Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Pinterest Tests Promoted Pins: Pinterest experiments with ads as its traffic moves from the web to mobile and will be “promoting certain pins from a select group of businesses.”

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Pinterest says promoted pins will be tasteful, transparent, relevant and improved based on your feedback.

Pinterest Makes Pinning Smarter: “Now when you click the Pin It button for browsers, you’ll see the images look a lot closer to how actual pins appear on Pinterest. You’ll see how big different images will be, and you can even edit the description before clicking Pin It.”

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Check out the new features for the Pin It button.

Facebook Tests Easier Way to Watch Video: “Now when you see a video in your news feed, it comes to life and starts playing. Videos initially play silently, and if you want, you can tap to play with sound in full screen.”

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Videos on mobile will also be easier to watch in the coming weeks.

Facebook Redesigns Mobile App: “The Facebook app for iPhone includes a new menu at the bottom that makes it easier to get around. The app also has a new look designed with iOS 7 in mind.”

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“Now it’s easier to switch from news feed to your friend requests, messages or notifications—just tap along the bottom of the screen.”

Twitter Introduces New Version of Mobile App: The “new versions of Twitter for iPhone and iPad for iOS 7,” have “a refreshed design that looks and works great on iOS 7.”

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“In addition to these updates for Twitter for iPhone and iPad, there are some new features on iOS 7 that make Twitter easier to use and more enjoyable.”

Tumblr Adds Push Notifications: The “Android update features push notifications along with a newly designed activity screen. Now you can get updates whenever someone follows your blog or interacts with your posts.” Push notifications are also available on iPhone and iPad.

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“To control which ones you see, go to the Account tab and tap Settings.”

SlideShare Tests New Design for Mobile: The new design has a “more visual element, which better showcases presentation thumbnails to help you discover content more easily.”

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“The design includes the ability for you to easily like, share and save SlideShares from any mobile device.”

Here’s some upcoming news to follow:

YouTube to Allow Offline Viewing on Mobile in November: This new feature will “allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable. So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.”

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