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Mashable Weekend Recap: 62 Stories You Might Have Missed

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The weekend was dominated by the shocking story of a man who decided to kill a crowd of people in cold blood. As hard as that is to fathom, we pressed on here at Mashable, still searching for news and views of the tragedy that dwarfed all other stories.

Beyond that, we found all kinds of stories about a variety of topics — and we noticed one genre did particularly well: humor. So as you try to make sense of the senseless things that happened last week, take a look at this Weekend Recap, where you’ll see that there were plenty of good things going on at the same time.

Editor’s Picks

This Stunning Timelapse Space Video Will Astonish You

Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Broadcast Your Tweets From Space With SkyCube [VIDEO]

Jack Daniel’s Sends the Most Polite Cease-and-Desist Letter Ever

Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week

6 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]

News & Opinion

Google Stops Taking Orders for 16GB Nexus 7

Kodak Loses Patent Case to Apple and RIM

Afghanistan Activists Urge Use of Social Media to Fight Politics

Hulu Reveals Sleeker, More Advanced Player [VIDEO]

‘Permanent’ SIM Unlock For AT&T iPhones is Now Available

ChargeCard Means You’ll Never Again Be Stranded With a Dead iPhone [VIDEO]

Video of Alleged Theater Shooter Emerges Online

OUYA: Android Game Console’s Secrets Raise Questions

Japan Launches Robotic Supply Ship to Space Station

‘Will you visit me in prison?’ Asks James Holmes on Adult Sex Profile

Aurora Police Confirm via Twitter: Controlled Detonation a Success

What’s Next For Google’s Nexus Brand Of Devices?

Alleged Killer Effortlessly Bought 6,000 Rounds of Ammo Online [VIDEO]

Internet Urges Batman to Visit Victims of ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting

Google Puts Social Twist on Ramadan Traditions

Instagram May Soon Move to the Web [REPORT]

‘Lucky’ to Launch Pinterest-Like Aggregator for Style Content

University of Kentucky Football Tweets Become Billboards [VIDEO]

Man Finds Long-Lost Son, Ex-Wife via Facebook

Kickstarter Project Attempts To Bring Public Transit Maps Back to iPhone

Why Aren’t We Downloading Health Apps?

ArduSat Reaches Funding Goal, Prepares to Launch Satellite July 2013 [VIDEO]

Beirut Social Media Class a Hot Spot for Senior Citizens

Rising Number of Drones Dangerous for U.S.

‘Dark Knight’ Director Nolan Calls Shootings a ‘Senseless Tragedy’

Warner Bros. Pulls ‘Gangster Squad’ Trailer from Internet After Shootings

Zuckerberg’s Facebook Picture Hints at Walmart Partnership

Vermont Follows @Sweden’s Lead With @ThisIsVT

Kim Dotcom Compares Himself to MLK in New Song [VIDEO]

Weekend Leisure

Watch the First Teaser For the ‘Man Of Steel’ Superman Reboot

This Robot Will Out Dance You [VIDEO]

Are These the Best Etsy Shops in the World?

Is This the Electric Bicycle of Your Dreams? [VIDEO]

Munster Does the Doggy Paddle, Kind of [VIDEO]

Don’t Block These 10 Hilarious Twitter Bots

Never Miss a Notification With This Flashing iPhone Case [VIDEO]

NFL Team Enhances Season Tickets With Augmented Reality

EarTop Flow Makes Almost Any Audio Device Wireless [VIDEO]

Internet Flowchart Explains Why You Never Get Anything Done [COMIC]

10 Sharp Accessories That Celebrate the #Hashtag

World’s Worst Movie Gets a Retro iPhone Game

Epic ‘Indiana Jones’ Cover Will Knock Your Fedora Off [VIDEO]

12 Small Touches That Will Make ‘Borderlands 2′ a Big Hit

10 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Watch Online

Popular Personalities Send Fans Video Texts with Audingo

10 Weirdest Things for Sale on eBay

The Future of Feet: Biometric Shoe Insoles Revolutionizing Security [VIDEO]

10 Unforgettable Olympic Moments to Get You Pumped for London 2012 [VIDEOS]

Top 6 Comments on Mashable This Week

Helpful Resources

3 Reasons to Recruit via Talent Communities

40 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

5 Best Reasons to Recruit With Facebook Ads

Clothes Horse Wants to Help You Find Clothes That Fit

4 Ways to Manage Your Teen’s Texting

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/23/weekend-recap-63/

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Will Visual Portfolios Replace Traditional Online Resumes?

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The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Pathbrite

Quick Pitch: Pathbrite offers students and young job seekers a way to present their accomplishments holistically online.

Genius Idea: The digital platform lets users construct visual portfolios by pulling in representative pieces — pictures, links and published work — of themselves into one place.

From online media to search, the web is becoming more visual. Online resumes may be next for a makeover.

Pathbrite is a San Francisco-based startup working to replace one-dimensional, text-based resumes with visual portfolios online with easy-to-spot contact information. Like with About.me, users can link their Pathbrite page to various social network accounts.

Portfolios are attractive, clickable and full-bodied on Pathbrite. By adding content they’re proud of on one web page, users can show recruiters why they’re special. Featured articles, writing, pieces of code, design projects and videos are encouraged.

