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Emma Watson faces nude photo threats on web forum 4chan. Pandora's founder discusses brands, fair compensation, Pandora in the car, and more. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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4chanEmma Watson Nude Photo Threats Were Apparently a Plot to Kill 4chan (The Verge)
Anonymous users of infamous web forum 4chan leaked stolen nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and scores of other women on Sept. 1. Three weeks later, anonymous 4chan users threatened to do it again. Their new target would be Emma Watson, the actress best known for portraying teenage schoolgirl Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. The Huffington Post Members of 4chan have apparently set up a website called The mostly empty page bears 4chan’s logo, a blurry photo of Watson’s head and a timer clock counting down to midnight EST on Sept. 24. An earlier version of the site said the countdown would end later this week. The times have apparently been adjusted. Mashable By midnight Wednesday, Watson’s face and the countdown clock had been replaced on the website, which now pushes visitors to Rantic Marketing’s own homepage, which includes an open letter to President Barack Obama that claims celebrity publicists hired the company to popularize a call for Internet censorship and the end of 4chan. Initially, the anonymous, forum-based website 4chan was fingered for the threats, after Watson delivered a well-received speech at the United Nations on Saturday. The Guardian Feminists are railing against the threat against Watson. “Emma Watson, like so many other women online, is being silenced and kept in her place with misogyny as a weapon,” said PolicyMic senior editor Elizabeth Plank. “So go ahead and add this response to Watson’s argument for why we need feminism,” wrote Maya Dusenbery, executive director of Feministing. “Misogynists do have a tendency of proving your point for you – they can be helpful like that.”

Pandora’s Founder Talks About Royalties, Ads, Brands and Bands (VentureBeat)
Over breakfast at Tim Westergren’s (founder of Pandora) favorite spot — Sweet Maple in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights — we talked about a wide variety of topics, including the role of brands in music, fair compensation for musicians, Pandora in the car, millennials and South by Southwest. Westergren had eggs. I had French toast. (It was good.)

Kickstarter vs. Indiegogo: Which is Best for Your Crowdfunding Campaign? [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Kickstarter dwarfs Indiegogo in many ways, attracting more traffic, more pledges and more dollars pledged. But Indiegogo does have some strengths — it has had 92,000 more successfully completed campaigns than Kickstarter. Still, when it comes to project success rate, Kickstarter has the edge — 43.4 percent versus 9.8 percent.

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#X Campaign Goes Viral to Fight Texting While Driving (CNET)
#X. If you’ve seen that curious message pop up in a text and wondered what it was about, well, wonder no more. The hashtag is a quick way people can let friends know they’re getting behind the wheel — and won’t be texting while driving.

Happy Ending? Heart Transplant for Baby at Center of Controversy Over Rejected Facebook Ad (AllFacebook)
The story of two-month-old Hudson Azera Bond took a significant step toward a happy ending, as ABC 11 Together reported that he is resting comfortably at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, N.C., after undergoing a heart transplant Monday. Yahoo Health reported earlier this month that the infant’s father, North Carolina photographer Kevin Bond, attempted to use Facebook’s boost post advertising feature to raise money for the operation, but Facebook rejected the ad, and the elder bond received an automated response.

Australia’s Moko Aims to be the Hot New Social Network for Colleges (Mashable)
After a few years on mobile, Facebook has launched a strategy in which it will offer a portfolio of apps — some branded under other names — to build its audience. Now, a startup from Australia is starting with that approach to achieve the same goal.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do With #Twitter Search (AllTwitter)
In this article we’ll look at 10 things you probably didn’t know you could do with Twitter search, with easy-to-follow, clickable examples so you can utilize these tips right away. You can find the Twitter search box at the top right of any page on, or head on over to for a Google-like search box.

How One Agency’s Insight Into Millennials Helped it Win the White House as a Client (Adweek)
Sometimes asking the right question can land you at the White House. At least, that’s what independent creative agency Mekanism learned earlier this year. On Friday in the Southeast wing of the White House, Mekanism president and CEO Jason Harris, along with creative director David Horowitz, head of strategy Eric Zuncic and other co-workers, watched as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden introduced a new campaign created by the agency’s New York office.

Live-Tweeting TV Shows Lifts Conversation Volume and Follower Growth Rate (LostRemote)
In a post last week for Twitter’s Media Blog, Anjali Midha, the company’s head of global media and agency research, unveiled the findings from a look into the short-term and long-term benefits of shows, stars and brands live-tweeting. The most current study, according to Midha, “looked at two groups of like programs (for example, top dramas or reality shows) from the U.S. 2013-14 season: one that implemented regular live-tweeting and one that did not. We then looked within each program to understand how episodes with live-tweeting compared to their ‘baseline’ conversation levels on Twitter during episodes that did not feature live Tweeting.”

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