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Apple’s Big Day: Everything You Need to Know (Mashable)
Wednesday was a big day for Apple. The company announced a new version of its iPhone, new iPods and a number of updates to iTunes and the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6. USA Today The latest and the sixth version of the phone — to be called iPhone 5 — is taller, thinner, faster and brighter, with new features installed seemingly as a response to stepped-up competitive pressures from Samsung, HTC and Nokia. With consumers increasingly turning to smartphones for photography and viewing videos, Apple’s most significant upgrade is the new four-inch screen that will make the device about half an inch taller than previous models. PC Magazine Apple spent a significant portion of its iPhone 5 keynote talking up its revised iPods. A lot has changed — even right down to the bundled earphones. Macworld The tech giant also announced the newest version of the company’s mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be available for users to download on Sept. 19. The update will be free and available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S; the fourth-generation iPod touch; and the the second- and third-generation iPads. The Huffington Post Apple also revealed that iTunes is getting a major revamp. It will feature a grid user interface, users can change the order of upcoming tracks within a queue, and search has been upgraded with inline results: one click for information, double-click to play. SocialTimes While there aren’t a huge number of new social features, the iPhone 5 and the new iOS 6 operating system do incorporate a few updates that will make social media lovers happy. For starters, FaceTime now works over cellular networks. Additionally, iOS 6 features a shared photo stream, and you’ll be able to post to Facebook by voice using Siri. AllFacebook The newest smartphone and iTunes will feature Facebook integration as part of the company’s plan to deepen its ties with the social network via the iOS 6 software update. Apple executives fostered discussion of the highly anticipated iPhone 5 Wednesday, showing off how Facebook is deeply integrated into the system. Wired In the United States, the phone ships on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on Sept. 21. The iPhone 5 will come in three storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and will cost $200, $300, and $400, respectively, with a two-year contract.
As Facebook Shares Rally, Analysts Stay Cautious (Wall Street Journal)
Facebook shares rose the most in the stock’s short history after a Tuesday talk from founder Mark Zuckerberg, but not all analysts were bullish. Shares rose $1.50, or 7.7 percent, to $20.93 on the Nasdaq Stock Market Wednesday, which topped Facebook’s 6.1 percent gain on June 15, previously the stock’s best session. Reuters The 28-year-old CEO’s first major public appearance since Facebook’s IPO provided much-needed reassurance to Wall Street, as Zuckerberg highlighted progress in the company’s mobile business and expressed confidence in Facebook’s future money-making prospects. But it was Zuckerberg’s talk of search that had Wall Street analysts and technology insiders abuzz on Wednesday, even if they couldn’t agree on what exactly a Facebook search service would look like or how imminent such a service was. Los Angeles Times “He said what he needed to: He and Facebook care about shareholders, he is aware of and troubled by the low share price, he appears to believe the stock is undervalued, and appears to understand that he has to communicate Facebook’s strategy more clearly going forward,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. Other analysts concurred that Zuckerberg did what he needed to do in his 25-minute appearance at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey: I Hacked a Company’s Email Server to Get My First Job (VentureBeat)
Jack Dorsey confessed on stage at Techonomy Detroit that he hacked into the world’s largest dispatch company’s email system in order to get a job. “I found a hole in their web server and found their corporate emails. I emailed their chairman, told him there was a security hole, and said here’s how to fix it.” The next week Dorsey was on an airplane, and he got the job.
Cops Might Finally Need a Warrant to Read Your Gmail (ars technica)
A new bill set to be introduced Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee by its chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., seems to stand the best chance of finally giving email stored on remote servers the same privacy protections as email stored on one’s home computer. If this bill does pass, it would instantaneously provide significantly more privacy to everyone in America who sends email, uses Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs or communicates online in essentially any way.
GoDaddy Gives Downed Websites a Free Month of Hosting (TechCrunch)
Following its lengthy outage on Monday, hosting provider GoDaddy Wednesday sent an email to customers containing a mea culpa and a credit good for one month of free service for each “active/published” site the customer hosts with GoDaddy. The email also reiterated that the outage was due to internal network issues that corrupted DNS tables, and that no customer information was compromised.
Pinterest Spam Attack Impacts Facebook and Twitter (The Daily Dot)
Pinterest users have been taking to Facebook and Twitter to complain about an apparent spam attack this week. As the image-sharing network has become increasingly popular, the size and length of its spam attacks have matched its explosive growth.
Seattle Artist is Suing Twitter For Pictures its Users Tweeted (AllTwitter)
Seattle-based artist Christopher Boffoli is suing Twitter for refusing to take down pictures of his art that its users tweeted. Boffoli is looking for injunctions, the destruction of all infringing copies of his art on Twitter’s servers, damages and attorney fees.
New NYPD Social Media Guidelines Say it’s OK to Use Fake Facebook Profiles to Monitor Citizens (BetaBeat)
If you received a new friend request recently, and it wasn’t from a foreign spammer or a Taliban official posing as a hot chick, there’s now a chance that it’s an NYPD officer. According to the New York Daily News, the NYPD recently instituted its first official guidelines for using social media to benefit investigations, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has decided that spying on people using fake Facebook profiles is a-OK.
Study’s Facebook Post May Have Sparked 340,000 Votes in 2010 (Bloomberg)
A single message sent to 60 million people on Facebook by University of California researchers may have encouraged 340,000 more votes in the 2010 election, a study suggests. The work, co-authored by two of Facebook’s data scientists, tracked the effects of the nonpartisan message from the point when it was first seen by individuals, through their personal network and into the voting booth, using public polling information.