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Obama’s Syria Speech: 10 Things You Need to Know (USA Today)
President Obama told the nation Tuesday he is exploring a Russian diplomatic plan to end a chemical weapons dispute in Syria, but he reserves the right to take military action. Obama spoke to the country about why Syria matters, and where the nation goes from here. The Wall Street Journal Obama made the possibility of a military strike a central element of his 15-minute address as he discussed the Syrian regime’s alleged chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 that the United States says killed more than 1,400 of its own citizens, including children, outside Damascus. “Let me make something clear: The United States military doesn’t do pinpricks,” he said. “Even a limited strike will send a message to Assad that no other nation can deliver.” He said he had ordered the military “to maintain our current posture and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails.” MSNBC Twitter users shared reactions and analysis instantaneously. Some Congress members gave their opinions, while others sought those of their constituents. The Telegraph Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham posted on Twitter: “After this impassioned plea I cannot imagine Pres Obama not launching military strike if diplomacy fails, regardless of what Congress does.” House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat, posted: “Pres. Obama’s leadership brought diplomatic solutions back to the table, shows his willingness to exhaust every remedy before use of force.” Mashable You can watch the entire speech here.
Apple Aims to Extend Market Reach with Two New iPhones (Reuters)
Apple unveiled on Tuesday an iPhone with a fingerprint scanner to help it stand out in a crowded field of similar smartphones, plus a cheaper plastic model for emerging markets that proved pricier than expected. The “iPhone 5C” comes in five hues – blue, green, pink, yellow and white – and starts in the United States at $99 with a contract, or $549 without. But an unlocked 5C will go for 4,488 yuan ($730) and above in China, more than the average urban resident earns in a month and a price that may disappoint those hoping for a more aggressive assault on the world’s largest cellular market.
Culturalist, a Social Network for Top 10 Lists, Goes into Public Beta (SocialTimes)
Culturalist, a social network that lets you create and share Top 10 lists, has launched into public beta mode. If you’re interested in participating, go to https://www.culturalist.com/invitations/new to receive an invite to be granted access.
Netflix Makes it Official, Launches in the Netherlands (GigaOM)
Netflix continued its international expansion by launching in the Netherlands late Tuesday night, where consumers can now subscribe to the service for €7.99 a month (about $10.61). With the launch in the Netherlands, Netflix is now available in more than 40 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
Facebook Standardizes Image Sizes Across Ad Units (AllFacebook)
Facebook continued its efforts to simplify its advertising offerings with Tuesday’s announcement that image sizes for ads on the social network have been updated and streamlined, making them consistent across all types of placements. Advertisers will no longer need to create different sized images for different placements, and they have more space to work with, as Facebook said images for page post link ads will now be 3.5 times larger on desktop, adding that clicking on either the image or the text box will bring users to the link target.
Blogger Calls 911 After People Use Their Phones in a Movie Screening (BetaBeat)
The AP reports that Alex Billington, a writer for FirstScreening.net, became so infuriated that his fellow moviegoers were using their phones during a midnight screening at a Toronto movie theater that he decided to get the police involved. He tried to couch the move by claiming that the offenders attending the closed screening were actually using their phones to pirate the film.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine – How to Create Perfect Social Media Posts [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
You see, the perfect post on a platform like Twitter is often as much about what you leave out as what you say. Not only because of the hard and fast 140 character limit, but also because of the desire for efficiency and clarity of prose.
Google is Working with Harvard and MIT’s edX Platform to Help Anyone Create Online Courses (The Next Web)
A little over a year since Harvard and MIT joined forces to launch the not-for-profit online learning venture edX, Google has announced that it’s to start working with edX to build an open MOOC (massive open online course) platform, hosted at MOOC.org. MOOC.org will be an online learning portal aimed at academic institutions, governments, businesses and individuals, allowing them to create and host online courses.
CNN Launches Live Voting for ‘Crossfire’ Second-Screen Experience (LostRemote)
“In a first for a television news program, Crossfire will offer viewer voting using Poptip technology that tallies votes of Crossfire’s daily debate question,” according to CNN. Here are the details on how the network continues to innovate the multi-screen experience for TV news.