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8 Sweet Social Media Reactions to Royal Baby News (SocialTimes)
The newest heir to the throne — a boy — came into the world Monday at at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was a trending topic on Twitter and inspired a great deal of fan art on Tumblr and Pinterest as well. On Facebook, there were more than 1 million global mentions of the royal birth. Here are a few of our favorite memes. SocialTimes Celebrities Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift got exclusive access to the first pictures of the royal baby, if you believe the phony links that have already been retweeted thousands of times on Twitter. The congratulatory tweets that the reality TV star and the country singer have supposedly sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child are missing two things: first, they are not coming from verified Twitter accounts, and second, the links do not lead to pictures of the baby. AllFacebook Within one hour of the official announcement of the birth, there were more than 1 million related mentions on Facebook, with the U.K. leading the pack (no surprise there) by country, and women 25 through 34 making up the top demographic. The top five countries in terms of buzz about the royal baby during the first hour after the announcement, according to the social network, were: U.K., U.S., Canada, Italy and France. AllTwitter Mentions of the royal baby have reached such a fever pitch that they’re even outpacing tweets sent to the microblogging social network’s reigning l’enfant terrible, Justin Bieber. Tweets mentioning the #RoyalBaby hashtag, have leapfrogged all replies sent to @JustinBieber, as seen in a Topsy chart. ABC News There are some who would prefer to never hear another peep about the first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. the flood of news and Facebook and Twitter updates about the new baby seems inescapable, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how you can block the news of the new 8-pound, 6-ounce royal baby on Facebook and Twitter.
Strong Quarter for Netflix, but Investors Hit Pause (The New York Times)
The stock price for Netflix has more than doubled this year as investors placed bets that the company would just keep growing and growing. And sure enough, Netflix reported on Monday that it gained 630,000 subscribers in the United States in the spring, thanks in part to people who signed up to watch “Arrested Development,” the Fox sitcom that it revived in May. The Wall Street Journal Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings reaffirmed his previous statements that the company could reach 60 million to 90 million subscribers over time, but struck a note of caution. “The larger we get, the harder it is to grow,” he said on a video webcast the company held in lieu of a traditional earnings call. Forbes Netflix also plans to expand into original documentaries and stand-up comedy specials, since Netflix is a “destination” for fans of these genres, Hastings said in his investor letter. This month, Netflix is premiering “Mako Mermaids,” a series for teenagers, and later this year will release the Ricky Gervais series “Derek,” as well as season two of “Lilyhammer” and “Turbo: F.A.S.T.”, an animated original with DreamWorks Animation.
Snapchat to Dev: Your Code is ‘Unlawful,’ Shut it Down (VentureBeat)
One programmer is calling bull on Snapchat’s attempt to get him to shut down what it terms an “unlawful” bit of code that provides access to Snapchat’s application programming interface. “The fact is we spend so much time on Snapchat … contributing to their success, and they don’t even have the balls to give us an API to get [data] back out,” said programmer Thomas Lackner in an interview with VentureBeat.
Behind on Loan Payments, Online Gaming Company Zattikka Could Fold as Soon as Aug. 2 (TechCrunch)
Online gaming company Zattikka suffered a precipitous decline on the London Stock Exchange Monday, falling a staggering 64 percent in normal trading. The cause of the plummet is simple: Zattikka is behind on its loan repayments and Monday confirmed that discussions are ongoing with its creditors.
VEVO Brings its Linear, MTV-Style Music Video Channel to a Hotel in a First-of-its-Kind Deal (The Next Web)
On-demand music video service VEVO launched VEVO TV back in March to bring old-school MTV-style programming back from the dead. Now, the company has announced a partnership with one of Manhattan’s swankiest hotels: Dream Downtown.
Intel Cooks Up New Low-Power Server Chips — Oh, and it Makes Custom Chips for Facebook and eBay (GigaOM)
Intel said it will add new low-power, high performance system-on-chips in the Xeon E3 family for computing, storage and networking. Plus, it revealed it builds custom CPUs for eBay and Facebook.
Spike Lee Joins Kickstarter to Fund New Project That’s Not A Veronica Mars Movie (BetaBeat)
Hoping to emulate the success of Veronica Mars, multipurpose man Spike Lee is also turning to Kickstarter to fund an upcoming project of his. According to the project’s most #blessed description, he’s seeking $1.25 million in funding to craft some new “joint” because he’s sick of Hollywood’s propensity to ignoring independent filmmakers, like him.
Apple Celebrates 1 Billion Podcast Subscriptions Through iTunes with Greatest Hits List (The Verge)
Apple is far from the only game in town for podcast distribution, but it’s undoubtedly a heavyweight. Monday, the company celebrated 1 billion podcast subscriptions through iTunes, reports MacWorld, publicizing a special section within the app that lists some of the most popular titles available, such as This American Life, NPR’s All Songs Considered and WTF.
U.S. Interior Department Instagram Account Gives a Peek at America’s Beauty on the Cheap (The Huffington Post)
From the Grand Canyon to Denali National Park, the U.S. Department of the Interior Instagram feed features photos from a smattering of professional photographers and DOI staffers, typically alongside a description of when, where and (sometimes) how the photo was taken. “We launched our Instagram just basically to show the public all of the amazing lands that we have across the country,” Interior Department director of digital strategy Tim Fullerton told Mashable in an interview earlier this month.