President Barack Obama begins answering questions on Quora about Affordable Care Act. Facebook reveals more details of new pages layout. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
The growth of streaming services and Android have impacted iTunes sales, which show double-digit declines in the U.S.
Facebook adjusts News Feed to have tagged posts show up in both feeds. Disney launches online movie streaming. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Facebook makes page insights real-time and adds access to more previous data. Lionsgate Television plans to create a television show based on Twitter’s early days. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
Don’t have an Android device? Don’t worry. Google has ways of keeping you in the family. Just check out the latest update to Google Hangouts.
8 Sweet Social Media Reactions to Royal Baby News (SocialTimes)
The newest heir to the throne — a boy — came into the world Monday at at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was a trending topic on Twitter and inspired a great deal of fan art on Tumblr and Pinterest as well. On Facebook, there were more than 1 million global mentions of the royal birth. Here are a few of our favorite memes.
Could social sharing through Google+ and the rise of the Android give Google Play an advantage over iTunes and Amazon? This infographic breaks down the online music market with a side-by-side comparison of the leading app stores.
Online privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center and Center for Digital Democracy have written a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to abandon proposed changes to the social network’s privacy policies. Users would no longer have the opportunity to vote on proposed changes and privacy practices for Facebook and Instagram would be combined.
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Joe Biden: ‘With All Due Respect, That’s a Bunch of Malarkey’ (The Huffington Post)
As Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan finished answering a question Thursday at the vice presidential debate about the Romney campaign’s critique of the Obama administration’s response to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, vice president Joe Biden interjected, telling Ryan, “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.” Twitter immediately went wild, with “malarkey,” — and variations of the word’s spelling — being mentioned nearly 30,000 times in one minute, and the Obama campaign leveraged the hashtag, buying advertisements for the Twitter search term “#malarkey.” Twitter Blog In total, 4 million tweets were sent about the debate, 3.5 million of which occurred during the 92 minutes of live action. Top tweets per minute were, Biden saying, “Now you’re Jack Kennedy?” (58,275 TPM); Ryan saying, “They got caught with their hand in the cookie jar turning Medicare into a piggy bank for Obamacare” (55,540 TPM); and Biden discussing the timeline for leaving Afghanistan (54,944 TPM). CNN.com When he wasn’t laughing, Biden sounded a like a belligerent old man; Ryan sipped from a cup and looked like a beleaguered altar boy. Fair or not, those were just two characterizations of Thursday’s vice presidential debate on Twitter, where a Greek chorus of jokesters kept up a witty commentary throughout the 90-minute event. VentureBeat The debate was aired before Xbox Live users, who were polled as they listened to the debate on the service on the Xbox 360 video game console. Biden was overwhelmingly viewed by swing voters as being more truthful, garnering 72.2 percent of the favor of undecided respondents. About 70.1 percent of undecided voters said they did not consider a candidate’s religion when deciding whom to vote for. Approximately 54 percent of undecided voters felt that Biden is better prepared to step in as president if needed, compared to 21 percent for Ryan. Lost Remote CNN is using social TV technology platform SnappyTV to allow viewers to clip and share their favorite moments via Facebook and Twitter from the debates in real time. Here’s an infographic from SnappyTV breaking down trending moments from the vice presidential debate.
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Apple’s Big Day: Everything You Need to Know (Mashable)
Wednesday was a big day for Apple. The company announced a new version of its iPhone, new iPods and a number of updates to iTunes and the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. USA Today The latest and the sixth version of the phone — to be called iPhone 5 — is taller, thinner, faster and brighter, with new features installed seemingly as a response to stepped-up competitive pressures from Samsung, HTC and Nokia. With consumers increasingly turning to smartphones for photography and viewing videos, Apple’s most significant upgrade is the new four-inch screen that will make the device about half an inch taller than previous models. PC Magazine Apple spent a significant portion of its iPhone 5 keynote talking up its revised iPods. A lot has changed — even right down to the bundled earphones. Macworld The tech giant also announced the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be available for users to download on Sept. 19. The update will be free and available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S; the fourth-generation iPod touch; and the the second- and third-generation iPads. The Huffington Post Apple also revealed that iTunes is getting a major revamp. It will feature a grid user interface, users can change the order of upcoming tracks within a queue, and search has been upgraded with inline results: one click for information, double-click to play. SocialTimes While there aren’t a huge number of new social features, the iPhone 5 and the new iOS 6 operating system do incorporate a few updates that will make social media lovers happy. For starters, FaceTime now works over cellular networks. Additionally, iOS 6 features a shared photo stream, and you’ll be able to post to Facebook by voice using Siri. AllFacebook The newest smartphone and iTunes will feature Facebook integration as part of the company’s plan to deepen its ties with the social network via the iOS 6 software update. Apple executives fostered discussion of the highly anticipated iPhone 5 Wednesday, showing off how Facebook is deeply integrated into the system. Wired In the United States, the phone ships on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on Sept. 21. The iPhone 5 will come in three storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and will cost $200, $300, and $400, respectively, with a two-year contract. Read more