Now every comment can be worth 1,000 words. Facebook is rolling out the ability to pepper your comments with images in both the desktop and mobile web versions of the popular social network.
“Starting today, hashtags will be clickable,” says Facebook, adding, “We’ll continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks and months, including trending hashtags and deeper insights.”
Public Conversations on Facebook [Facebook Newsroom]
In a blog post titled “What the…?,” Google co-founder Larry Page addresses allegations that the government has direct access to Google’s servers, saying, “We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.”
What the …? [Official Google Blog]
Kara Swisher reports that social-game creator Zynga is in the midst of “right-sizing” its business, laying off staffers and closing offices in New York, L.A. and Dallas.
Zynga to Lay Off 520 Employees — 18 Percent — and Shutter Offices [AllThingsD.com]
Twitter’s six-second video-sharing service, Vine, is now available for Android 4.0 and up. The app was released for the iPhone in January and now counts over 13 million users.
Vine for Android: Every robot has its day [Twitter]
Are you famous? If so, are you also on Facebook? Over at PCMag, Chloe Albanesius writes about Facebook’s new verification process. Spoiler: If you see a blue checkmark next to the name of a person or a brand, you’re looking at the real deal.
Facebook Rolls Out Verified Pages, Profiles [PCMag.com]
Businessweek’s Brad Stone details Google X, the search giant’s secret lab that’s “home to the self-driving car initiative and the Internet-connected eyeglasses, Google Glass, among other improbable projects.”
Inside Google’s Secret Lab [Businessweek]
TechCrunch is reporting that they’ve obtained internal documents containing an offer from Microsoft to buy Barnes & Noble’s Nook business.
Microsoft Mulling Nook Media LLC Purchase For $1 Billion [TechCrunch]
Forbes‘ Andy Greenberg details the test-firing of a 16-piece plastic gun created with an $8,000 3D printer. All the pieces except for one were printed: “The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin,” writes Greenberg.
Meet The ‘Liberator’: Test-Firing The World’s First Fully 3D-Printed Gun [Forbes]
The Verge’s Paul Miller went offline for an entire year. The short version of his story: First it was good, then not so good. And now that he’s back, it’s good in a different way.
I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet [The Verge]
Bloomberg reports “people with knowledge of the matter” as saying that Amazon is working on a TV box for streaming on-demand video. The rumored box will apparently be available later this year and looks to compete with the likes of Apple TV, Roku and similar streaming boxes.
Amazon Said to Plan TV Set-Top Box for Streaming Video [Bloomberg]
Google announces Inactive Account Manager, which lets you set all your Google stuff (mail, YouTube videos and more) to either self-destruct or get sent to a loved one after a certain period of non-use.
Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager [Google]