Pathbrite is a place online where users can display things they’re proud of, but wouldn’t typically include on a traditional resume or Linkedin profile. Depending on what job you’re applying for, pictures of big accomplishments such as finishing a marathon, winning an award and pictures of family would show your interests, dedication and skill. It’s up to you.

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Bold pages immediately catch the eye. All of the content is laid out in photos and linked subheads. If individuals choose to dive further within a portfolio, they are just clicks away from watch a video, downloading a resume, or visiting a web-based work.

Pathbrite, called a “next generation portfolio product,” lets users make sure their online personas are different from others.

“It makes it easy for learners of all ages to showcase the best work they’ve done,” Christopher Gray, Pathbrite chief product officer, tells Mashable.

Users can incorporate anything uploaded from their desktop, YouTube, Vimeo, badges from the Khan Academy and links. Pathbrite portfolio makers will be able to import content from Facebook, Dropbox, Linkedin and Flickr soon.

“It’s a great complement to a resume,” Gray said. “Using this to tell the whole story is a great way to help someone get the job.”

Portfolios can be managed over a lifetime, says Gray. It’s a way to curate your own online persona. While recruiters are Google searching you, this portfolio is a chance to tailor what’s found out about you, in addition to other online accounts. Pathbrite also makes it incredibly easy to connect. The Pathbrite account can be connected with an email, telephone number, website, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter.

SEE ALSO: 10 Ways to Make Your Design Portfolio More Appealing to Employers

Pathbrite was founded by CEO Heather Hiles originally as a secure multimedia-sharing platform. Clients soon found this was great way to present themselves online. In March, the platform made a full transition into a personal portfolio hub.

The startup is fully dedicated to helping 18-to-25-year-old students and young job seekers achieve their goals.

“Our guiding principle is, it should be impossible for someone to make makes a portfolio that looks bad,” Gray says. “We make it easy for people to focused on experience. People can put their best foot forward.”

In the next year, Pathbrite is working on developing native iOS and Android phone applications. Currently, the web platform is viewable as on mobile browsers and is available as an iPad app.

In the short-term future, the team is also working on adding new templates for custom displays. Plus, Pathbrite is working with other websites for content integration.

Pathbrite targets students, school admissions officers and employers to help make the real-world connections.

“We’re committed to helping learners find that path forward,” Gray says. “Our goal is to help people plan where they’re going.”

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, vicky_81

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The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/02/pathbrite-portfolio/

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Twitter

Twitter rolled out on Tuesday a series of design updates aimed to add more personality to member pages. Photos have been brought to the forefront and room has been made for Facebook Timeline-like cover images.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo first unveiled the updates during morning news program The Today Show — an unlikely stage for a tech company that is continually introducing new features and designs. Since the announcement was coupled with a short segment about Twitter’s growth and success, it was likely part of an effort to introduce the platform to a greater audience not yet using the site.

“Today’s changes are all about bringing that personality forward. More media forward, more photos forward,” Costolo said on the show. “So it’s much easier to see these media experiences and flip through them.”

The company also announced new apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

Behind the Header Photo

Member profile photos have been moved from the top left to a spot in the center of the page. Users can upload a long horizontal “header” image that resembles the cover photo concept currently used on Facebook and Google+. Existing profile pictures are embedded in the center of the header.

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“The page itself has been reoriented to play up other visuals as well: Your avatar is no longer tucked in the corner, but will display front and center,” Twitter said in a statement. “The photo stream, too, has been moved up, and will now be accessible on the apps.”

How to Add a Header

First, visit your profile — the page that’s labeled “Me,” not your homepage — either on Twitter.com or via your mobile app. To add a header photo, visit Twitter.com/Settings/Design and select a photo from your existing library or port in a new one. To upload a header photo from a mobile app, visit to the “Me” tab, click the settings button (gear), tap “Edit profile” and then “Header.”

Note: After selecting a picture, you’ll need to scale it to size. The original image size can’t surpass 1252×626 pixels (with a max file size of five megabytes) and anything less than 640 pixels won’t look great.

App Upgrades

The iPhone app looks similar to what we’ve seen in the past, particularly in regards to the news feed and navigation. The “Me” section has been optimized for a header photo, however.

Meanwhile, the iPad app received a whole new user interface. In addition to highlighting a header photo and giving uploaded photos a bigger display area, you no longer have to swipe to reveal the sidebar. It also gives greater prominence to media — images now appear full-screen and links show up within the tweets when expanded. The company called the iPad app more than just an upgrade.

“We’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up to make it fast, beautiful and easy to use,” Twitter said in a statement.

Twitter also noted that the news represents “our mobile-first strategy.”

User Reaction

Mashable conducted a poll after the news was announced to gauge user feedback, and 47% said they loved the emphasis on photos and the new header. About 27% said cover pictures are “so 2011,” while 25% said they were indifferent.

Header Inspiration

While you think about how you want your new header to look, check out our gallery of early adopters.

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New iOS and Android Google+ App Brings Support for Pages

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Google has rolled out a new version of its Google+ app for both Android and iOS, bringing the current version number to 3.2.

The new version brings support for Google+ pages, enabling page owners to post, comment and interact with their followers using their smartphone.

Other improvements include an updated widget and a new design of the “Find People” feature for the Android version, while the iOS version gets iPhone 5 and iOS6 support, as well as the ability to edit posts.

The app is available in Apple’s App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/11/google-plus-app-pages/

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The 20 Most Popular Tags on Instagram

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