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Obama Wins New Term as Electoral Advantage Holds (The New York Times)
Barack Hussein Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time. Reuters Around 11:15 pm EST, just as the networks were beginning to call the race in his favor, Obama took to Twitter to proclaim himself the winner over Republican candidate Mitt Romney. That the president would take his message to Twitter before taking the stage in Chicago underscored the tremendous role social media platforms like Twitter played in the 2012 election. Mashable Obama’s celebratory tweet surpassed 500,000 retweets, making it the most retweeted post of all time, according to reports. The tweet, which simply says, “Four more years,” accompanies a photo of Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embracing. The Huffington Post Maybe it’s fitting that the last campaign stop ever for Obama — a candidate who in 2008 was lauded for his ability to mobilize supporters online — is Reddit, the sprawling Internet community that hosted a real-time Q&A session the sitting commander-in-chief in August. “I’m checking in because polls will start closing in this election in just a few hours, and I need you to vote,” Obama wrote on Reddit in a note posted around 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Politico Romney gave a quick concession speech, shorter than six minutes, in which he acknowledged the nation had chosen a different leader and called on the president – and citizens – to reach across the aisle. “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” he said, adding, “I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign. And for our country. Besides my wife Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made.” Deseret News Romney may not have won the presidential election, but he won praise on Twitter after his concession speech, while pundits on both sides of the aisle took to the social media platform to express their post-election emotions. Romney’s website live-streamed Obama’s victory speech — an action met with additional praise on Twitter, where NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik called it a “total class move.” VentureBeat New Jersey’s decision to let citizens displaced by Hurricane Sandy vote by email and fax appears to have backfired, with the state now extending the deadline to return those ballots to 8 p.m. Eastern on Friday. Some voters in Jersey did not receive their email and fax ballots Tuesday after repeatedly requesting them.

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LinkedIn Integrates with Windows Live, Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live group program manager Jeff Kunins detailed the recent integration of professional networking site LinkedIn with Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live in a guest post on the LinkedIn Blog. Highlights (including a video):

We’re pleased to announce that starting today, you can connect Messenger and your Windows Live profile to LinkedIn. LinkedIn features in Hotmail will start to roll out today and over the course of the next three weeks, depending on your location.

We recognize how tedious it is to manually clean up duplicate contacts in your contact list, but it’s important that you have easy access to the right contact information for the right situation. For example, when you send a work-related email, you may use a different email address than when you send a personal note to the same person.

When you make the LinkedIn connection with Windows Live, your LinkedIn contacts are automatically linked to the same contact you already have stored in Windows Live, so that you have one record with the combined set of information. Now you can compose and send email to your LinkedIn contacts right from Hotmail.

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Windows Live Hotmail is Gradually Rolling Out Web IM Feature

Before I proceed with this write-up I’m forced to ask Microsoft this question – “Why only now?” So ok, LiveSide.net is reporting that Windows Live Hotmail is gradually integrating the web version of its Windows Live Messenger. As soon as this feature gets activated in your Hotmail account, you can now start IM sessions with your Windows Live Messenger contacts even if you don’t login to Windows Live Messenger. Instead, you can login to your Windows Live Hotmail account and you will see an embedded Web IM facility. Read more