Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email.
Amazon Updates its Kindle Line of E-Readers (The New York Times)
Amazon announced a barrage of new tablets and e-readers on Thursday that makes its challenge to Apple’s iPad a little more serious. Amazon announced updates to its line of Kindle e-readers, including the Kindle Fire HD, a tablet computer that comes in two sizes, one that is nearly as large as the iPad and that undercuts its price by $200. Mashable Amazon eased into what would become a landmark event with the new Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Amazon actually invented new screen technology for the super-white, ultra-clear and now self-lit ereader. CNET The tablet assault begins with a new $199, 7-inch model with an HD screen that doubles the built-in storage of the previous entry-level Kindle Fire to 16GB. Amazon has also doubled down on that product line with a larger, 8.9-inch model that has a 1,920-by-1,200 resolution, features 16GB of built-in storage, costs $299 and ships Nov. 20. Topping out the line is a new 32GB model with 4G LTE wireless connectivity for $499, which Bezos compared directly to Apple’s $729 third-generation iPad with similar specs. Reuters The latest aggressive pricing move, and Amazon’s variety of gadgets, furthers its goal of getting Kindle tablets into the hands of as many buyers of its online content — from games and books to video — as possible. Apple, by contrast, makes much of its profit from hardware sales. USA Today Barnes & Noble had beaten Amazon to market with a standard e-reader with built-in lighting technology when it started selling the Nook with GlowLight earlier this year. Another rival, Kobo, has just unveiled a reader with an integrated light.
Facestagram is Official: Facebook Closes Purchase of Photo-Sharing App (AP)
Facebook has closed its purchase of Instagram, the wildly popular photo-sharing app that it agreed to buy before its initial public stock offering in May. The deal was valued at $1 billion when the companies agreed to it in April. But Facebook’s stock price has lost half of its value since its IPO. BetaBeat In a post about the deal closing, Instagram revealed that its app has now been used to share more than 5 billion photos, a staggering jump from the 31 million and counting photos on the app before the acquisition was announced. The number of users on Instagram is likewise rapidly trending upwards. The Wall Street Journal “We’re officially joining the Facebook family,” Instagram founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a post Thursday on the social site. “I’m psyched for the next chapter of this long journey.”
Twitter Launches Reporting and Promoted Tweets Self-Service Features (TechCrunch)
Twitter is moving the bus forward on monetizing itself and allowing brands to handle all of their advertising on the site. Thursday, the company announced two new self-service features that companies have been asking for.
HootSuite Acquires Seesmic in Bid to Grow Social Business (SocialTimes)
HootSuite has acquired an application that offers users pretty much the same features HootSuite does, but using a different price structure: Seesmic. The biggest distinction between the two that we can see is that Seesmic allows posting on Tumblr, and HootSuite recently locked up Google+ page access.
Gmail for iOS Updated, Can Now Open Links in Chrome Just Like Google+ and Sparrow (The Next Web)
As The Next Web predicted back when Google+ for iOS got the ability to open links in Chrome for iOS, all of Google’s apps are now getting the ability. The latest is Gmail for iOS, which received an update Thursday adding the feature.
How To Veto Political Posts From Your Facebook News Feed (AllFacebook)
So you’re not running with Romney or beaming for Barack, and you’re a little sick of seeing all of the political posts on your Facebook news feed. There is a way to block them, without clicking on each one individually.
Tumblr Finally Gets Serious About Ads — By Hiring Someone to Sell Ads (AllThingsD)
Tumblr has poached top Groupon sales exec Lee Brown as it aims to finally try to make money from its millions of blogs and billions of page views. Brown was at Yahoo for more than 10 years before joining Groupon two years ago.
Police Officer, Two Firefighters Suspended for Liking Facebook Post (The Daily Dot)
If you’re a first responder in Columbus, Miss., watch what you like on Facebook. That’s the lesson that Damon Estes and Erik Minga, two firefighters, and Lance Luckey, a police officer, recently learned when they were suspended on Tuesday for liking a Facebook post made by an ex-firefighter.
ESPNU Launches Late-Night Show Powered By Social (LostRemote)
ESPN has just launched its first major late night show on ESPNU called UNITE. Powerful Twitter and Facebook accounts complement its midnight airings that began on ESPNU on Aug. 27.