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Should Facebook ‘Likes’ Be Protected by the First Amendment? (PC Magazine)
The Declaration of Independence proclaims the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of … liking friends’ Facebook statuses? That’s what the American Civil Liberties Union is proposing in its appeal of an April ruling that said the social network’s “Like” button is not protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment right to free speech. Politico District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson ruled this spring that several employees of the Hampton Virginia Sheriff’s Office, who were allegedly fired because they “liked” the Facebook page of Sheriff B.J. Roberts’ opponent in the 2009 election, didn’t do enough to warrant constitutional protection. “It is the Court’s conclusion that merely ‘liking’ a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection,” Jackson wrote in his opinion. The Verge Facebook this week filed a briefing in support of former deputy sheriff Daniel Ray Carter. The company “has a vital interest in ensuring that speech on Facebook and in other online communities is afforded the same constitutional protection as speech in newspapers, on television, and in the town square,” according to the document. The Wall Street Journal The social network is testing a new mobile ad product for app developers, the company said in a blog post Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported in July on the new ad product and the technology that will power it, which lets Facebook target consumers based on the apps they use. Bloomberg The service helps game makers and other software developers encourage users to install applications on their mobile devices, Facebook said yesterday in a blog. The mobile-ad service is also designed to help app developers measure the effectiveness of their ads.
LinkedIn Makes a Push for More Content With New Developer Tools (VentureBeat)
Fresh off a stellar second-quarter earnings report, the professional social network LinkedIn Tuesday released new developer tools and resources in an effort to stimulate application development and supply its service with enough content to keep members continually engaged on its Web and mobile platforms. In the form of developer tools, LinkedIn has released a refreshed sign-in with LinkedIn experience, a reworked share API to give developers more exposure on LinkedIn and a cleaner, simpler developer website. AllThingsD Content shared on LinkedIn will also get more explicit attribution and excerpts through partners like WordPress. Plus, approved partners will get higher-level access on a case-by-case basis to things like LinkedIn’s marketing campaigns, job postings and applications. WebProNews In addition, clarifications to LinkedIn’s developer terms of service should prevent issues such as the Pealk incident from happening again. Pealk was the developer of the self-proclaimed “#1 Hunting App for LinkedIn” that was banned from accessing LinkedIn’s API after violating LinkedIn’s terms of service.
New York Police Subpoena Twitter to Identify Aurora Shooting Copycat (Mashable)
The New York Police Department subpoenaed Twitter Tuesday to identify a user who threatened to “shoot up” a Broadway theater in an Aurora, Colo.-style attack. Twitter initially refused to provide the source of the tweets, but later complied, the AP reported.
Free WiFi Catches on With New York City Subway Riders (AP)
One month in to wireless service being provided in six New York City subway stations, commuters are happy to have chances to connect when their trains head underground and pull into one of the stations with WiFi. The new service is part of a $200 million plan to connect all 277 underground stations in New York by 2017.
Mediabistro Adds Lost Remote to Blog Lineup (TVNewser)
Lost Remote will be joining the mediabistro blog network. The site has evolved over the years and now covers the fast-growing business of social TV. Lost Remote According to Cory Bergman, Lost Remote founder, he will continue to play an active role with the blog. And writer Natan Edelsburg will keep covering stories for it.
Square Partners With Starbucks, Raises $25M For Series D; Howard Schultz Joins the Board (TechCrunch)
Beginning this fall, Square, whose CEO is Jack Dorsey, executive chairman of Twitter, will begin processing all U.S. credit and debit card transactions at participating Starbucks stores. Pay with Square users will be able to find a nearby Starbucks in the Square Directory from their iPhone or Android smartphone.
Pinterest is Taking Over the Giant Warehouse in San Francisco it’s Already Moved into (Business Insider)
Pinterest has signed a long-term lease for a 60,000 square-foot space on 808 Brannan St. in San Francisco, Calif., a company spokesperson has told Business Insider, confirming a report in the San Francisco Business Times. It’s been occupying part of that space under a short-term agreement.
Olympic Spoilers on Social Media Anger TV Viewers (Sun Sentinel)
Tuning out Olympics spoilers has become a sport onto itself: ignore text alerts, avoid TV and radio announcements and dodge Facebook status updates. In South Florida — where viewership has consistently soared during the Olympics — the very folks who typically demand instant news updates are going out of their way to escape them, or silencing friends who post spoilers.
Google Posts Crisis Response Page for Victims and Families of Philippines Flood (SocialTimes)
Many residents of the Island of Luzon, Philippines, were evacuated from their homes when Tropical Storm Haiku brought a Southwest Monsoon through the region on Monday. Google has posted a Crisis Response page offering news updates, emergency contact information and a “person finder” tool where family members and friends can connect with those who were affected by the flood.