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Storify Gets Down to ‘Business’ (SocialTimes)
Storify is expanding its VIP package to new businesses like a mullet in reverse. While publishers put their curated stories on the front page for their readers, other businesses can create private stories to take back to the office. VentureBeat At the end of March, Storify took a step toward monetization and announced a VIP plan with features designed for “media organizations, publishers, or anyone seeking to deeply integrate social curation and storytelling into their site.” Features include real-time updates of all embedded stories, custom story display with full CSS styling options, priority technical support, the ability to add in your own content and privacy features for only sharing within a particular organization. The Next Web This plan is the first time the company has created paid premium accounts that has become available for individuals, businesses, and organizations — those who use the service for reporting and publishing. Some might think that this is Storify’s monetization strategy, and they would be partially correct. TechCrunch “Current corporate reporting methods for social media — like pasting screenshots into PowerPoint — are cumbersome and lose links to the original data,” said Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify. “One of the main new Storify Business features is private stories, which are only visible to others who have the secret story link. Brands and PR and advertising agencies need to record customer sentiment and conversations from social networks to report on what they are doing.”
New Twitter Service Hopes to Capture Musical Trends (The New York Times)
Twitter’s music service is no longer just for Ryan Seacrest. A week after teasing the Internet by giving celebrities like Mr. Seacrest a first look to test it or, most likely, to build up a ready set of excited endorsements — WAY TO GO YAY !! — Twitter has granted all 200 million users access to its much-anticipated music service, which suggests songs to listen to by scanning the service’s posts for music references. The Wall Street Journal/Digits You plug it into Spotify or Rdio and, based on some mishmash of your Twitter activity and what artists you follow, it’ll build you a profile of what you probably don’t normally listen to. While the app is gorgeous, and effective after some use, most of the app feels like a massive duplication of effort. USA Today Twitter first tested #Music on real-life celebrities such as Wiz Khalifa and Blake Shelton, and having passed that test is letting the rest of us past the velvet rope. The company says that many of the most-followed accounts on Twitter are musicians, with half of all users following at least one musician.
FBI Criticizes Internet Vigilantes in Boston Case (Mashable)
Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Richard DesLauriers said during a press conference Thursday that the footage the FBI released showing its two suspects in the Boston bombing case is the only legitimate footage available. DesLauriers’s words were effectively aimed at Reddit and 4chan, where some users have been attempting to identify suspects in crowdsourced images and video. CNET The FBI has undertaken what is law enforcement’s highest-profile effort at crowdsourcing to date: asking for help identifying two suspects linked to this week’s Boston Marathon bombing. A traditional manhunt becomes something much different in the age of Twitter, Instagram and facial-recognition technology. ReadWrite Six Boston startup founders have teamed up to create EvidenceUpload.org, a service that allows people to upload their photos from their smartphones to the FBI. In the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, the FBI and Boston Police Department asked everybody that had pictures or video of the scene to send them along for analysis. The Daily Dot The days following the Boston Marathon bombing have brought out the best of the Internet, through temporary housing, donations, and more. Now the son of two victims has been reunited with his parents thanks to an effort by Facebook and Reddit.
Mika Brzezinski Outs Senators Who Opposed Background Checks in Viral Tweets (SocialTimes)
Thursday morning, Mika Brzezinski, co-host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, individually tweeted the names of all 45 senators who voted against gun control measures Wednesday using hashtag #LACKOFLEADERSHIP. Joe Scarborough retweeted all of her posts.
Twitter Hires its First Data Editor (AllTwitter)
In other Twitter news, Simon Rogers, editor of British newspaper The Guardian‘s Datablog, is relocating to San Francisco to join Twitter as the micro-blogging social network’s first data editor. Rogers, who has been an employee at The Guardian for 15 years, setting up the Datablog back in 2009, winning a number of awards for his data journalism, will be working at Twitter in a newly-created position.
YouTube Again Defeats Viacom in Copyright Court Case (The Verge)
YouTube has scored yet another victory in a long-running legal battle with Viacom over whether or not the video service is liable for copyright-infringing content that gets uploaded to its site. YouTube originally won the case three years ago, but then about a year ago the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals kicked the case back down to the same judge to review the original ruling. Now that he has, YouTube has come out the winner.
Android’s Facebook Messenger App Gets VoIP Calling (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s war against the call feature of a phone continues. TechCrunch reported Thursday that the Android Messenger app is getting an update with the ability to call friends using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
What Can We Learn from Patients? Ex-Googler Debuts Health Social Network to Find Out (GigaOM)
Launched Thursday by Google’s former chief health strategist Roni Zeiger, Smart Patients is an online community for cancer patients and caregivers that incorporates social networking and search technology. “Given how many tools are accessible to everyone and how even scientific information is being democratized, there is now an impressive number of smart patients out there, [and] we haven’t really thought about how to collaborate with them,” Zeiger said at this week’s TEDMED conference.
CISPA, the Cybersecurity Bill That Has Internet Activists Up in Arms, Passes in the House (BetaBeat)
CISPA, the cyber-privacy bill facing opposition from open Internet advocates, passed the House of Representatives Thursday with a vote of 287 for, 127 against and 18 abstaining. The bill will now move on to the Democrat-controlled Senate, where it may face a tougher fight.