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Google knocks Facebook down a peg with Google+ overhaul

Google on Wednesday showed off a redesigned Google+ and new Hangouts app to overtake Facebook as the world’s top social network.

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Pretend you’re on the radio with Vobok, the Vine-ish social network for broadcasters

Vobok, a free iOS and Android app, lets you share 30-second sound clips as an audio answer to Vine’s six-second video loops and Twitter’s 140-character written missives.

A last-minute Mother’s Day gift via Twitter to show Mom you didn’t (completely) forget her

A Twitter campaign will let people who forgot about Mother's Day get a professionally painted portrait to give to Mom. Starting Sunday morning, all you have to do is tweet out the "best" reason for forgetting Mother's Day with the hashtag #motherpieces.

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Yahoo recruiting iOS developers to 'radically improve' Flickr

Yahoo's Flickr mobile app may be getting a completely new look in the months to come, as the company seeks to hire multiple iOS engineers to "radically improve" the photo-sharing site's app and attract new users.

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Feed Wrangler joins RSS competition with paid service

Developer David Smith says the annual fee should make the new RSS reading service more responsive to users, because they will actually be customers.

Bitcoins just topped $200 in real money

Virtual currency Bitcoin hits record high and tops $200 for the first time.

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Hotline revisited

Hotline is an online community created int he early days of the Internet. There are a few servers still active, and Benj Edwards shows how you can take part.

Vine moves beyond Twitter with new embed feature

Vine's branching out. Videos made with the trendy Twitter-owned mobile app can now be posted anywhere on the Web.

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YouTube joins Facebook in the 1 billion users club

The video-sharing service can thank Generation C for pushing it past the billion-user milestone. That's the generation of Americans, age 18 to 34, who watch YouTube on multiple devices and enjoys video creation and sharing.

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After Reader, which Google services will be next to fall?

Even if you won't miss Google Reader, its untimely demise should leave you worried about the future of other Google products.

Will Google Reader's demise revive RSS?

With Google Reader slated to end operations on July 1, people are looking for alternatives to get their daily RSS fix. And that could lead to a revival of sorts for RSS clients.

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Google Reader is dead

Google is cleaning house. On Wednesday the company announced plans to purge Google Reader, Google Cloud Connect, CalDAV API, Snapseed’s desktop versions for Mac and Windows, and a handful of other products and services to focus on its core products.

White House warns China to crack down on cyberattacks

A top U.S. official called on China to investigate and stop cyberattacks, which he said pose a growing threat to the countries' economic relationship.

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Netflix takes need for speed global with worldwide ISP rankings

Netflix is expanding its rankings of Internet service providers by ranking streaming speeds from ISPs in the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, and Sweden.

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What to expect at South by Southwest Interactive

South by Southwest Interactive has become a major launching pad for tech startups, apps, and web programs. What will we see this year?

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