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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Turkey Twitter Accounts Appear Blocked After Erdogan Court Action (Reuters)
Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey’s prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked. Twitter last week agreed to comply with a Turkish government request to close some accounts that officials said had breached national security or privacy regulations. CNET The accounts, both with more than 400,000 followers, are reportedly listed as “withheld” within the country but appeared normally for overseas users. Twitter declined to discuss the specific accounts but said in a tweet on its policy feed that it withholds content only after “due process, e.g., a court order.” The Next Web Those in Turkey wanting to access content from these accounts can use a VPN service to do so, although the government clamped down on Google’s DNS service earlier this month, so that commonly-chosen option will not work. The Washington Times The move comes after months of efforts by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to crack down on social media after recordings leaked in December on the two Twitter accounts, and later on YouTube. Twitter and YouTube were blocked in the country for two weeks leading up to the nationwide municipal elections. CNBC Erdogan applied to the Constitutional Court on Friday to challenge what he said was a violation of his and his family’s privacy by social media. He also complained about the failure of social media to comply with a court order for the removal of content that he said breached his rights.

Here Comes Facebook’s Ad Network: Mobile Ads Launching This Month (Re/code)
Facebook will take the wraps off its plans for a mobile ad network at its “F8″ developer conference in San Francisco at the end of the month, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Facebook will pitch the ads to publishers and developers as a way to leverage the social network’s vast database of user information for better ad targeting.

Pinterest Thrives with Rich Media and Content in Context (SocialTimes)
Pinterest has been releasing and refining a slew of features, from Interests to Place Pins. All of this development has shaped Pinterest into one of the most media-rich social sites, and possibly the best social site for context-rich posts.

Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Enlists Startup to Help with Social Media (The New York Times)
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is expanding its social media outreach efforts with help from a high-tech startup that analyzes photos shared on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. The brand, part of the Kraft Foods Group, participated last month in a competition for startups at Ad:tech San Francisco, an interactive advertising and technology conference.

Facebook Indicates When Instagram Users Like Photos Posted to Facebook Via Instagram (AllFacebook)
Facebook has added a count of the number of Instagram users who like photos posted to the social network via the Instagram application. Readers: Have you noticed this?

The Pain & Pleasure of Branded Social Media (Forbes)
The value to a company of its “owned” media channels cannot be overstated. For big social media-minded consumer-facing brands — from technology to automotive to CPG — having large social followings is a blessing from a communications and control perspective.

Three Reasons Your Brand Should Be Using Video On Twitter Right Now (AllTwitter)
A good brand should feel like an indispensable friend or ally. It should feel honest and available – and there’s no better way than using video. Today’s biggest brands from Coke to Oreo put a ton of work into creating fast, effective video that reaches out through their network to say hi to their customers where they live – like a friend.

General Mills Reverses New Legal Policy: Yes, You Can Like Our Facebook Pages and Sue Us (The Next Web)
General Mills, one of the world’s largest food companies, made headlines when The New York Times reported that its new legal terms meant those who liked Facebook pages belonging to its brands, bought a product or interacted in other ways waived their right to take legal action against it. Now, days later, it is reverting to its original privacy policy and claiming it was all a big misunderstanding.

‘Scandal’ Finale Scores Big on Twitter (LostRemote)
As we reported, the “Scandal” season finale created some great moments both on-air and between show stars and fans. The last episode also scored big Twitter ratings. The finale ranked #2 on Nielsen Social’s daily top five list; 3.4 million people saw 697,000 tweets revolving around the third season finale.