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Why SXSW doesn't need another Twitter moment

The tech industry will descend on Austin, Texas, starting March 13 for the annual music, film and interactive festival known as South by Southwest. Here's why its organizers now call Twitter -- a standout success at the event eight years ago -- an "albatross."

By March 8, 2015


Facebook acquires 'social discovery' service Glancee

Following its buy of Instagram, Facebook further fattens its portfolio of mobile technologies by nabbing an app designed to help people connect with old and new friends in the real world.

By May 5, 2012


Facebook adds new Nearby Friends feature to engage mobile users

Users of the world's largest social network can now find out who is around them. After spending billions on acquisitions and developing other apps, it's also a return to Facebook focusing on, well, Facebook.

By April 17, 2014


Highlight vs. Glancee at SXSW: Rolling with the serendipity

At SXSW, CNET's Daniel Terdiman lets the people discovery apps lead him to new contacts who wax philosophical about whether the new genre of tools will really change how we interact.

By March 10, 2012


Glancee takes up arms in the SXSW people discovery app wars

Q&A As South by Southwest heats up, attendees have all-new ways to find new friends or potential business partners. Glancee thinks its approach will win in the end.

By March 9, 2012


If Grumpy Cat is the biggest news of all, is SXSW in trouble?

Few expect SXSW to turn out a Twitter-like success every year. But if a small feline is far and away the biggest news of a show with tens of thousands of attendees, trouble may be brewing.

By March 11, 2013


Can Highlight be our sixth sense? New version is first, slow step

After being the talk of the town at SXSW in March, the people discovery app faded from view. Now, it's back with new sharing tools. Can Highlight reclaim its notoriety?

By November 20, 2012


Ahead of earnings day, Facebook manages expectations

The stock market is an unforgiving place these days. So why not help shape the blizzard of coverage that's set to take place later this week?

By July 24, 2012


Facebook acquires Mac, iOS developer Acrylic Software

The social-networking giant is paying for the company's two employees, not its technology.

By July 20, 2012


Facebook acquires mobile-bookmarking service Spool

The social-networking giant is paying for the company's five employees, not its technology.

By July 14, 2012