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‘The New York Times’ Posts Full Stories as Facebook Notes During Website Outage (AllFacebook)
When The New York Times suffered a site outage Wednesday, the newspaper turned to Facebook Notes to post some key stories in their entirety. The Times said in a post on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon: “As you may be aware, the Times is experiencing a server issue that has resulted in our website being temporarily unavailable. We expect the site to be restored soon. In the meantime, we are publishing key news articles in their entirety here on Facebook. The New York Times “The outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update being pushed out, and we believe that was the cause,” said Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for The New York Times Company. The site went down about 11:10 a.m.. It returned around 1:15 p.m., but service was sporadic. MediaPost The Times also relied on Twitter to alert readers to the switch and tweet out headlines and links to the five stories posted to its Facebook account. While short-lived, the paper’s use of Facebook as its front page cast a spotlight on Facebook Notes, a blogging tool the site launched back in 2006 that has gotten little traction since. CNET Other New York Times employees also took to Twitter to put the outage in context. Renda Morton tweeted: “NYTimes.com is down! Luckily we printed it out for you last night. $2” Dave Itzkoff wrote: “They say there’s always an uptick in media babies born 9 months after an http://NYTimes.com outage.” The Atlantic The Web was built de-centralized, as nearly every history of it will tell you: Huge server farms could catch fire or fall into a sinkhole or disappear but silent, blinking computers could still talk to one another in HTTP. The commercialization of the Web has reduced its sprawling stability and centralized it somewhat: Odds are, this article reached you because you saw a link to it on Twitter, Facebook or one of the other huge, homogenous urban centers sitting fat and wealthy among the more diverse, open, “rural” Web.
@SocialTimes to Join @NASASocial for the Orion Stationary Recovery Test (SocialTimes)
Today, NASA and the Navy’s United States Fleet Forces Command are giving a group of 30 social media followers an inside look at the Orion Stationary Recovery Test at NASA Langley Research Center and Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. I’ll be right in the splash zone (fingers crossed) when the team simulates the recovery of the Orion crew module — a spacecraft designed by Lockheed Martin to carry astronauts to deep space — as it lands in the Pacific Ocean.
Google+ Updates Android App with New Location, Photo Features (Mashable)
Google+ unveiled a slew of new features to the platform’s Android mobile app on Wednesday, most notably updates to the site’s geo-location feature that allows Google+ users to share their locations with those in their circles. The update lets users share their locations in varying degrees of detail depending on which circles they choose to share with.
Apple Hits $500 a Share After Carl Icahn Tweets Love for the Company (VentureBeat)
Apple shares finally hit $500 for the first time since since January following news that billionaire Carl Icahn invested in the company. Apple’s stock has been on a downward trend since the beginning of this year.
Sino Weibo, China’s Twitter, Valued at $6 Billion (AllTwitter)
Wednesday, Sina Weibo – China’s Twitter – announced $30 million in ad revenue during the second quarter of 2013, more than 200 percent year-over-year growth. Not only that: user count on Sina Weibo is way up (daily active users jumped to 54 million in June, an 8.6 percent increase compared to March) and added-value services jumped 186 percent over last year to $7.7 million.
Google Search Will Soon Tap Your Gmail, Calendar and Google+ Accounts for Personalized Results (The Next Web)
Google has announced plans to begin pulling information from your Gmail, Google Calendar and Google+ accounts to serve up personalized results like flight times, reservations and plans. The company says the personalized data will be provided via an encrypted connection, and, of course, the service will only operate when logged in to an account.
CNN Aims to Get More Social with Redesigned Site (LostRemote)
CNN senior VP of digital KC Estenson acknowledged that while CNN has more traffic than many other news sites, its social sharing is much lower than outlets like The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. The new site is designed to change that.
Partnership Lets Nonprofits Accept Donations Through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Comments (SocialTimes)
Clients of Greater Giving, a provider of technology and credit card-processing services for nonprofit organizations, will soon be able to make donations through social media channels. The Beaverton, Ore.-based company signed an agreement with Chirpify, which will allow users to donate by simply replying to a comment.
Hendrick Social Media Plan Could Be Prototype (USA Today)
Before a wall of flat screens wired for multiple channels of social media immersion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrapped a newfangled approach to NASCAR fan outreach with an old-fashioned salute. “Thanks, this was fun, and hope you guys enjoyed it,” he said. “We’ll be back to the Digital Dashboard real soon.”