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LinkedIn has announced that it has crossed 300 million users across more than 200 countries on its platform. The platform gets about 100 million users from the United States, indicating that  67% of its user base is made up of international members.

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LinkedIn announced in a blog post that the professional social networking website will now support the ‘mentions’ feature that will help users to have better conversations among them. A feature that is very much similar to what Facebook and Twitter offers.

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In a blog post, LinkedIn announced that it had passed a new milestone of 200 million members on its site. The popular business-oriented social networking site was launched in 2003, and had reportedly passed the 100 million marks in 2011. LinkedIn has added more than 13 million members since its last announcement on November 1, 2012.

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LinkedIn reported its earnings for Q3 2012, with revenue increasing to $252 million, up more than 80% year-over-year.

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The new LinkedIn profile design is interactive and graphic oriented, which is quite easier for a user to make a powerful first impression and showcase the skills and accomplishments in a better way, along with a new “Improve Your Profile” button that makes it easier for users to edit their profile.

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Google might no longer be the cool new kid in the block, but it still hasn’t lost all of its street cred. It tops LinkedIn’s ‘Most InDemand Employers 2012’ list not just in the US, but also around the world.

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LinkedIn has introduced Endorsements, a new feature which lets users recognize their connections for their specific skills and expertise.

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LinkedIn reported its earnings for Q2 2012, with revenue jumping 89% to $228 million.

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Facebook is working on a social job postings board which could compete with the likes of LinkedIn.

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You will no longer be able to post your Twitter updates to LinkedIn as the latter has made an announcement stating that, regardless of whether you push all your Twitter updates to LinkedIn, or simply filter them out with the #in hashtag, they will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn.

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LinkedIn, the social network which provides a platform for professionals to carry out personal branding might just be in for a surprise. Apparently, a silly mistake by the social media team at LinkedIn handing its Facebook page has ended up a place where a user attempts to teach the company about effective media branding.

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Earlier this morning a hacker from Russia claimed to have hacked into LinkedIn and managed to steal around 6.46 million hashed passwords, and his fellow hackers have decrypted most of the hashed passwords. LinkedIn, on the other side, took a while to confirm the security breach. In a blog post, nearly after 12 hours, the social media company confirmed that the there was a security breach and “some” passwords were stolen.

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Yet another security problem that LinkedIn users could face. A user in a Russian forum claims to have hacked into LinkedIn, and has leaked a 118 MB hash file containing passwords of more than 6.4 million LinkedIn users. The user uploaded the file on the Russian forum and his fellow mates are trying to decrypt the hash file.

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Personal Branding Matters

Strategists recognized the concept of branding as being powerful and influential. While traditional branding was associated with companies and products, the inception of LinkedIn took the concept of branding further to a personal and professional level.

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Rumors that Facebook will be going public soon have been rekindled by a news report which claims that Zuckerberg said that the Facebook IPO is coming.

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