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Obama Wins New Term as Electoral Advantage Holds (The New York Times)
Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time. Reuters Around 11:15 pm EST, just as the networks were beginning to call the race in his favor, Obama took to Twitter to proclaim himself the winner over Republican candidate Mitt Romney. That the president would take his message to Twitter before taking the stage in Chicago underscored the tremendous role social media platforms like Twitter played in the 2012 election. Mashable Obama’s celebratory tweet surpassed 500,000 retweets, making it the most retweeted post of all time, according to reports. The tweet, which simply says, “Four more years,” accompanies a photo of Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embracing. The Huffington Post Maybe it’s fitting that the last campaign stop ever for Obama — a candidate who in 2008 was lauded for his ability to mobilize supporters online — is Reddit, the sprawling Internet community that hosted a real-time Q&A session the sitting commander-in-chief in August. “I’m checking in because polls will start closing in this election in just a few hours, and I need you to vote,” Obama wrote on Reddit in a note posted around 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Politico Romney gave a quick concession speech, shorter than six minutes, in which he acknowledged the nation had chosen a different leader and called on the president – and citizens – to reach across the aisle. “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” he said, adding, “I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign. And for our country. Besides my wife Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made.” Deseret News Romney may not have won the presidential election, but he won praise on Twitter after his concession speech, while pundits on both sides of the aisle took to the social media platform to express their post-election emotions. Romney’s website live-streamed Obama’s victory speech — an action met with additional praise on Twitter, where NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik called it a “total class move.” VentureBeat New Jersey’s decision to let citizens displaced by Hurricane Sandy vote by email and fax appears to have backfired, with the state now extending the deadline to return those ballots to 8 p.m. Eastern on Friday. Some voters in Jersey did not receive their email and fax ballots Tuesday after repeatedly requesting them.
Facebook Reschedules Gifts Event for Nov. 15 (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s Nov. 1 event to promote its Gifts offering, which was postponed by Hurricane Sandy, was rescheduled for Nov. 15 at the same location, iconic toy store FAO Schwarz in New York. Facebook did not offer details about what it will reveal at the event, but the speculation is that retail partnerships will be revealed. CNET Sandy caused widespread power outages and transportation issues, and that led many companies to cancel or postpone their events. That included a couple events scheduled by Facebook, as well as a device launch by Google.
Your Desktop Google Search Results are About to Get a Whole Lot ‘Cleaner and Simpler’ (The Next Web)
Google Tuesday announced some changes to its search page for users in the United States, with a cleaner interface containing fewer elements. By removing ads from the sidebar, the design puts a further focus on the Knowledge Graph with attempts to provide information directly from the results rather than a simple list of links.
Delicious Announces a New Design with a Focus on Community, Speed and Mobile (TechCrunch)
Tuesday, the team at Delicious announced a new demo site to get a taste of the near-future for Delicious. It’s clean, fast and goes back to the Delicious roots in a way.
Buffer Bucks the Startup Secrecy Trend as it Finds Growth (GigaOM)
It might be a marketing tactic, but it’s certainly a refreshing one: Buffer, the app best known for scheduling your tweets and Facebook status updates, candidly explains how they’ve been profitable so far and why they aren’t necessarily looking for more fundraising right now.
Windows Live Messenger Merging into Skype (SocialTimes)
As part of a planned phase-out of Windows Messenger, the service’s users can now reach their contacts using Skype, Microsoft said on Tuesday. Messenger users who sign in to the latest version of Skype using a Microsoft account will see their Messenger contacts already in the instant-messaging application.
NASA Will Text You Whenever the International Space Station Passes Overhead (ars technica)
If you go to NASA’s International Space Station Spot the Station website, you can register to have email alerts sent to you whenever the facility is due to pass overhead in your area. Since the station crosses near something like 90 percent of the Earth’s population, nearly everyone should have the chance to see it.
Walmart Workers Organize Black Friday Strike on Facebook (Mashable/The Daily Dot)
Walmart workers might be reluctant to strike for fear of losing their jobs, especially the ones who live in states with “at-will” employment laws. But Facebook and other outlets make it easier for supporters to educate would-be strikers about what rights at-will workers do have.
Twitter to Launch Promoted Products in Middle East and Northern Africa (AllTwitter)
Twitter is set to launch promoted products in the Middle East and Northern Africa region, in a bid to attract more global advertisers and increase its revenue. The Next Web reports that Twitter will be tapping Connect Ads to represent its offerings in the area.