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Facebook Begins Rollout Of Embedded Posts (AllFacebook)
Facebook Wednesday announced the rollout of embedded posts, which will allow users to add public posts from the social network elsewhere on the Web, such as on blogs and websites, with those posts including photos, videos, hashtags and other content. Readers will also be able to like and share directly via embedded posts. Inside Facebook For now, Facebook is allowing this for Bleacher Report, CNN, Huffington Post, Mashable and PEOPLE, but more people and pages will have this capability later. Only posts that are set as public can be embedded. Users will be able to share and like content directly from the embedded post without having to visit Facebook. Mashable In its announcement, Facebook used a status update from the British monarchy about the recent royal birth as an example. Though an estimated 72 percent of Facebook users set their posts to private, the company has lately been looking to tap its public posts for added commentary and color on topical issues. The Wall Street Journal The move is a logical step for Facebook, which has been pushing hard to be a major player in real-time conversations on the Web, such as big news or entertainment events. Although the social network is far larger than Twitter, its rival is seen as one of the most dominant hubs for breaking events. Wired Facebook is putting itself on the Web to get you to act on stuff you see outside of Facebook in ways that will be reflected inside Facebook. It’s a radical shift.
Governments, Led by U.S., Seek More Data About Twitter Users (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
The number of requests for Twitter user data from governments around the world continued to grow in the first half of 2013, the microblogging service said in its semiannual transparency report, released Wednesday. Over all, Twitter said, it received 1,157 requests for data covering 1,697 users, and it turned over at least some data in 55 percent of the cases. Reuters Governments usually want the emails or IP addresses tied to a Twitter account. In one well-known case, a French court ordered Twitter in February to turn over information about an anonymous account that posted anti-Semitic tweets. Twitter, which had initially resisted by arguing that the data was stored beyond French jurisdiction in its California servers, ultimately complied in June. VentureBeat Most data requests in the U.S. come in the form of subpoenas, at 56 percent. Another 23 percent are via search warrants, and 11 percent are court orders. Just one percent are as a result of MLAT requests from other countries — Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties.
Google to Bring Faster Wi-Fi to Starbucks (SocialTimes)
If your office headquarters are at Starbucks, your internet service is about to get a free refill. Starbucks has partnered with Google to upgrade its Wi-Fi connection, as well as the Starbucks Digital Network homepage, in 7,000 Starbucks locations across the United States.
LinkedIn Launches New Company Page Analytics for Tracking Follower Growth, Post Performance and More (The Next Web)
LinkedIn is targeting businesses, brands and social media managers once again with a redesigned and expanded analytics section for Company Pages. The new suite of tools, available to admins from the secondary menu bar located on each Company Page, is split into a number of different sections with the most prominent area at the top tracking recent posts.
Social Media Support: Why Customers Care About Customer Care [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Did you know that close to half of all people worldwide expect customer support from social networks? Unfortunately, 61 percent of users feel that companies do not communicate effectively with them on social media, and more than a quarter (26.3 percent) say they have waited up to 24 hours for a response from their favorite social brands.
Video Messaging App Glide Said it Has Stopped Spamming Users (GigaOM)
Glide is an Israeli-based video messaging app that has seen strong growth recently, but it has had a spamming problem. The company told GigaOM that it has now stopped auto-inviting your friends after users complained.
Time Warner Cable Launches TWC Central as a Social, News and Streaming TV Hub for Customers (LostRemote)
In an effort to further meld social, TV and broadband, Time Warner recently launched TWC Central – an online hub designed to connect customers to news, entertainment, social networking, and Time Warner’s web products. TWC Central will replace the Road Runner website, which boasted more than 5.7 million visitors per month.
Pinterest Promises Richer Content, More Recommendations (CNET)
Pinterest wants you to have a richer experience on Pinterest, which means more recommendations and more information squeezed into each pin. The site’s head of engineering, Jon Jenkins, told a group of journalists on Wednesday that users can expect to see more of both as the company builds up its “interest graph,” a way to harness the power of overlapping pins and interests.
Tennis Stars Continue to Face Social Media Threats (USA Today)
Many who compete on both the ATP and WTA tours continue to find themselves the recipient of negative comments on their personal social media accounts solely based on their recent results, and the issue of “cyber bullying” is a growing problem. Tennis, however, is international, and players, and those who vent hate against them, change locations week after week. Can the sport itself do any more to prevent such abuse from happening?