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Fired employees hijack HMV’s Twitter channel

Fired employees of ailing entertainment retailer HMV took over the company’s 64,000 strong Twitter channel to livetweet their “mass execution”. Under the Twitter handle @hmvtweets the members of staff explained that they were going rogue to show their frustrations at the way staff had been treated following the announcement that the company had gone into administration. The company quickly deleted the posts but not before they started circulating through social.

Minutes after the live commentary began, administrators Deloitte, confirmed the loss of 190 jobs across the companies’ head office and distribution network.

Read more on Venture Beat.

  
Facial tagging returns to Facebook

Facebook has brought back photo Tag Suggestions feature to the US after suspending it last year to make technical improvements. Facebook admits nothing has changed functionality-wise: “This is the same feature that millions of people previously used to help them quickly share billions of photos with friends and family.”

Read more on TNW.

  
250,000 Twitter accounts hacked

On Friday night, Twitter revealed on the company blog that roughly a quarter million accounts may have been compromised by hackers in a blog post Friday evening that explained that the hackers might have made away with “usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.” The post went on to say:

“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident. The attackers were extremely sophisticated, and we believe other companies and organizations have also been recently similarly attacked. For that reason we felt that it was important to publicize this attack while we still gather information, and we are helping government and federal law enforcement in their effort to find and prosecute these attackers to make the Internet safer for all users.”

  
Oreo reassures Superbowl fans it’s OK to dunk in the dark

During the darker moments of Superbowl Sunday, the Oreo Cookie vs. Creme TV spot was supplemented cleverly by a brilliant piece of real-time marketing. As the lights failed in the Louisiana Superdome during Superbowl XLVII, the Oreo team jumped on the opportunity, tweeting the below from the Oreo Twitter channel. So far the tweet has amassed 14,700 RTs.

  
YouTube pledges to fix buggy stats

YouTube Analytics has been performing strangely over the last few weeks with some users complaining of random spikes in mobile views and lower than average video views. These irregularities may have been due to a bug which YouTube is working to fix. YouTube explained the issues and planned solution on the YouTube Creators blog this week.

“You may have noticed a spike in views from mobile devices on Jan. 11-15, 2013. That was a bug on our end, and we’re going to fix that today on the video page, and you’ll see the correct view counts in YouTube Analytics over the next few days. You may also have noticed that some of your video views look low for Jan. 25-27, compared with the number of comments, shares, and likes on your videos. That was due to a one-time error in how we verify legitimate views, and we’re going to restore those views over the next several days.”

YouTube also announced that it’s tweaking the way it calculates channel views. Previously, YouTube counted all of the views of all channel videos, including videos that may have amassed views prior to being made private or deleted. Now, channel views will reflect only the total views of videos that are publicly available on the channel.

  
Redditors raise 10k for shopping mall hero

Users of Reddit have helped raise more than $10,000 in less than 24 hours for an Atlanta shopping mall manager who became hot news in social following video of him dealing with two violent women with a taser was uploaded to YouTube.

The Reddit community started a campaign on CrowdTilt, a new crowdfunding platform, Thursday evening and has since collected $10,665 from 349 different contributors. The fund is to “enable him to get better and more gear.”

The woman who attacked Long was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and simple battery.

  
Facebook launches the Facebook Card

Facebook launched the Facebook Card on Thursday morning, a real-world, physical gift card able to be preloaded with credit for multiple stores. You can send the cards to your friends via Facebook’s Gifts product, and the balances are available online for users to keep track of. Facebook members can purchase and send the multitasking gift card, accessible from the Gift Cards and Digital category within Facebook Gifts, to their Facebook friends.

The card is an extension to the Facebook Gifts product, which rolled out to all US users before the holidays. “This past quarter, payments and other revenue also included around $5 million from sources outside of games, primarily user promoter posts and to a lesser extent from our new Gifts product,” CFO David Ebersman said.

  
Dijit acquires Miso

TV remote / guide app maker Dijit has acquired social TV app Miso. Through the deal, Dijit will get various technology and patents that Miso has built over the last three years as one of the first second-screen or social TV apps.

Dijit will shut down Miso’s recently launched Quips app, which was designed to allow users to share specific moments from their favorite TV shows. The company will be looking for ways to move Miso users into its own NextGuide system.

While Miso had been working on ways for users to share what they’re watching, and for providing more information and content around shows, Dijit’s NextGuide is focused on discovery. Dijit CEO Jeremy Toeman said that the tie-up could provide better ways for Dijit to connect users with new shows and connect shows to a new audience, as we all enter a “second era of social TV.”

