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Facebook Releases App Update In Conjunction With Apple’s iOS7 Rollout (AllFacebook)
Facebook marked Apple’s official rollout Wednesday of its iOS 7 operating system for its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices with the release of a new application, version 6.5, with design changes to conform with the new elements of iOS 7. The major addition to the Facebook app is the ability for users to navigate between News Feed, friend requests, messages and notifications, simply by tapping along the bottom of the screen. Inside Facebook Users can also tap the bottom right of the screen to see options for timeline, groups, events and more. For those already on iOS 7, a translucent bar at the top of the app will change as the person scrolls through posts and photos. When a user taps through a story, they can also swipe from left to right to get back to News Feed. Politico In related news, “liking” a political candidate’s Facebook page is a protected form of speech under the First Amendment, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday. The decision came in a lawsuit brought by six former employees of the Hampton, Va., sheriff’s office, who said they were not reappointed to their jobs when the sheriff won reelection in 2009 because they supported his opponent in the election. CNN U.S. Circuit Judge William Traxler found that “liking” something on the social network was the “Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard,” an act the Supreme Court has already ruled as protected speech. The decision was a reversal of an earlier ruling on the case, in which District Judge Raymond Jackson said liking a Facebook page was “insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.” Washington Post Facebook users can like a range of content that appears on the social media site from articles to photos to organizations. If a user clicks the “thumbs up” icon, the content appears on his or her Facebook feed.
Tumblr Adds Push Notifications to Android App, iOS Version to Follow Suit (Engadget)
A barrage of apps might’ve just gotten an iOS 7 refresh, but there’s one for Android that’s left its iOS counterpart in the dust: Tumblr. The microblogging site’s Android app now boasts push notifications, adding blog follow and comment pings to the mishmash of Facebook and Twitter replies you get.
Twitter Testing Related Tweets Feature with Select Users (AllTwitter)
Wednesday AllTwitter reported on news from Twitter that they typically release one experimental feature or tweak each day, usually to a very small subset of users, to “keep making the product better.” One such feature has been seen in and around Twitter today. It’s called Related Tweets, and it could be coming to a screen near you.
Ex-Pro Athlete Uses Tweets to Track Down House-Trashing Teens (CNET)
The teens who broke into his house used social media to advertise a raging party, but now the former pro football player is using the same social-networking tools to track down those responsible for trashing his house. When Brian Holloway, who played offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders during the 1980s, first saw the photos of teens partying in his upstate New York home, he thought they were a hoax.
Twitter’s New iOS Apps Contain New iOS 7 Integrations Like ‘Shared Links’ in Safari (VentureBeat)
Twitter announced that its new iOS 7-compatible apps are available for download from the app store, and that they contain some pretty interesting integrations with Apple’s new mobile operating system. In particular, a new Shared Links section in Safari displays links that people you follow have recently tweeted.
Location is Playing a Bigger Role for Mobile Users: Pew Research (AppNewser)
Seventy-four percent of adult smartphone owners report using their device to get directions or other location-based information, according to a new report from Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. The report also revealed that 30 percent of U.S. adults that use social media report that at least one of their social accounts includes their location in their posts. This is up 14 percent from 2011.
Guy Gets Hit By Car While Trying to Make a Vine (BetaBeat)
Vine has come under fire in the past because people think it encourages people to do stupid and/or violent things just to record and share through the app. One man has bravely proven that yes, sometimes people make iffy decisions for the sake of entertaining their Vine followers, and yes, sometimes, their plans backfire and they end up in the hospital.
Facebook Sorry for Ad Showing Photo of Dead Girl (The Huffington Post)
Facebook has apologized after a dating ad featuring the photo of a Canada teen who died after months of bullying was posted on its site. A spokesperson for the company issued a statement late Tuesday saying the ad was a “gross violation” of the company’s policies and has been removed.
Feedly, Now Powering 50 RSS-Based Applications, Opens API to All Developers (Feedly)
Feedly, a service making claims to the RSS reader throne Google abandoned by shutting down Google Reader, announced Wednesday that it’s now opening up its API to all interested developers building RSS-based applications. This is a notable step toward Feedly’s goal of not just being another feed-reading application itself, but rather a platform which will allow an app ecosystem to thrive.
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