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Egypt’s President Morsi Defies Army with One Tweet (Mashable)
Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi rejected the army’s ultimatum with a single tweet. Reuters translated the tweet as follows: “President Mohamed Morsi asserts his grasp on constitutional legitimacy and rejects any attempt to deviate from it, and calls on the armed forces to withdraw their warning and refuses to be dictated to internally or externally.” The New York Times In an emotional and rambling speech broadcast live on state television that extended past midnight into Wednesday morning, Morsi called on both his supporters and opponents to put aside their disagreements and unite behind him and hinted strongly that the country could fall into chaos if they did not. “I am the president of Egypt,” Morsi said, invoking again and again what he called his constitutional mandate to remain in power. The Huffington Post In a tweet, Egypt’s cabinet rejected Morsi’s speech. Translation: “The cabinet announces it rejects the speech by Dr. Morsi, which pushes the country into civil war, and the cabinet proclaims her alliance to the will of the people.” Reuters Egypt’s army has plans to push Morsi aside and suspend the constitution after the ultimatum it has given the Islamist president expires in less than 24 hours, military sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Condemning a coup against their first freely elected leader, tens of thousands of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets, clashing with opponents in several towns. But they appeared to be dwarfed by anti-government protesters who turned out in their hundreds of thousands across the nation. USA Today An Egyptian economy that was ailing when Morsi took power a year ago has since tumbled under his leadership and is at the root of the unrest gripping the Arab world’s most populous country, an analyst said. “The economy has been bleeding on the floor since the revolution began and has gotten much worse since Morsi took over,” said Paul Sullivan, an expert on security and economics in the Middle East who teaches at Georgetown University in Washington.
LinkedIn Brings Beefed Up Search to Mobile App (SocialTimes)
LinkedIn will bring the smarter search functionality it launched for on desktop in March to its iOS and Android mobile apps, the company said on Tuesday. Users can now search for job openings, company pages and groups in the mobile apps, where before they could only search for people. TechCrunch These additional search options appear after you tap into the search box at the top of the app. Plus, even if you don’t kick off a keyword search, you can tap through the categories to see a list of your LinkedIn connections and groups, as well as companies you follow or jobs available to you. The Next Web Putting that in numbers, the company says you can now discover more than 225 million professionals, 3 million company pages, 2 million groups and thousands of job opportunities while on the go. You can download the new apps now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
Viral Video Startup Justin.tv Raising $20M Round of Funding (VentureBeat)
Justin.tv has raised $8.3 million of an intended $20 million round. Justin.tv is a hot startup that offers live-streamed video services.
Facebook Scraps 20 Percent Text Rule on Pages’ Cover Images (AllFacebook)
Facebook appears to have quietly scrapped its rule that cover images on pages could not contain more than 20 percent text, which caused confusion amongst many page administrators. In the social network’s last round of changes to the restrictions on cover images for pages, introduced in March, several rules were stricken, but the 20 percent rule remained in place.
U.S. Airport-Security Agency Fills Instagram Feed with Photos of Guns and Grenades (CNET)
Short on good Instagram feeds to follow? Well, the Transportation Security Administration certainly has a colorful new account. Peppered with images of Bowie knifes, handguns, grenades, and more, this account specifically features “prohibited items found at TSA checkpoints.”
Twitter Experimenting with Highlighting Media Articles That Have Embedded Tweets (AllTwitter)
It seems like Twitter’s in the lab this week. In addition to testing a tweet translation tool, Twitter is experimenting with a tweet additive that highlights media articles that have embedded a tweet.
Yahoo Acquires Multimedia Storytelling App Qwiki (GigaOM)
Yahoo announced Tuesday that it has acquired Qwiki, a storytelling app that integrates photos and videos. The company wrote in a blog post that Qwiki would be joining Yahoo’s New York offices and that it would continue to support the Qwiki app.
BET Breaks Digital Records with the ‘BET Awards 13′ (LostRemote)
The BET Awards, the network’s major tentpole event, broke some impressive digital records this past weekend. The awards have always set social TV precedents when it comes to going above and beyond in leveraging platforms for the big event, and this year was no exception. Here’s an inside look at some of their impressive feats for this year’s version of the awards.
Facebook Stickers Now Available in Desktop Chat (Inside Facebook)
Stickers, a popular messaging function in Facebook’s mobile applications, are now available in desktop chat. Facebook announced the arrival of stickers on Tuesday, with a message popping up in the chat module that users can now attach a fun sticker to their conversation.