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Snapchat CEO and Forbes Clash Over Recent Cover Story (Mashable)
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is certainly making it tough on himself. The 23-year-old criticized journalists on Twitter Monday morning, claiming that some details in a recent Forbes cover story about his startup were misreported. Forbes responded hours later with a transcript from Spiegel’s interview with the story’s author, reporter J.J. Colao, essentially proving that Spiegel misled the publication during its reporting. Business Insider According to Forbes, Mark Zuckerberg emailed Evan Spiegel to speak, and Spiegel gave a disrespectful response: “Mark Zuckerberg, the richest 20-something in history, reached out to Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel…with an invitation, delivered to his personal email account: Come to Menlo Park and Let’s get to know each other. Spiegel…responded to his role model thusly: I’m happy to meet you… if you come to me.” Spiegel’s response sounds arrogant. CNET Forbes reported that Spiegel would only sit down with the Facebook CEO if Zuckerberg came to him. Screenshots of e-mails sent in late November 2012, and posted to Twitter on Monday, suggest something else entirely. Politico Snapchat has added a high-powered K Street lobbying firm in the aftermath of a massive security breach. According to public records, Snapchat hired the firm Heather Podesta + Partners to lobby on issues related to the company’s operation and practices. USA Today In related news, odds are, cybercriminals are moving to cash in the 4.6 million customer phone numbers stolen from Snapchat. For a short time on New Year’s Day, a website allowed anyone to download all the leaked data in a spreadsheet format.
Pinterest Buys Image-Recognition Startup VisualGraph (The Wall Street Journal/Digits)
Pinterest wants to step up competition with Facebook, Google and Yahoo in the white-hot field of image recognition. The social site for pinning collections of photos has purchased VisualGraph, a two-person startup that specializes in visual search, a Pinterest spokeswoman said in an email. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cable Providers are Fighting a Losing Battle Against Video Streaming (SocialTimes)
As more people opt to watch TV on the internet, cable companies are starting to feel the pinch. With the rise of video streaming services like Netflix and Amazon — not to mention torrents — people are deciding they don’t need a cable subscription to watch their favorite shows.
If a Tweet Worked Once, Send it Again — and Other Lessons from The New York Times’ Social Media Desk (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The social media desk at The New York Times expanded in 2013 with the addition of three editors and a broadening of our roles in the newsroom. Beyond editing Times social media accounts, our team devotes an increasing amount of labor to working with the paper’s editors and reporters to integrate reader engagement into our most important journalism.
‘The Bachelor’ ‘Countdown to Juan Carlos’ Catapults Up SocialGuide Ratings (LostRemote)
ABC’s “The Bachelor” premiered on ABC Sunday night, generating the second most Twitter conversation for the week, coming behind only “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014″ for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5. The 17th season of “The Bachelor” features former Latin soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis, and the Twitter-verse was active throughout the week in anticipation of the latest version of primetime matchmaking.
Mexican Cartel Members Post Drug Photos on Social Media, Get Arrested (BetaBeat)
We all know the first rule of social media: if you’re going to be a dangerous, internationally renowned Mexican drug lord, don’t go putting the photos of your work on Twitter. According to the Associated Press, Dutch police have arrested Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, a suspected top enforcer for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloan cartel, on charges he faces in Southern California.
Facebook 4Q, Full-Year ’13 Earnings Call Set for Jan. 29 (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced that its earnings call to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year-2013 results will be held after market close Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. On that day, a live webcast will be available on the social network’s investor relations page, along with a press release, charts and a slide presentation.
Oxford Confirms Something We All Know — Social Media Can’t Give You More Friends (VentureBeat)
Researchers at the University of Oxford found that people have a “social signature” and maintain consistent communication patterns over time. “Although social communication is now easier than ever, it seems that our capacity for maintaining emotionally close relationships is finite,” said Felix Reed-Tsochas, a lecturer at Oxford’s Said Business School.
10 Huge Social Media Mistakes (from Brands) In 2013 [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Social media was tremendously beneficial for the marketing strategy of businesses of all shapes and sizes in 2013 but, for some brands, last year will be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Take U.K. entertainment retailer HMV, for example.