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Reddit Now Has its Own Official Podcast (The Next Web)
If you were sad about Serial, now there’s something else to fill that podcast-shaped void; Reddit has launched its own official podcast. The new Reddit podcast aims to tell the story behind the things on its homepage, with the company saying it’ll follow up on interesting stories to get the real scoop. New Republic Thursday’s release is described as the first episode (they call it “Episode 0″) of a show that aims to “dig a little deeper” into the stories told daily on Reddit. The episode is devoted to a Reddit employee’s redemption narrative: how Dante Orpilla kept his hope alive in prison by reading the site, which then employed him in his “dream job” after his release. But the first episode of “Upvoted” is unsuccessful on almost every level; from its cheap opening gimmicks, to its promotional overtones, and even its content. Inc. “There are so many media companies that are so good at harvesting that content,” Alexis Ohanian, executive chairman, said. “What I want to do is allow those stories — and the story behind their story — to be told by the people who are actually responsible for them.”
Facebook, Instagram Gear Up for Golden Globes (AllFacebook)
Facebook and Instagram may not be taking home statues, but the social network and its photo- and video-sharing network will play major roles during the 72nd annual Golden Globes awards Sunday night. Deadline Hollywood reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reached an agreement with Facebook and Instagram.
Spotify Celebrates Elvis with Two Interactive Web Apps (SocialTimes)
In honor of The King’s would-be 80th birthday, Spotify has created a few web apps to celebrate his music and his influence. Firstly, there’s “The Elvis Influence,” an audiovisualization where you can type in any artists’ name to see how they are connected musically to Elvis. For real data geeks, there’s the Elvisualization where you can see more clearly how artists like even Mobb Deep or No Doubt connect to the legend.
Facebook Buys Video Infrastructure Company QuickFire Networks (VentureBeat)
Facebook said Thursday that it has bought QuickFire Networks, which has developed technology to support the increased consumption of video. In a statement, Facebook said, “Video is an essential part of the Facebook experience. We are excited to bring QuickFire Networks on board as we continue delivering a high quality video experience.”
Brands Don’t Pay Attention to Customers on #Twitter, Says Study (AllTwitter)
An analysis of 100 of the world’s top consumer brands has found that those using Twitter respond to just one in five tweets from followers, including messages asking for help or support. Using Interbrand’s 2014 list of top brands, Freshdesk looked at the companies’ Twitter response times between Dec. 15 and 22 of last year – the pre-Christmas period – and found that brands responded to just 22 percent of tweets directed at their primary Twitter handles.
How Social Media Has Reshaped Fatherhood (The Telegraph)
Recent initiatives including dads’ clubs, father-baby swimming sessions and even baby massage groups for men have sought to encourage males to be more at ease with their parenting role and more engaged with their children. But a less contrived form of bonding – whereby dads record their day-to-day relationship with their kids – has been spawned via social media.
Tina Fey on NBC and Netflix (LostRemote)
The Television Critics Association winter press tour is underway, and Tina Fey and Netflix lit up Twitter Wednesday. Fey discussed the future of TV, “Peter Pan Live,” and why her new show, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” will work better on Netflix than on NBC.
How Twitter Tracked the French Terror Suspects (TIME)
Thousands of police and soldiers were searching for Saïd and Chérif Kouachi on Thursday in connection with the killing of 12 people in an attack on the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. But Twitter was never far behind.
Networks Go After Piracy by Sending Google 345 Million DMCA Notices (SocialTimes)
Online media piracy is held up by larger media companies as one of the biggest sources of lost revenue in the industry. To that end, many companies have aggressively pursued DMCA takedown notices and according to TorrentFreak, Google received 345 million requests in 2014.
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