Social Media Newsfeed: Snapchat Settles Lawsuit | Apple Watch

Snapchat settles with ousted co-founder Reggie Brown. A look at the Apple Watch. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Snapchat LogoSnapchat Settles Lawsuit Filed By Ousted Co-Founder and Fraternity Brother, Reggie Brown (Business Insider)
Snapchat has settled a lawsuit filed by its ousted co-founder, Reggie Brown, who claimed he came up with the idea for disappearing photos but was pushed out and not given equity. The lawsuit has been going on for a year and a half, and the two parties have tried to settle multiple times before. The Huffington Post The company sent out its press release about the settlement at 1 p.m. EST — coincident with Apple’s big product launch event, which dominated the technology and mainstream press corps’ attention. Mary Ritti, a spokeswoman for Snapchat, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment from The Huffington Post about the timing of the announcement. Forbes Terms of the settlement are confidential, but it seems likely that Brown will walk away with much less than an equal share. Back in December, not long after the company had turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, Brown had sought up to a third of the company. TechCrunch “We are pleased that we have been able to resolve this matter in a manner that is satisfactory to Mr. Brown and the Company. We acknowledge Reggie’s contribution to the creation of Snapchat and appreciate his work in getting the application off the ground,” said Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel in an official statement. The Verge It’s pretty common practice to bury bad or dramatic news on “Apple Day.” Brown and Snapchat’s legal battle has been brewing for years, but now stands in the shadow of a very large iPhone 6 Plus with 128 GB of storage.

Apple Watch: It’s All About Design (SocialTimes)
Despite the high price point for Apple’s first wearable, the company’s focus on design was what had most people talking. Apart from the usual tech crowd at the event, Apple also invited fashion bloggers.

Twitter Takes Death Threats Seriously … at Least When They’re Directed at its Own Employees (The Washington Post)
The incident demonstrates two things, besides the obvious hatefulness of ISIS jihadis: First, social media remains important — indeed, integral — to their cause, to an extent that they’d make threats, even a hashtag, on the site. (That hashtag, per Vocativ, translates as #Attacking_Twitter_Employees.) Second, Twitter does have the technical ability, and the resources, to respond to serious threats.

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Fall Out Boy Includes Hyperlapse in New Video (AllFacebook)
Hyperlapse, the new time-lapse video application from Instagram, has only been available since late August, but it has already found its way into a music video by Fall Out Boy, by way of agency Beutler Ink. Beutler Ink said in a blog post days after the release of Hyperlapse that it tested the new app by sending a videographer out in Chicago to gather clips, which were formed into a tribute to the city.

DiGiorno is Really, Really Sorry About its Tweet Accidentally Making Light of Domestic Violence (Adweek)
After a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer led to his termination from the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, thousands of women took to Twitter to discuss their physically and emotionally tortuous experiences in abusive relationships. They used the #WhyIStayed hashtag to fight the victim-blaming attitude of Palmer’s critics, who had questioned why she would marry a man who knocked her unconscious. Jumping onto the popular hashtag, DiGiorno clearly didn’t look into its context before tweeting, “#whyistayed You had pizza.”

The U.S. Accounts for 41.5 Percent of all Mentions on Twitter (UK: 9.7 Percent, France: 5.4 Percent) [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Did you know that more than two in five of all mentions on Twitter – all those @replies and @username tags we each do many times each day – take place in the United States? Mention analyzed two months of Twitter data – 70 million mentions from 234 countries – and found that 41.5 percent of Twitter mentions come from the U.S.

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Twitter: Apple Pay Mobile Payment Service is Good for Us (CNET)
Twitter Commerce works only on mobile, so is it a direct competitor to Apple? Not so, says Adam Bain, president of global revenue for the social-networking company. “We’re really excited Apple did that,” Bain said in a keynote address at the CTIA wireless trade show on Tuesday. “Anything that reduces the friction on making a purchase on this device is a good thing,” referring to the smartphone.

Amazon Launches Instant Video Player for Android, Finally (LostRemote)
This week, Amazon has released a Prime Instant Video app for Android users. It’s been a long time coming, too. Android users can now download (or update) the Amazon app and have full access to everything everyone else does with Prime Instant Video — browse and shop for video content and then watch it on the (separately downloaded) Instant Video Player.

Investigators Plug in to Social Media for Crime Tips (WTHR)
Two high-profile cases involving children are getting a lot of social media attention by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Investigators say with so many people following police on Facebook and Twitter, it could be the one way to find a teenager’s killer and a baby’s kidnapper.

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