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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

Staples and LinkedIn Create Small Business Community on Platform

Partnership will provide advice and networking opportunities for small businesses on LinkedIn

Premier office product company Staples has teamed up with LinkedIn to launch an online forum,…

By Janel Martinez

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3 Tools Revolutionizing Gift-Giving on the Web

Gift givers can shop smarter with these online services

With Christmas only a week away, check out these online services that will help you…

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It’s only Wednesday, but already it is a full and eventful week in tech.  In this fast-paced industry, it’s out with the old (news about Facebook’s IPO) and in with the new—more news and speculation surrounding the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company. With talks of Facebook setting up shop to create a smartphone and Google Glass resurfacing with new developments, here’s a look at top tech moments so far this week.--Janel Martinez

Twitter and Nielsen Team Up to Publish ‘Social TV’ Ratings

New ratings that measure conversation on Twitter to begin next fall

Nielsen announced on Monday that it was partnering with popular microblogging site Twitter to publish…

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How Business Owners Use Web Analytics to Cater to Customers

What web analytics tools are you using to grow your business?

More and more inexpensive web analytics tools are becoming available for small businesses previously only…

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Facebook Planning to Make Sexting Easier?

Social media giant to launch an app to compete with Snapchat

With Facebook moving to ramp up its mobile offerings, rumors are swirling that the social…

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WordPress Offers New Managed Hosting Solution for Small Businesses

Blogging platform unveils new option for small biz owners

Wordpress.com Enterprise gives users unlimited traffic, bandwidth and storage for $500 a month.

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Whims: ‘Instagram For Words’ Allows Users to Get Creative With Status Updates

App allows you to express yourself with colors, fonts and words

Whims is the free iPhone app doesn’t have a character limit and allows users to…

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Amazon Instant Video App Comes to iPhone, iPod Touch

The retailer’s free app lets Prime members stream over 30,000 titles

Ecommerce retailer Amazon announced today that its Instant Video app is now available for the…

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Stop the Bus: Federal Government to Implement Audio Surveillance Systems on Public Buses

Transit authorities across the country moving to install microphone-enabled surveillance systems

Public transit authorities are implementing plans to install audio surveillance systems on public buses across…

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Get Your Social Media ‘Year in Review’

Both Facebook and Twitter provide a personal ‘best of’ list

Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter allow users to see social footprint over the year.…

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How to Send Seasons Greetings From Your Smartphone

Three apps will help you spread holiday cheer

Three free apps that will allow you to create and send holiday photo cards right…

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Twitter to Release Photo Filters by Year’s End

Social networking site reportedly releasing photo filters before close of 2012

Twitter is reportedly planning to release photo filters to be used inside its official app…

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Google+ Unveils Cool Communities Section

Google’s latest feature allows users to join private and public groups

Google introduced Google+ Communities, a new service for the social networking users, on Dec. 6.…

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Google Apps no longer free for new small business accounts

Google Apps no Longer Free for New Small Business accounts

Starting now, no more free Google Apps for small businesses.

Google Apps for business drops its free version, all new customers must pay.

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Utilize free help 	There are various programs such as College Goal Sunday and sites free of charge that are geared solely towards helping students answer the FAFSA accurately and completely. One mistake on the FAFSA can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

FCC to Roll Out Text-to-911 Service in 2013

The nation’s four largest carriers have okayed the plan to allow users to text 911

The FCC has announced its plan to allow user on the country’s four largest mobile…

By Yannique Benitez

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Will Apple Set a Trend By Bringing Jobs Back to America?

The corporation’s latest announcement may result in more employment opportunities stateside

The world’s largest tech company, Apple, has decided to bring jobs back to America which…

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Microsoft Tests Social Media Waters With Socl

The company’s “research project” is now open to the wider public

Microsoft opens up beta of new social network Socl, which is powered by search engine…

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Google Updates Gmail for iOS

The tech company launches Gmail 2.0

The latest version of Google’s email for iOS, which is now available for download, boasts…

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LeVar Burton Returns With Remixed ‘Reading Rainbow’

The iconic childhood show is making a digital comeback

Reading Rainbow, which starred LeVar Burton, will be remixed and updated for a new generation…

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6 Ways Businesses Can Maximize Use of SlideShare

How to optimize your use of the popular service

If you’re looking to make your presentations more shareable, here are several helpful tips when…

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#TechieTips: 4 Things to Consider When Working With Remote Developers in India

India is one of the top countries where startups and other businesses look for talent…

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How to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Going Strong

For millions of people, the new year is also starting with new year resolutions around…

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