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Facebook’s Revamped News Feed Aspires to be a Personalized Newspaper (AllFacebook)
In an effort to clean up the clutter, Facebook introduced a redesigned news feed Thursday. Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, ironically enough, compared the company’s vision to that of a newspaper. Inside Facebook Zuckerberg and other key employees involved in the redesign showed off a feed that emphasizes photos for all post types. Users can now select category-specific feeds, including feeds focused on photos, music, games, pages and public figures users follow, as well as different friend lists. SocialTimes Facebook’s new Time Line will also feature larger ads. Wrote Brittany Darwell of Inside Facebook: “Just as user stories are richer, advertisements too get more engaging visuals in many cases. At the same time, ads have a new prominent ‘hide’ button that is not hidden under a drop-down menu, as it continues to be for most non-sponsored content.” The New York Times The changes are designed to address the company’s two most vital challenges: how to hold on to users at a time of competing, specialized social networks and how to draw more advertising dollars to please Wall Street. Facebook introduced the new design to some users of the Web version of its service on Thursday, and will extend it to all Web users and to mobile apps in coming weeks. Wired Facebook executives said the new design would more readily grab people’s attention across a range of devices, from tablets to mobile phones to notebook computers. The design is intended to have the exact same navigation across all devices.
Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy Resigns as Pandora Reports a Strong 2012 (VentureBeat)
Pandora may have had a good fourth quarter in 2012, but CEO Joe Kennedy is on his way out. “As part of our board discussions of the road that lies ahead, I reached the conclusion and advised the board that the time is right to begin a process to identify my successor,” Kennedy said in a statement on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal Kennedy has led Pandora through a brief yet bumpy existence as a public company following an IPO in 2011. Pandora has quickly gained listeners, but it has also been tripped up by royalty costs and a lag in making ad revenue from mobile devices.
Sen. Rand Paul Tweets During His Filibuster (The Huffington Post)
Senator Rand Paul spent what seemed like all of Wednesday speaking on the Senate floor in order to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director. The senator was tweeting incessantly, so it seems clear that someone else is running his Twitter account.
Former Wired.com Editor Evan Hansen Joins Obvious Corp as Medium’s Senior Editor (The Next Web)
Evan Hansen, the former editor-in-chief of Wired.com, has announced that he is joining Obvious Corp., the creators of publishing service Medium and the habit social network Lift. In his capacity, Hansen says that he’ll be the senior editor for technology and science on the company’s editorial team at Medium.
Follow All the SXSW Twitter Buzz on This Interactive NewsHub (AllTwitter)
Even if you can’t attend SXSW, you can still follow along – if you know where to look. We’re not talking about just following the #SXSW hashtag on Twitter, we have a NewsHub to share with you that plans to track the events and people so closely, you’ll feel like a stalker (a good stalker, not a bad one).
Twitter Approaches Holy Grail of Interactive TV Advertising with New Partner Ad Tool (LostRemote)
With the recent purchase of Bluefin Labs, a ratings deal with Nielsen and the release of its advertising API, Twitter is clearly the most serious new player to pursue the Holy Grail of interactive television ads. We’re starting to see some of the early products, and as is customary with Twitter, we’re seeing it first with an API partner — TBG Digital.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Whips Reddit into Shape with Fitness Advice (The Daily Dot)
Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to his fitness roots by paying a surprise visit to the r/fitness subreddit on March 6. Well before becoming famous for everything from The Terminator to Batman and Robin to the California Republican ticket, Schwarzenegger impressed international audiences by winning the Mr. Universe bodybuilding contest in 1969.
FTC Files Charges Against Spammers Accused of Sending 180 Million Text Messages (The Verge)
Last year, the Federal Communications Commission put new measures in place to protect consumers from spam text messages, and now the Federal Trade Commission is taking actions of its own by filing complaints against 29 individuals in connection with a massive spam SMS operation. According to the FTC, the defendants were responsible for sending more than 180 million spam text messages promising free gift cards from the likes of Target and Best Buy.
With Users in Over 83 Countries, Social Discovery Platform at the Pool Wants to be the Anti-Facebook (TechCrunch)
At The Pool, the Los Angeles-based social discovery platform, is rolling out a big redesign that sees the startup becoming laser-focused on creating the “anti-Facebook” social network for young people. In its February 10-K report, Facebook said that it is at risk of losing young users to other services that are similar to or act “as a substitute for Facebook.”