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Twitter Gets Little Sympathy Over Instagram’s Pulled Photos (SocialTimes)
Instagram has pulled its integration with the Twitter “cards” display format, making viewing Instagram photos on the microblogging site much less appealing. The move highlights growing competition between the two networks since Instagram was acquired by Facebook in April. Wired According to Twitter’s status blog update: “Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter. Issues include cropped images. This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience. So, when users click on Tweets with an Instagram link, photos appear cropped.” AllThingsD Twitter has no doubt benefitted from Instagram’s images appearing inside of its feed. In September, AllThingsD reported that Instagram pictures are actually seeing more engagement from users than plain tweets. ZDNET “This decision is definitely coming from me,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom reportedly said. “This is not a case of Facebook putting some sort of policy on Instagram. And this isn’t a consequence of us getting acquired.” The New York Times/Bits Blog As is typical with these decisions, the people who use these services are the ones that inevitably lose out. Although not optimal, here are couple of tricks to get around the Instagram blockade. WebProNews Twitter announced Wednesday that it has added trends for 100 more cities around the world, including Istanbul, Frankfurt, Guadalajara and Incheon. That puts the total number of locations at more than 200.
Zynga Makes First Move Toward Gambling in Nevada, Says Process Will Take More Than a Year (TechCrunch)
Zynga has applied for a “preliminary finding of suitability” from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the first step toward offering real-money gambling games in that state. The news broke in the Wall Street Journal, and Zynga has confirmed it, though it notes that the process will take 12 to 18 months, and says that it sees gambling in the “broader U.S. market” as “further out on the horizon based on legislative developments. The Wall Street Journal Nevada will examine Zynga’s financial standing and regulatory track record, making Zynga’s application an incremental but important step as it eyes new revenue opportunities. It’s unclear how long it would take Zynga to ultimately receive a gaming license in the state should it be deemed qualified. Forbes Companies cannot legally offer online gambling in the United States, but there have been rumblings that a bill in the U.S. Senate could be passed allowing it. Zynga has been struggling to move off of its dependency on Facebook while building out its own gaming platform on Zynga.com and on mobile platforms.
Former Sen. Alan Simpson Dances ‘Gangnam Style’ in YouTube Video to Raise Debt Awareness (Mashable)
From the Senate floor to the dance floor, former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson has some serious moves. In a recently posted YouTube video, the 81-year-old former fed danced to “Gangnam Style” in an attempt to get the millennial generation involved in debt reduction.
Facebook Decides ‘Follow’ Sounds Better Than ‘Subscribe’ (CNET)
Facebook has decided to do away with the word “subscribe” and replace it with “follow.” The reason? Apparently people were confused by what the “subscribe” button meant.
You Are What You Tweet (AllTwitter)
Those brief but often surprisingly weighty 140-character status updates are, letter by letter, and byte by byte, playing a major role in the formulation of your identity on the Web. This is how the Internet sees you, and therefore by association, the world.
Quora Users Can Now Share Contributions on LinkedIn, Post Answers Directly to Their Profiles (The Next Web)
Question-and-answer social network Quora announced a new feature that will allow users to share their contributions directly to their LinkedIn profiles. In doing so, the company is hoping that it will bolster user knowledge and expertise prominence so that it can help aid in any potential job search that is going on.
SoundCloud Revamps Site to Reach 180 Million Listeners (The Wall Street Journal)
SoundCloud, the Berlin-based startup that allows users to share sounds, and not just music, is making a big noise here about sound. Alex Ljung, the co-founder and CEO who was at Le Web to announce the next version of the product, said the site now gets 10 hours of sounds uploaded for every minute of the day.
Congress Declares Opposition to UN Takeover of the Internet (ars technica)
Congress certainly can’t agree on much, but we’ve now discovered what it will unite for: opposing a United Nations “takeover” of the Internet. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously (397-0) against the International Telecommunications Union and the United Nations’ efforts to push “increased government control over the Internet” that would “undermine the current multi-stakeholder model that has enabled the Internet to flourish and under which the private sector.”
Facebook for BlackBerry Update Released (AllFacebook)
The newest version of Facebook for BlackBerry, v3.3, is now available via BlackBerry App World, and new features in the application include integration with BBM, easy unfriending, viewing of photos in higher resolution and an overall revamped look and feel. Readers: How many of you are still using BlackBerry devices?