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QuoraQuora Will Host Blogs(SocialTimes) 
The question-and-answer platform Quora will leverage its extensive set of topics to host blogs, the company said. Questions and answers are already categorized by topic, and writers who move into blogging will use the same 300,000 topics to categorize their blogs. The Quora Blog"Blogs allow writers to share their knowledge and thoughts in a space that they control, without the structure of the questions-and-answers format but with the same potential for viral distribution and the same engagement through votes and comments," reads a blog post by Quora. "Blogs on Quora are great for people who (1) don’t have a big, established online presence already and (2) don’t want to do the time-intensive, heavy lifting of marketing their blog and slowly building an audience."AllThingsD This isn’t a blog service with custom layouts and nifty widgets. It’s not a full competitor to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr or even Medium. It’s a place to write good stuff and get read by the Quora audience. Reuters By cultivating a blog network, the site could be laying the groundwork to pivot into a more traditional ad-supported media property. Marc Bodnick, a former investment partner at Elevation Partners who is now Quora’s senior business executive, said the new format should appeal to writers who do not already blog, or who do not maintain a heavily trafficked personal site. The Next Web With this news, the company is also launching a new feature for its Quora for iPhone app: rich-text editing, which it will be launching “soon.” 

Google Unveils a More Beautiful, Reliable and Faster Image Search with Inline Results and Metadata (The Next Web) 
Google on Wednesday announced a redesign of its image search feature on Google.com that the company claims is faster, more beautiful and more reliable. Google says you will see the new look “in the next few days” but wouldn’t get any more specific beyond that. 

Google+ Flags Users’ Coworkers in Bid for Enterprise Use (SocialTimes) 
In related Google news, Google+ is launching a new feature that will let users know if they are connecting with another user who works for the same company, Google said on Wednesday. If a user views the profile of a coworker and hovers over the person’s name, the company’s URL will appear beneath the name to confirm that the profile belongs to the user’s coworker. 

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State Department is Fighting Jihadist Propaganda with Social Media (Mashable) 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the U.S. State Department is actively countering online propaganda posted by terrorists groups such as al-Qaeda by posting videos and other content of its own. Clinton’s comments about the digital propaganda duel came during her testimony to the House of Representatives regarding the September 2012 attack on an American consolate in Benghazi, Libya. 

Facebook Ramped Up Lobbying By 314 Percent in Fourth Quarter (AllFacebook) 
Facebook is increasingly becoming a player in Washington, D.C., and not just because of social media’s influence on politics. MarketWatch reported Wednesday that Facebook spent $1.4 million on lobbying in the fiscal fourth quarter - a 314 percent increase from what it sent to politicians in the same time period of 2011. 

Apple Sells 47.8M iPhones in Q1 (CNET) 
Apple closed out 2012 on a high note with its iPhone sales, but many fear its momentum is already beginning to peter out. The Cupertino, Calif., company said Wednesday that it sold 47.8 million iPhones in the fiscal first quarter (or the last quarter of the calendar year). 

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Twitter: The Land of 140 Character Tweets … and Six-Second Videos?(AllTwitter) 
Financial Review shared that the “social messaging platform Twitter is believed to be set to launch a video-based rival to Instagram called Vine in Australia in coming weeks … According to sources familiar with the service, Vine will offer six-second videos that can be integrated with tweets.” 

Netflix Will Launch Personalized Profiles Some Time This Year (GigaOM) 
Netflix is working on launching personalized profiles some time later this year, according to remarks made by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings during Wednesday’s fourth-quarter 2012 earnings call. However, he cautioned that a launch is “not imminent.” 

