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The Social Network Runs Away with Weekend Box Office
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The Social Network led the box office over the weekend. The film, which opened on Friday, took in $23 million, opening in 2,771 theaters, according to BoxOfficeMojo. 

The film grossed more than doubled the number 2, 3, and 4 movies – Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and The Town. There were only two other major releases to open at the same time: Case 39 and Let Me In. These both brought in only just over $5 million a piece. 

Facebook Launches New Features for Photos
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Facebook has introduced 3 new features for Photos. These include high resolution images (storing bigger pictures), a new viewer for browsing photos, and a new uploader with better tagging. 

Facebook is rolling out support for print-quality, hi-res photos. They’re increasing the size of the photos stored from 720 pixels to 2048 pixels on the largest side or 8 times bigger overall. 

Facebook Has a New Feature for Page Exposure
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Update 2: Facebook has now officially launched the Page Browser. They have added a couple of features as well. Here’s the announcement.

Update: The page appears to have been removed. This may just be a feature that Facebook is testing. We’ll update when we learn more. 

LinkedIn Announces Signal, New Stream-Sorting Feature

LinkedIn has announced a new beta product called LinkedIn Signal, which the company describes as a new way to view, search and sort your stream of status updates and news. 

LinkedIn Signal comes with five main features: filtering by  browsing only relevant status updates from your stream, search for keywords, topics or people across the stream, getting an auto updated real-time stream with rich content, find trending links across any relevant topic, and  seeing who’s shared any of those trending links. It also lets you save real time searches. 

Twitter to Replace Account Verification System with Something New

There have been several pieces of interesting news regarding Twitter. For one, the company stopped verifying accounts, as it has done for celebrities and companies  for some time. The company is working on a new system to replace this. 

Details about this new system remain a mystery, but Twitter says it will be better. The company’s support team posted the following tweet (hat tip: The Next Web):

Movie Review: The Social Network (The Facebook Movie)
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It’s not often I get the opportunity to write movie reviews for WebProNews, because it’s not often that major motion pictures are released about subjects within our general scope of coverage. I had the opportunity to attend a screening of The Social Network last night, so it seems appropriate that I offer my thoughts about the film here. 

Facebook Explains Outage

Facebook was down for over 2.5 hours for some users, according to a post from the company. A post in Facebook’s engineering notes says:

The key flaw that caused this outage to be so severe was an unfortunate handling of an error condition. An automated system for verifying configuration values ended up causing much more damage than it fixed.

“Google Me” is Probably Already Bigger Than Facebook
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The world discovered a little bit more about this mysterious "Google Me" project this week, when Googlers, including CEO Eric Schmidt opened up (just a little bit) at the company’s Zeitgeist event. 

The Missing Credit of “The Social Network”
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Last year, Facebook settled a trademark dispute with Aaron Greenspan, CEO of Think Computer Corporation and Harvard classmate of Mark Zuckerberg, who built houseSYSTEM, a section of which was called "The Universal Facebook".

Facebook Should Now Be Less Annoying to Those Who Don’t Play Games

Facebook has launched some new features related to controlling game updates seen in the news feed. Before, Facebook users could hide an application story or block it completely, but now game stories will only post to the news feed if you’re actually playing the game. 

Facebook Throws Rotten Tomatoes at Movie Fans

Facebook has formed a new partnership with Rotten Tomatoes, which will make Rotten Tomatoes personalized for the user, if they are logged into Facebook. 

Why the New Twitter May Benefit Businesses and Marketers Greatly
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This week, Twitter introduced a new redesign of Twitter.com with a two-pane format aimed at providing a richer user experience, and you can easily tell by looking at it that it does just that. 

If Facebook and Twitter Aren’t Social Networks, What is?
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According to ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez, Twitter VP for business and corporate development Kevin Thau said today that Twitter is not a social network. I seem to recall Facebook saying the same thing a couple years ago. 

Facebook Testing Feature That Would Make it More Valuable for Search
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AllFacebook has discovered that Facebook is now testing showing all liked news articles in its search results. This would obviously be a significant move as the company competes with Google. Nick O’Neill writes:

Apple’s Ping Draws a Great Deal of Criticism
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Apple’s Ping social network, which the company launched as part of the new iTunes 10, has drawn a big mix of excitement and criticism. While most seem to agree that the concept beind Ping is a pretty good idea (social network-meets-music-buying) it’s not exactly the seamless experience one might hope for.

Let’s take a look at some points made around the Blogosphere.

Facebook Tests Subscriptions, Will Launch Remote Log-Out
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Facebook is testing a feature that lets users "subscribe" to other users. Nick O’Neill at AllFacebook shares an official statement from Facebook: "This feature is being tested with a small percent of users. It lets people subscribe to friends and pages to receive notifications whenever the person they’ve subscribed to updates their status or posts new content (photos, videos, links, or notes)."

Does Facebook Face A Google-Like Issue With “Like Farms” and “Like Buying”?
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Facebook may be going through some of the growing pains that Google went through earlier in its life. Google has always had to deal with link farms and link buying, polluting its search results, and has gotten better and better at keeping this under control over the years.

Twitter Releases its iPad App with iPad-Specific Features

Twitter has launched its official iPad app. There’s a bit more to this than the standard mobile Twitter app.

"Twitter for iPad takes advantage of the iPad’s fluid touch interface, letting you move lots of information around smoothly and quickly – without needing to open and close windows or click buttons," says Twitter’s Leland Rechis.

Facebook Gets Click-Based Search Relevance Patent
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Facebook has been granted a patent called "Ranking search results based on the frequency of clicks on the search results by members of a social network who are within a predetermined degree of separation". Here’s the abstract:

Facebook Sues Teacher Resource for Using the Word “Book”
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Update: WebProNews reached out to Teachbook for comment. Read Teachbook’s full response here. See comments from Facebook in the comments section of either article.

So-Called Facebook Alternative Diaspora Gets a Launch Date
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You may recall that earlier this year, Facebook took a lot of heat over user privacy. While some may still not be satisfied, the company did release simplified privacy settings in response. Around that time, however, a project called Diaspora started generating a lot of hype as a potential, open alternative to Facebook as a social network.