Social Media Newsfeed: Apple Announcement | Whisper Controversy

New iPads, Apple Pay and iOS 8.1 (among other things) are coming soon to Apple-land. A report claims anonymous-messaging app Whisper is not so anonymous after all. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Apple Reveals iPad Air 2, iOS 8.1 Release Date (Inside Mobile Apps)
Apple unveiled its iPad Air 2 on Thursday, the thinnest and most powerful iPad in the company’s history. This news came alongside details for Apple’s iOS 8.1 operating system update, which will reintroduce Camera Roll to device users, among other features. The update will go live Monday, October 20. The Wall Street Journal Apple also announced a new version of its iMac desktop computer, with a display whose resolution it says is seven times that of a high-definition television. In the announcement, the company showed off its new operating system for Macs, the OS X Yosemite, which is available for free. USA Today Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company’s new mobile payment system will launch on Monday. The payment system is preloaded in Apple’s new phones. The company touts its proprietary system as safe and secure because it creates one-time payment numbers for purchases, rather than transmitting credit card numbers and security codes. Adweek If you’re wondering where the iPhone can act as wallet, here is the latest list of retailers and businesses, including McDonald’s, Macy’s and Walt Disney World, set to plug into Apple’s new financial system. TechCrunch An interesting bit went unmentioned in the company’s announcement: Apple has built a SIM card that lets you jump between AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile without having to swap it out (or, more annoyingly, purchase a new SIM card when you want to switch carriers).

How Whisper App Tracks ‘Anonymous’ Users (The Guardian)
The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be the “the safest place on the Internet,” is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed. Whisper is also sharing information with the U.S. Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws. SocialTimes When approached about this practice, Whisper denied ever doing so. Then, after they found out The Guardian would publish its report, the company changed its terms of service to say: “bear in mind that, even if you have disabled location services, we may still determine your city, state and country location.” Business Insider Whisper has come out with a five-page statement rebuking The Guardian, whose story it says is full of “lousy falsehoods.” “Whisper does not follow or track users. The Guardian’s assumptions that Whisper is gathering information about users and violating user’s privacy are false,” the company said.

Google’s Profits Stutter as Ads Move to Mobile (The Verge)
Google posted mixed results for its third quarter this year. Revenue was $16.52 billion, a 20 percent rise over the same period in 2013. But its profit of $3.72 billion was down slightly from the same period in 2013, when it reported $3.76 billion in profit. Analysts were expecting the company to generate earnings per share of $6.53, but Google reported an EPS of $6.35. The stock was down a little, about 3 percent, based largely on that miss.

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CBS Launches Subscription Streaming Service (LostRemote)
CBS announced a service called All Access on Thursday, available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in fourteen cities will have live access to their local CBS station. You can now stream the news and The Good Wife as they air.

Twitter Introduces Audio Cards to Put Music in Your Tweets (Gizmodo)
Twitter is launching a new music feature called Audio Cards that lets people embed audio in their tweets. This means just like you can put a photo or video in a tweet, you’ll be able to insert audio. Twitter is partnering with Soundcloud and Apple to let people listen to music in their timelines on iOS and Android.

10 Biggest and 5 Most Surprising Brands ‘Friended’ by Millennials (PRNewser)
Recent studies have told us that the kids these days just aren’t really into brands on social media. Many brands, however, have managed to accumulate thousands, if not millions, of millennial “fans.”

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Twitpic Couldn’t Find An Acquirer, Will Shut Down After All (TechCrunch)
The reports of Twitpic’s survival were greatly exaggerated. Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following a trademark complaint from Twitter, the photo-sharing service announced Thursday that didn’t happen and it’s game over on October 25th.

BBC Launches WhatsApp Service in West Africa to Combat Ebola Misinformation (Mashable)
The BBC’s World Service has launched a public information service via popular messaging app WhatsApp in an attempt to provide people in West Africa — who are in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak in history — with accurate public health information. “It’s a situation where information will literally save lives,” said Peter Horrocks, director of BBC World Service.

FBI Director Calls on Apple and Google to Dump New Encryption (Re/code)
New encryption technologies on smartphones will make it harder for law enforcement to solve crimes or stop terrorists, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said Thursday in a speech asking companies including Google and Apple to reverse course.

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