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Up Close: Ello, The New Social Network That Is So Hot Right Now

Ello is having its moment this week.
Sparked by a influx of people in the LGBTQ community protesting Facebook’s real name policy and blown into a conflagration by the tech blogging and tweeting digerati, the three-month-old social network is being swamped with so many requests its have difficult processing them all.
Thursday Ello said it was getting 4,000 signup requests on hour; Friday it was more than 40,000. The demand forced the site to cap user invitations several times to prevent crashing the system and now there’s waiting list of more than 1 million people. That, of course, dwarfs the size of the actual Ello community.
I was able to snag an account (thanks @dannysullivan), and like the rest of the tech universe with similar access started kicking the tires to see what the network is all about. One thing, it’s not about is advertising, something made perfectly clear in its manifesto, which we covered in a post yesterday.
“It’s totally okay for companies to join Ello, and they can pu…

Google Contracts Forcing Search, Apps On Android Partners — Report

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The Information is reporting that it has seen “confidential documents … [that] show Google has been adding requirements for dozens of manufacturers like Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies and HTC that want to build devices powered by Android.” These requirements regulate the number of Google apps that must be pre-installed on handsets as well as the specific placement of those apps within the handset — and most importantly Google search on the homescreen.
The Information explains:

Among the new requirements for many partners: increasing the number of Google apps that must be pre-installed on the device to as many as 20, placing more Google apps on the home screen or in a prominent icon folder and making Google Search more prominent.

The article goes on to illustrate with various examples the increasing specificity of Google’s placement and user-experience requirements of its Android manufacturing partners.
These terms appear in licensing contracts calle…

Friday Roundup: LinkedIn gets chatty, Yahoo retirees and more

Another Friday is upon us and I have a few new tidbits to share. Grab your favorite beverage and let’s get to it:
LinkedIn Hooks up with WeChat
WeChat, the world’s fastest growing social app (says LinkedIn) now has LinkedIn baked-in. The messaging platform launched in China in 2011 and now has 600 million users (or less, depending on who you ask.) The app does appear to be very popular with users outside of the US and could be very handy if you’re doing business in China or India
When you hook your account up to WeChat you can pull over all your contacts with a few clicks and easily share your LinkedIn profile with people all over the world.
HootSuite Has Something to Crow About
HootSuite just raised $60 million in new funding bringing the company’s value up to $1 Billion dollars! (Dr. Evil would be proud.) CEO Ryan Holmes told re/code that some of the money would be used for acquisitions. The company just acquired Zeetl – a startup working on voice calls from social media posts. That coul…

Facebook’s Buy Button Test Is Powered By Stripe’s Technology

Started in July, Facebook’s “Buy” button, which gives users the ability to purchase directly from posts and ads in their News Feed, is still in test mode and the social network is staying quiet about when it will be given wider release.
But we now have more information about who will be providing the underlying technology. Payments startup Stripe is the sole partner in the test, Re/code reported this week.
That’s notable because Stripe has recently inked deals with some of the most prominent operators in the social-mobile payment space. The four-year-old San Francisco-based startup is also working with Twitter on its buy button test and is one of six companies Apple is recommending for its coming-in-October Pay service.
Facebook has partnered with other payment companies in the past, including PayPal’s mobile unit Braintree on its “autofill” feature for in-app game and the now-defunct Facebook Gifts. Stripe also was one of the original autofill partners.
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