Google has a plan to make your pages load faster. The search giant has developed a new kind of image format that promises to shrink the size of web photos and graphic files down by about 35-percent. To boost load times for websites, Google developed a new image format, called WebP. Facebook, Netflix, Ebay and several other websites have begun supporting WebP. So if your pages load a bit faster in the near future, you might have Google to thank.
Facebook has rolled out an exclusive new iPhone app intended to get celebrities involved in discussions with their fans. It’s called Facebook Mentions, and it’s only available to verified members of Facebook, including actors, athletes, musicians, and other public figures. The celebrities could use the app to do things like start “question and answer” sessions with their fans. They can also see what fans are saying about them and join the conversation.
And, Amazon is trying to attract more users by offering unlimited access to thousands of electronic books. The Kindle Unlimited service will cost $9.99 a month, and will give subscribers the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle books. They can also listen to as much as they want to audiobooks. Amazon is offering a free 30-day trial to try the service.
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