Stories by Caitlin McGarry

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TED talks take over Facebook's Paper with exclusive content

TED talks have been inspiring people for the last 30 years with big ideas on technology, entertainment, design, and a slew of other topics. Now TED is taking over Facebook's Paper app with exclusive content to coincide with its annual conference, which kicked off in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday.

Social Media

Facebook focuses on conversation quality with Branch buy

If one of your crazy relatives has ever posted an epic political rant on Facebook, you know that conversations on the social networking site can quickly spiral out of control. You can't take a conversation elsewhere--like off your relative's page, for instance--or start your own subthread. But Facebook has just bought social discussion start-up Branch with an eye toward developing a new product that will--hopefully--change how we talk to each other on Facebook.

CES proved the Internet of Things is more than a catchphrase

You pull into your driveway, put your car in park, and close the garage. At this point, you fumble for your keys, feel along the wall for the light switches, and adjust the thermostat--but what if your door unlocked, lights turned on, and the house was set to a comfortable temperature before you even walked through the door? This is the very near future: the Internet of Things.

Digital Marketing

Mayer moves Yahoo further away from search with new content push

Forget search. The future of Yahoo is content. Yahoo's loss to Google in the search engine wars was already quite evident before the 2014 International CES, but CEO Marissa Mayer revealed a new focus for the company during her Tuesday keynote at the tech trade show.

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Pinterest's promoted pins preview ads to come

You knew it was coming. Pinterest is testing promoted pins in what is certainly a preview of how the company will make money from all those carefully curated food photo collections.

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Ads are on the way for Instagram's 150 million users

Instagram is unstoppable. The photo-sharing app added 20 million users over the last two and a half months, growing from 130 million to 150 million monthly active budding photographers since introducing video.

Social Media

Say hello to Hi, a more thoughtful social network

Social networks are becoming a dime a dozen. Most are endless variations of the same social sharing theme, and few of them are interesting. But Hi is different. In the social-startup Mad Libs game--"It's like Airbnb for boats" or "It's like Twitter for cats"--Hi is like Instagram for writers.

Social Media

Google+ and Blogger cozy up with new comment system

Google isn't backing down on its social network, Google+. Instead the search giant is ramping up integration with other services. Now, if you write a blog or regularly comment on one using Blogger, you can comment using Google+.

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