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Who owns your tweets?

Both corporations and employees who tweet on their company's behalf must clarify the question.

Tapbots releases public alpha of Tweetbot for Mac

In a first for the company, Tapbots has released a public alpha of Tweetbot for Mac.

Yahoo, Facebook settle patent dispute

Yahoo and Facebook have settled a patent dispute, according to a statement Facebook released Friday afternoon.

Twitter bolsters search functionality

Twitter will bolster search functionality to automatically complete users' queries and suggest related search terms, among other improvements.

Twitter gets transparent; releases list of government data requests

Twitter has received more government requests for user information in the first six months of this year than it did in all of 2011.

Twitter loses fight to withhold activist's account information

Twitter has lost a fight in which it challenged a court order to turn over public but now deleted Twitter messages written by an Occupy Wall Street protestor.

TechHive: Social-network privacy settings compared

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Facebook, Google+, and Twitter all have settings that let you tweak what others can see on your profile, but navigating those settings can be a bit of a mess. Not all social networks give you complete control over your privacy online, so here's a quick overview of what Facebook, Google+, and Twitter allow you to do.

Google makes small changes to Google+ but shows social skills elsewhere

The company rolled out incremental improvements to its social network platform while adding social elements to its other offerings.

Remains of the Day: Cereal killers

How does Apple cram so much graham into Golden Grah--er, functionality into iTunes? Can severe weather alerts on your mobile warn you of snaps, crackles, and pops (caused by lightning)? And silly Facebook, HTML5 is for kids.

Remains of the Day: Going the distance

In Asia, the iTunes Store is maneuvering and muscling for rank; Google+ for tablets is pouring through the turns; and one Twitter user points out that Apple is still thinking of the classic designer for whom it still burns.

Zynga to roll out unified gaming platform, multiplayer gaming

Zynga announced Tuesday that it would build a social gaming network that provides a more unified gaming experience, whether players are on Facebook, iOS or Android devices.

Facebook ventures into social discovery with Find Friends Nearby

Facebook is testing a mobile-only feature, called Find Friends Nearby, that allows users to connect with new social contacts based on who is nearby and using a browser.

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2 billion

Microsoft has agreed to acquire Yammer, a maker of cloud-based enterprise social networking software, for $1.2 billion in cash.