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No Tweets, Instagrams or Use of iPhones Allowed at 2014 Olympics in Russia for Journalists (AppNewser)
Several Russian news sources are citing a ban on use of smartphones and tablets at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, citing a statement from Vasily Konov, head of the Russian operated R-Sport News Agency. All media must be obtained using professional equipment, and only with proper accreditation. TechCrunch The ban essentially nixes Instagram, Vine, Whatsapp, Frontback and any other newfangled software the kids are using these days. First things first: there are amazing iPhone photos that compete with professional equipment, like this gem from photographer Benjamin Lowy. Mashable Konov denied reports of his comments and offered his own Instagram feed from last summer’s London Games in tweets to a Russia-based BuzzFeed correspondent. But there’s also some recent historical precedent for those who might believe his comments are overblown. The Poynter Institute Non-journalists attending the games will be able to use social media, but they’ll be watched while doing so, according to an Oct. 6 report by Shaun Walker in The Guardian. In 2012, D.L. Cade reported in Peta Pixel that the London Olympics planned to clamp down on photos and video on social media. The Verge It remains unclear whether or not news outlets can update their accounts with photos and video after competitions. We’ve reached out to the International Olympic Committee for comment on the decision.
Bing Amps Up its Music Video Search Function (CNET)
Microsoft announced Monday that it overhauled its music video search function for users to explore, discover and browse more music on Bing. The search engine has brought in more than 1.7 million songs from 70,000 artists and 500,000 albums from all across the Web, including YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more.
YouTube/G+ Comment Integration Reignites Debate Over Internet Anonymity (SocialTimes)
It seems that every time there’s a major platform change on social media, someone somewhere on the Internet is outraged. Such is the case with the new Google+-linked YouTube comment system.
Google Launches Crisis Tools to Help the Philippines Deal with the Aftermath of a Powerful Typhoon (The Next Web)
Google announced Monday it has launched crisis tools to help gather and relay information to do with the devastation wrought by a powerful typhoon in the Philippines. The tools include Google Person Finder, a Web app for individuals to either search for someone else or leave details about yourself and others.
Only Half of Twitter’s Active Users Actually Tweet [Stats] (AllTwitter)
PeerReach found that just 117 million Twitter users log in and tweet at least once a month. Put another way, only about half of the people who log in to Twitter once a month are actually taking the time to tweet.
With Catalogs, Flipboard Dips its Toe into E-Commerce (AllThingsD)
Just in time for the holidays, Flipboard is beginning to look more shopper-friendly. The startup, which has offered mobile magazines populated with news and editorial content from your various social streams, announced on Monday its new “catalogs” product, a way for users to browse and purchase items directly from Flipboard, much like the paper gift guides that flood mailboxes year-round.
How Can Facebook Enhance Wearable Technology? (AllFacebook)
Facebook recently held a hackathon at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Google, Jawbone, Fitbit, Recon, and Pebble, with a focus on wearable technology, but Facebook head of mobile products Erick Tseng told Engadget the social network has not quite figured out its approach yet. Tseng told Engadget: “Wearables are particularly interesting to us just because we’re starting to see a lot of really interesting data being contributed back to the Facebook Open Graph. One of the big open questions in wearables today is how we continue to make these devices that we wear more useful.”
How Spotify Helped Reinvent Mixtape Culture (The Daily Dot)
In a crowded room of music-streaming services, Playlists.net has more of a personal angle, where curation is largely left to the user. And their new iOS features are attempting to make Playlists more of a social tool: A digital jukebox that offers an ambient awareness of what those around you are listening to.
Twitter Trolls Harass New York Times Reporter in Mistaken Identity Case (Mashable)
The worlds of the two unrelated Jonathan Martins collided in a bizarre, troubling fashion Monday, when football fans sent a deluge of ugly messages to the New York Times reporter’s account, in reaction to news that the NFL player will likely sit out the remainder of this season.