Restaurants Crack Down on Instagrammers (PRNewser) 
Five-star chef David Bouley calls the food-fetish scene “a circus” that can quickly get out of control, with some eaters setting portable tripods on their tables and others using their iPhone flash functions without considering the fact that this is extremely annoying to everyone around them. Gentleman Bouley describes his solution to The New York Times: As soon as he sees a diner pull the phone out, he offers to take him or her back into his restaurant’s kitchen to “shoot the plates as they come out.” But most chefs aren’t quite so nice: 

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So Manti Te’o, who most Americans believe to be a big old liar, visited Katie Couric’s office for his first official post-scandal interview, set to air Thursday. While we’re interested in the fact that he admitted to “briefly” lying about the fake dead girlfriend hoax for six weeks after learning that he’d been duped (yeah right), we’d like to examine the “Inside PR” aspects of the story. ABC News Te’o says that even though he was hoaxed by the supposed existence of a fake girlfriend, his inspirational story of playing through emotional pain “was all real and that’s something that I can’t fake.” Te’o made his comments to Couric, who will air the exclusive interview on Thursday. LA Times / Show Tracker So how did Couric manage to beat out Winfrey for the juicy get? After all, Winfrey just snagged international coverage and a reported audience of 28 million worldwide for her exclusive two-part sit-down with disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong. Some reports have suggested that the key factor was high-powered publicist and crisis management expert Matthew Hiltzik, who has had Couric as a client for seven and a half years and has been representing Te’o since just after the story of his girlfriend hoax broke in early January. Deadspin Te’o’s story seems similar in substance to the one he gave in his non-televised, late-night interview with Jeremy Schaap, with a little more detail, and much stronger language. Whereas last week Te’o said he “tailored” his stories and “catered” to what the media wanted, this time he says he flat-out lied. “Briefly.” For six weeks. USA Today We’ve been told, by way of explanation, that Notre Dame linebacker Te’o was a naïve, trusting, big-hearted kid who was so in love and so kind and so gullible that he was the perfect target for the now-infamous online girlfriend hoax. So who was that coy, savvy, self-assured, coached-up fellow sitting on the set of Couric’s show? E! Online Maintaining his innocence, Manti then tried to set the record straight, noting that he only fumbled the proverbial media ball because he was as shocked as everybody else to learn Kekua was alive. “Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going [to] be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?” asked the 21-year-old Heisman Trophy finalist.

Hillary Clinton Testifies: ‘Going on the Sunday Shows Is Not My Favorite Thing to Do’ (TVNewser)
Secretary of state Hillary Clinton continued her testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. In front of the House panel Wednesday afternoon, Clinton was asked why U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice did the talking for the administration on the Sunday shows, and not her.HuffPost Clinton told a House committee on Wednesday that she avoided going on Sunday talk shows in the wake of the attack in Benghazi in part because she just doesn’t like them that much. It was Rice who ultimately took to the airwaves to defend the Obama administration’s very controversial handling of the attacks, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and several others. Deadline Hollywood ”I have to confess, here in public, going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do,” she replied. “There are other things I’d prefer to do on Sunday mornings. And, you know, I haven’t been on a Sunday show in way over a year. It just isn’t something that I normally jump to do. And I did feel strongly that we had a lot that we had to manage, that I had to respond to, and that that should be my priority.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In the wake of the attack, the Obama administration sent Rice on a tour of the Sunday shows, where she said the deaths in Benghazi may have been due to spontaneous protests. The controversy over those statements would become so heated that Rice would later withdraw her name from consideration as Clinton’s successor at the State Dept.

A Resurgent Netflix Beats Projections, Even Its Own (NYT / Media Decoder)
For all those who have doubted its business acumen, Netflix had a resounding answer on Wednesday: 27.15 million. That’s the number of American homes that were subscribers to the streaming service by the end of 2012, beating the company’s own projections for the fourth quarter after a couple of quarters of underwhelming results. Deadline New York ”There’s still an echo and a bruise” from summer 2011 when Netflix infuriated customers by splitting the streaming and DVD rental operations — dramatically raising the price for those who wanted to continue to receive both services — CEO Reed Hastings told analysts Wednesday evening.

