Social Media Newsfeed: Valentine’s Day | Lawsuits v. Facebook Dismissed

By Tim Sohn 

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SocialTimes’ Six-App Guide for Getting a Date on Valentine’s Day (SocialTimes)
Hello, there. Are you alone, crying, and eating chocolate by the brick? Don’t worry. All you need to get a date this Valentine’s Day is your Facebook page and a smartphone. Here are six apps that can help you vet, find and plan your perfect date (or at least have fun trying). Mashable When people ask them how they met, Santiago Perez Grovas and Taylor Dee answer honestly: “Instagram.” Neither began as a professional photographer, but with over 70,000 and 18,000 followers, respectively, @santiagopgm and @thisgirl_ are a bit like the Jay-Z and Beyonce of the social photo-sharing site. AllFacebook In a study of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, 50 percent said they post about their love lives on Facebook, compared to 37 percent who do so on other social media sites. Additionally, of those who post about their love life, the most common thing to share is relationship status (80 percent of those polled). VentureBeat Popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE has produced a great new video explaining how your brain works differently when you are in love — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Surprisingly (or maybe not, depending on how deeply you’ve felt love), a brain in love looks a lot like a brain on cocaine. UnBeige Architecture for Humanity understands that for design lovers, a good greeting card (among other things) is hard to find. And so the nonprofit is kicking off its annual “I Love Architecture” campaign with a selection of e-Valentines that allow senders to simultaneously declare their love for the recipient and one of eight iconic structures, from the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower to Herzog & de Meuron‘s Beijing Bird’s Nest and the Castelvecchio Museum, renovated by Carlo Scarpa.

Judge Tosses Some Shareholder Suits Over Facebook’s IPO Flop (CNET)
Things may be looking up for Facebook in the dozens of lawsuits it’s facing from peeved shareholders over its botched initial public offering. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet ruled in favor of Facebook Wednesday and dismissed a group of these cases, according to The Wall Street Journal. Reuters U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan concluded that the individual investors who brought the cases could not establish standing to sue because they were not Facebook shareholders at the time the alleged wrongdoing took place. Facebook still faces many other claims from various plaintiffs over its IPO last May. Inside Facebook Plaintiffs claim Facebook hid facts from investors and potential investors about how its growth projections would suffer from increased mobile usage. However, Sweet said the company had indeed “repeatedly made express and extensive warnings” about mobile usage trends and potential effects on revenue growth.

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Pulls an Oprah, Gives Every Employee an iPad Mini (TechCrunch)
Technology is a wonderful thing, especially when your employer hooks you up with gadgets for free. Wednesday, we’ve learned that LinkedIn has decided to give all of its employees an iPad mini.

Search as Twitter Historical Archive? More Like Twitter’s Greatest Hits (GigaOM)
Want to hunt for a specific term or re-live an event on Twitter? The company has expanded its search capabilities, but you still won’t find all tweets ever on the service — Twitter is developing its own algorithm to surface tweets based on interest and engagement.

Vandal who Pooped in a Redditor’s Car is, of Course, a Redditor too (The Daily Dot)
Tuesday evening, a redditor named MonkeyHouser took to subreddit r/WTF with a photograph detailing a rather horrific scene. “Friends car was broken into,” MonkeyHouser wrote. “But the thief didn’t just take things, he left something too.” That something was a big green pile of poop.

Skype Rolls Out eGifting to its Windows and Mac Apps, While PC Users also Get a New Toolbar (The Next Web)
Skype released a new version of its Mac and Windows desktop applications on Wednesday, adding the ability to send Skype gift cards in addition to a re-designed toolbar for PC users. Whenever someone receives a birthday notification in Skype, they can now choose to send the relevant person some call credit.

Susan Crawford Explains Why U.S. Internet is Still Slow [Video] (The Huffington Post)
Susan Crawford, law professor and former special assistant for science and technology to The White House, recently sat down with journalist and commentator Bill Moyers and explained something that might surprise confortable Americans: U.S. Internet access is, even today, costly and slow compared to access in other parts of the world. How so? Crawford lays out the numbers.

The New York Times Launches Ad Platform to Leverage Archives with National Geographic Channel as Launch Partner
Turn on your flux capacitor to 88 mph, and get ready for one of the most exciting ad launches of the year. The New York Times has launched an advertising program using its web archives dating back to 1851.

Twitter Adds Language Info, Ability to Filter Tweets by ‘Importance’ with New API Metadata (The Next Web)
Twitter will introduce two new interesting bits of metadata to its Twitter API soon, it announced Wednesday. One will allow developers to identify the language that a tweet was sent in, which will be helpful for filtering and translation. The other, and more interesting one, will allow developers to identify what Twitter feels are “high value” tweets.