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In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows to Act Alone on the Economy (The New York Times)
After five years of fractious political combat, President Obama declared independence from Congress on Tuesday as he vowed to tackle economic disparity with a series of limited initiatives on jobs, wages and retirement that he will enact without legislative approval. Promising “a year of action” as he tries to rejuvenate a presidency mired in low approval ratings and stymied by partisan stalemates, Obama used his annual State of the Union address to chart a new path forward relying on his own executive authority. Twitter Blog From the start of the State of the Union through the conclusion of the official Republican response, there were 1.7 million tweets. During the course of the State of the Union address (9:10-10:20 p.m. EST), members of Congress sent 750 tweets. The “Mad Men” joke about equal pay saw the most tweets, with 33,555 tweets per minute. Twitter Blog This interactive visualization, designed by Twitter’s data visualization scientist Nicolas Belmonte links every paragraph in @BarackObama’s #SOTU with the thousands of tweets that came in response to their delivery so you can see the resonance of each topic discussed in the speech. Click the peaks on the chart to see which points in the speech they correspond to, or view how the debate resonated with people across the U.S., by state and by topic. Los Angeles Times The GOP this year set up stations at the Capitol for rank-and-file members to record short video responses that can be posted to Vine, a Twitter-owned mobile app. Mashable Mashable captured in photos some poignant moments from Obama’s State of the Union address. Check out all the highs and lows in the gallery.
Facebook Earnings Preview: Teens, Mobile & Ad Growth in Focus (CNBC)
What investors will really be looking for are indications of “Facebook Fatigue” as the social network nears its 10th birthday in February, and signs of future profits from mobile and video ads. With Facebook shares up about 65 percent over the past 12 months, analysts are starting to ask questions about the company’s $133 billion-plus market cap, and look for indications that it’ll be able to maintain its growth in the face of growing competition and growing market saturation.
Pinterest Previews New Feature for Exploring Interests (SocialTimes)
Pinterest has been releasing new features like mad recently. We’re less than a month into the new year and the site has released two new features in two weeks. In keeping with the idea of being a discovery engine, Pinterest is previewing a tool called Interests to help Pinners find other things they like.
More Companies Want in on Facebook’s Open-Source Data Center Experiment (VentureBeat)
Facebook is pushing ahead with new waves of optimized hardware that could conceivably make it into the Open Compute Project in the future. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, made an appearance at the conference, talking about how the company has made clear strides as a result of the project.
The Complete List of Team USA Instagram Accounts for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games (AllFacebook)
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7 through 23, and Team USA will maintain a robust presence on Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram, with athletes and teams maintaining accounts. Here is the complete list of Team USA and related Instagram accounts.
After Bug, Google Notifies Users That All is A-OK with Gmail (CNET)
Google assured Gmail users on Tuesday that the slight bug that affected their inboxes last week is definitively fixed. The Web giant sent out notices to users that could have experienced issues.
4 1/2 Things You Need to Know About Small Business Marketing in 2014 [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Did you now that four in five (79 percent) of small businesses spend less than two hours per week on Twitter? Why? Time. Rather, the distinct lack of it.
How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username (The Next Web)
As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up.
Tracking the Virality of Super Bowl Commercials with iSpot.tv (LostRemote)
It is all about football on Super Bowl Sunday, but Feb. 2 is also the “Super Bowl of advertising.” Capitalizing on this, iSpot.tv has created a Super Bowl Data Center, which allows consumers to watch the top commercials and pre-releases.