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No Tweets, Instagrams or Use of iPhones Allowed at 2014 Olympics in Russia for Journalists

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olympic flagSeveral Russian news sources are warning journalists about the ban on smartphones and tablets at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, citing a statement from Vasily Konov, head of the Russian operated R-Sport News Agency:

Journalists using mobile phones to film athletes or spectators will be considered a serious violation and will result in cancellation of accreditation.

All media must be obtained using professional equipment, and only with proper accreditation. Violation of the rules will result in the loss of accreditation or potentially jail time. Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: Medium Launch | Klout Revamp | Facebook Data Center

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Twitter Founders Want to Reinvent Digital Publishing – Again (Mashable)
Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone want to shake up the digital publishing world with their latest venture, Medium. The pair, who also worked together on Blogger, announced the new platform Tuesday. GigaOM The new collaborative publishing tool lets people contribute as much or as little as they want to themed “collections” of content. The idea, the founders said in a blog post, is that people should be able to publish without “the burden of becoming a blogger” and worrying about developing an audience. The Next Web The platform has a grid-based layout and appears to fall somewhere between Twitter and Blogger as an option for content creators. The interface for photographs is especially gorgeous, taking up the full window with the image and relegating chrome to the corners of the screen. TechCrunch Anyone can read and give feedback on Medium entries now, with publishing access to roll out from friends and family to more people soon. To start, there are four collections. VentureBeat
The big question is, does the Internet have room for one more publishing platform? And if it does, is Medium the lucky one out of a sea of competing products? Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: Paul Ryan Announcement | Olympics on Twitter | Facebook Accusation

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How Paul Ryan’s VP News Spread Like Wildfire on Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC] (Mashable)
It didn’t take long for the news of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick to spread on Twitter, especially because that’s where the buzz originally started. Online chatter started to heat up at 11:06 p.m. ET on Friday when Romney’s communication director Gail Gitcho sent a tweet that Romney would announce his VP pick the next day. Adweek While many in the media delved into Wikipedia for clues as to Romney’s running mate, a cursory Twitter search shows that newly announced vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s Twitter handle (@PaulRyanVP) was created only a few days ago — Aug. 2, to be exact. Interestingly enough, using the same “FirstLastVP” nomenclature, accounts for “TimPawlentyVP” and “MarcoRubioVP” were also made on the same day (Aug. 2). USA Today Whatever else Ryan may do for the GOP ticket, he had an immediate impact on Twitter, generating a more positive tweet stream about Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama for the first time since July, according to the Twitter Political Index. Saturday, Romney’s Twitter Political Index score jumped 25 points, to 39. Obama’s score rose a bit, to 32. Politico During his 16-minute rollout speech in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, Ryan’s Facebook page — which already boasted more than 100,000 fans, added 6,000 more. By contrast, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has just 31,000 fans. ABC News At 7:08 a.m. ET Saturday, the Mitt Romney “VP app” officially alerted the country of Romney’s pick for vice president, Ryan. However, the highly anticipated announcement really began through a different new media venture on Friday night — Twitter. Read more