Ellen DeGeneres's glitzy selfie taken and tweeted during the Oscars tonight set a new record on Twitter for most retweets -- 1.7 million in under an hour, and over 2 million in less than two hours.
"We crashed and broke Twitter," DeGeneres proclaimed during the live show.
The star-struck "selfie" appeared to be staged and not technically DeGeneres's since someone else (Bradley Cooper) held the camera after she invited a group of celebrities to gather around her and pose for her Samsung Galaxy phone's camera. Pundits were quick to point out that Samsung is a sponsor of the show.
Celebrities caught in the moment included Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Lato and Kevin Spacey.
"If only Bradley's arm were longer. Best photo ever," her tweet said.
Facebook is rolling out a new policy for preserving the accounts of users after they pass away.
For the past few years, its policy has been to "memorialize" or freeze the accounts of deceased individuals upon being notified of their death and only allow the profile to be seen by the user's Facebook friends, even if the user had a public profile and other material they had shared with the public.
But now Facebook adopted a new policy designed to maintain the privacy or sharing settings that each user had set for every photo, status update and other content before he or she passed away.
This means that your exisiting privacy settings on the network will govern what happens to your account if you die, so it might be worth a fresh review of your settings. Read more in this explainer on What Happens to Facebook Profiles After Death.
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King Digital Entertainment, maker of the most popular game on Facebook, has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell stock to the public and revealed details about its hit game, Candy Crush Saga.
King said 93 million people play the free game, Candy Crush Saga, on a typical day. Collectively they play about 1 billion games each day. Even though the company has 180 different games, Candy Crush yields 78 percent of King's total revenue, which amounted to a whopping $19 billion in 2013.
King, which is based in Ireland, reported that a small number--only only 4 percent of players, amounting to 12 million people--pay money to buy in-game goods or "enhance" the game with extra lives or levels.
Read more about the extraordinary success of the game in this review of the Candy Crush Saga IPO filing.
Facebook has agreed to pay a stunning amount -- $16 billion plus $3 billion in stock options-- to purchase the WhatsApp mobile messaging application in what is being hailed as the biggest takeover deal in Silicon Valley history.
Our review of WhatsApp gave it a top-rated five stars for simplicity, ease of use and ability to bypass text-messaging charges from cell phone carriers. It also noted that the app was wildly popular outside the United States and has been giving Facebook Messenger a real run for its money.
Still, the steep price tag (Facebook paid a mere $1 billion for Instagram) suggests a shocking determination by Facebook not to be out-maneuvered in the core function it wants to dominate--personal electronic communication.
In a Facebook status update announcing the deal, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, "Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by building services that help people share any type of content with any group of people they want. WhatsApp will help us do this by continuing to develop a service that people around the world love to use every day." Zuckerberg noted WhatsApp gets 1 million new signups daily, which is rapidly expanding its user base of more than 450 million people.Read More...
Kickstarter, the crowdfunding service, kickstarted itself to victory in the seventh annual Crunchies Awards announced this week in San Francisco, winning best overall startup.
Tinder, the mobile dating app that launched at the end of 2012, took the Crunchie for best new startup.
Other social apps taking honors: Snapchat won for best mobile app, Airbnb won best collaborative consumption service, and Imgur won best bootstrapped startup.
TechCrunch, one of three sponsors of the awards show, noted that Kickstarter has "turned funding models upside down" by tapping funders who wind up using or buying the products they fund. Last year, three million people pledged a total of $480 million to 19,911 successfully funded projects on Kickstarter, TechCrunch reported.
Twitter's widget showing most tweeted photos from Olympics
Twitter is the best place for finding lively conversation about the Winter Olympics, but it can be hard to cut through the noise to find the best tweets and most compelling photos.
Our guide to Twitter and the 2014 Olympics provides a handy list of hashtags and Twitter accounts to follow.
Younger people are Facebooking in the bathroom at surprisingly high rates, judging from data released this week by media measurement firm Nielsen.
Researchers found 40 percent of Americans from ages 18 to 24 admitted to checking their social media feeds on the John, a rate twice that of the overall population. The findings were based on a survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted last year and published in Nielsen's 2014 Digital Consumer Report.
The document profiles social media use and contains plenty of interesting details about people's growing use of second screen computing devices to accompany their TV watching.
As if the world were lacking enough social networks, here come a few more.
The New York Time reported last week on the 2013 launch of a social network limited to undergraduate college students. Called Blend, this mobile networking app was created by a couple of college drop-outs and currently offers theme-based photo sharing, with plans for expanding into more Facebook-like networking tools
More interesting is Wickr, a free, disappearing messaging app similar to Snapchat which the Business Insider predicts is "ultimately destined for the big time." What's interesting about Wickr, according to Business Insider, is that it's designed by professional crytographers and is more secure and private than Snapchat. (iOs version is here; Android download is here.)
On the theory that less is sometimes more, LinkedIn is dropping several features that apparently didn't catch on all that well with users.In a post on the company's blog, LinkedIn's Deep Nishar wrote that the business networking site is discontinuing three services: Intro, Slidecast and older versions of LinkedIn's iPad app.
Intro is a feature that connects LinkedIn with email contacts on iPhone user's phones. Slidecast is a service allowing users to upload slideshows with audio to LinkedIn from SlideShare.
"We are making large, long-term investments on a few big bets," Nishar wrote in explaining the changes, "and in order to ensure their success, we need to concentrate on fewer things."
The 22nd Winter Olympic games get under way today in Sochi, Russia, one day before the official opening ceremony takes place on Friday, Feb. 7. Some 6,000 athletes from at least 85 countries will compete 90 different sporting events before the games end on Feb. 23.
Nearly 200 million people watched the summer games worldwide in 2012. This time the audience could be even bigger thanks to the drumbeat of chatter and photos distributed on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social networks. NBC Universal will be broadcasting much of the action live and in delayed replays on its broadcast and cable TV channels, and streaming video live on the Internet, too.
We've compiled two guides to help you figure out where and when to follow the action: