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Muslims Torch Buddhist Temples in Bangladesh (The Wall Street Journal)
Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday. The violence began late Saturday and continued until early Sunday, said Nojibul Islam, a police chief in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. Reuters Many people in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh have been angered in recent days by a film made in California that mocks the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims in Bangladesh and beyond have also been outraged by violence over the border in Myanmar where members of the majority Buddhist community clashed with minority Muslims this year. Los Angeles Times Bangladesh’s English-language Daily Star newspaper reported that the Buddhist who allegedly posted the offensive image on Facebook mistakenly tagged it on his Facebook profile and that his account was closed soon after violence erupted even as police escorted him and his mother to safety. VentureBeat In product news, Facebook Friday updated its standalone Messenger app on iOS to fully support the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, while also adding some useful features for chat addicts. In addition to general speed improvements, the Messenger app now lets you swipe left to instantly get access to your favorite Facebook chat buddies, as well as to see who’s online. The Verge The conversation view has been given a fresh makeover with chat bubbles, and you’re now able to pin those you chat with most often to a Favorites section. Unfortunately there’s one area where Messenger for iOS hasn’t reached parity with its Android counterpart: there’s no way of integrating your SMS messages within the app.
Twitter Changes Discover Tab (AllTwitter)
When they first introduced the Discover tab, Twitter described it as a place where “… you’ll see results reflecting your interests — based on your current location, what you follow and what’s happening in the world. As you use Twitter more, Discover gets even better at serving up more content just for you.” The social network announced on Friday in a blog post it has improved the Discover tab: “Now we’re improving Discover again: when you visit the Discover tab on twitter.com, you’ll see a continuous stream of Tweets, which automatically expand to show you the most relevant stories and most engaging photos.” The Next Web The Twitter Cards feature has been rolling out to partners on a limited basis, and the Twitter-owned Tweetdeck just recently got support for it. Twitter says that the new Discover design is rolling out gradually to everyone. TechCrunch The name of this game is context. What Twitter has been working really hard at is providing top news stories and trends, but providing the context around it so that you know what’s important.
Tumblr to Go Down Saturday Morning (Tumblr)
Tumblr will be down Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 4 a.m. EST “to complete the last major step in upgrading our infrastructure,” according to a message by the company to its users. The blog platform should be back up and running several hours later, the message says.
Facebook to FTC: Let Us Advertise to Children (Mashable)
The Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a 1998 bill designed to protect children’s online privacy. Facebook, which has a business model heavily dependent on advertising, asked the FTC in a filing to clarify that websites will still be permitted to show first-party advertisements to children.
Klout Finally Adds Support for Facebook Pages (AllFacebook)
Nearly two years to the date after adding support for Facebook users’ influence, online influence-measurement service Klout announced that it will now factor in Facebook pages. Klout announced the addition in a post on its blog, saying that Klout users with scores of between 70 and 80 have pages with an average of 13,000 people talking about this, and adding that users’ most influential content from their pages will soon begin appearing in their Klout profiles.
Book About Kickstarter Fails to Raise Enough Money on Kickstarter (Mashable)
Look up the definition of irony in next year’s edition of the dictionary, and you’re bound to read about “Crowdfunding: A Guide to What Works and Why.” Author Glenn Fleishman turned to Kickstarter to raise $35,000 for his book on crowdfunding, but he failed to reach his goal.
Foursquare Partners With Open Table on In-App Reservations for iPhone and Android (SocialTimes)
Put down those vending machine crackers right now. Foursquare just announced a partnership with Open Table that lets you find a restaurant and book a table straight from your iPhone or Android.
Simon Cowell and Will.i.am are Teaming Up to Create An X Factor to Find the Next Mark Zuckerberg (TechCrunch)
Simon Cowell is on the hunt for the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. According to The Sun, the former “American Idol” and current “X Factor” judge is teaming up with Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.i.am to find the next hot tech entrepreneur.
Texas Correctional Officers Can ‘Friend’ Inmates on Facebook (The Daily Dot)
If you’re a correctional officer in Texas, you can no longer be fired for being Facebook friends with an inmate. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced that it will stop punishing correctional employees for befriending inmates on the social network.