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Introducing the App Center (Facebook Developer Blog)
Facebook has announced the launch of the App Center, a new place for people to find social apps. The App Center gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful. In the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on the Web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps. CNET The App Center is designed to push the best social apps through a personalized discovery page. So, if you’re a person who likes word games — something Facebook would know from your Facebook behavior — the App Center will surface those sorts of apps for you. AP The company is betting that by personalizing recommendations to users, people will find new types of applications beyond games, along with games that are more interesting to them. There are all sorts of social apps that use Facebook, from music-listening services such as Spotify to what-you-just-ate tools such as Foodspotting. AllFacebook Two topics that have been top-of-mind at Facebook the past few weeks, mobile and security, were combined in the social network’s announcement Thursday of three mobile security updates: code generator, the ability to report unwanted content, and improved mobile recovery flows. The New York Times/Bits Blog The Internet — and particularly, Facebook — is playing a critical role as the police in Montreal build their case against Luka Rocco Magnotta, who is accused of killing Jun Lin, a Chinese student, and then dismembering his body and mailing parts to the offices of political parties here. Investigators have been somewhat taken aback by the extent of Magnotta’s Facebook activity, they said. Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière, a spokesman for the Montreal police, said Magnotta had maintained at least 70 accounts.

Foursquare Takes on Google+ Local with a New Mobile App (SocialTimes)
Foursquare is slowly but surely checking out of the check-in business. On Thursday, the company launched a new version of its app that lets users explore your neighborhood, see who’s nearby and get recommendations. PC Magazine In a move similar to Google+ Local’s Zagat integration, Foursquare rolled out a rating system for users to bestow a heart or broken heart icon to various places, providing feedback for friends, whose activity is easier to follow with the updated Friends tab. Showing more of your friends’ activity, including their tips, lists, likes and large swipe-able photos, the app also includes the interactive ability to like and leave comments on activity, instead of just scrolling through a list of people’s latest check-ins. WebProNews According to the Foursquare blog, it has other changes in the works too: “This isn’t just a fresh coat of paint, it’s a whole new app. And, as such, it’s just the beginning. We’ve got lots more coming in the weeks ahead, and expect even more this summer. Our little team has been working hard to build an app that helps people make the most of where they are, and we’re so excited that you can finally play with it.”

Bitly Makes Link- Shortening Easy Again After Users Revolted (VentureBeat)
Link-shortening and bookmarking service Bitly has revised its site design after users complained that shortening links became too complicated, the company announced in a blog post. What once took a single click to create a shortened link now took three clicks and it would save your link.

LinkedIn Works With FBI on Password Theft (Reuters)
LinkedIn is working with the FBI as the social network for job seekers and professionals investigates the theft of 6.4 million member passwords, the company said on Thursday. The company does not know of any accounts that were taken over as a result of the security violations, according to LinkedIn spokesman Hani Durzy.

Facebook’s IPO Nosedive Brings Down Twitter’s Value by 15 Percent (AllTwitter)
Facebook’s sinking value on the stock market is apparently pulling other tech companies down into the vortex with it – and Twitter is no exception. Prior to Facebook’s less-than-stellar entry onto the markets, Twitter was being traded at $21 a share on the secondary markets. Now, it’s dropped to $18, the New York Post reports. The Verge Twitter suspended app start-up Thunderclap Thursday after a Rolling Stone writer sent a second massive wave of tweets to Congress. Twitter told the Thunderclap team it was violating the site’s terms of service by “sending multiple @ mentions and automating sending tweets.”

Australian Olympic Swimmers Told to Remove Gun Photos From Social Media Sites (AP)
Olympic swimmers Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk have been directed by Swimming Australia to remove photos of themselves posing with guns from their social media sites. The photo of Monk holding two pump-action shotguns and standing beside D’Arcy, who had a pistol in each hand, in a U.S gun shop spread quickly in social and traditional media Thursday, with The Daily Telegraph in Sydney taking to Twitter to ask: “Are you offended by this photograph of Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk in a US gun shop?”

Sandusky Victims at Mercy of Social Media (Tribune-Review)
The young men who accused former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of molesting them have been allowed to remain anonymous through months of intense news coverage. That’s about to change. In this anything-goes age of social media and citizen journalists, old standards may no longer make much difference.

Create a Social Homepage with Rebel Mouse (SocialTimes)
Have you tried Rebel Mouse yet? The site, launched in beta, combines the layout of Pinterest with all of your status updates from Twitter and Facebook. It’s designed to be a living homepage that stays current and lets you organize the content yourself.

Video: How Does Politics Change in the Age of the Real-Time Social Web? (paidContent)
Politics used to be a very controlled and almost theatrical process, with politicians and other political actors appearing in carefully scripted events — and the reporting and analysis of those events was also restricted to certain specific media channels. Now that we have blogs and Twitter and other forms of social media, how has that changed the nature of both the political process and the media reporting of that process?

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