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Paul Ryan to Appear on Meet the Press (FishbowlDC)
Heads up. On Sunday, House Budget Committee chairman and former vice president hopeful Paul Ryan will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press for the first time since the election. This is his first live interview since the election. The Washington Post / Post Politics Ryan has given several taped interviews in Wisconsin since the election. Meet the Press said Ryan will weigh in on upcoming budget battles and assess the future of the Republican party in his interview with Gregory.

Another Buyout at The New York Times (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Classical musical critic James Oestreich has become the latest staffer to take a buyout from The New York Times, moving the paper closer to its goal of reducing newsroom staff by 30 positions. “After 24 years on staff at The New York Times, I have decided to make a major change and take advantage of the Times' current buyout offer,” Oestreich wrote in an email to staff Wednesday. “I will complete my tenure as classical music editor on Jan. 31, but I am delighted to report that I will be advising the department on our coverage through the spring, as well as continuing to write for the Times on a freelance basis.” The Wrap / Media Alley The buyout offer expires on Thursday, and the number of acceptances has been reported to be in the single digits. The Times is expected to lay off employees if the buyout quota is not met.

Nielsen: 20.6 Million Watched Inauguration, Ratings Down 46 Percent(TVNewser)
Nielsen says that 20.6 million people across 18 networks watched President Obama be sworn in for his second term Monday. As we noted Tuesday, NBC led the way among broadcasters, with CNN topping cable news. The 20.6 million figure was down from 37.8 million viewers in 2009, a drop of 46 percent. That said, it was an improvement over George W. Bush’s second inauguration in 2005, which saw a similar percentage drop from his first.

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Rolling Stone Lays Off Two Noted Staff Members (NYT / Media Decoder)
Rolling Stone, amid a variety of magazines responding to a troubled advertising environment by trimming staff, laid off two of its bigger names this month. Eric Bates, the magazine’s executive editor who had worked there for nearly a decade, was laid off on Jan. 4. And Mark Neschis, who previously worked in the Clinton administration, reported for his last day on Jan. 11.

New Compact Newspaper Format Will Debut Monday in U.S. (Poynter / Biz Blog)
After nearly five years’ gestation, the first sectioned compact paper in the United States, using an innovative “three-around” technology, will be published Jan. 28 in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Dispatch editor Benjamin Marrison announced the start date in a column Sunday. Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer has also contracted to switch to compact and will be printed 100 miles away at the Dispatch, probably starting later this quarter.

Lance Armstrong Targeted in Lawsuit Over Books (LA Times / PolitiCal)
Lance Armstrong lied for years about doping, and now some unsatisfied customers who bought his books want their money back. A Republican political consultant in Sacramento, Rob Stutzman, and a professional chef, Jonathan Wheeler, are spearheading a class action lawsuit against Armstrong.

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Would You Watch A Newspaper Reality Show? (10,000 Words)
Like many work places, newsrooms often come with a set of stereotypical cast members. From the clueless out-of-town editor brought in by corporate to the cub reporter seeking a scandal in every story he covers to the this-trial-ain’t-my-first-rodeo cops reporter to the no-nonsense city editor. (I said stereotypical, didn’t I?) That makes this announcement that NBC put out a casting call for local newspapers to be at the center of a potential reality show — shared in a posting on the National Newspaper Association website — both unsurprising and exciting.

Vogue Retains Top Spot in March (Adweek)
Among the highly scrutinized March fashion magazines, Condé Nast’s Vogue is holding on to its usual first place, with 457 ad pages, up 4.5 percent from 2012. Archrival Time Inc.’s InStyle weighed in with 361 pages, a 4 percent increase over last year. At Hearst, Elle, as previously reported, came in third at 338 pages, up 6 percent.

Lessons from the New York Times' App Graveyard: When an App Has an Expiration Date (Nieman Journalism Lab)
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Beyond Native: Bringing Video Ads In-House (Adweek)
The Verge has started offering advertisers like Ford pre-roll video ads. But in this case, Ford doesn’t need its agency, as The Verge produced these Web video spots, using its own technology and editorial staff.

