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Facebook Not Mollified By Obama Meeting (USA Today)
It doesn’t sound like Facebook is satisfied by President Obama’s explanation of National Security Agency programs that touch on the Internet. “While the U.S. government has taken helpful steps to reform its surveillance practices, these are simply not enough,” Facebook said in a statement following Friday’s meeting between Obama and Internet executives. Reuters Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, the world’s largest Internet search engine; Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, the world’s biggest social network; and Reed Hastings, chief executive officer of Netflix, an online video streaming service, were among those attending the meeting, the White House said. Other attendees were Aaron Levie and Drew Houston, chief executive officers of two online storage and file-sharing companies Box and Dropbox; and Alex Karp, chief executive officer of Palantir Technologies, a data-mining company which is partly backed by the CIA and whose clients include the National Security Agency. Newsmax At Friday’s meeting, Obama told the executives he wants to balance security needs with online privacy, updating them on changes made since his Jan. 17 directive and about a review on so-called big data being conducted by adviser John Podesta, according to a White House statement released after the meeting. Obama told them he’s committed to “taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe,” according to the statement. The Guardian An industry source said invitations to Friday’s meeting with Obama were received on March 15, two days after Zuckerberg blasted U.S. electronic surveillance practices in a widely read public post on Facebook. “I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform,” Zuckerberg wrote. San Jose Mercury News Schmidt and other tech executives declined to speak after Friday’s meeting. A White House spokesman characterized the session as “part of a continuing dialogue” in which the president reiterated his “commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe.”
Mom Tries to Facebook-Shame Daughter, Gets Pizza on Face (CNET)
In order to teach her 12-year-old that she was too young to have Facebook and Instagram accounts, Kira Hudson from Colorado made her pose with a sign that read: “Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the internet.” The photo has now been removed from Hudson’s Facebook page, but not before it enjoyed almost 1 million Likes. However, she admitted to The Huffington Post that this had not all gone quite to plan.
DataPoint: Is Family Farm the Next Farmville? (SocialTimes)
Last week brought news that the social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a Series B round. It’s the largest funding round for a social gaming company in nearly a decade.
More Departures at Twitter as VP of Analytics Exits, Android Lead Leaves for Secret (re/code)
Sara Haider, a mobile engineer and technical lead at Twitter for the past four-and-a-half years, announced on Friday that she plans to leave the microblogging company to join Secret, the buzzy anonymous social startup that launched just two months ago. Along with Haider, Twitter confirmed to re/code that vice president of analytics and business intelligence Cayley Torgeson also plans to leave the company.
Privacy Groups Respond To WhatsApp Founder/CEO Jan Koum’s Blog Post with Updated FTC Filing (AllFacebook)
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy — which filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month against Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging company WhatsApp, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information — filed an update with the FTC Friday, in response to a blog post by WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum recently. The update contained press reports about the acquisition, reaction from commenters and a plea that the commission examine the Facebook-WhatsApp deal with far greater scrutiny than it devoted to Google’s acquisition of home-thermostat manufacturer Nest in January.
Only 11 Percent of New Twitter Users in 2012 are Still Tweeting (The Wall Street Journal / Digits)
According to a forthcoming report from Twopcharts, a website that monitors Twitter account activity, about 40 percent of the 20 million accounts that are registered on Twitter each month send at least one tweet the month they sign up. This excludes accounts that were suspended or deleted.
‘NCAA March Madness Live’ Scoring Big Digital, Mobile Traffic for Turner Sports (LostRemote)
Sports fan across the country have engulfed themselves in March Madness, and Turner Sports is benefiting in a big way. In the first three days of the NCAA college basketball tournament, “NCAA March Madness Live” drew 21 million live video streams online and mobile.
At Fashion 2.0 Awards, Social Media Teams Take the Spotlight (BetaBeat)
Awards shows are never short on stuffiness masquerading as decorum — and you’d think that a ceremony for fashion industry insiders might be extra-uptight. But this year’s 2.0 Awards were anything but.
Why Your Next Event Should Have A Twitter Wall (AllTwitter)
One of the most obvious reasons why a Twitter wall is a great idea is that it promotes an additional layer of interaction during your event. Participants can not only engage with each other face-to-face, they can also tweet to one another publicly.