Two-thirds of customers from the big four wireless carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — expect an answer in less than three hours.
Is the social web the wrong platform for remembering 9/11? This year, a number of major brands tried and failed at striking the right tone.
In a day of fast moving news regarding the National Security Agency‘s domestic surveillance program,a new wire report reveals that a lawsuit brought by the privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation forced the U.S. to declassify some of the documents related to the spying program.
The NSA declassified three secret court opinions showing how it collected as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans with no ties to terrorism annually over three years, according to the Associated Press. A secret court assigned to monitor surveillance activities struck down the activities in 2011.
Facebook Begins Rollout Of Embedded Posts (AllFacebook)
Facebook Wednesday announced the rollout of embedded posts, which will allow users to add public posts from the social network elsewhere on the Web, such as on blogs and websites, with those posts including photos, videos, hashtags and other content. Readers will also be able to like and share directly via embedded posts.
If your office headquarters are at Starbucks, your internet service is about to get a free refill.
Hillary Clinton Reclaims Her Identity on Twitter (SocialTimes)
For the last year or so, texts from Hillary Clinton were not actually written by the former first lady and secretary of State. Monday, the smartphone-wielding @HillaryClinton was verified, active on Twitter and reclaiming her online identity with the same avatar made famous by the parody Tumblr blog “Texts from Hillary.”
Tumblr Introduces Sponsored Posts in Desktop Content Streams (SocialTimes)
Tumblr will roll out sponsored posts in user’s main content feeds, the company said on Thursday. “These posts will simply blend in with the posts from the blogs you follow,” the company said.
Call Friends for Free with Facebook’s Messenger App (Mashable)
Now you can call your Facebook friends for free — if you’re an iPhone user, that is. The company has rolled out a new feature in the United States that allows Facebook Messenger app users to place voice calls with friends over the social network using their data connection or Wi-Fi.
Pinterest Introduces Secret Boards (Mashable)
Ever want to pin something on Pinterest, but don’t want the entire world to see what’s catching your eye? At long last, the company introduced on Thursday a new “secret boards” feature which limits visibility to only the creator and any collaborators they may invite.
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Judge Rejects Facebook’s ‘Sponsored Stories’ Settlement (CNET)
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of San Francisco, Calif., has rejected Facebook’s settlement of a class-action suit regarding an ad feature that publicizes users’ “likes” of products and services to their Facebook friends but doesn’t pay the users for the endorsements or allow them to opt out. Under the proposed deal, Facebook would have given its users more control over how their “likes” were handled and would have allowed users under 18 to opt out of sponsored stories. Wired Seeborg was concerned that the deal, which provides a $10 million payout to attorneys suing Facebook and $10 million to charity in what is known as a cy pres award “was merely plucked from thin air.” In his Friday ruling, he ordered the parties to provide more information on how it reached that amount. Bloomberg Businessweek Seeborg also said that while it isn’t feasible to divide $10 million among as many as 70 million affected customers, it isn’t sufficient to justify giving that money only to advocacy groups. Lawyers for customers had argued the groups would be “watchdogs” over Facebook. Inside Facebook Facebook is once again the second-largest video site in the United States, according to comScore. The social network saw 53 million unique video viewers in July, about a third of Google’s audience but higher than the number of unique viewers on Yahoo and Vevo. Mashable Google, thanks largely to YouTube, still enjoys a comfortable lead in the race with nearly 157 million total unique viewers. Yahoo users, however, watched more videos — 625 million to Facebook’s 327 million. Facebook users watched an average of 21.7 minutes of video throughout July, while Yahoo users consumed 70.4 hours of video content. Read more