Ron Howard, Les Moonves Among TV Hall of Fame Inductees (The Wrap / The Box)
Actor-director Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, CBS chief Les Moonves, journalist Bob Schieffer and writer-producer Dick Wolf will be inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 22nd Hall of Fame, the selection committee said Wednesday.

Football Games Dominate Network Viewing (Yahoo! News / AP)
Pro football’s conference championships dominated viewership over the weekend, a vivid illustration of how big events have become so important to network television. The Nielsen Co. said 47.7 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens defeat the New England Patriots for a trip to the Super Bowl. It was a rematch of the 2012 AFC Championship Game, and the ratings were similar, too: last year’s game had 48.7 million viewers. THR / The Live Feed ABC locked a win with adults 18-49 (1.9 rating) on a relatively quiet Tuesday, thanks to a decent start for culinary reality competitionThe Taste. The two-hour opener averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and was a tenth of a point higher than Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars premiere this past fall.

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Pentagon Lifting Ban on Women in Combat

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WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military’s ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said on Wednesday.
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WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday approved a short-term debt ceiling fix that would extend the country’s borrowing authority until May - while also applying a controversial provision that would suspend lawmakers’ pay if they don’t pass a budget by 
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Netflix Posts Surprise Profit

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President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerge from their re-election campaigns confronting the same disputes that divided them last year: peace talks with the Palestinians, settlements and, above all, Iran’s suspected 
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Top GPS Apps for the iPhone - 2013 Edition

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Nintendo vows to rethink its approach to the ‘Zelda’ series

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A look at the Wii U edition of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.” (Nintendo of America). Nintendo’s Wii U launched in November with a new entry in the “Super Mario Bros.
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Washington (CNN) - An inaugural official who asked not to be identified told CNN Wednesday that pop star Beyoncé lip-synced her performance on Inauguration Day.
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Kalm down, dolls. Kylie Jenner is not dating Justin Bieber. Using the Instagram account iputthedistrictonmyback (which 15-year-old Kylie did temporarily use, then switched back to her kyliejenner handle), someone posted (and then deleted) a shot of the 
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Junior Seau’s Family Sues NFL

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The family of Junior Seau, the star linebacker who shot and killed himself last year, sued the N.F.L., the helmet maker Riddell and others on Wednesday, accusing them of hiding information about the link between head hits and long-term cognitive issues.
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Bird Flu Research to Resume After Safety Debate

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Experiments with a deadly flu virus, suspended last year after a fierce global debate over safety, will start up again in some laboratories, probably within the next few weeks, scientists say.
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Women’s Smoking Deaths at All-Time High in US

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) — American women who smoke have a dramatically increased risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than they did 20 years ago.
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NASA scope reveals ‘magnetic braids’ in sun’s atmosphere

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A small NASA space telescope has revealed surprising magnetic braids of super-hot matter in the sun’s outer atmosphere, a find that may explain the star’s mysteriously hot corona, researchers say.
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Twitter: The Land Of 140 Character Tweets … And Six-Second Videos?

Did you catch the quick video Twitter’s CEO shared on Twitter? It’s a clip of someone making steak tartare in six seconds - using Vine (the video service Twitter acquired last October). Are six-second videos on the horizon for Twitter? It looks like third-party video developers’ worst Twitter nightmare has come true (not that we didn’t warn you) and Twitter is well on the way to offering this six-second video option to users… read more»

Is Your Tweet A Work Of Art? No, Seriously - It Might Be

How would you feel if someone took one of those TMI moments you tweeted and attached it to an image and then showcased it in an art exhibit? First - what does TMI mean? “Too much information.” And we bet you’re guilty of it on Twitter from time to time. We also bet you’d be a little weirded out to see your TMI tweet represented this way, particularly as the artists use… read more»

