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Nook Goes HD to Face Off With Kindle (CNET)
Barnes & Noble added two Nooks to the tablet family that have better screens and faster processors. There’s the 7-inch Nook HD (starting at $200 with 8 GB) and 9-inch Nook HD+ (starting at $270 with 16 GB). San Francisco Chronicle The largest U.S. bookstore chain’s new devices will take on Amazon.com’s updated Kindle Fire announced Sept. 6. The online retailer, which also pitched its new devices as a cheaper competitor to the iPad, starts its 7-inch tablet at $199 and an 8.9-inch at $299. Bloomberg Businessweek In the United States, the tablets can be pre-ordered, starting Wednesday, and will ship in late October. They will become available in the United Kingdom in late November. Boston Herald Consumers will soon have another mobile video streaming service to consider, with Barnes & Noble announcing a new product that analysts say could create problems for Netflix. Though the company declined to offer pricing details for Nook Video, which won’t be a subscription service like Netflix, Barnes & Noble spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating indicated they will rival other offerings. Reuters In many ways, Barnes & Noble, which operates nearly 700 stores, has defied expectations. It beat Amazon to the marketplace with touchscreen devices and a color reader in recent years, and won plaudits from reviewers this year for its glow-in-the-dark Nook that allows someone to read with the lights off so as not to disturb others.
Page Fan Counts are Dropping Because Facebook is Deleting Fake Accounts (TechCrunch)
Some Facebook business pages lost tens of thousands of fans Thursday, but they shouldn’t fret. Facebook has confirmed that it’s currently purging fake accounts and page likes as it implements site integrity improvements announced last month. PC Magazine Facebook recently started displaying a survey to its users that asked: “Is this your friend’s real name?” It served up an image of your friend, as well as the name they were currently using on Facebook and their location. NBCNews.com According to Facebook representive Fred Wolens, the survey was received by a small amount of users. News of it spread when Twitter user @chapeaudefee tweeted a screenshot and the comment, “Facebook wants to know if your friends’ names are real. Are you going to be the snitch?”
Live Twitter Feed Insert to Be Included in Print Edition of Entertainment Weekly (AllTwitter)
Score one for the creatives over at Entertainment Weekly. The Oct. 5 edition of the magazine will feature an LCD insert that displays live tweets, updated in real time.
Snubbed By Apple, Foursquare Makes its Maps Experience Better on iPhone (VentureBeat)
Fresh off rejection, Foursquare is making a full court press on iOS with the release of an iPhone 5 and iOS 6-ready version of its check-in application that touts — go figure — a more personalized maps experience for better exploring cities everywhere. In version 5.3, released Thursday for iPhone, the three-year-old startup has made design and feature improvements to the Explore tab to help users more easily find places that they might like.
Dropbox it Like it’s Hot: Integration With Facebook Brings Cloud File Sharing to Groups (AllFacebook)
Cloud storage service Dropbox announced an integration with Facebook that allows users to share files within groups on the social network. Once users link their Dropbox and Facebook accounts, they can share documents, photos, and videos on groups’ walls, and, like other group posts, their content can be liked, shared or commented on.
Google’s Brazil Chief Detained in YouTube Case (The Huffington Post)
Google’s head of operations in Brazil was detained by the country’s federal police Wednesday after the company failed to heed a judge’s order to take down YouTube videos that the court ruled violate Brazilian electoral law. The detention came as another court ordered YouTube to remove clips of an anti-Islam film that has been blamed for deadly protests by Muslims around the globe, both joining a spate of court-ordered content-removal cases against Google’s video-sharing website in Brazil.
Who Are the Most Influential Venture Capitalists on Social Media? (SocialTimes)
Kred, the two-part scoring system for social media influence, has scoured the Twitter feed to find the most active venture capitalists on the microblogging site. Kred’s three highest influence scores in venture capital belong to former vice president Al Gore, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose.
Hootsuite Launches New Internal Collaboration Tool Hootsuite Conversations (BetaBeat)
Hootsuite, the social media management platform for individuals and enterprise businesses, launched Hootsuite Conversations today, a new tool that allows internal collaboration for teams managing various social media accounts. Hootsuite Conversations is an internal conversation tool built on top of the already-existing Hootsuite platform that allows community and brand managers to collaborate and provide feedback on content like tweets and status updates before publishing them.
‘Offensive, Tasteless’ Facebook Photos of Obama Spur Strife Within Virginia GOP (The Daily Dot)
The Virginia Republican Party has ordered a county affiliate to remove “offensive, tasteless” photos of President Barack Obama from its Facebook page, but the county affiliate isn’t budging. “These kinds of images have no place in political discourse — period,” said Pat Mullins, former Virginia governor and chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.