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Thousands of YouTube Partners Now Make Six Figures a Year (GigaOM)
Thousands of YouTube partners are making over $100,000 a year, according to Google senior vice president and chief business officer Nikesh Arora. YouTube had previously put the number of six-figure earners in the hundreds. SocialTimes If you took a sledgehammer to YouTube or Vimeo, you’d have Ptch. Backed by DreamWorks Investments, the social media iPhone app lets you create short movies from video clips and photographs, add music and filters and share the entire process with friends. ars technica Four YouTube videos that had apparently been taken down earlier this week due to dubious copyright claims by the music publisher BMG Rights Management have once again become available to American audiences. The videos showed President Obama singing the opening line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” SocialTimes Now, when you upload footage to YouTube that requires anonymity, you can blur out all the faces in the video in one click. When it comes to cats and dogs, it works some of the time anyway. Politico The Romney campaign sent YouTube an appeal letter on Wednesday asserting the footage in the ad, titled “Political Payoffs And Middle Class Layoffs,” was fair use under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and not a copyright violation. YouTube executives agreed with Romney.

Facebook, Walmart To Explore Relationship Options (AllFacebook)
The heads of Facebook and Walmart are meeting this week at Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., in an effort to bolster their relationship. CNBC and Reuters published a story Thursday noting that Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will meet Walmart CEO Mike Duke and his lieutenants Friday. Then, Zuckerberg and Sandberg will speak to hundreds of Walmart employees Saturday. TechCrunch Facebook is testing a new format of search ads called Sponsored Results that lets advertisers show ads in the Facebook search typeahead to users looking for a particular Page, app, or Place. It basically will let businesses divert traffic from each other. CNET Facebook is testing a new layout for Open Graph app stories in the news feed that looks very, very familiar. In fact, some would say it directly rips off the quickly growing Pinterest, which, by the way, also sports the new look since the social network offers its own Timeline integration.

Two Years Ago Instagram Launched its First Photo (San Francisco Chronicle)
Instagram has skyrocketed to popularity for the photo- sharing world since developers tested the first Instagram photo two years ago. The first photo is nothing extravagant, just a simple picture of a dog and a foot that was uploaded to an app called Codename.

You Can Now Manage Twitter, Facebook and Google+ Pages From HootSuite (AllTwitter)
Ever feel overwhelmed popping around from platform to platform to post content and interact with followers? Well, HootSuite just made your life easier by adding the ability to manage Google+ pages to its Twitteriffic dashboard.

That Plan to Archive Every Tweet in the Library of Congress? Definitely Still Happening (Nieman Journalism Lab)
A little more than two years ago, the Library of Congress announced it would preserve every public tweet, ever, for future generations. Library spokeswoman Jennifer Gavin said the project is still happening and good librarianship moves more slowly than Twitter.

International Olympic Committee Goes for Social Gold With Improved Olympics Hub and Official Instagram, Tumblr Accounts (VentureBeat)
Not content to leave the social media-ization of this summer’s Olympic Games in London to partners, the International Olympic Committee has improved its social portal to give fans more access to athletes and is actively setting up accounts across all major social properties. Fans can sign in with Facebook or Twitter and use the hub to see past and present Olympians’ aggregated social updates from Facebook and Twitter in one place.

Online Harassment Almost Ruins Women-Only Reddit Meetup (Daily Dot)
After members of r/Seattle held a very successful ladies’ Reddit meetup last week, redditor elleuh tried to set up a second event for this Saturday. She was forced to cancel it one day after she posted it due to online harassment.

BuzzFeed Distributes Data on Online Content Sharing (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
On Wednesday, BuzzFeed distributed its first report to digital publishers that highlights trends in how content is shared online. According to the report, users are increasingly reading, sharing and finding articles through social media channels rather than through search engines.

Why Audit Bureau of Circulations Reports Need to Add Social Media Engagement (Ebyline)
The Audit Bureau of Circulations would do good to review what information is included when it comes to social media in the Consolidated Media Report. Currently, the optional report only asks publishers for follower counts, leaving out the most important metric, engagement.

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