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LinkedIn Releases New ‘Channels’ for Reading Articles and Slide Shows (SocialTimes)
LinkedIn’s front page, LinkedIn Today, has undergone an organizational makeover to make news links and slide shows easier to find. Announced Wednesday, LinkedIn’s “Channels” allow members to browse, sort and follow content by category. paidContent There are some fairly obvious examples such as Economy, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, as well as broader categories such as Healthcare, Technology and Social Media — and a few somewhat more unusual channels too, like “Things I Carry” and “My Best Career Mistake.” Once you pick your categories, the site shows you a redesigned LinkedIn Today page that looks very much like the front page of a magazine website: there is one larger story with a big image at the top, and then smaller stories by category. Business Insider It looks pretty good, with a simple, tile-based layout that makes it easier to find stories from your connections and the people you follow. The overhaul is part of a broader goal at LinkedIn to serve not only as your online resume, but also a source for all kinds of stuff professionals will be interested in. MediaPost The revamped LinkedIn Today also incorporates the Influencer blog network the company introduced last fall. Along with channels, users can now also access tabs at the top of the page to see a list of all 250 Influencers and top Influencer posts of the day from Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson and Meg Whitman. WebProNews When asked about Pulse’s role in the new experience, a LinkedIn spokesperson tells WebProNews, “Pulse is not integrated as part of the updates we announced this morning for LinkedIn Today. The existing Pulse apps are being supported as a standalone experience, as the integrated Pulse and LinkedIn teams work together to build future generations of professional content consumption products.”
DOJ: We Don’t Need Warrants for Email, Facebook Chats (CNET)
The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they don’t need a search warrant to review Americans’ emails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages and other private files, internal documents reveal. Government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union and provided to CNET show a split over electronic privacy rights within the Obama administration, with Justice Department prosecutors and investigators privately insisting they’re not legally required to obtain search warrants for email. Mashable The documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a Freedom of Information Act request, add more confusion and uncertainty to an already muddy legal landscape. Digital communications fall within the scope of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a 1986 law that critics claim has become obsolete. The Verge The legality of this practice has been a big question for government organizations lately. Earlier this year, the Justice Department — in a change of course — signaled that it could move toward requiring warrants for obtaining emails. And last month, the IRS announced that it follows the 2010 court ruling, after the ACLU released documents revealing that it too may be using the ECPA granted ability.
McDonald’s Ohio Kidnap Tweet Raises Eyebrows (USA Today)
McDonald’s has turned to Twitter to say it’s hoping to do what “thousands” of people have urged it to do: a good deed for the McDonald’s-eating hero who helped free the Cleveland kidnap victims. The tweet — which went out late Tuesday: “We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey — we’ll be in touch.”
Live Iron Man Twitter Chat with Marvel President (AllTwitter)
This Friday, May 10, Verizon FiOS is hosting a live Twitter chat with Marvel president Kevin Feige. If you want to participate and submit questions to the man who’s worked on every Marvel film created in the past decade, you’ll have to complete some challenges.
The Facebook Phone from HTC Now on Sale for 99 cents from AT&T (VentureBeat)
The HTC First, better known as the “Facebook phone,” is now selling for a hot 99 cents from AT&T. The original price at the device’s launch mere weeks ago was $99.
Facebook’s Vadim Lavrusik on Why ‘Facebook Is a Journalist’s Rolodex’ (SocialTimes)
In other Facebook news, “Facebook is a journalist’s rolodex,” said the social network’s journalism program manager Vadim Lavrusik. No longer a walled garden, reporters can now search through Facebook’s database of more than 1 billion people for sources and connect with readers without accepting a friend request.
SoundTracking Adds Instagram Support as it Marks 2M Monthly Mobile Users Sharing 1.75M Actions Daily (The Next Web)
SoundTracking, a mobile app for iOS and Android devices designed to be “the soundtrack to your life,” has released a new update that now supports Instagram photos. Users can now share photos that they’ve taken in Instagram right into their SoundTracking timeline to complement the music they’re listening to.
New Twitter App Lets You Know When Your Baby is Peeing (The Daily Dot)
Gear up: Huggies in Brazil has just introduced TweetPee, a Twitter app–based sensor that lets parents know every time their baby needs a diaper change. Oh no? Oh yes.
Study: News Feed FBX Ads Increase ROI By 197 Percent (AllFacebook)
Just how powerful is Facebook’s News Feed? One of the alpha testers of Facebook Exchange retargeted News Feed ads, Nanigans, says that advertising in the site’s primary feature increased return on investment by 197 percent, compared to the right sidebar.