Microsoft is reportedly in acquisition talks with enterprise communication service Yammer, with sources close to the matter stating that such a deal may cost Microsoft more than $1 billion, that's according to Bloomberg.
Twitter has agreed to adopt Do Not Track, a privacy preference enabled by users who do not want their browsing behaviour tracked across websites. Twitter is the first major social service to endorse Do Not Track in this way.
Diaspora, an alternative privacy-centric social network still in private beta, has reportedly joined startup accelerator programme Y Combinator and hopes to eventually launch sometime after this summer.
Pinterest may have already become the fourth largest social network in the United States despite being less than two years old. Data from both Alexa, a web statistics firm, and DoubleClick Ad Planner suggests it has.
Web users creating Google Accounts for the first time are automatically dispensed with associated Gmail and Google+ accounts, with no option to opt-out, further enforcing the emerging paradigm that Google is Google+.
Google+ user adoption rate has accelerated to 625,000 new sign-ups each day, with the social network reaching 62 million users in total by December 27th, according to unofficial Google+ statistician Paul Allen and his team.
Google+ Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra and Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed on stage yesterday at The Web 2.0 Summit in California that Google's new social network will begin to support Google Apps accounts in the "coming days".
Google has finally lifted the lid on the Google+ project; their most ambitious foray into the social web to date. Unlike previous ill-fated attempts at social, like Google Wave and Google Buzz, Google+ is different. Why? Because it’s not Facebook.
While Facebook is still experiencing user growth, having reached 687 million monthly active users at the start of this month, this growth rate has been lower than normal for the second consecutive month, according to Inside Facebook.