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Facebook has gone ahead and copied a feature of Twitter. Celebrities and brands will now be able to get their page or profile verified, much like Twitter's verified accounts. Being verified comes with some perks and makes it easier for users to see if the page or profile is the real you.
According to Facebook, a verified account will "appear more frequently in the people to subscribe to list." Facebook notes that "you'll also have the option to show an alternate name more prominently on Facebook." Pages and profiles that have been verified will feature a small blue checkmark next to the page or profile's name.
To verify a page, you'll need to send a copy of a government-issued photo ID. Facebook says the copy will be deleted immediately after verification. Facebook will proactively reach out to verify accounts. In fact, there is no way for users or pages to request verification.
Google+ has had verified pages since 2011 and Twitter has had them since 2009.
Google's previously rumored update to Gmail and its interface has been made official by the web giant. Earlier today, Google unveiled its updated Gmail interface and new sorting mechanisms that aim to make e-mail simpler and easier to use. Check out the video they released on YouTube:
The new sorting mechanisms attempt to categorize e-mail. Tabs can be created for promotions, updates, social, and primary e-mail. Starred e-mail and e-mail from friends will show up in your primary tab, which is the tab shown by default on the new Gmail app. E-mails from social networks and forums are sent to the social tab.
Users who don't like the new tabs can disable them completely and use the old interface. The tabs are also configurable, meaning you can have anywhere from zero to five tabs, depending on your needs and wants.
Google has announced the ability for all users to turn their videos into slow motion video. While not quite the same thing as using a high speed camera, the effect is still quite good, as you can see in the demo provided by Google. The first video is the normal speed video and the second video is after the slow motion enhancement is applied.
It's rather simple to apply the enhancement. Simply head over to the YouTube Editor or the Enhancements tool and apply it to an uploaded video. We're just hoping that slow motion videos don't take over YouTube. If you find a cool slow motion YouTube video, feel free to send it to us or post it in the comments!
Google has introduced two new Chrome Experiments. Both make use of Chrome across multiple devices and allow multiplayer web experiences across computers, tablets, and smartphones. Both are small little games that are designed to show the possibilities of Chrome and the Internet. First up, Roll It:
Roll It is a virtual version of the classic ski-ball game. It uses the desktop Chrome to render the graphics. Balls are rolled by flicking your smartphone running Chrome. Racer, on the other hand, is a virtual slot-car game. Users build race tracks that align across five mobile screens. Touching your screen sends your car across all the devices.
Google has expanded the reach of its Maps product by adding biking navigation to six additional European countries. Biking instructions are very similar to Google's normal directions, though they take into account busy roads, bike paths, and other factors to make your outing safer and more enjoyable.
Today's update adds Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. The new maps have been generated with the help of partner groups in some countries and the cyclists themselves in other countries. Google notes that the cyclists themselves are the ones who know the best routes and Google encourages cyclists to add, update, and change biking directions.
For more information, you can head over to Google's Europe Blog announcement post.
Yahoo could buy Hulu for as much as $800 million, could a Tumblr and Hulu rally save the once great search giant?
With its recent acquisition of Tumblr still cooling down, Yahoo is looking at making another major purchase. The once giant of internet search is reportedly looking to pick up the streaming service Hulu for an astounding $600-$800 million.
The reports come from All Things D which has a record of about 99.9% when it comes to Yahoo rumors. Their report states that Yahoo's bid would change depending on licensing deals and the amount of control the current owners would like to maintain over their programming.
DirecTV and Time Warner Cable are also looking to pick up Hulu, but again, their bid for the service would depend on what ABC, Fox and Comcast wish to do with the current content they feature on the service. With many industry analysts still of the mindset that Yahoo is a sinking ship, it leaves one to wonder if these high profile acquisitions will be the salvation or damnation of the company.
Most of the must-see movie trailers reach Apple's trailers.apple.com website first, but it looks like Apple have very quietly removed both the 1080p trailer availability, and the download option. Before this, Apple let you stream and download trailers in varying resolutions.
You could watch it in 480p or 720p, and download it in 480p, 720p, 1080p and iPod/iPhone quality. Trailers uploaded to the website after May 22 (or so) will no longer include the download ability, and can only be streamed in-browser at the low res of just 480p or 720p. It's not known why Apple are doing this, especially when they have their Retina-based MacBook Pros, that can now just stream 720p video from their own website.
It looks as though Google could be readying a user interface revamp for Gmail on the web and its app. Several screenshots have been leaked and in them a radically different Gmail can be seen. The question is, are they real? TheNextWeb was provided with the following screenshot by a source:
It seems to show that there will be a few default tabs at the top to help you sort through your e-mail. The categories are reportedly Main, Social, Offers, Notifications, and Forums. It would appear that e-mail will automatically be categorized by Gmail into these various tabs.
Google's spokesperson said that they don't comment on rumor or speculation, so for now, take these images with a grain of salt.
Amidst the launch of Google's Trend Visualizer, Microsoft has launched several new features to its Bing search engine. The most notable are in the service's news search where a new Trending Topics section is displayed in carousel form.
This new feature displays trending topics in a carousel of images with related personalities being displayed in a box to the left. These new features do not take one to a specific page, but rather to a new page of search results based on the topic you chose.
Bing has also extended its trending results to include data from the last several years and not just the last two weeks as previously done.
Google takes design cues from Windows 8 in new Trend Visualizer, shows what searches are trending in real-time
Everyone always complains about the amount of data that Google collects from our searches and for the most part, there is nothing to be concerned with. While Google does use that data for targeted ad placement, they also use it to improve their products and create exciting new things.
This morning Google released one of those new exciting things, and they are calling it the "Trend Visualizer". The new web app is a full screen real-time wall of the most popular searches entered by people all over the US.
The actual effect is pretty trippy and while it may not be of use to everyone, it would be really cool to toss up on a large screen display in an office or workroom.