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By Tim Sohn 

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Thousands Share Alleged Conn. School Shooter’s Facebook Profile — but it May Not be Him (AllFacebook)
Not long after the name of the shooter who killed nearly 30 people — including 20 children — was released following a tragedy Friday morning at a Connecticut elementary school, many people rushed to Facebook to find the social media profile of Ryan Lanza. The Facebook profile of a Ryan Lanza from Newtown, Conn., was posted all over the Internet, with roughly 9,000 people sharing his profile photo. However, reports have shown that it does not appear to be the same person. San Francisco Chronicle The killer, who committed suicide at the scene, was a 20-year-old named Adam Lanza. This was his brother – who had apparently been at work when the violence occurred. “F*** you CNN it wasn’t me,” he wrote on Facebook, later posting, “I’m on the bus home now it wasn’t me” and “IT WASN’T ME I WAS AT WORK IT WASN’T ME.” AllTwitter Some folks on Twitter targeted a person with the same name as the killer’s brother, Ryan Lanza. This individual’s tweets give a depressed/loner vibe. But it isn’t him, folks. NBC News He’s not the first to face this surreal experience unique to the Internet age. There’s very little that’s fresh about this cyber-flash mob against the wrongly accused, only of late we’ve mostly seen simpler cases of social-network mistaken identity. NPR Even as authorities struggle to gather real clues, they’re warning that those promoting misinformation about the case are subject to prosecution. “Misinformation is being posted on social media sites,” Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said at a news conference Sunday. “These issues are crimes. They will be investigated, statewide and federally, and prosecution will take place when people perpetrating this information are identified.” CBS News In addition to people pretending to be the shooter or other principals in the investigation, Vance said other posters are putting up information purported to be from the Newtown city police or the Connecticut state police. Neither of those agencies are posting information via Twitter or other social media, he said. FishbowlLA An innumerable number of entertainment reporting routines seemed utterly pointless Friday in light of the devastating news, including the well-worn practice of compiling celebrity Twitter reactions. The first wave of such coverage relating to the mass shooting appeared on PMC website and media watchdog

Google Launches Bundle of Features for Google+ Mobile Apps (SocialTimes)
Google has launched 24 new features for its Google+ mobile apps, focused on events, photos and Hangouts. The features include beefed up events-organizing tools, tweaks to the social network’s popular Hangouts feature and a suite of changes aimed at improving photo quality. Wired All of these new additions are now available for iOS, Android and Web users. On top of that, Google has redesigned its social network’s iPhone app, too. PC Magazine Additional features include: basic profile-editing, integration with Google Now to send birthday wishes to friends, support for animated GIFs, functionality to express your mood via animated images in posts. Looking to ditch Facebook, now may be a good time, especially if you’re a heavy mobile user.

Social Media Stock Tracker: Facebook, Google, Yelp on the Rebound (SocialTimes)
The social media sector was up an average of 4 percent last week as it rebounded from the previous week’s negative performance. There were no real fundamental drivers to value that stand out, but it is notable that continued downward pressure on AAPL shares (perhaps unfounded) did not drag the sector down.

Pinterest Accounts for 10 Percent of Social E-commerce Visits [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Holiday shopping traffic from Pinterest doubled this year and now accounts for nearly 10 percent of all traffic from social sources, according to an analysis by digital marketing firm RichRelevance. Facebook still dominates social e-commerce referrals, but its share dropped 5 percent to reach 90 percent.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Helps Generate Buzz for Brand’s TV Commercials (LostRemote)
The results are in via last week’s social TV chart, provided exclusively to Lost Remote from Bluefin Labs. Victoria’s Secret’s fashion show helped the brand climb to the top, a 324 percent week-over-week change.

The Social Profiles of Inc. 500 CEOs vs. Fortune 500 CEOs [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
This infographic explores the social lives of nationally ranked businesses’ chief executives — and by social, we mean how willing they are to participate on social media sites. It turns out that Inc. 500 leaders are the most social of the two groups: 79 percent of Inc. 500 CEOs have a social presence on at least one network, whereas only 30 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have a social media presence at all.

Two Major Facebook Social Reader Apps Shutting Down (SocialTimes)
The Washington Post and The Guardian, a reputable United Kingdom paper, have said they will pull their social reader apps from Facebook. The Post is in the process of replacing its reader in Facebook with an independent website that supports social sharing through a Facebook login. Beginning next week, links to Guardian articles shared on Facebook will begin directing directly to the Guardian’s own website, the company said.

YouTube Tops Apple’s 2012 Top Free iPhone Apps Chart (SocialTimes)
As the end of the year approaches, Apple has released its AppStore Best of 2012, a list of the year’s top sellers, notable trends and editors’ picks. On the paid front, Angry Birds Space took the No. 1 spot for the best-selling iPhone and iPad app of 2012. Skype topped the charts on the free iPad apps chart, but on iPhone the most downloaded free app was Google’s YouTube app.

Computing Legend Ray Kurzweil to Join Google (SocialTimes)
Ray Kurzweil will join Google on Monday as director of engineering. While perhaps best known for his book “The Singularity Is Near,” he pioneered print-to-speech reading for the blind, the text-to-speech synthesizers and large-vocabulary speech recognition software.