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YouTube Access Restored in Turkey After Two-Month Blockade (CNET)
Turkish authorities said Tuesday that access to YouTube has been restored after a two-month ban on the video-sharing site. The move comes five days after the country’s highest court ruled that blocking Google’s video-sharing site violates freedom of expression. USA Today Turkish news reports said that the court’s decision was delivered to the country’s telecommunications regulator Tuesday. YouTube became accessible later in the day. Mashable A YouTube spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the site had been unblocked there. “We are glad that YouTube has been restored in Turkey following our successful appeal to the courts,” the spokesperson said, “and that people and businesses can once again access and share information on YouTube.” Reuters Blocks on access to YouTube and Twitter were imposed after illict audio recordings, purportedly revealing corruption in prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle, were leaked on the sites. The block on access to Twitter was lifted in April. VentureBeat YouTube, along with many other social media sites, was placed on a block list more than two months ago after leaked videos went up containing recordings of Turkish government officials plotting a potential war against neighboring country Syria. The block was made legal under new legislation pushed out from Erdogan. Last week, however, Turkey’s high court ruled that the legislation used to block YouTube was unconstitutional and in violation of the country’s freedom of speech laws.
Facebook Fit: 30M SMB Pages, 19M Run Via Mobile (AllFacebook)
Facebook kicked off its five-city Facebook Fit tour — a conference to help small businesses market themselves on the social network — in New York Tuesday. Some 900 small business owners were in attendance, and Global Director of Small Business Dan Levy announced some new numbers related to mobile and small businesses.
Instagram Introduces New Creative Editing Tools to Help You Fine-Tune Your Photos (The Next Web)
With version 6.0 rolled out Tuesday, uber-popular photo- and video-sharing service Instagram is introducing a slew of new creative tools to its Android and iOS apps. Instagram says it’s striving to give its users “everything they need” from a photo-editing perspective, directly from within the app.
DataPoint: Zynga is Shutting Down Some Games (SocialTimes)
Zynga recently announced the closure of a few of its Facebook titles. On July 22, the developer will retire Hidden Chronicles, Café World and CoasterVille.
The Secret Service Wants Software That Detects Social Media Sarcasm. Yeah, Sure it Will Work. (The Washington Post/The Fix)
In a work order posted online Monday, the agency said it wants analytics software that can, among other things, synthesize large sets of social media data and visually present that data. The request for proposals was first reported by nextgov.com.
Are You Following Socialbots on Twitter? [Study] (AllTwitter)
Researchers recently let 120 socialbots loose on Twitter. And not only did these bots infiltrate social groups, many of them became quite influential.
Facebook Acquires Mobile Data Plan Firm Pryte (Re/code)
Facebook is acquiring Pryte, a Finnish company that aims to make it easier for mobile phone users in underdeveloped parts of the world to use wireless Internet apps. Facebook did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which spokeswoman Vanessa Chan said is expected to close later this month.
Netflix Reveals First Look at the New Season of ‘Hemlock Grove’ on Vine (LostRemote)
“Hemlock Grove,” Netflix’s supernatural murder mystery series, is launching its second season on July 11. A first look at the new season was revealed on Vine last week to fan’s delight.
SoundCloud Opens NYC Office as an International Rally Point (BetaBeat)
Another international tech giant has put down roots in Silicon Alley. Tuesday morning, Berlin-based audio platform SoundCloud opened their New York City offices — their largest office in the United States.