Twitticisms: Funniest Tweets Of The Week

Our new Wednesday series Twitticisms is back for a third round, featuring the jocular jests and witty wisecracks of Twitter’s funniest. Cue the laugh track: Share your favorites in the comments! (Laughing image from Shutterstock)… read more»

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JESS3 co-founders Jesse Thomas and Leslie Bradshaw joined New York Times Social Media Editor Jennifer Preston as keynote speakers for the second annual Nonick Conference in Bilbao, Spain back in May 2010. Their excellent presentation focused on the ways that social media is changing web design, from providing building blocks in terms of content and modules, to influencing how users interact with websites and media. Take a browse through it yourself, below. How… read more»

On Twitter, What’s The Difference Between A Reply And A Mention?

Every time your username is tagged on Twitter with the @ symbol (and assuming you haven’t blocked the user), it works its way to your mentions folder (which is located under the Connect tab on Twitter.com). Mentions used to be known as ‘replies’ - way back when, this referred to tweets that started with a @username. What’s often confusing for new users is that Twitter handles tweets that start with @username differently… read more»

A Guide To Social Gifting [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that the average cost of the top gifts purchased between 2010 and 2011 was a pretty sizeable $244? Weddings, graduations, holidays - it all adds up - and with the latest electronic gadgets now the most sought-after “surprises”, an average of some $800 can easily be spent on gifts over a full year. So how do you reduce the strain on your wallet while still giving your friends and… read more»

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You May Have Unknowingly Granted Apps Access To Your Direct Messages

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Design Ideas For Twitter’s New ‘Bird’ Included The Middle Finger

When Twitter updated its bird logo last July, did you ever wonder how they came up with the final design? It appears they went through a typical brainstorming process, where designers sketched out a bunch of possible new looks for the bird, including the middle finger. Cover your little one’s eyes! According to Gizmodo, “when Twitter rebranded its old fat whale of a bird logo into the svelte upward jumping bird logo it… read more»

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Embedding Tweets Just Got Simpler

Ever have questions about embedding tweets and didn’t know we had a handy post explaining how to do just that? Well, now you can also read this new post detailing Twitter’s enhancements to its “embedding tweets” feature. This was just released today! Not sure what an embedded tweet is? It looks like this: On an AllTwitter.com call, my birds were chirping loudly in the background. How appropriate ;) - Mary C Long (@MaryCLong) January… read more»

Is Twitter Ruining Our Writing Skills?

In a recent article, The Telegraph reflects on one Cambridge professor’s assertion that Twitter is causing students’ writing skills to “go down the plug hole.” It’s not the first time the claim has been made that the brevity and fast pace of microblogging negatively impacts written expression. But how much merit is there to it? The Case Against Twitter: Tweeting is Corrupting Writing Skills The argument against Twitter with regard to the issue of modern… read more»

Create Your Own Graphic Social Media Profile With Vizify

Back at the end of 2012, we shared with you Vizify’s cool Twitter “year in review” feature. It’s worth taking another look at Vizify, if you haven’t already. Vizify is a free online service that lets you collect all of your social media profiles into one place, like about.me - except it’s super visual, interactive and generally snazzy. Here’s mine. A snapshot: To create your own, sign up for a free Vizify account, then link up… read more»

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The lawyer of a French woman sentenced to 60 years for kidnapping says he hopes for an acquittal when Mexico’s Supreme Court reviews her case on Wednesday. Florence Cassez was arrested in 2005 with her former boyfriend, a gang leader.

Enrique Krause, BBC News and France24 Mexico Desk, for the BBC’s Biodun Iginla
 

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday will review the case of a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France.

Florence Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal process was riddled with irregularities, prompting criticism of Mexico’s justice system and protests from France over her treatment.

The hearing before the Supreme Court could set the scene for an early release, if the five-judge panel agrees to discount some of the evidence used to convict her.

Critics of Mexican justice see the Cassez case as a test of the system’s ability to rectify its faults.

“It would speak well of the system, because it would correct something that was badly handled from the outset,” Luis Angel Benavides, a law professor at Mexico City’s ITAM university, told the BBC and France24.

