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buzzfeed-logoAndreessen Horowitz Announces $50 Million Investment In BuzzFeed (Business Insider)
Andreessen Horowitz has announced a $50 million investment in BuzzFeed. The news puts BuzzFeed’s valuation at $850 million, The New York Times’ Mike Isaac reports. The New York Times Today BuzzFeed will announce that its new cash infusion will be used to make several major changes, including introducing new content sections, creating an in-house incubator for new technology and potential acquisitions, and putting far more resources toward BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, its Los Angeles-based video arm. The goal: Try a bunch of new features, and fast. Forbes In related news, Elite Daily now floods the Facebook feeds of college and high school students alike. It aims to be a content aggregator similar to the Huffington Post, Upworthy or BuzzFeed, gathering information and viral news from all over the Web and publishing it under categories like “News,” “Life,” “Money” and “Sports.”

Facebook Messenger Privacy Fears? Here’s What to Know (The Wall Street Journal)
Much of the problem, Facebook says, is due to Android’s rigid policy on permissions. Facebook says it doesn’t get to write its own, and instead must use generic language provided to them by Android. The language in the permissions “doesn’t necessarily reflect the way the Messenger app and other apps use them,” Facebook wrote in a Help Center article designed to address what it calls misinformation on the topic.

Pinterest Adds Messaging to Enable Conversations (SocialTimes)
Pinterest has added lots of new features over the last year — and they just keep coming. The latest addition to the site is the ability to have private, pin-based conversations.

Twitter Reacts to Tony Stewart Hitting, Killing Driver Kevin Ward Jr. (IBT)
NASCAR champion Tony Stewart struck and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a horrific accident Saturday at the Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. While we may never know what really happened between the two during the sprint car race, many Twitter users have voiced their opinions, including accusing Stewart of murder, or questioning Ward Jr.‘s actions as well.

How to Use Bitly to A/B Test Your Tweets (AllTwitter)
By testing your tweets, you can determine: which time of day the majority of your audience in online and engaged; what call to action works best; what tone of voice resonates most with your audience; what type of pictures perform best and more. Using Bit.ly to track the links you send in your tweets enables you to get a quick overview of how well your tweets performed, and it’s a fantastic way for small and medium-sized businesses to gain insight into their A/B testing without splurging for a more expensive solution.

Microsoft to kill Skype for Windows Phone 7 (CNET)
Windows Phone users stuck on version 7 will have to bid farewell to Skype within the next few weeks. On a support page, Skype parent Microsoft posed the question: “Is Skype for Windows Phone 7 being discontinued?” The response? “Yes.”

Fans Go Crazy on Social for Country Music Heartthrobs During CMA Music Festival (LostRemote)
The CMA Music Festival aired on ABC last Tuesday, and attractive country stars got fans tweeting. Our analytics partner, Canvs, which measures social sentiment around shows, looked at the CMA Music Festival conversation and saw that an astounding 9.3 percent of reactions mentioned Luke Bryan, and he accounted for 13.9 percent of all “sexy” reactions.

What Really Happens When Someone Clicks Your Facebook Like Button (The Next Web)
The Facebook share button could be a huge opportunity to delight a reader with a seamless sharing experience, one in which you can control the look, feel, and message of what gets shared. Come along to see what I learned (and what I’ve fixed) when I clicked on my own Facebook share button.

Class-Action Suit vs. Facebook Referred to Another Court in Vienna, Austria (AllFacebook)
The class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook by Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, which reached the plaintiff-imposed limit of 25,000 participants earlier this week, now just needs to find a court, as the commercial court of Vienna rejected the suit and referred it to the city’s regional court, PCWorld reported. A spokesman for the commercial court called the move a procedural decision and said, as reported by PCWorld: “It is a claim that doesn’t belong at the commercial court, but belongs at the regional court for civil cases.”

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