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Microsoft Breaks Tradition With Surface Tablets (CNET)
Microsoft — a company that traditionally has relied exclusively on its PC partners to provide hardware powered by its Windows operating system — is trying out a new business model with its Windows 8 release. The company is going to offer two Microsoft-branded tablets of its own, both of which are branded as Microsoft Surface. Mashable Super-thin, the tablet is just 9.3mm thin for the Windows RT version and 13.5mm for the Pro version. Both have two full-size USB ports — something you won’t find on the vast majority of the tablet competition. You’ll also find a micro SD port on the side of the RT version and a microSDXC port on the Pro version for adding data to the device or reading files (like pictures from your digital camera) on the fly. Bloomberg News The tablet has a 10.6-inch display, said CEO Steve Ballmer during Monday’s announcement, and the device’s cover serves as a track pad and a full keyboard. Business Insider Surface for Windows RT will be available to the public when Windows 8 is officially released. Microsoft still hasn’t given an exact date for that, but we do know it will be in the fall, in plenty of time for holiday shopping. The Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later, Microsoft said. The Guardian Analysts gave the as-yet unpriced devices a cautious welcome. “From a design perspective, it looks great,” said Carolina Milanesi, a research vice president for the consumer devices team at Gartner, an information technology research and advisory company based in Stamford, Conn. She said the device looked like a serious competitor to Apple’s iPad, but success would depend on price and the apps available for the devices.
Groups Urge Facebook Not to Aim Ads at Children Under 13 (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
An alliance of consumer rights groups on Monday pressed Facebook not to aim advertisements at preteen children or track their activities online if it formally opens its site to them. Facebook has millions of underage users who claim to be over the required age of 13, and the company has had discussions with some advocacy groups over how to keep children safe on the site if they insist on signing up. AllFacebook Facebook made two big announcements on Monday: First, the social network is calling upon some of the leading advertising executives for a think tank session at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in France. Second, Facebook is introducing Facebook Studio Edge, a new program on the Facebook Studio site that updates agencies on Facebook’s latest products and best practices. ars technica Facebook announced that it would acquire Israeli startup Face.com for an undisclosed amount. Face.com develops a mobile face recognition platform that can be used in various online and smartphone apps. The implications for how this could affect use on the world’s largest social network are huge — it may soon become even easier for mobile phone users to tag people, blurring the line between the physical and online worlds even further.
Klout: We’ve Delivered 700K Perks Across 350 Campaigns (TechCrunch)
Do Klout Perks — where brands can offer special goods and services to users with the right Klout scores — work? Well, Klout is releasing some numbers suggesting that the program has considerable momentum.
How to Find Work on Twitter (AllTwitter)
When one thinks of online job searches, LinkedIn is usually the platform that comes to mind, not Twitter — but it should be. Whereas LinkedIn is a pretty impersonal job board-style platform, Twitter allows for more personal interactions and this builds a stronger recruiting network for users. This post will tell you how.
The Most Annoying Person on Facebook [COMIC] (Mashable)
From excessive posts about mundane daily tasks to getting too personal in updates, everyone has a few pet peeves about what they see in their Facebook news feeds. A quirky new infographic called the “Sins of Social Media” highlights the most annoying habits of Facebook users.
Panelists: Social Apps Can Lead to Rape, Catholic Church Worse Than Facebook (GigaOM)
The debate as to whether location-based apps are creepy took a new turn Monday, when Newspepper.com founder Hermione Way asserted that women have been raped as a result of location-based apps “like Facebook and Banjo,” and Banjo CEO Damien Patton responded that “more people have been harmed by the Catholic Church” than the popular social networks. The two clashed on a panel discussing privacy at Monday’s Social Loco conference, where Way opened by saying she has chosen to live her life online and give up assumptions of digital privacy but that not everyone is completely aware of the consequences of such a lifestyle.
These 6 Knight Foundation News Challenge Winners Make Journalism More Social (SocialTimes)
Every year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awards funding and mentoring to a handful of innovative new ventures that promote good journalism in the digital age. The six winners of this year’s “Networks” challenge, announced Monday at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference in Cambridge, Mass., use existing social platforms like Twitter and Ustream to keep communities informed in new ways.
Google Sees Spike in Requests to Censor Political Speech (PC Magazine)
Google has released updated data about government requests to remove data from its network or hand over user information and said that recent trends are “troubling.” In the United States, a local law enforcement agency asked Google to remove a blog post because the agency thought it defamed the official in question; Google declined. Local law enforcement agencies also asked for the removal of 1,400 YouTube videos for alleged harassment, all of which Google also declined.
Pinterest Has Users, Fancy Has a Business Model (Adweek)
Fancy isn’t Pinterest. Not even close. But Pinterest may start looking to emulate its business model. Brands gravitate to Pinterest because its users’ pinboards represent purchase intent, but in February Fancy closed the loop by actually letting its users buy the products they “fancied” (its version of the pin or like), and rolled out the e-commerce capability to its iPhone app a few weeks ago.