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Social Media Newsfeed: Are Likes Free Speech? | LinkedIn Developer Tools | Twitter Subpoena

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Should Facebook ‘Likes’ Be Protected by the First Amendment? (PC Magazine)
The Declaration of Independence proclaims the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of … liking friends’ Facebook statuses? That’s what the American Civil Liberties Union is proposing in its appeal of an April ruling that said the social network’s “Like” button is not protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment right to free speech. Politico District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson ruled this spring that several employees of the Hampton Virginia Sheriff’s Office, who were allegedly fired because they “liked” the Facebook page of Sheriff B.J. Roberts’ opponent in the 2009 election, didn’t do enough to warrant constitutional protection. “It is the Court’s conclusion that merely ‘liking’ a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection,” Jackson wrote in his opinion. The Verge Facebook this week filed a briefing in support of former deputy sheriff Daniel Ray Carter. The company “has a vital interest in ensuring that speech on Facebook and in other online communities is afforded the same constitutional protection as speech in newspapers, on television, and in the town square,” according to the document. The Wall Street Journal The social network is testing a new mobile ad product for app developers, the company said in a blog post Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported in July on the new ad product and the technology that will power it, which lets Facebook target consumers based on the apps they use. Bloomberg The service helps game makers and other software developers encourage users to install applications on their mobile devices, Facebook said yesterday in a blog. The mobile-ad service is also designed to help app developers measure the effectiveness of their ads. Read more

Should Brands Filter Fan-Created Content?


When should companies moderate social media content created by followers and the rest of the world? Matt Corey, chief marketing officer of social integration platform company Mass Relevance answered that question at mediabistro’s Social Curation Summit July 31 in New York City at The New Yorker Hotel.

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Social Media Newsfeed: Mars Landing | Nokia Rumor | Reuters Hacked

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Tweeting Truck Lands on Mars, Internet Explodes With Joy (Mashable)
Overcoming its “seven minutes of terror” — and winning the hearts of geeks worldwide — the 2,000-pound NASA Curiosity Rover landed on Mars at 1:39 Monday morning EST. The whole landing was live-tweeted from its official Twitter account, writing in what you might well call the voice of the Internet. Twitter The tweet from @MarsCuriosity confirming landing on Mars: “I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!.” Another tweet says: “To the entire team & fans back on Earth, thank you, thank you. Now the adventure begins. Let’s dare mighty things together!” The New York Times A couple of minutes later, the first image popped onto the video screen – a grainy, 64-by-64-pixel black-and-white image showing one of the rover’s wheels and the Martian horizon. Three minutes later, a higher-resolution version of the same image appeared, and then came another image from the other side of the rover. Los Angeles Times Curiosity is expected to revolutionize the understanding of Mars, gathering evidence that Mars is or was capable of fostering life, probably in microbial form. The spacecraft is also expected to pave the way for important leaps in deep-space exploration, including bringing Martian rock or soil back to Earth for detailed analysis and, eventually, human exploration. CNN The spacecraft had been traveling away from Earth since Nov. 26 on a journey of approximately 352 million miles, according to NASA. Curiosity, which will be controlled from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has a full suite of sophisticated tools for exploring Mars. They include 17 cameras, a laser that can survey the composition of rocks from a distance and instruments that can analyze samples from soil or rocks. Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: Apple Rumors | Facebook Photos | Goofy Olympics

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Apple Stocks Up on Components for September iPhone Launch (AllThingsD)
Apple hasn’t yet officially announced the fall event at which it is expected to debut the next iteration of the iPhone, but it’s definitely planning one. The blog iMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event for Sept. 12, with the release date to follow nine days later on Sept. 21. iMore The iPad mini will be announced at the same event, as will the new iPod nano. iMore hasn’t heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5. ZDNet More photos and video of parts believed to be part of the yet unannounced iPhone 5 have leaked online. Japanese smartphone repair company iLab Factory has posted an extensive array of photos of parts it claims belong to the iPhone 5, including what it claims is a fully assembled body for the handset. Bloomberg Businessweek All of the changes rumored to be heading to the next iPhone have been included: a longer screen, redesigned speakers, a smaller dock connector and differently located headphone jack, top mic and front camera. Besides iLab’s pictures, a video has emerged supposedly showing the next iPhone and some of its parts. Gizmodo Let’s clear up one thing right now: there is no iPhone 5. Don’t worry! There’s still a new iPhone coming very soon. But it’s just going to be called that: the new iPhone. Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: #NBCFail | Google Fiber | Digg Relaunch

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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

Wanderfly Partners With People.com To Bring You The London “Hot Spots” For Olympic-Goers


Travel recommendation platform Wanderfly has partnered with People.com to name the London “Hot Spots” for the 2012 Olympic summer games. The list, which includes everything from nightclubs and restaurants to tourist attractions and historical sites, will live on a special London Hot Spots page on People.com as well as a branded page on the Wanderfly site.

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Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Results | Twitter Outage | Olympics YouTube Leak

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Facebook Shares Plummet in an Earnings Letdown (The New York Times)
Unhappy with Facebook’s first financial report as a public company Thursday, investors fled the stock in droves even as Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, extolled its growth prospects to industry analysts. Facebook’s stock lost 18 percent of its value Thursday. VentureBeat Wall Street had tempered expectations for Facebook. The social network barely exceeded those expectations by posting $1.18 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $0.12 for the second quarter of 2012. USA Today Like nearly every business in social media and beyond, Facebook is betting a large portion of its future on mobile ads. “Mobile is a huge opportunity,” Zuckerberg said on the conference call with analysts. There had been speculation prior to the call that Zuckerberg might skip the conference call. Bloomberg Businessweek A new type of advertising, called Sponsored Stories allows advertisers to pay to highlight certain posts from others, so their friends and other members on the site can see them. Zuckerberg said this new ad product is already generating a million dollars a day in revenue, with half coming from mobile. ABC News Zuckerberg also shot down rumors about a Facebook smartphone. ”There are a lot of things you can build in other operating systems as well that aren’t really taking, that aren’t really like building out a whole phone, which wouldn’t make much sense for us to do,” he said. AllFacebook Both Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg noted the importance of social ads. Sandberg called local social sharing, which is a necessary benefit for small and medium sized business, “the holy grail of the Internet.” Read more