Social Media Newsfeed: Netanyahu Speech Reaction | Google Contacts Changes

Social media reaction to speech by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to U.S. Congress. Google makes changes to Contacts app. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Netanyahu Warns Congress Iran Deal Guarantees Nuclear Arms (Bloomberg)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, directly challenging President Barack Obama in a speech to U.S. lawmakers, said an emerging agreement with Iran would backfire and ensure the Islamic Republic gains a nuclear arsenal. The Guardian Netanyahu’s speech was closely watched by ordinary Iranians: those with access to illegal satellite dishes could watch his speech live, but many others followed it on social media. “Netanyahu is mirroring [former president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad with his radical and illogical views,” one user tweeted. Many Iranian users were using hashtag #ShutUpNetanyahu in order to show their opposition to his comments. Mashable Some Americans made it clear on Twitter that the Israeli prime minister doesn’t speak for them. Using the hashtag #BiBiDoesntSpeakforMe, referencing the prime minister’s nickname, people began to weigh in.

Google Revamps Contacts with New Design, Integrates Emails and Meetings (The Next Web)
Google Tuesday announced a huge, long-overdue update to its Contacts app that features Material Design and makes it easier to keep track of details for people you know. Still in preview mode, it also integrates calendar appointments and emails.

‘U.S. News & World Report’ Backs Best Colleges Rankings with Facebook’s Interest Targeting (SocialTimes)
U.S. News & World Report used Facebook’s interest targeting tool for publishers to help promote its annual Best Colleges rankings to the appropriate Facebook users. Facebook strategic partner manager, news, Meghan Peters said in a Facebook Media blog post that U.S. News & World Report social media editor Lauren Boyer used interest targeting to focus on Facebook users who had expressed interest in the top five schools on each ranking list.

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Square Launches Restaurant Ordering App Caviar on Android (Square)
Caviar differentiates itself from other food-ordering apps like Seamless by allowing users to have food delivered from restaurants that don’t have a delivery service. So, Caviar is both the ordering software and a delivery infrastructure provider.

WWE Now the Number One Sports Channel on YouTube; Social Numbers Up 75 Percent (LostRemote)
Jumping off the top rope and landing a flying elbow on the rest of its competition, WWE last week became the number one sports channel on YouTube. With more than 4.2 billion YouTube video views in the past year, WWE pulled ahead of the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL, along with ESPN and NASCAR; its 5.2 million subscribers is more than that of the other six channels combined.

Fright at the Museum: Selfie Sticks Banned at the Smithsonian (CNET)
In an announcement, The Smithsonian cited security concerns. It said: “For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Effective today, March 3, monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy.”

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Slack: Email Slayer and ‘Fastest Growing Business App Ever’ (SocialTimes)
Slack launched in February of 2014 and on the anniversary of its launch, the team communication platform was heralded by Fast Company as one of the 50 most innovative companies of the year “for slaying interoffice email.” But the founders of Slack didn’t start out with the goal of developing an email slayer.

Twitter CFO Talks Up Progress on New Features (The Wall Street Journal/Digits)
On Tuesday, Twitter financial chief Anthony Noto offered an upbeat progress report four months after he and other executives outlined the company’s product roadmap in November. Speaking at a technology conference hosted by Morgan Stanley, Noto said the company has seen an “uptick” in the number of users that have used direct messages and the number of overall messages being sent in the private chat forums since Twitter launched group chats in December.

An Inside Look at Facebook’s New Ads Manager iOS App (SocialTimes)
Sorry Android friends, Facebook’s Ads Manager is not ready for you yet. Power Editor geeks, this is not a replacement, but a handy app to manage stats and boost posts.

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