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Social Storm: Facebook, Google, Conan and more

A Google sign at Google headquarters in Mountain

A Google sign at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (April 9, 2010) Credit: AP

Because time is a scarce resource, we’ll waste ours to find you the best social media news.

So Google bans Facebook from using their APIs. Facebook finds a way around the roadblock. Google’s response: We’re disappointed.

Facebook is testing out a new feature that groups feed updates by friends who post about or share a story referring to a common celebrity, with a link to the person’s fan page, according to Forbes. Now you’ll know how many of your friends love Miley!

Also, Facebook is testing a new friend finder. Because we all need more Facebook friends.

The day before Conan O’Brien’s return to TV the blog Lost Remote wondered if the talk show host’s social marketing blitz would turn into ratings? 4.1 million said yes!

As if you aren’t already spending enough time on Facebook and Twitter, now there’s a new Web browser that puts search and social media into one place: RockMelt. Now you can Google and tweet and Facebook . . . sorry, someone’s messaging me.

Joker, meet Batman. If Firesheep were a villain that exposed your Facebook and e-mail accounts when using unprotected Wi-Fi, Blacksheep Firefox add-on is the hero that protects your tweets. Whew!

Did you know late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon just put out a mobile app for his show? And did you know he recently sang in the Hamptons?

ReadWriteWeb describes Kik Messenger as an iPhone app that could supplant text messages by offering “offers real-time communication, free, over a number of different platforms.” Sold!

Love food and geography? Then check out this Facebook chat between two friends who found a recipe to combine the two.


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