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Library of Congress Is Not Sure What to Do with its Archive of Tweets


If Twitter is sitting on a goldmine of data, someone needs to create a better method of digging it up. The Library of Congress was given access to the entire firehose of tweets in 2010, but researchers at the institution are still scratching their heads over how to organize and display the collection, which currently totals 170 billion tweets dating back to 2006.

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Social Media Newsfeed: iOS 6 Launch | YouTube Lawsuit | Google Tops Facebook

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iOS 6 Upgrade Has its Share of Troubles (Mashable)
Apple customers around the world got their first taste of iOS 6 on the iPad and iPhone Wednesday. The new OS had its share of teething troubles, most notably a WiFi login bug that Apple quickly and mysteriously resolved. Other users saw ongoing problems with accessing music on their iPhones. SocialTimes Local business review site Yelp has marked a pin in Apple’s answer to Google Maps. Now that Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 6, is ready for download, iPad and iPhone users will be able to check out Yelp reviews on Apple maps in 17 of the countries that use Yelp. The New York Times The new Apple-powered Maps app includes some other features that were not in the old version, like spoken turn-by-turn directions and Flyover, a feature that shows 3-D models of buildings in major cities. The colors in the Apple maps sparkle a bit more; zooming and panning is faster. CNET When Apple announced iOS 5 and the tight integration it would feature with Twitter, many people wondered about the conspicuous lack of Facebook integration. We still don’t know why Facebook wasn’t included in iOS 5, but it is included in iOS 6. Macworld Usually you don’t think of an operating system in terms of productivity, but iOS 6 does bring a few welcome improvements to that table. If you’re wondering whether or not it’s worth upgrading, check out these three ways iOS 6 can help you work smarter. Read more

Twitter’s Patent Agreement | Hulu’s Ad Guarantee | Tumblr to Beat Blogs

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Twitter Promotes Patent Peace with Innovator’s Agreement (paidContent)
In a first among major tech companies, Twitter is taking steps to ensure that its patents don’t become fuel for future intellectual property wars. Twitter Blog It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission. parislemon Hopefully other startups large and small will follow Twitter’s lead here. It would be really excellent if larger companies (*cough* Yahoo *cough*) did as well, but it’s hard to see that happening given the current state of things. This is a movement that will have to start from the ground up. AllTwitter Those “in the know” when it comes to patent law seem to approve. VentureBeat The Innovator’s Patent Agreement will take effect later this year; you can read the whole thing on GitHub. Read more