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LinkedIn Ditches ‘Today’ for Pulse Newsreader

LinkedInPulseLinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, put its Pulse purchase to work today. Pulse is now fueling LinkedIn’s on-site and mobile news stream for members, replacing LinkedIn Today.

The changes extend to the LinkedIn app, as well as the Pulse app, which got an update Wednesday. Now LinkedIn members can sign in to Pulse with their LinkedIn ID. The refreshed app will deliver content tailored to an individual’s LinkedIn interests, and members can post comments with their LinkedIn profile. Read more

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LinkedIn Buys Pulse for $90 Million

LinkedIn has acquired the social reading company Pulse, making a move to become a “professional publishing platform.”

According to the release, they purchased the company for “approximately $90 million, subject to adjustment, in a combination of approximately 90 percent stock and approximately 10 percent cash.” Stanford graduate students Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta founded Pulse in 2010. Here’s more about Pulse from the release:

Pulse currently has more than 30 million users who have activated its iOS and Android-based news reader apps in more than 190 countries. Pulse is available in nine languages, and approximately 40% of users are outside the United States. More than 750 of the world’s leading publishers distribute their content through Pulse.


LinkedIn is Giving iPad Minis to Employees

Working at LinkedIn just got better as a place to work. The company is giving an iPad Mini to all of its employees. That’s at least 3,500 iPad Minis. They’ll all probably come loaded with the flashy LinkedIn iPad app that debuted last year.

Krista Canfield, senior Manager, corporate communications confirmed the news to AppNewser via email. She included the following statement:

We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012. During today’s biweekly All Hands meeting, we surprised our employees with iPad Minis as a small gesture of the company’s gratitude for their contributions.

iPads aren’t the only thing that make LinkedIn a good place to work. According to, LinkedIn ranked No. 8 on the list of the top 25 companies for work-life balance. Read more

LinkedIn Counts 200 Million Members

LinkedIn just counted 200 million members. Is your LinkedIn profile in good shape?

Here’s more from the company: “New members continue to join LinkedIn at a rate of two per second. The company has added more than 13 million members since its last announcement on November 1, 2012.” As the network grows, you need to make sure your profile is professional and easy to find. We’ve collected some strategies for improving your LinkedIn footprint:

LinkedIn Profile Tips for Writers & Publishing Pros

Why You Should Use LinkedIn Endorsements & Notifications

LinkedIn Groups for Publishing Professionals

How To Turn Your Resume Into an Infographic

Are you looking for a new job? Using a new tool at, you can build an infographic out of your LinkedIn resume, showing employers (and yourself) a simple map of your career.

SocialTimes explained why this can help your job search. You can choose from several different templates, showing employers how many years you spent in various fields, what your key skills are and showcase recommendations on your LinkedIn page. Here’s more from SocialTimes:

Data visualization platform now connects to LinkedIn to instantly turn the contents of your professional profile into an infographic. There are a few templates to choose from: none of them are plain old white, but they all organize the data in a clean, logical order. All of the essentials are there: your name, your work history, your skills, and your education. What this resume will show that a traditional resume will not is information about your connections.

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Why You Should Use LinkedIn Endorsements & Notifications

Do you use endorsements or notifications on LinkedIn?

Over at SocialTimes, one writer argued that these two functions are changing the way people present their work lives online. If you don’t share these functions with your LinkedIn community, you could be missing out. Here’s more from the blog:

Part of the problem with LinkedIn has been that people already have so many other social networks to maintain that there isn’t much time to check in with colleagues and see what’s happening in their careers until it’s time to find a new job or to look for someone to hire. The little updates automate the process of keeping touch. LinkedIn added Notifications to members’ homepages in September. In November, the company reported in a third quarter earnings call that members had posted four times as many comments on other people’s updates. As for the newly added Endorsements, you can see pretty quickly which of your skills are the most valuable to your network, or at least the most widely known, by how many people have clicked on them. (LinkedIn said that there were already 200 million endorsements made at the close of quarter three.)

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What Was Your Dream Job as a Kid?

What was your dream job as a kid? Are you doing it now?

LinkedIn released an infographic mapping childhood dream jobs around the world. We’ve embedded part of the chart above, but you can see the whole infographic at at SocialTimes. Check it out:

All but one of the most popular dream jobs in the world in the sciences: engineer, pilot, doctor or nurse, scientist and teacher. Teacher was the most popular dream job in the U.S., but also the only one of the most coveted jobs to appear on the girls’ wish list. According to LinkedIn, nearly one in three of the network’s members surveyed said they now work or have worked in a job related to their dream job.

LinkedIn iPad App Accesses Private iCal Info

LinkedIn recently made a splash with a flashy new iPad app that lets you sync your calendar with your LinkedIn contact page, but it turns out this function presents some privacy concerns. Researchers Yair Amit and Adi Sharabani discovered that when LinkedIn is accessing your iOS calendar, it sends the details back to its servers, including some things you may want to keep private. And, this is not necessary for the app to function.

Their blog explains the issue: “LinkedIn’s app collects full meeting details from one’s iOS calendar, which contains sensitive information such as meeting notes. While accessing this information locally by the app is not a problem by itself, this information is collected and transmitted to LinkedIn’s servers; moreover, this action is currently performed without a clear indication from the app to the user, thus possibly violating Apple’s privacy guidelines.” Read more

What Is The Best Font & Font Size For An eBook?

Is there an ideal font or font size to read an eBook? LinkedIn users in the Kindle Users group have been discussing this question. (LinkedIn is a great resource for digital publishers and eReaders owners to explore new technologies with like minded people. To find out about eBook related groups, check out our list of 5 LinkedIn Groups For eBook Readers).

A user named Dan Dalton, posed the question: “What is the best font and size for an ebook? I am using garamond 12.”

Brian Lawrenson shared: “I’ve used Verdana 12 for my 28 books. It seems the simpler the better.”

Richard Ochoa wrote: “Just use twelve point font. The reader can adjust the font size to whatever he/she prefers on the device.”

What font and size do you use?


Five LinkedIn Groups For eBook Readers

Many publishing professionals are slow to adopt eReaders. If you are one of these newbies who has finally come around to getting an eReader, there are some excellent LinkedIn groups you can join to discuss eReaders, raise questions and share tricks for your eReader.

1.E-Books/E-Readers:”When you enjoy e-books (or ebooks, digital books) and have a cybook, ilead, iPad sony, kindle, hanlin lbook, starEbook, soribook, Eslick or any other brand ebook / digital book reader / eReader [eReaders] / e-reader [e-readers] (or consider buying one) join this group to share idea’s & links, give recommendations and tips.”

2. Nook Owners: “This group is for Nook Owners – talk about your experience using the Nook, share your favorite books with others and give input for improvements.”

3. Kindle Users: “This group is for Kindle owners, enthusiasts, and those who would like to learn more about the Amazon Kindle e-book reader. The group is also open to those that use the Kindle app on all other platforms.”

4. iPhone/iPad Group

5. Google Android