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Twitter Unveils Video-Sharing Service Vine (SocialTimes)
As expected, Twitter launched its recently acquired video-tweeting service Vine on Thursday. The mobile app allows users to share six-second videos directly through Twitter. Mashable Currently only available for iOS, Vines are created by pressing and holding your finger down on the screen of your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. You’re given six seconds of “tape” for your video masterpieces, but you can start and stop recording as many times as you’d like during that six seconds to include several scenes. ReadWrite Unlike an Instagram picture, Vine videos are happy bedfellows with Twitter cards — you can view them in the Vine app itself or right in the midst of your Twitter stream. Interestingly, Twitter seems content to let the company live on as a standalone app, for now at least. The New York Times/Bits Blog Several users who signed up for the service on Thursday said that when they tried to use the video service, they discovered that they were logged in as another user. One user, Keith Whamond, told the technology blog AllThingsD that he was able to see another user’s private contact information, including his unlisted e-mail and telephone number. AllThingsD It’s still not clear how many users were affected, but as of 1:20 pm PDT Thursday, Vine sharing via Facebook and Twitter was back up and running, and I haven’t seen or heard any more user complaints about the issue. Still, it’s a bummer of a way to kick off a new product launch, especially one that many are calling “the future of Twitter’s video efforts.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Host Fundraiser for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (AllFacebook)
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will host a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his home in Palo Alto next month, BuzzFeed reported. According to BuzzFeed, the two men first met in 2010, when Zuckerberg donated $100 million to public schools in Newark, N.J., and they appeared on “Oprah” with Newark Mayor Cory Booker. The Wall Street Journal/Metropolis As their friendship evolved, the 28-year-old billionaire expressed an interest in helping Christie as he embarked on a run for a second term, and both camps agreed on the February event. When Zuckerberg and Chan offer to host a fundraiser for you, you say, ‘Yes sir, what time?’” the governor told reporters on Thursday. NJ.com The Feb. 13 reception will highlight Christie’s first out-of-state trip to raise money for his re-election, and allow him to capitalize on connections he has made on past swings through the Golden State. “In the 1990s, a donation from Bill Gates would have been the gold standard,” said Dan Schnur, a political scientist at the University of Southern California who helped start a network of politically active Silicon Valley CEOs.
Facebook More Than Triples Twitter’s TV influence, Finds Survey (LostRemote)
In related Facebook news, a Nielsen survey — conducted in September — reveals that the social network’s influence in getting someone to watch a TV show outpaces Twitter by more than a 3:1 margin. Platforms like GetGlue, Viggle and IntoNow barely registered on the survey, posted Thursday by eMarketer.
The Pope Urges Catholics to Flock to Twitter (VentureBeat)
Pope Benedict XIV may be one of Twitter’s recent and most surprising converts. Thursday, he asked Catholics to spread the word on Twitter and other social networking sites like Instagram and Tumblr to convert atheists to the faith, 140 characters at a time.
French Court Orders Twitter to Reveal Identities of Those Behind Anti-Semitic Tweets (AllTwitter)
We told you about Twitter’s refusal to identify users responsible for sending anti-Semitic tweets for the French government without a U.S. subpoena compelling them to do so. Well, score one for the Union of Jewish Students of France as they’ve convinced a French court to order Twitter to release this information.
Researchers Link Mental Illness with Facebook Behaviors (CNET)
A study from researchers at the University of Missouri found a link between social anhedonia and a decrease in Facebook activity, which suggests that therapists can use patients’ Facebook profiles to better understand their mental illnesses. The study, “Social networking profile correlates of schizotypy,” looked at the Facebook profiles and activities of 211 college students who were scored on their social anhedonia, perceptual aberration, and magical ideation, extraversion and paranoia tendencies.
New York Times Editor to Take 75,000 Twitter Followers Out the Door with Him (paidContent)
Jim Roberts, the assistant managing editor of The New York Times who has overseen many of the paper’s digital initiatives, confirmed on Thursday that he would accept a buyout and leave the paper. When he goes, The Times will not just lose his 26 years of experience but also many of the 75,000 people who follow Roberts on Twitter.
Etsy Has Hired a CFO, but CEO Uncertain About IPO (Business Insider)
Chad Dickerson, the CEO of Etsy, announced Thursday at a PandoMonthly event that he’s hired a CFO for the fast-growing indie-goods marketplace. Kristina Salen is leaving her position as a portfolio manager at Fidelity to join the company.
Ohio State Students Make Social Media Site Emphasizing Privacy (The Lantern)
Two Ohio State University students have created a new social media website, called Capstory, which aims to create a safe place on the Internet where friends can share their pictures in complete privacy. The site was created by Suprasanna Mishra, a third-year in neuroscience, and Dustin Studer, a third-year in biomedical engineering, who were roommates their freshmen year.