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Facebook, CNN Team Up for U.S. Presidential Election Initiatives (Inside Facebook)
Facebook has partnered with CNN to offer apps and insights related to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the social network announced Monday. Facebook and CNN will launch an “I’m Voting” application for users to commit to vote and endorse particular candidates and issues. San Francisco Chronicle The app will display votes on Facebook members’ timelines, news feeds and real-time tickers and then be used for a state-by-state interactive map. The two companies are also teaming up to measure the Facebook discussions of the campaigns of President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney and to survey voting-age U.S. residents. CNET While Facebook has long been used as a political tool — many noted how social media gave Obama an advantage when he ran in 2008 — and a way to promote one’s causes, but this takes an official stab at voting transparency. And Facebook is big on transparency. Adweek With ratings falling to a 21-year low in the second quarter of this year, CNN needs to make bold moves to draw viewers to its broadcasts, and it’s betting that Facebook is the answer. If the app catches on with users, CNN may be able to take the pulse of the electorate in useful, real-time ways.
Twitter App for iOS to Receive Major Overhaul, According to iOS 6 Beta (Wired)
The Twitter iOS app could be getting a major facelift in the near future, according to leaked information in iOS 6 beta’s redesigned App Store. Twitter for iPhone version 4.3 will bring improved notifications, interactivity, and better searchability, among other improvements. 9to5 Mac The time between the release notes being posted in the App Store and the update’s launch was 10 days, but we are not sure when this new Twitter update will launch. It appears that mentions of future app updates (and the app release notes) have disappeared from the iOS 6 App Store. CNET Twitter has run into challenges with its mobile apps, especially in the face of rival offerings such as Tweetbot and Twitterrific. The company received a host of complaints late last year after it removed some key features from its iOS app, prompting it to restore a couple of the lost features in a later update.
How to Search: Google Offers Free Online Classes (Mashable)
Google will be offering a free online, community-based course starting today that teaches people different search strategies to find what they need faster and more efficiently. The lessons, which will be led by Google senior research scientist Dan Russell, will show attendees how to improve their search skills and use of various tools, including Google Groups, Google+ and Hangouts.
Pinterest Leaves Palo Alto, Joins San Francisco’s Tech Revival (Mashable)
Pinterest has joined Twitter, Zynga, Airbnb and a host of other social-based tech companies in San Francisco after announcing Monday that it would leave Palo Alto — where earlier this year the image-sharing network exploded into one of the fastest growing social networks of all time. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee — who has made drawing tech startups to the city a top priority of his administration — touted Pinterest’s move north from Silicon Valley as a victory for the local economy.
What Facebook is Really Doing With Job Postings (CNBC)
The web is abuzz with reports that Facebook could be going after LinkedIn’s business, with a new jobs board after The Wall Street Journal posted a story that the social network is launching its own job board later this summer. Facebook isn’t going after LinkedIn’s business or trying to recreate its three revenue streams. This is simply the next step in Facebook’s “Social Jobs Partnership.”
HashAwards Makes Administering Twitter Awards Simple (AllTwitter)
If you’re looking to run a promo on Twitter, we have a cool new platform for you to check out: HashAwards. The service is customizable to suit your needs and offers a great way to create some buzz for your brand.
Google Hangout Competitor Meetings.io Attracts 100K Users in Two Months (VentureBeat)
Group video conferencing service Meetings.io has grown to 100,000 users since launching in April. The startup’s three founders have been heads down developing screen-sharing and file transfer features, released Monday, with lofty plans of taking on Webex and other clunky video conference services for the enterprise.
Tumblr Captures the High-Pitched Screams of One Direction Fans [Video] (SocialTimes)
Tumblr has teamed with MTV on a tribute to boy band One Direction’s biggest fans. It’s not Wednesday yet, so it’s probably safe to watch this series from Tumblr’s Storyboard editors called “Special Report: Inside the Crazy World of 1D Fandom.”
Lawyer: Bahrain Court Jails Protest Leader Over Tweets (Reuters)
A prominent Bahraini protest leader, Nabeel Rajab, was sentenced to three months in prison for insulting some Bahrainis in a tweet criticizing the prime minister, Rajab’s lawyer and the state news agency said on Monday. Rajab has been a central figure in organizing protests during 16 months of unrest in the Gulf Arab state.