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Zuckerberg Says U.S. ‘Really Blew it’ on Surveillance Programs (CNET)
Mark Zuckerberg believes the U.S. “really blew it” on surveillance programs that have recently drawn criticism as lacking respect for citizens’ privacy. “I think that these things are always a balance, in terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what you’re doing,” the Facebook chief executive said during an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that touched on a range of issues. The Washington Post The National Security Agency is facing scrutiny in Congress and abroad over revelations that it spied on foreign leaders, broke into fiber-optic cables overseas and gathered emails and phone records of innocent Americans. Most of the revelations were exposed by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who is in Russia under temporary asylum. VentureBeat “You know, I certainly think that we all want national security. We want to live in a safe country and we want to be protected from risks,” said Zuckerberg during the interview. “I think that these things are always a balance. In terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what you’re doing.” Facebook, which hasn’t been the shining example of handling privacy perfectly, puts out a transparency report of its own, highlighting government data requests. Bloomberg Businessweek In April Zuckerberg announced the formation an advocacy group called FWD.us to lobby for changes to U.S. immigration policy, higher academic standards and investments in scientific research. “The future of our economy is a knowledge economy, and that means getting the most talented people into this country is the most important thing we can do to make sure the companies of tomorrow are founded here,” Zuckerberg, whose estimated worth of $22.6 billion ranks him 32nd on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index of the world’s wealthiest individuals, said in the interview. New York Post “There are a lot of misconceptions about [illegal aliens] and a lot of them came here just because they want to work,” Zuckerberg said. But Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), an outspoken opponent of the path-to-citizenship plan, called Zuckerberg’s comment “disrespectful to our nations civil rights heroes.”
Iran President Takes to Twitter After Nuclear Deal (USA Today)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani once again made his presence known on Twitter after an agreement was reached over Iran’s nuclear program Sunday, retweeting the State Department and British Foreign Secretary William Hague before adding his own commentary. Late Saturday night, Rouhani retweeted the State Department’s announcement on the agreement: “Agreement in Geneva: first step makes world safer. More work now. -JK #IranTalks”
[Infographic] Grumpy Cat: A Catrospective (SocialTimes)
Tardar Sauce, aka Grumpy Cat, has lived a short, yet busy and acclaimed life since her birth April 4, 2012. This infographic, created by the fine folks at Column Five and researched by this SocialTimes contributor, trace the important dates of Grumpy Cat’s life up until now — from going viral on Reddit and YouTube to being named spokescat for Friskies.
Bogus Accounts Dog Twitter (The Wall Street Journal)
Fake accounts remain a cloud over Twitter in the wake of its successful initial public offering. “Twitter is where many people get news,” said Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. “If what is trending on Twitter is being faked by robots, people need to know that. This will and should undermine trust.”
How Retailers on Facebook Can Prepare for Black Friday, Cyber Monday (AllFacebook)
With less than one week until Black Friday, and Cyber Monday shortly thereafter, Facebook application developer Woobox offered some tips on how brands on the social network can incorporate coupons into their promotional efforts. Readers: Are you ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
YouTube, You Need a GIF Creator (TechCrunch)
That YouTube has yet to fix this, to embrace the GIF as a sharing mechanism, seems a bit crazy. I threw together a quick example of how it could look.
3 Ways Twitter is Changing TV Forever (AllTwitter)
More and more consumers are turning to Twitter as the “second screen” counterpart to their TV screens. And Twitter is embracing the social TV trend in a big way. Here are three ways that Twitter is changing TV forever.
This Restaurant Gives a 50 Percent Discount If You Turn Off Your Phone (The Huffington Post/AP)
A restaurant owner in an Arab village outside of Jerusalem says he is on a mission to save culinary culture by making diners a simple offer: Turn off your cellphone, and get a 50 percent discount.
AFP and Getty to Pay $1.2 Million for Using Twitter Photos Without Permission (The Verge)
At the beginning of this year a U.S. district judge ruled that several news organizations were liable for infringing on the copyrights of photographer Daniel Morel, after they used images posted on Twitter without permission — now they’ve been ordered to pay. Both the Agence France-Presse and Getty Images will have to pay Morel a total of $1.2 million for their part in the situation.