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Police: Hostage Taker Was Updating Facebook During Ordeal (CNN)
Police involved in a Pittsburgh, Pa., hostage situation on Friday were faced with an interesting decision. It wasn’t whether to send in a robot or storm into a building, it was whether to have the hostage taker’s Facebook page shut down. AP The suspect, 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton, made Facebook posts during the five-hour ordeal, authorities said, and they feared that responses from friends, family and others might goad him into violence. In the end, police said Thaxton surrendered peacefully and released businessman Charles Breitsman. USA Today Early in the standoff, which began at 8:10 a.m. ET, Thaxton posted this message on his Facebook page: “i cant take it no more im done bro.” The police chief said authorities shut down Thaxton’s access to his Facebook page “so that we could have his full attention.” The New York Times It was the people with access to Thaxton’s Facebook account who may have had the best view into his thinking as the ordeal unfolded in the 16th floor in the offices of CW Breitsman Associates. For several hours, as Thaxton sent updates and Facebook friends wrote back, the flow of status messages chronicled the narrative of a man who seemed to have lost hope and a community that said it could relate, urging him to stay strong, to push through life’s hard knocks or to pray. The Verge Watching something like a hostage situation unfold on TV, in real time, has become sadly commonplace. On the other hand, watching a suspect update his Facebook status and accept friend requests during a hostage situation (as SWAT teams surround the building) is more than a tiny bit surreal.
Tweets Will Be Downloadable By the End of the Year (Mashable)
Speaking at an Online News Association conference, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said that users would have the ability to download their tweets by the end of this year. Costolo first revealed that “tweet curation” was on the way in July, but the company has kept mum about plans for rolling out the feature — until now. The New York Times/Media Decoder To showcase its new fall season, the CW network will use Twitter as a platform to preview the season premiere of the show “Emily Owens, M.D.” To promote the show, CW will include an insert in the Oct. 5 issue of Entertainment Weekly that will feature what is essentially a small cellphone screen that will wirelessly display a short video showing stars of new CW shows and then a live Twitter feed of the network’s account, @CW_Network. Politico Microsoft accidentally stepped into ugly partisan politics over the weekend — on Twitter. The company’s official Twitter feed sent a public response to liberal economist Robert Reich, who tweeted he was in New York to visit his 4-year-old granddaughter and sit on a panel with Ann Coulter.
Tracy Morgan’s Emmys Stunt Instantly Sparks 25,000 Tweets (Mashable)
During the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel urged viewers to take to Twitter and type about comedian Tracy Morgan passing out on stage, instantly sparking 25,000 tweets. Of course, Morgan didn’t really pass out, and within minutes, “OMG Tracy Morgan” was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
Facebook Now Keeps Search History in Activity Log (AllFacebook)
Facebook is widely known as the social network, but now it is making more progress toward becoming the search network. Not long after co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company has a renewed focus on search, the site announced a change in its activity log, which now saves Facebook searches.
Iran Reportedly Moving on Domestic Net Plan, Blocks Google (Reuters)
Iran plans to switch its citizens onto a domestic Internet network in what officials say is a bid to improve cyber security but which many Iranians fear is the latest way to control their access to the Web. The announcement, made by a government deputy minister on Sunday, came as state television announced Google’s search engine and its email service would be blocked “within a few hours.”
Patch Launches a More Social, More Mobile Site (FishbowlNY)
One of New York City’s tech properties, Patch, is rolling out a new website. Community members can create their own groups to post articles, messages, photos, videos and events.
Facebook Suspends Facial Recognition in Europe (The Wall Street Journal)
Facebook has voluntarily switched off its facial recognition service in Europe following a privacy audit by the Irish Data Protection Commission. The company said it wants to reinstate the feature once a form of consent can be found that meets the guidelines.
The Most Social Colleges in America [INFOGRAPHIC] (AllTwitter)
Did you know that Harvard has 281 times as many Likes on their Facebook Page as they do members of their student body, making them the number one college on that channel, with almost three times as many fans as LSU? Facebook, of course, was started at Harvard by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, so it kind of makes sense.
Social Savvy Z Gallerie Hosts Pinterest Party (SocialTimes)
Have you ever considered having a Pinterest party where attendees pin stuff from your store (or gallery) while sipping champagne and snacking on treats? Beyond just having a Pinterest party though, Z Gallerie took it a step further and invited the folks from Pinterest.