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Anonymous Sees 9,200 ISIS-Linked Twitter Accounts (Newsweek)
Anonymous, an online “hacktivist” organization, released a list of 9,200 Twitter account handles it believes are linked to the Islamic State. The release is part of #OpISIS, a movement to curb the terrorist organization’s social media pull. The Daily Caller Anonymous partnered with fellow hacktivist groups GhostSec and Ctrlsec to assemble the list, which the groups encouraged the online community to share in an effort to have the accounts banned. “We’re releasing it to hold Twitter accountable,” the group said in a post on Medium. “I encourage you all to do your duty not only as a citizen of the world but also as a member of the Internet community and re-post this on social media.” The Independent While Anonymous and other groups are often referred to as hacktivists, using computer hacking to get their results, it’s just as likely that the group assembled the list by searching through sites using certain keywords. While Twitter appears to be taking down all of the accounts on this and similar lists, its rules do not actually outlaw being a member of ISIS or supporting the group.

LinkedIn Acquires HR Startup Careerify (The Next Web)
LinkedIn has acquired Toronto-based startup Careerify with the aim of automating the referrals process using big data. The announcement was made by Careerify.

Report: Facebook Sees More Government Requests for Content Restrictions (SocialTimes)
Facebook continued to see an increase in requests by governments for content restrictions in the second half of 2014, but requests for account data only saw a slight uptick, according to its most recent global Government Requests Report, released Monday. The social network said it restricted 9,707 pieces of content in the second half of 2014, up from 8,774 in the first half of the year, adding that government requests for account data rose marginally, to 35,051 from 34,946.

Pinterest Valued at $11B After Latest Round of Funding (Pinterest)
Pinterest has raised $367 million in its latest round of financing, giving it a valuation of $11 billion and making the social discovery site one of the most valuable venture capital-backed startups. The makers of the visual bookmarking tool confirmed the financing Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Facebook Tries to Add Clarity to its Community Standards (SocialTimes)
How does Facebook draw the line between what users are allowed to post and what types of content should be banned? The social network attempted to clarify its policies with Monday’s release of updated community standards.

BuzzFeed’s New Strategy: Fishing for Eyeballs in Other People’s Streams (Re/code)
CEO Jonah Peretti thinks BuzzFeed can become even more omnipresent — by focusing more on publishing his stuff on other people’s sites and services. Instead of trying to use the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to send visitors back to his site, Peretti says his company is now happy to have its stuff live outside of BuzzFeed.

ABC News Available on Roku, and Apple TV Internationally (LostRemote)
It was a big news day for television and journalism between the Robert Durst arrest after his HBO documentary and Watchup adding Tribune’s cache of local news to its app. Not to be left out, ABC News went ahead and announced that it’s going to be available on Roku devices as of right now.

Millennials Rely on Social Media for News (CBS)
A survey of Americans ages 18 to 34, sometimes called the millennial generation, found that two-thirds of respondents said they consume news online regularly, often on a social networking site. Of those, 40 percent do so several times a day, according to the poll, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute.

How Brands Can Run Effective Auto-Play Video Ads on Instagram (SocialTimes)
How have auto-play video ads on Instagram fared since launching in October, and how can brands best take advantage of the medium? Instagram said in a blog post that its 15-second auto-play video ads are now available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and France, offering up apparel retailer Banana Republic as a success story.