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2 Pussy Riot Members Say on Twitter They Have Been Arrested (The New York Times)
Two members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot, recently released from prison under an amnesty program initiated by President Vladimir V. Putin, said they were arrested in Sochi on Tuesday. Posting on Twitter, one member of the group, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, said that she and her band mate, Maria Alyokhina, were detained in central Sochi, about 30 minutes from the Olympic Park where the Winter Games are taking place. The Huffington Post Russian activist Semyon Simonov said the two women were accused of theft and that several other activists were also detained by police. Simon Shuster, a reporter in Moscow for TIME, said journalists were taken into custody as well. TIME The arrests are the latest indication of a possible post-Olympic crackdown in Russia that seems to have begun even before the closing ceremony of the Games. On Monday, Russian authorities forbade the country’s leading opposition activist Alexei Navalny from visiting Sochi during the Olympics. The Chronicle Herald Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won a silver medal Monday in Sochi, falling to the American duo of Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Much skepticism has arisen in response to the judges’ scoring, or lack thereof, after Virtue and Moir’s short program. People have taken to social media to air their grievances.
‘Boring!’ Jimmy Fallon’s Star-Studded Tonight Show Debut Gets a Giant Thumbs Down from Fans on Twitter (Daily Mail)
Jimmy Fallon’s first episode as host of The Tonight Show is putting some people to sleep. Despite a celebrity-filled premiere, the 39-year-old’s opening night is being called “boring” by a slew of fans on Twitter.
Coca-Cola’s Secret to Storytelling (SocialTimes)
Coca-Cola grew its social media channels by 100 percent beginning with the relaunch of its website in an editorial magazine format. According to the company’s metrics, its audiences are most interested in food, company history and jobs. Success metrics include website visitors, sharing and media coverage of the “Coca-Cola Journey” stories.
Hoop Fans Unite for the #NBAAllStar Game (Twitter Blog)
During Sunday’s telecast of the #NBAAllstar Game on @NBAonTNT (7:50-11:40 p.m. ET), @NBA fans from around the globe cheered on the best players in the world by sending more than 2.5 million tweets about the game, the @Pharrell pre-game performance and halftime show. Whether they turned to Twitter to discuss All-Star regulars @KingJames, @KDTrey5 and @swish41, or to chatter about younger stars such as @Paul_George24, @StephenCurry30 and @KyrieIrving, the crowd was all over the action of the East 163-155 victory over the West.
Soledad O’Brien Aims to Elevate Storytelling with Google Partnership (LostRemote)
Former CNN “Starting Point” anchor Soledad O’Brien is still busy reporting and contributing documentaries for CNN and Al Jazeera America, but a new partnership between her production group and Google has her hoping for expanded storytelling — and conversation. Google and O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group’s partnership includes Google+ Hangouts, Google apps for Business, and a YouTube channel.
STD Social Network Aims to Make Dating ‘Less Awkward’ (Mashable)
This may be the final frontier for privacy: a social networking mobile app to share information about sexually transmitted diseases. And while it may seem off-putting, a company called Hula is attempting to execute the concept in a way that is discrete and promotes healthiness.
Have You Seen the Twitter Account That Draws Your Tweet? (AllTwitter)
User accounts that draw the updates of other users are certainly nothing new on the interwebs – Reddit’s Shitty_Watercolour and AWildSketchAppeared are just two examples – but @drawnyourtweet, a Twitter profile that, you’ve guessed it, draws your tweet and posts the pics, could be a first on the platform. It’s certainly a first to this high standard.
Nouncy Wants to Shine a Light on ‘Dark Social’ and Replace Email Newsletters with Simple Web Pages (The Next Web)
Launching today, the first version will let users create their own Nouncy on the homepage without creating an account or logging in, although you’ll need to create a free account if you want to actually publish it. Still, that’s not much of a hardship – Nouncy is free for now, and for the foreseeable future until the team has pinned down exactly who they want to target first-and-foremost.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do, but Facebook Users Rally Around Their Broken-Hearted Friends (AllFacebook)
Breaking up is hard to do, but for many Facebook users, their friends rally around them to provide comfort immediately after the change in their relationship statuses, according to the final installment in the Valentine’s Day series by the Facebook Data Science Team. The Facebook Data Science Team studied anonymized, aggregated data on users whose relationship statuses had been “in a relationship” for at least four weeks, and then changed to “single,” and Adrien Friggeri discussed the findings in a note on the Facebook Data Science page.