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Settlement of Sponsored Stories Class-Action Suit Vs. Facebook Faces More Challenges (AllFacebook)
Al Roker Blasts New York City Mayor on Twitter for Not Canceling School (New York Daily News)
Al Roker can add political pundit to his resume. The NBC weatherman, who normally has a rather sunny disposition, traded icy barbs with Mayor de Blasio Thursday for Hizzoner’s handling of Thursday’s snowstorm.
Study: Social Media Driving Hyper-Growth for SMBs (SocialTimes)
There might be more big brands on social media these days, but according to a recent LinkedIn study, social media is an important driver of growth for small and medium businesses. More than 90 percent of SMBs are either current users of social media or plan to use it in the future.
Banished Marketing CEO to Facebook: ‘We Deserve a Second Chance’ (VentureBeat)
HasOffers chief Peter Hamilton has a message for Facebook: Give us a second chance. “Facebook has done some amazing things in the market in terms of expanding the mobile advertising ecosystem,” Hamilton told VentureBeat. “I don’t want to be pointing the fingers at anybody, but we deserve a second chance.”
The @SochiProblems Twitter Account Has 100k More Followers Than the Official @Sochi2014 (AllTwitter)
The @SochiProblems Twitter account has amassed a whopping 343,000 followers, just a week after launching. But it’s not your average, vitriolic parody account. Nope, this one is run by a polite Canadian – and its tweets are proof.
Facebook Now Lets You Select a Custom Gender on Your Profile (The Next Web)
Facebook has announced it has added the ability to select a custom gender on your profile, a change it has made after working closely with LGBT activist groups. The feature will only be available to people in the U.S. for now, but Facebook plans to expand availability “in the future.”
‘Orange is The New Black’s’ Social Love for Valentine’s Day (LostRemote)
With speculation spreading of an end of April premiere date for season two, Netflix’s other hit online original show “Orange Is the New Black” is sending love messages to fans ahead of Valentine’s Day. Playing their characters, some of the show’s cast posted messages on the show’s Instagram geared toward fans.
Picture Storytelling App Frontback Comes Out of Hiding with New Update (GigaOM)
After raising $3 million in the fall, the eight-person team of Frontback in San Francisco fell silent for a few months, introducing updates to its app with no fanfare. On Thursday, the company released a new version of its iPhone app, and spoke up about the health of the company.
Sesame Street Releases Flappy Bert Featuring Bert Carried by a Bird (AppNewser)
Discontinued mobile game Flappy Bird is getting a lot of cloning action, but this is the first involving a classic children’s television character. Created by Sesame Workshop, the webgame Flappy Bert is free to play – there’s one single ad at the top.