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NewFacebookLogoFacebook and Instagram Teaming Up with NBC for Sochi Olympics (LostRemote)
After teaming up during the 2012 London Olympics, NBC and Facebook/Instagram are joining forces again for the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia. “Building off of our successful collaboration for the London Olympics, we have expanded our relationship to better serve Olympic fans’ insatiable appetite for Games’ content,” said Gary Zenkel, president, NBC Olympics. Boston.com/AP The NBC Olympics page on Facebook will feature video like the story of American speed skater J.R. Celski and other content. American figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes will be available to answer questions from fans online during NBC’s prime-time coverage of the figure skating competition. NBC will also offer polls, photo galleries, trivia and other shareable information on its Facebook page. Mashable The partnership is reminiscent of other Facebook content partnerships, most recently a partnership with FOX Sports that saw similar content integration with the network’s NFL and college football broadcasts. Broadcasting & Cable The social media site will also again work with NBC Olympics editorial teams from Sochi to produce social media segments and other social integrations to air across NBC Olympics’ multi-platform coverage. Yahoo Sports/Variety The broader relationship comes as NBCU makes a historic switch in the way it covers the Olympics. For years, the company has reserved the cream of the Games for primetime, even if it meant viewers had to wait hours after the contests actually took place and watch them on tape-delay. During the Sochi Games, NBCU will for the first time in a Winter Games show all competition live via streaming video, mostly to people who can verify they have a subscription to a cable, satellite or telecommunications provider.

Twitter Teaming Up with Stripe for E-Commerce Initiative (The Wall Street Journal/Digits)
Twitter is edging toward allowing users to purchase goods directly through the site, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. The San Francisco company is near to reaching a deal with hometown payments processor Stripe to help facilitate the e-commerce initiative, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.

Content Curation the Way it’s Meant to Be: Pluggio (SocialTimes)
Pluggio helps you to curate content from social, news, blogs and RSS feeds. Just select your search terms, and the content will come to you.

YouTube Will Let You Watch Some Super Bowl 2014 Commercials Before They Air (The Next Web)
YouTube today announced it will let Super Bowl fans watch some of this year’s ads before they even air, on a page called Ad Blitz. Last year, the Google-owned company offered teasers before the big game, but now it’s going the extra mile and promising a set number of commercials will be available as well, although it wouldn’t say exactly when.

What’s Trending on Facebook? Users in U.S., U.K., Canada, India, Australia Can Now Answer That (AllFacebook)
Thursday, as previously promised, Facebook announced Trending, which will show a range of topics in the top right corner of your news feed. “News Feed is about conversations, but up until now, it hasn’t been possible to see what conversations are most interesting across all of Facebook,” said News Feed engineer Chris Struhar in a phone conversation with VentureBeat.

NSA Reportedly Collects Nearly 200M Text Messages Every Day (CNET)
The U.S. National Security Agency is collecting millions of “untargeted” text messages from across the globe on a daily basis, according to a report from The Guardian. An NSA program, codenamed Dishfire, collects and stores nearly 200 million global SMS messages a day, reported The Guardian on Thursday, citing documents provide by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Follow the Adventures of Four Elephants on Twitter (AllTwitter)
Hot on the heels (or fins …) of news that sharks are now tweeting comes a new animal-centric Twitter campaign, one that’s all about elephants. Now, you can follow four tagged elephants in Laikipia, Central Kenya, as they travel across the plains, hang out in herds, and generally get up to elephant-sized adventures.

How to Keep Strangers and Weirdos from Emailing You Through Google+ (Wired)
Google added a curious new feature to Google+ last week that lets users email you even if they don’t know your Gmail address. For those looking for networking or business opportunities through the social network, it could be a useful feature. But for those wanting to keep their online presence (and inbox) more private, the addition is entirely unwanted.

Teens Abandoning Facebook, Yet the World Survives (VentureBeat)
If you are a social marketer still citing Facebook as a hangout for teenagers, it’s time to get a grip on reality. A new analysis shows that millions of teenagers have abandoned that now-venerable social watering hole over the last few years.

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