Social Media Newsfeed: Twitter Sues U.S. Gov’t | Selfie Smartphone

Twitter is suing the U.S. government to make public scope of surveillance of the social network's users. HTC unveils selfie smartphone. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Twitter Files Transparency Lawsuit Against U.S. Government (AllTwitter)
In its last transparency report Twitter noted that it was “prohibited from reporting on the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government,” and that its ability to speak freely was being restricted. Accordingly, Twitter has filed a lawsuit against the United States government that asks the federal court to declare these restrictions as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. BetaBeat Now, Twitter isn’t suing the FBI to stop the spying — they just want to be able tell people exactly what kind of spying is going on. Back in April, they wrote a Transparency Report that tells users exactly what kind of requests the government is making, and how the company is complying with them. When Twitter submitted theirs to the FBI, the FBI didn’t like the level of detail in the report, and declined to let Twitter publish it. ReadWrite In January, a group of tech companies including Facebook and Google reached an agreement with the government to share the number of requests for data in broad ranges and without differentiating between NSLs and FISA orders. At the time, Twitter said it believed that was a step in the right direction, but not enough. Adweek Twitter joins Yahoo in challenging the feds. Last month, Yahoo won a seven-year battle to declassify federal court documents that revealed the government planned to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day unless it complied with data requests.

HTC Introduces Waterproof Desire Eye Smartphone with 13MP Camera on the Front and Back (The Next Web)
At its HTC Double Exposure event, HTC introduced its newest smartphone, the Desire Eye. The new phone comes with a 5.2-inch HD 1080 x 1920 display with 424 ppi and has the same 13MP wide-angle camera on the front and back of the device. Both lenses also have dual-LED flashes, so no more dark selfies.

How Google+ Communities Helped Neila Rey Find Her Inner Super Hero (SocialTimes)
Neila Rey was in free-flow, wondering what to do with her life. After spending 10 years as a web developer and a graphic designer, she grew tired of seeing her ideas picked apart to the point of being unrecognizable. When she heard that Google was starting a social network, she tracked down a friend of a friend and begged for an invite to Google+.

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Twitter News Head Vivian Schiller Out in Media Unit Consolidation (Re/code)
Vivian Schiller, the high-profile NBC and NPR exec whom Twitter hired to run its news unit, is leaving the company as part of a consolidation. Adam Sharp will now be in charge of both news and government at the social messaging company, as part of a larger consolidation across the media division by its new head Katie Jacobs Stanton.

Looking Out for Your Own Best Interests: Facebook’s Interests Lists (AllFacebook)
Did you know you had an interests lists option on Facebook? And do you even know what they are? Well, I’m about to tell you, but if you read nothing further, know this: They’re pretty terrible for businesses, and they can be great for individuals. Yes, Facebook actually does help you protect your own best interests (via lists).

Spotify CEO to Jimmy Buffett: I Want You to Be Better Paid (CNET)
Spotify wants artists to be better paid — even the ones who are pretty well paid already. Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of the subscription streaming service, said Spotify is paying out 70 percent of every dollar to music rights holders.

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Drama Between ‘The Voice’ Judges Boosts Social Engagement (LostRemote)
You could watch “The Voice” when it airs or catch it on Hulu. Or you could just read their Twitter feed. The sing-off competition is one of the most popular social television shows during its broadcast, but you can get a full recap from the videos posted to their social media accounts.

Got $9,000? Social Media Site Caters to the Rich (NBC News)
Rich and looking for an online destination to socialize privately with other e-aristocrats? Welcome to the Netropolitan Club, a new fee-based social network for “people with more money than time,” according to the site.

October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (SocialTimes)
It’s that time of year again — National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In a year that’s seen bigger breaches than ever before, it’s time to really consider alternative security measures and improving security for the future.

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