  
Tweetping visualizes our Twitter world

Web designer Franck Ernewein‘s has released a really neat real-time Twitter visualization. Tweetping drops a bright pixel at the location of every tweet in the world, starting as soon as you open the page. Country-by-country tickers track the total tweets, words, and characters sent since you signed on. As the tweets pile up, so do the dots, meaning the world’s hotspots of activity rise and fall over time.

  
Facebook tests emoticon inspired status composer

Facebook has begun tests of a new status composer that lets you say “what are you doing?” by selecting from different categories to share activities such as feeling, reading, or eating. You can then choose a specific emotion or piece of media or add a custom text description. Facebook is testing this new visual status composer with some users on the website and its mobile platform.

This all mirrors Facebook’s action spec ad targeting, which lets advertisers target you based on your activity in Open Graph-connected apps like Spotify or Foodspotting.

Read more on TechCrunch social.

  
Foursquare launches Best of Foursquare site

Foursquare has launched a new part of its website called The Best of Foursquare 2012, which ranks places and businesses across the US based on the billions of check-ins and review data uploaded by its users. The site pulls all of this data togther, creating individual databases for 30 cities including San Francisco, New York and Chicago.

  
Vimeo announces content ratings

On Wednesday, Vimeo announced it is bringing content ratings to its videos. Videos on Vimeo will now have a small badge next to their title, labeled as one of three types: All Audiences, Mature, or Not Yet Rated.

The content ratings let viewers know what’s in the video they’re about to watch, and the company says that it is working on eventually offering “an option to filter out mature content.”

Vimeo now asks creators to tell it if there’s nudity, violence, profanity, or illegal substances in their videos, which can still be uploaded to the site as long as they comply with its guidelines.

Vimeo commented: “As the home for exceptional original videos and the people who make them, we have an unflinching belief in the integrity of visual storytelling, including — in some cases — material that may make some viewers uncomfortable. But the truth is that one cannot ignore the naked, the violent, and the swearing when striving to capture the breadth of the human condition. Uncomfortable subjects, even discomfort itself, are essential components of our shared experience, and artists need the freedom to express them.”

  
Dropbox adds social photo sharing

Dropbox’s new photo features takes users’ photos that are stored in disparate folders and puts them all in a single view on its site. The unified view organizes all photos by time, and users are able to post them directly to Facebook, Twitter, and email from Dropbox’s site.

Chris Beckmann, product manager for Dropbox, says it sees a shift from thinking of things as “files” to thinking about them as simply “users’ content.”

  
Twitter improves video and image viewing

Twitter rolled out an update this week that makes it easier to view photos and videos on the site, particularly photos and videos in profiles or search result sets.

Now when someone tweets a photo, users can click on it directly from search results or that poster’s profile page and view a larger version of the picture without being taken to another page. Media galleries on Twitter now include video from partners who are already supported in Expanded Tweets which means videos from Vine, YouTube, and Vimeo show up in the Media Gallery.

  
Foursquare launches business app

Foursquare has launched an app that will allow businesses to update customers about themselves directly from their phone. This week, the company blogged about the launch of Foursquare for Business, which it says will help the million plus businesses on their network connect with customers quickly and easily, straight from their phone.

The new app, which is available for iOS and Android, allows business managers to post updates from their phone, and cross post onto Twitter and Facebook, as well as letting managers turn specials on or off, and see business data and recent check-ins.

Here’s how Foursquare introduced the new app:

“Over a million businesses use Foursquare to connect with their customers using our free tools. But sometimes, when you’re running around on the floor, it’s hard to hop on a computer and post your latest happenings, like the spring collection that just arrived or your newest menu item. So today, we’re releasing the Foursquare for Business companion app to help business owners share news with their customers, right from their phone.”

  
Vine adds verified badge to profiles

It’s currently hard tell if someone is who they say they are on Vine. Duplicate usernames and easily faked profiles mean it’s difficult to verify high-profile Vine users. Now, however, Vine is playing around with ways to verify accounts visually. For example, Rus Yusupov, Vine’s cofounder and creative director, now has a Twitter-verified badge-style stamp on his profile.

  
Vine’s first week in review

Vine has had a rather up and down week – in many senses. Vine launched last Thursday and was immediately heralded as the next Instagram. However, users started to notice a slight porn issue. A porn clip called DildoPlay accidentally showed up on the app’s Editors’ Picks section on Monday which further underlined the problem. Next, Apple removed Vine from the App Store’s Featured section. And on Tuesday the issues got worse with Vine’s reported first service outage. So all in all an eventful week for Twitter’s shiny new toy.

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