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If you’re an avid Flickr user who prefers to connect via a Google or Facebook account, your days are officially numbered. Following through on an announcement made in March, Yahoo will strip Flickr of both Google and Facebook login options. Existing users will have to transfer their accounts by June 30, and new users to Flickr are already not allowed to sign up with either third-party log-in.

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Pinterest is experimenting with its native advertising platform, Promoted Pins, with a select group of brands. But the company announced Thursday that other brands on the platform will have their chance to experiment as well with do-it-yourself Promotional Pins. Brands will be able to purchase these DIY Promoted Pins on a cost-per-click basis through Pinterest’s ad page, and the company is already testing the tool out with businesses like Shutterfly. Brands will also be able to track performance with the company’s updated analytics platform, which will show how specific pins are received by users.

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It is now early June, which means a fresh crop of college graduates are eagerly entering the workforce — and likely have very little clue how to get the job they want. LinkedIn is capitalizing on the times in an announcement Wednesday, which highlights the company’s latest profile redesign, premium features, and a new pricing tier catered to newcomers. Premium members will gain early access to the new layout, font and custom background elements of LinkedIn profiles, as well as suggestions to improve profiles, a fuller look at all people who viewed profiles, and the option to “open” a profile to all LinkedIn users. But the big draw for new grads will be Premium Spotlight, a low-cost, entry-level Premium tier designed to convert jobseekers into power users.

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Airbnb has often been thought of as a platform for users to find a room or apartment with local flavor for their next vacation, but onstage Tuesday at Street Fight Summit West 2014 in San Francisco, Airbnb engineering manager Maxim Charkov outlined how the company wants to use search to inspire users to take trips. For example, the company has parsed through its wealth of reviews for key phrases like “good restaurants,” “shopping” and “good views,” and assigned those descriptors to the location of the property and allowed users to search for those qualities. It’s also a vital driver in tailoring the company’s new Weekend Getaways feature — the first step of likely many that will turn Airbnb in to what Charkov calls a “personalized travel magazine.”

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As part of the deal to transfer the mantle of Y Combinator President, Paul Graham and his successor Sam Altman agreed that the position would be monitored by a nine-person Board of Overseers, which would meet once a year to decide whether a new president should be installed. On Tuesday afternoon, Altman revealed the people who sit on that board — largely composed of the founders of YC’s most successful companies. Among those included are Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston and Homejoy CEO Adora Cheung. Altman said in the post, “The Board will be responsible for hiring and firing the YC President, and occasionally helping with strategic direction. Hopefully it doesn’t have to meet very often.”

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A week after a report from The Verge suggested that Boston-based cloud product Springpad would be shuttering its doors, the company sent out an email Thursday marking its official shutdown date as June 25. Before that date, the 5 million registered users on Springpad will be able to export the data still present within their account or migrate all of it to Evernote via a special site the company has built.

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After allowing users to opt in early, Twitter announced Wednesday that its new media-rich user profiles are available to all of its users. The new profile page, which includes a larger personal photos and a high-resolution background image, allows users to pin tweets to the top of the feed and incorporates larger into the stream itself. Users will see more tweets taking up more real estate in the stream, similar to Facebook’s Timeline “Highlights.” As of this point, the new profile is still an opt-in feature — users can choose to keep their old profile as it is.

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No, it’s not just you: Instagram went down for all users on both desktop and mobile at roughly 1:30 PM PDT. There’s no immediate sign as to what caused the downtime, but the company confirmed there was an issue at  2:08 p.m. PDT:

Update: As of 2:42 p.m. PDT, Instagram was back up for most users. However, users have reported intermittent issues with posting and receiving new updates in the wake of the downtime.

An Instagram spokesperson confirmed at 3:11 p.m. PDT that the noted issue was fixed.

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Springpad, a six-year-old Boston-based cloud note-taking service best described as a mix between Evernote and Pinterest, might be packing up its notebooks for good. A report from The Verge, released Thursday afternoon, says that the company will be closing its doors soon, citing an anonymous source and sparse activity from the company’s social accounts. Raising roughly $7 million since it was launched in 2008, Springpad announced late last year that it was headed towards the 5 million registered user mark — a respectable but very small number compared to Evernote’s 75 million users. The report doesn’t list any timeline for when the service will phase out. Springpad declined to comment about the story.

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It seems that hard times are continuing for struggling e-commerce startup Fab, as a company spokesperson confirmed to Buzzfeed today that it will lay of 80 to 90 employees — roughly a third of its current staff — in meetings tomorrow. The news comes as the team has spent the last six months putting together a line of sofas, which launched on Tuesday, in an effort to pivot from flash deals. The past year hasn’t been the greatest for Fab: Once worth roughly $1 billion to investors, the company shed 200 employees over two different layoffs in 2013 and also lost cofounder Bradford Shellhammer.

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An integral part of LinkedIn’s platform for users (and a very popular one at that) is the ability to see who has viewed their profiles — not only does it signal when potential employers are eyeing candidates, but it also shows who is interested in connecting professionally. The company announced Wednesday morning that it is now taking that feature one step further, offering users the ability to see how they rank in profile views among their colleagues and connections. By adding a touch of competition, LinkedIn is trying to drive users to spend more time updating their profiles and tweaking their presence on the site — even when they’re not job hunting.

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It seems that Twitter has another mobile experimenting success: The company announced via blog post that a muting feature will roll out to the web and iPhone and Android users. If a user is unhappy with a particular user but would prefer not to unfollow, he can tap the “More” button and select “Mute @username.” Like the opposite of push notifications, the muted user will disappear from activity feeds completely. The mute feature has been around for quite a while on Twitter’s Tweetdeck product, but this is the first time it will be available on the platform directly.

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