabilities through a partnership with Fiberlink

Google+ flexes business muscle with Q&A video conferencing

Under-used social network finds its niche with corporate-angled feature updates

Twitter heads to the stock markets in secret IPO

Social network announces news in 135-character tweet

Twitter buys MoPub in push for mobile advertising dominance

Micro-blogging firm places more fingers into more pies as it allows new purchase to continue taking on clients

Facebook takes on Twitter TV muscle with new API analytics tool

Social networking giant looks to capitalise on burgeoning online TV discussions

Facebook proposes privacy changes to facial recognition and advertising terms

Social network seeks to avoid further legal strife with detailed explanations of the use of user data

Twitter extends abuse reporting to desktop and Android platforms to tackle trolls

Micro-blogging site includes increased safety offering in significant app roster update

Twitter targets TV with Trendrr buy

Micro-blogging service shows it sees value in real-time TV interactions as it attempts to monetise its potential

UK authorities request data on more than 2,300 Facebook users in 2013

First transparency report from social giant shows extent of government demands for data worldwide

Google Apps gives Just Eat IT boss a healthy app-etite for cloud computing tools

Fast food firm switches to Google's cloud services to save on IT headaches

Open source software a perfect match for eHarmony in the search for love

Dating site sees itself as a good open source citizen, both receiving and giving to the community

Facebook partners with Samsung, Qualcomm and Nokia to connect next five billion via Internet.org

Mark Zuckerberg creates tech Justice League to bring internet to the masses

Facebook buys speech translation firm Mobile Technologies

Social giant hoping to boost mobile capabilities with deal

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg makes $91m from stock sale

Social network board director sells over 2.3 million shares

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