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Thank You Facebook for Making Post-Scheduling Not Suck Anymore! (VentureBeat)
Facebook post scheduling used to be a minute-long process of pain. Thursday, Facebook made it a second of sweetness. Facebook, thank goodness, has pre-populated the date field with today’s date, saving 90 percent of the pain. (If you want to do another date, Facebook now offers up a cute little calendar picker that is simple and fast.) And the time field is interestingly smart: Start typing a time, such as 4:40, and it will offer just two easily-selectable options, 4:40PM and 4:40AM.
Pinterest’s First API is Here: A Widget for Popular Pins (AllThingsD)
Pinterest said Thursday that its first API will help stores and brands display which of their items were most frequently and recently pinned. So, basically, it’s a most-popular widget that Pinterest promises will help sites keep freshly updated.
How Facebook, American Red Cross are Helping Victims of the Philippines Typhoon (AllFacebook)
Facebook teamed up with the American Red Cross to aid victims of the typhoon that ravaged the Philippines last week, with a prompt appearing atop users’ News Feeds urging them to donate to the cause. The message is headlined, “Donate now to emergency relief in the Philippines.”
Skype is Considering Automatically Removing Typing Sounds from Calls (The Next Web)
At a press event in Stockholm, Sweden Thursday, Skype confirmed it is evaluating the addition of a typing suppression feature to its desktop clients that will automatically filter the sound of your fingers hitting the keys. Unfortunately, the Microsoft-owned company isn’t ready to ship the functionality yet, despite it being available in its enterprise-focused Lync tool.
Tweets with Images Get 18 Percent More Clicks, 89 Percent More Favorites And 150 Percent More Retweets [Study] (AllTwitter)
Twitter recently added inline images to tweets so they display automatically in user timelines, putting content “front and center.” It’s worth noting that it’s just Twitter content that’s getting the extra boost, as only images shared on Twitter’s own pic.twitter.com display automatically.
Port Authority Police Use Facebook to Communicate With Suicidal Teen (BetaBeat)
On Tuesday, a suicidal young man posted to Facebook that he was contemplating jumping off the George Washington Bridge, but the cops saw the message just in time. The 18-year-old (his identity isn’t being released) wrote “I am thinking about jumping” along with a picture of the bridge that connects New York and New Jersey.
First Ever ‘The Voice’ Contestant Saved from Elimination By Twitter (LostRemote)
NBC’s “The Voice” made history Tuesday night, for the first time allowing Twitter users to save a contestant from elimination, with Raleigh, N.C.’s Kat Robichaud staving off rejection thanks to an explosion of votes for her on Twitter. Fans started feverishly tweeting, with 385,842 tweets between 9:53 and 9:58 p.m. ET, according to SocialGuide, with the highest coming at 9:54 p.m. ET with 109,478 tweets per minute.
Google: We’re Bombarded By Gov’t Requests on User Data (CNET)
The U.S. government is on a data-gathering spree at Google, new data from the search giant reveals. Between January and June 2013, the U.S. government issued nearly 11,000 requests to Google asking for user information, or about 42 percent of the global total. India was second with nearly 2,700 government requests.
Now You Can Reach Almost Anyone via Facebook Messenger (AppNewser)
Facebook released an update to its Messenger app that allows you to reach anyone using the app whose number you have, not just your existing Facebook friends. The update lets individuals text their contacts from within the app, rather than switching to Facebook, their phone’s SMS client, or any other chat app.