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By Tim Sohn 

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Facebook Chat Heads, Stickers Coming To iOS (AllFacebook)
Although Apple will likely not cede the iPhone’s home screen for Facebook Home, iOS users Tuesday got access to Chat Heads capability. Facebook announced that iPhone and iPad users had this update sometime Tuesday and would be able to use the company’s newest messaging feature. TIME/Techland While they look similar to their Android, um, ancestors, iOS’s Chat Heads only pop up when you’re using the Facebook app — in iOS, there’s no way to implement them everywhere in the operating system so that they show up no matter which app you’re using. Still, they should be a fun and useful addition. AllThingsD Other new features include “stickers” (everyone has to have stickers in their messaging app), as well as a new version of the iPad layout, which mirrors the version Facebook recently brought to the desktop News Feed. This might have been what a Facebook executive was talking about Monday, when Bloomberg reported that the company was talking about making a “version of its new mobile software for the iPhone.” Inside Facebook Link shares and page like stories include larger images, and check-ins include a map. CNET In related Facebook news, just days after its U.S. debut, Facebook Home is ready for download in other countries. Facebook made the push to international territories Tuesday as part of a colonization plan to get its freshest social-networking features in front of many people as possible — and to up engagement levels, of course.

Twitter in Talks with Viacom, NBC to Stream TV Content Within Tweets (AllTwitter)
Twitter is close to securing a partnership deal with two major television networks to bring high-quality video content and advertising to the micro-blogging social platform, says Bloomberg, citing sources that are familiar with the matter. Twitter has been holding talks with Viacom and Comcast Corp’s NBC Universal, seeking to add more entertainment and news video that would stream within tweets directly on Twitter. Variety However, a source familiar with the discussions said the content from NBCU and Viacom would be short clips — not full-length episodes, a la Hulu. The potential deals would be similar to agreements the company already has with ESPN and Turner Broadcasting System, which embed video links in their Twitter feeds, the source said. GigaOM Such a move would make perfect sense considering Twitter’s current trajectory, as the company has worked to build up support for visual media and partnerships with companies in the television industry. Twitter has clearly realized that television and live broadcast events give the company a unique opportunity to harness online conversations happening at a particular moment and then serve up advertising based around those events.

Separating Social Media’s Fact from Fiction Amid Crisis [Podcast] (NPR)
In the moments following the twin explosions at the Boston Marathon, many of the initial reports disseminated through social media proved to be false. Jeremy Stahl, social media editor for, shares his rules for social media responsibly in the midst of tragic, breaking news.

The Guardian Launches an App for Crowdsourcing the News (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The Guardian has created a new platform that allows readers to submit photos, video and text directly to reporters. GuardianWitness, available on iOS and Android, makes it possible for people to contribute to stories in real time.

An Inside Look at MTV’s Social Strategy for Last Night’s 2013 MTV Movie Awards (LostRemote)
With more than 143 million Facebook likes and 1.2 million Instagram followers, MTV ranks as one of the biggest brands on both platforms. The network continues to outpace its rivals in terms of digital innovation, and with the MTV Movie Awards which aired Sunday night, MTV has show the world that social TV is now about GIFs, Instagram and real-time access to fans via Facebook.

The Top Four Industries That Rocked Video Advertising in Q1 2013 (SocialTimes)
Every day is the Super Bowl for advertisers that put a little extra love and creativity into their online videos. Statistics from Unruly‘s Social Video Report for the first quarter of 2013 show that four industries in particular came through with viral videos that consumers were not only willing to watch, but also share.

Social Networking on Desktops May Have Peaked in 2012, Experian Finds (CNET)
In 2012, U.S. consumers on personal computers spent about 27 percent of their Internet time with social networking sites and forums, or 16 minutes for every hour, according to data from Experian Marketing Services. Though that’s an alarming finding for some, the figure, which doesn’t reflect mobile browsing, is actually down 3 percentage points from the previous year.

SocialFlow Scores $10 Million in Series B Funding (SocialTimes)
SocialFlow, a social media marketing optimization company, has received a $10 million round in Series B funding, headed up by Fairhaven Capital, according to the New York City-based company. According to a news release from SocialFlow, it will use the additional funding to “accelerate its range and reach, expand its product portfolio and further develop its partner base as the market for intelligent social network engagement and analytics platforms expands.”

The Hunt, a Social Commerce Site, Draws Celebrity Interest (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
The Hunt is a shopping site where members upload photographs of items they want and ask the community of users to help them identify the item or similar ones. On Tuesday, the company announced it had raised an additional $700,000 in seed financing, led by a roster of celebrities and figures from the entertainment world, including Ashton Kutcher’s A-Grade investment firm and RedOne, the Grammy-winning producer behind Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.