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CNET Update: Facebook mimics Twitter with hash tags

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CNET Update: Facebook mimics Twitter with hash tags

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Facebook finally rolls out hash tags, Apple gives the green light for iOS game controllers, and Samsung reveals yet another version of the Galaxy S4.

Facebook is getting more like Twitter yet again. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Hashtags have landed on Facebook. The system of using a hash symbol before word became popular first on Twitter a way to link to other post on the same topic and pretty much every network has done the same for a while now like Tumblr, Pinterest, Google Plus and Instagram. With Facebook finally joining this trend, it means you might find yourself spending more time on Facebook as you dig deeper into a conversation to see what other people and pages are saying about a topic. These clickable hashtags are just rolling out to users now on the website but overtime, it'll be on mobile and Facebook will also show trending hashtags. 3D TV continues to fizzle. ESPN has confirmed that it will stop broadcasting its 3D channel at the end of the year and instead, it's gonna focus on new television technology. Perhaps like 4K which is ultra high-definition. The news came as a tweet from an employee who said it was due to limited viewer adoption of 3D services to the home. ESPN was a trailblazer into 3D and it launched the channel in 2010, when the 3D TV craze was at its peak. Could your next living room game system be your iPad that streams to an Apple TV? With the release of Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 7, companies now have the green light to make officially certified game controllers to work with iOS devices. We've seen companies try to make game controllers for iPad games before like the iCade which was just pretending to be a booth with keyboard and some of these only work with a limited number of games. But with Apple allowing game controller accessories, we could see universal controllers that can easily work with many games. Logitech and PowerA are two companies making controllers. We just don't know what they would look like. There's yet another version of the Galaxy S4. This one is called the S4 Active and it's being sold by AT&T. If you're rough with your smartphone, this might be a good choice since it says it's resistant to dust and doesn't get water damaged as easily as other phones, and the screen has Gorilla Glass, so it's harder to scratch. It goes on sale at AT&T next week on June 21st for $200. There are a total of 5 types of Galaxy S4 models. There's the original Samsung model, the S4 Google Edition that makes it a pure Android Nexus device, the S4 Mini and the S4 Zoom. And today's featured app is one that makes life a little easier for Android users. Google came out with an app called Cloud Print and it lets Android users print photos and documents wirelessly. You can see if your printer is compatible on the Cloud Print website. That's your tech news update. You could find more details on these stories at CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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