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Twitter Wins Round One in Spammer Lawsuit Battle (AllThingsD) According to a document filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Tuesday, the microblogging service settled ongoing litigation with TweetAdder, one of five defendants named in a series of lawsuits filed by Twitter in 2012. As a result of the settlement, TweetAdder and its employees agree to knock off a whole bunch of practices that aren’t kosher with Twitter’s terms of service.

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TwitterTwitter Wins Round One in Spammer Lawsuit Battle (AllThingsD)
According to a document filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Tuesday, the microblogging service settled ongoing litigation with TweetAdder, one of five defendants named in a series of lawsuits filed by Twitter in 2012. As a result of the settlement, TweetAdder and its employees agree to knock off a whole bunch of practices that aren’t kosher with Twitter’s terms of service. CNET Under the terms of the settlement, the owners and employees of TweetAdder agree not to take part in “creating, developing, manufacturing, adapting, modifying, making available, trafficking in, using, disclosing, selling, licensing, distributing (with or without monetary charge), updating, providing costumer support for, or offering for use, sale, license, or distribution (with or without monetary charge), any software or technology designed for use in connection with Twitter’s service.” Basically, TweetAdder can no longer come near Twitter. And, if it does, it faces steep fines. SocialTimes TweetAdder released a new version of its software last week that eliminates a previous feature that allowed users to follow a set of users in bulk. As part of the agreement, the company must shut down all previous versions of the software. Computerworld Among its stipulations, the settlement bans the transmission of “unsolicited commercial messages” to Twitter users, “including but not limited to Tweets, @replies and direct messages.” PCWorld The settlement also bans Skootle, creator of TweetAdder, from “engaging in false representations or false advertising that would misleadingly suggest to a reasonable consumer that a software or other technology conforms to Twitter’s Terms of Service.” Twitter hopes that by shutting down tool providers like Skootle and “going to the source,” it can prevent other spammers from accessing its services.

Rand Paul Visiting Facebook and Google on Fundraising Tour (Mashable)
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will shake hands with top executives at Facebook, Google and eBay on a fundraising tour through Silicon Valley later this week. Paul will begin his trip Thursday at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., where he’ll take a tour and meet with Facebook higher-ups (no word on whether Zuckerberg will attend). The Hill/Hillicon Valley Paul, who is widely believed to be mulling a White House bid, has been becoming more involved in technology issues recently. He blasted his colleagues for holding a hearing last week to examine Apple’s methods for avoiding taxes and said the Senate should apologize to Apple for the “spectacle” of the hearing. Courier-Journal It’s a target-rich environment for a libertarian presidential hopeful, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Joe Garofoli wrote Tuesday. “There’s a huge libertarian vein running through Silicon Valley and Sen. Rand Paul is hoping to tap it,” Garofoli said.

Sheryl Sandberg’s Leanin.org Joins Tumblr (SocialTimes)
What would you do if you weren’t afraid? The women’s leadership community co-founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has joined the blogging site Tumblr, where the answers to that question are illustrated with pictures, videos and animated GIFs.

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Google+ for iPhone Gets ‘Awesome’ Photo Features (CNET)
Google+ for iPhone was updated Tuesday with a smattering of features, including automatic photo creations called “Auto Awesome,” to make the mobile social-networking application match, in style and function, the revamped desktop experience released two weeks ago. With version 4.4, iPhone owners get a collection of photo options for improving, viewing and backing up shots stored in the device’s camera roll.

Facebook Gives Page Admins a Quicker Way to ‘Boost Post’ (AllFacebook)
Facebook continues to experiment with ways to push page administrators to promote their posts, with some page admins seeing the “boost post” option appearing in the quick edit menu atop posts on their pages’ Timelines. Matteo Gamba of Wimdu shared the included screenshot, in which clicking on the bullhorn icon in the top-right-hand corner of the page post brings up the boost post option.

Hey Parents! The Internet of Things Might Just Be Your New Best Friend (GigaOM)
The bottom line is that a Wi-Fi enabled teddy bear that can read texts and tell you when your child hugs the bear is fun, and might indeed be worth the $89, but the internet of things can offer a lot more if you’re willing to get creative and have a few connected devices lying around. And this doesn’t even begin to cover the monitoring aspect of parenting.

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Student Suspended for Creating Hashtag About School Budget (AllTwitter)
According to Syracuse.com, a Cicero-North Syracuse High School student, Pat Brown, was suspended Thursday “after he posted on Twitter about the district’s failed 2013-14 school budget.” The tweets accompanying the #shitCNSshouldcut hashtag were funny at first, but then Brown, “an executive board member for his class on the student council and a community volunteer, says the tweet that got him in trouble was a call for the termination of the school’s executive principal.”

PETA Lawsuit Seeks to ID Mean Anonymous Commenters (The Daily Dot)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world’s most successful trolling organization, is furious that anonymous strangers said mean things about it on the internet. The animal rights group dropped a lawsuit in New York state court last week seeking to out the identity of three anonymous Huffington Post commenters, who’d left unkind remarks about it following an April 4 exposé on the brutal conditions inside one of PETA’s supposedly humane animal shelters.

Why Brand Managers Should Focus on Sincerity in Social Media (PRNewser)
Many online rants and rave reviews are written by people looking for a way to express emotions or to give them (sadly) a feeling of significance. Regardless, brand managers must take these reviews seriously because prospective customers consider reviews an important factor when determining how to spend their money.

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