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Olympics: Please, Do Not Tweet Unless You Have to, Fans Told (Reuters)
Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told by Olympic bosses on Sunday to avoid sending non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because an overloaded network was affecting television coverage. Coverage of the men’s road cycling race on Saturday left many viewers in the dark at times, including details on how far back the chasing pack was from the leaders. The New York Times Twitter has turned into a fiery digital soapbox against NBC, as its users have merged their resentment over tape delay with problems viewing the livestreams. The outrage has been distilled, simply, into #nbcfail. AP NBC says it saves big events for prime-time airing because that is when most viewers are available to watch them and where the network makes the bulk of its advertising revenue. Since prime time on the U.S. East Coast coincides with 1 a.m. London time, there are no events to air live then. Mashable As you watch the Olympics, you can plainly see who wins at the various events, but who’s #winning in the world of social media? That’s where Starcount can help, showing you who are the most talked-about athletes on social media. AllTwitter The opening ceremony of the Olympics had almost 27 million television viewers in the United Kingdom alone, and close to 10 million tweets were written about the Games during the festivities. Twitter’s numbers differ slightly from an independent study and infographic by Bluefin Labs, which tracked just 5 million mentions during the opening ceremony, placing the London Olympics third behind the 2012 Grammy Awards and the 2012 BET Awards. Read more

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Bullied Bus Monitor Now $700,000 Richer Thanks To Indiegogo Campaign (SocialTimes)
The life of 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein changed forever when a video of her being bullied by schoolchildren went viral on YouTube. Now, she plans to retire, after an Indiegogo campaign has left her with more than $700,000. AP A spokeswoman for the crowdfunding company said more than 30,000 people worldwide contributed, with donations coming in from at least 84 countries and all 50 states. Max Sidorov, the 25-year-old Canadian who came up with the idea for the monthlong campaign, said he was moved by the 10-minute video posted online showing Klein enduring profanity, insults and threats from middle school students. National Post Sidirov initially launched the fundraising drive to pay for a holiday — he had set the initial fundraising target for $5,000. “I still don’t know how that happened,” said Sidirov. The Times and Democrat The school system in the town of Greece, N.Y., has suspended four seventh-grade students for a year. Sidorov said he will soon launch a new drive with a goal of $7 million to combat bullying with counseling, a television series and a nonprofit social media website. The Daily Dot In the past month and four days, Klein has already gone on trips to Boston, New York City, Disneyland, New Orleans and a handful of other less- public locales of her choice thanks to such charitable outlets as the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and country music star Tim McGraw. She has appeared on television, showing up on the sets of The Today Show, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, and more, and has become an unofficial spokeswoman for the thwarting of bullying. Read more

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Teens Charged in Fatal Beating of Chicago Man Posted Video on Facebook (AP)
Three Chicago teenagers accused of fatally beating a disabled man and posting video of the attack on Facebook were playing a game that involved finding an innocent victim and trying to knock him out with a punch, investigators alleged in court documents released Monday. Delfino Mora, a 62-year-old father of 12, was attacked in an alley last week while searching for cans that he collected to make extra money for his family. Chicago Tribune Mora was found unconscious in the 6300 block of North Artesian Avenue in just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. An autopsy found that he died of blunt head trauma in an assault. CNN Malik Jones, 16, allegedly was playing a game called “pick ‘em out and knock ‘em out” when he punched Mora in his jaw, sending Mora to the ground, where the back of his head was cracked by concrete, a Cook County, Ill., prosecutor told a judge during a hearing Monday. Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, used Jones’ cell phone camera to record the attack, picking up the “loud crack of his head hitting the cement,” prosecutor’s spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. NBCChicago.com Jones was charged as an adult and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Monday. Ayala and Malcolm are expected to appear Monday in bond court. The attack marks the third time in the past year a Chicago attack has been filmed and the video has led to an arrest. VentureBeat Posting the video to Facebook seems to demonstrate both an outrageous lack of moral sense that is equally matched by almost unfathomable naiveté, as the teens either felt that they were not doing anything wrong, or that authorities would not notice, or both. In a statement given to the Chicago Tribune, the victim’s youngest child said, “They think posting a violent video makes them tough. It’s like they want to get famous. Read more

Google Tablet Presale At Staples ‘Out of Stock’

Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet went on presale through Staples this week and it is already out of stock. The 16GB version of the tablet is listed on the retailer’s for $249.

The store says that orders placed by tomorrow will ship between July 12-17th, but if you add it to your cart, it says that that item is out of stock. Hopefully they replenish the availability soon.

The Android device is designed to consume content from Google Play. It has a 7-inch screen and claims to hold 8 hours of battery charge during “active use.”

Staples also sells the Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet and the Samsung Galaxy II, all devices which compete with the new Google tablet.

$249 Mini iPad Coming Soon?

Just as Google is getting into tablet business and rumors of a new Kindle Fire are circulating, rumors that the iPad Mini will cost as little as $249 have hit.

Boy Genius Report has the rumor: “Apple’s upcoming tablet will feature a 7.85-inch IGZO LCD display manufactured by Sharp and it will be as thin as Apple’s iPad 2, which is marginally thinner than the current iPad model. The site also claims the iPad mini will cost between $249 and $299 when it launches, though it cites unnamed analysts in reporting that price range.”

Last week, Google released the Nexus 7, a $199 7-inch tablet computer that it is designed to consume digital media content like apps, music, books and movies from Google Play. We’ve heard rumors that Google is planning to launch a 10″ tablet and also rumors that two new Kindle Fires, a 7-inch version and a 10-inch version, are coming.