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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Twitter is Reportedly Planning to Encrypt DMs and Introduce other New Security Measures (The Next Web)
Twitter has been largely unaffected by the NSA’s efforts to siphon data from some of the Internet’s most influential companies, likely because most tweets sent by users are public, but nevertheless the soon-to-list company is working to encrypt its direct messages feature and introduce other new forms of security — according to sources cited by The New York Times. The plans are mentioned in an article focused on how tech firms are beefing up their defenses in response to the NSA’s efforts to covertly tap into their data, which has been revealed via a string of leaked documents. The New York Times Google has spent months and millions of dollars encrypting email, search queries and other information flowing among its data centers worldwide. Facebook’s chief executive said at a conference this fall that the government “blew it.” It is all reaction to reports of how far the government has gone in spying on Internet users, sneaking around tech companies to tap into their systems without their knowledge or cooperation. BBC U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday for the first time that in some cases, U.S. spying has gone too far. However, Kerry also defended the need for increased surveillance, saying it had thwarted terrorist attacks. The Guardian “The president and I have learned of some things that have been happening in many ways on an automatic pilot, because the technology is there and the ability is there,” he told a conference in London via video link. “In some cases, some of these actions have reached too far, and we are going to try to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.” UPI Kerry’s remarks came as the U.S. State Department said the secretary would travel to Europe and the Middle East next week, in part to repair damage caused by reports of U.S. eavesdropping on its allies. Kerry criticized news coverage about the surveillance, which he said included “an enormous amount of exaggeration and misreporting.”

How the Boston Red Sox Dominated Facebook While Winning the 2013 World Series (AllFacebook)
The Boston Red Sox wrapped up the 2013 World Series title Wednesday night with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, and the teams’ performances on Facebook mirrored the on-field action, as the Red Sox were responsible for 62 percent of World Series chatter on the social network, compared with 38 percent for the Cardinals. Red Sox designated hitter and first baseman David Ortiz, who was voted Most Valuable Player of the World Series, received four times more buzz than any other player.

[Infographic] 20 Marketing Trends and Predictions to Consider for 2014 (SocialTimes)
According to an infographic from digital asset management solutions provider WebDam, marketers are planning to spend more than $130 billion on digital collateral in 2014. And this is just one of the 20 statistics WebDam says will drive marketing trends in the upcoming year.

President Obama is the Latest Real-Time Marketer (AdAge)
President Barack Obama was among the many marketers tweeting out Halloween-themed messages Thursday, seizing the moment to urge eligible Americans to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The official @BarackObama handle tweeted to its more than 39 million followers, “Don’t let anyone scare you out of getting affordable health insurance,” alluding to attacks made on Obamacare by congressional Republicans.

Is Anonymous Social Media the Answer to Cyberbullying? (Mashable)
By removing the user’s identity, Whisper helps people share secrets they wouldn’t be comfortable sharing with anyone else in the world under normal circumstances. Users anonymously share “whispers,” which are stylized cards that share deep secrets formatted on images.

Pandora Finally Comes to Chromecast Via Android & iPhone Apps (VentureBeat)
Pandora announced Thursday that its Android and iPhone applications will now offer support for the streaming stick, meaning you’ll now be able to push whatever song you’re currently listening to on your phone or tablet to your television set. It makes the ultra low-priced ($35) Chromecast a bit more attractive on the consumer end.

Don’t Feed the Twitter Trolls – How to Manage Negativity in Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] (AllTwitter)
Some people aren’t nice. In fact, some people are jerks. It’s only a small percentage, but, like rotten apples in a bushel, the negative, disruptive behavior of these folks can quickly poison the environment around them. Which means that you, as the manager of a popular, respected social media brand profile on Twitter or Facebook, needs to step in and take care of business.

Target, Pinterest Join in Unholy Holiday Union That Will Likely Cost Us Squillions of Dollars (BetaBeat)
Target is aiming its “My Kind of Holiday” campaign at digitally connected, time-pressured moms, Fast Company reports. Pinterest is at the campaign’s fiery, money-melting epicenter. Target will create “shoppable holiday catalog-style Pinterest boards,” with the most pinned Target items being highlighted in stores and online.

Kindles & iPads Now Allowed During Takeoff & Landing (AppNewser)
You no longer have to put down your eBook when your plane is taxing to take off. After months of consideration, the FAA announced Thursday that airplane passengers can now use their personal electronics “during all phases of flight,” though cellphone use is still banned.

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