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Pinterest is making its collection of images more informative with a new format for a select group of pins that show products, movies, and recipes, the company announced today.
Instead of just showing a small, formless caption beneath the pin, the new format will include an extra compartment for details like ingredients and cook times on Recipe pins, prices and store locations for Product pins, and ratings and cast members for Movie pins.
An icon beneath the picture will let users know when there’s more information. The details will appear when users click on the pin to enlarge it.
For now, only a select group of 45 businesses and bloggers will be able to create pins using the new format. Among the first to test it out are Sony, Target, eBay, Etsy, ModCloth, Anthropologie, Whole Foods, Martha Stewart, Leite’s Culinaria, Netflix, and Rotten Tomatoes.
While the list of partners hints at a premium service that Pinterest may be able to offer brands, the company says that no one is currently paying for it.
Users will find new pins from these merchants — and refreshed versions of their older ones — in their feeds starting today.
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Pinterest will now notify users when they’ve already pinned an image on the bookmarking site. The company rolled out the feature today to web users and will bring it to mobile devices soon.
In the spirit of Twitter’s “Whoops! You already tweeted that…”, Pinterest will alert its users with a friendly, “Pssst! Looks like you already pinned this to…” and will also include the name of the board where the image was pinned.
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According to recent reports, Facebook is testing a new feature that will allow users to easily turn Facebook photos into printed postcards. The new feature, which is named “Mail a Postcard,” was initially built during a Facebook Hackathon and is only available to a few test users at this time. If a Facebook user is [...]
On Friday, Google announced the new AdWords Congressional District targeting feature. The new feature, which is already live, allows Congressional candidates to easily launch search, display, mobile, and video ad campaigns that pinpoint their exact target audience. While Google AdWords already allowed targeting by zip codes, the Congressional Districts often contain multiple zip codes that [...]
Microsoft has launched a completely new email service called Outlook, which brings a simplified, Metro-inspired interface and lots of useful features to your inbox. More »
Microsoft’s Bing search engine launched its social sidebar last month and the company has been adding features and support for additional social networks ever since. The core of Bing’s social efforts, however, is its Facebook integration and the company today announced a nice new feature for Facebook users on Bing. The social sidebar already allowed users to ask their Facebook friends questions right from Bing, but with today’s update, Bing is also allowing users to tag up to five of their friends whenever they ask a question. This, says Microsoft, will allow you “to effortlessly tap into the collective wisdom of your social network, and get input from your friends who are in the know.”
Chances are, after all, that you already know which ones of your friends are most likely to be able to answer your questions about a restaurant or event. Now, you can make sure that these friends will definitely see your question from Bing in their Facebook stream.
Overall, this is just a small update, but it clearly shows that Microsoft continues to invest in improving Bing’s social features. Just two weeks ago, for example, Bing added support for Foursquare tips to Bing. The company clearly believes that its users are looking for social search, but so far, Microsoft hasn’t shared any data about how its users (and how many of them) are using these new social features.
According to Compete, Bing currently owns almost 19% of the U.S. search engine market and both its market share and overall query volume on the site continue to grow at a steady clip.
In its latest move, the company is adding Google+ Hangouts to Gmail, continuing its efforts to bring the services closer together. Hangouts allows up to 10 people to video chat together, collaborate on documents, share their screens, and broadcast their conversations to the Internet.
With the new feature, Gmail users will be able to video chat with not only other Gmail users, but friends on Google + and the Google+ iOS and Android apps as well.
Google says the functionality also will make for more reliable connections, as the new system is built on Google’s network and not peer-to-peer technology like the old video chat. Rollout for the new functionality begins today and will continue over the coming weeks.
Google has been intent on extending its Google+ features to as many other services as it can. In June, it introduced YouTube parties, a feature that allows Google+ users to watch YouTube videos together online. We found the idea to be, well, silly, and it’s fair to assume that Google’s latest move will get a similarly icy reception.
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Google added a new feature to detect your current location on your desktop computer.
I tried it this morning and it was smart enough to tell me I am in the state of New York…
Alex Chitu reports Google is testing a new feature for the Google Knowledge Graph. The new feature is a way to show an expanded version of the knowledge graph in the top of the search results. Currently, when you search in Google and the knowledge graph comes up, it shows you up to five related…
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