Facebook testing new status icons Video
Facebook testing new status icons Video Transcript
-How does Facebook news make you feel? I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Brace yourselves, Facebook is adding more emoticons. I'm not just talking about converting the smiley face that you type and post. I mean status updates that give the options to show what mood you're in based on an emoticon. You can also pick icons if you're hungry, icons if you're drinking tea, icons if you're reading, icons if you're watching TV. What does this remind me of? Let's say something I used 10 years ago on LiveJournal? Facebook is not saying much about the feature except that this is a really small test. There's no word. It is to be rolled out to everyone, but something Facebook is launching out is a new type of gift card. The Facebook card can be used at Jamba Juice, Olive Gardens, Sephora, and Target. The idea is that you can purchase this multitasking gift card within Facebook's gift's menu and send it off to a friend. Facebook already offers the option to send physical gifts to your friends. This is just an extension of that. If you're giving this card, you have to specify the store you're given the gift for. They can't just use it anywhere. Several friends can give you money on this card for multiple stores and if you just keep it in your wallet, it will auto-refill the next time you get a gift. One thing Facebook is not doing is building a phone. CEO Mark Zuckerberg made that clear during a recent company Earnings Call. He said it would not be the right strategy for Facebook. The social network reported that it has seen 57% growth in mobile users each month, and right now, there are 680 million users active on mobile each month. Twitter also has some news to share. It's rolling out improvements to photo and video viewing. Now, users can view in large photos directly on the page instead of having to go to other link and video shared are showing up on the photo gallery of your profile. The TiVO integration feature on the Wii U has been delayed. It was scheduled to come out in January, but Nintendo now says it will come out later this year. Also, delayed is an update that brings Google's Street View to the game system. During an Earnings Call, Nintendo's president said that since the Wii U is already being sold at the lowest manufacturing cost, there are no plans to mark down the price. Foursquare, the network for checking into where you are, has released a best of guide based on more than 3 billion check-ins and tips, likes and dislikes. Pick from 30 cities across the US and it shows the top places users visited. It's yet another move by Foursquare to become more like a tool for finding good places and going against sites like Yelp. That's your tech news update. For more details on today's stories, you can head to the blogs cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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