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Empire State Building Shooting: There’s No ‘Crime Scene Filter’ on Instagram (BetaBeat)
After the fatal shooting at the Empire State Building in New York City on Friday, every smartphone owner in the vicinity began tweeting about the drama, many uploading photos taken on the fly – to Twitter and, perhaps more strangely, Instagram. Slate When photos like this one, depicting a crumpled, bloody man on the sidewalk appear on Instagram, I wish there was an option to “dislike” it. It feels uncomfortable to see 95 “likes” — in the form of sweet little hearts — beneath an image labeled as “dead man.” The Poynter Institute Meanwhile, The New York Times explained the graphic photo it posted on its homepage. People on social media expressed plenty of opinions about the decision, as people on social media are prone to do. Mashable There are many businesses housed inside the Empire State Building, near the location of the shooting. Among those businesses is LinkedIn, which alerted Twitter followers about two hours after the shooting that all staff in its Empire State Building office were “accounted for and safe.” ABC News A search of the apartment of the gunman killed by police outside the Empire State Building showed the shooter apparently had no intention of returning home after shooting his former co-worker. Police found an envelope with his keys left behind for his landlord, leading investigators to believe he did not expect to be back.
Facebook Acquires Threadsy, Developer of Social Influence Metric Swaylo (AllFacebook)
It seems like it’s been a while since Facebook acquired a company (the long finalization process of Instagram notwithstanding). That changed Friday when the social network added Threadsy, the parent company of Swaylo, a social influence measuring stick similar to Klout or Kred. The Sun Prince Harry has deleted his Facebook account in the wake of his nude “strip pool” antics in Las Vegas. He had been using the pseudonym Spike Wells on the social networking site but has now made a swift exit after advice from his private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, it is reported. Business Insider Facebook has hired Frank Gehry’s architecture firm, Gehry Partners, to design a new, sprawling office building, which will house those engineers in a big, open space, with walls cleverly angled so the insides don’t feel oppressive. Here are some models and drawings which give an idea of Facebook’s new home.
New Jersey Governor Launches New Social Media Accounts Ahead of Republican National Convention Keynote (CBS New York)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is just days away from his keynote address at the Republican National Convention, and he has launched new Twitter and Tumblr accounts just for the event. Besides his @GovChristie Twitter account, Christie is now also tweeting from @ChristieKeynote and posting pictures and videos to http://govchristie.tumblr.com.
Moleskine Works With Evernote on Scannable Notebooks (NBCNews.com/GadgetBox)
A new collaboration between notebook maker Moleskine and media syncing app Evernote is a good example of analog and digital in harmony instead of conflict. The product announced Friday is a special line of notebooks designed specifically to work with the Evernote, a service and an app that, among other things, syncs documents and media between devices.
Facebook ‘Likes’ Tied to Self-Worth? [COMICS] (Mashable)
Not getting enough Facebook love? You’re not alone, and Nitrozac and Ziggy of The Joy of Tech are here to help, putting things into perspective.
Celebs Tweet Sweet, Sad Reactions to Neil Armstrong’s Death (USA Today)
There are still a few wackadoodles out there who think the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing was faked. They are far outnumbered on Twitter by respectful reaction tweets to the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon and one of the last American heroes of the 20th century.
Report: VEVO Surpasses Twitter, Tumblr Beats MySpace in July Unique Visitors (SocialTimes)
Who knew that that there were more people on VEVO than Twitter? ComScore’s July 2012 Top 50 U.S. Web Properties report contained a few upsets in the social networking sphere.
GOP Convention Themed With Twitter-Ready Slogans (Mashable)
On Tuesday, when Republicans meet in Tampa, Fla., the theme will be “We Built It.” Observers can expect party stalwarts to post a hurricane of tweets employing the #WeBuiltIt hashtag, particularly on that day.
Apple’s $1B Patent Award Reportedly Has Samsung Reeling (CNET)
The $1 billion judgment levied against Samsung for infringing on Apple’s patents reportedly has the South Korea company reeling. While Samsung executives weren’t optimistic about an overwhelming victory in a Silicon Valley courtroom last week, the one-sided decision loss apparently caught them by surprise.