Cassez, who maintains her innocence, was arrested in December 2005 at a ranch near Mexico City with her ex-boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, who led a kidnapping gang called the Zodiacs.

After the arrest, police made Cassez take part in a staged scene of officers freeing kidnap victims. She was portrayed as a kidnapper in the restaged event, which was aired on national television. Police subsequently admitted wrongdoing.

A judge found Cassez guilty in 2008 after a closed-door trial with no jury, typical of cases in Mexico.

Vallarta said Cassez was not part of the gang. The evidence used to convict her came from three kidnapping victims, one of whom said she threatened to cut off his finger.

In March, Mexico’s Supreme Court rejected a bid to release Cassez immediately, but opened the door to the review, which experts say may result in a retrial or a lighter sentence.

The judges must rule on a motion by Justice Olga Sanchez, who in May said there were “many reasons” to free Cassez and argued for her release in March.

Sanchez’s motion says some of the victims’ testimony should be thrown out because it contains contradictions and, in some cases, is based on the staged TV capture, according to Mexican media reports.

Cassez’s defense argues that evidence against her was tainted by the television report depicting her as a criminal.

“We want one thing, that the appeal is upheld and that somehow a way is found for an innocent woman to recover her freedom,” Cassez’s lawyer, Agustin Acosta, told the BBC and France24 in Mexico.

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A retrial could satisfy all sides in the contentious debate over the French woman’s detention, Benavides said. It would improve the image of Mexico’s legal system abroad, and it would please victims’ groups lobbying for Cassez’s imprisonment because she would remain in jail for a year awaiting legal proceedings, Benavides said.

The prospect of her release has stirred resentment among kidnapping victims. Thousands of serious crimes have gone unpunished by Mexico’s weak justice system.

Any decision in Cassez’s favor may hinge in part on changes in the five-judge panel that will review the motion.

The official most opposed to freeing Cassez retired from the court in March and was replaced by a younger, U.S.-educated judge. Acosta said the new judge may be more willing to accept the argument that Cassez’s right to a fair trial was compromised.

In France, the media is abuzz with the possibility the incarceration of Cassez may be nearing its end.

“These last 24 hours will be very long for Florence in her cell,” Jean-Luc Romero, president of Cassez’s support committee in France, told France24 and the BBC in Paris. “Her father will be over there (in Mexico), her mother will be in Paris, and we’re all waiting for this judgment, but it’s going to be a long wait.”

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy backed Cassez’s fight to be freed and her parents have said his successor, Francois Hollande, has assured them he will work for her release.

IMF: Global economic recovery ‘weakening’

Greek striking workers in Athens in December 2012Continued troubles in the eurozone have weighed on global economic growth

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned again of a weakening global economic recovery despite government efforts to stimulate growth.

The global economy is likely to grow at a slower rate than previously forecast over the next two years, the organisation said in its latest report.

It said it now expected the eurozone to remain in recession in 2013, having previously predicted growth.

The UK’s growth forecasts have also been revised down.

The IMF said continued problems in the eurozone were weighing on the global economy.

"The euro area continues to pose a large downside risk to the global outlook," the IMF report said.

"In particular, risks of prolonged stagnation in the euro area as a whole will rise if the momentum for reform is not maintained."

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The eurozone’s economy is now forecast to shrink by 0.1% this year. Just three months ago the IMF had forecast 0.2% growth.

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Enormous economic problems remain, and in many parts of the continent [Europe], they are going to get worse before they get better”

Earlier there were signs that some confidence had returned to European markets, with Portugal returning to the bond market to borrow money from investors for the first time since seeking a eurozone bailout in 2011.

Its offering of 2bn euros of five-year bonds was four times oversubscribed by investors.

But overall, the IMF now forecasts that the world economy to grow by 3.5% this year and 4.1% in 2014, 0.1 percentage points lower than stated in October’s forecasts.

Most of that growth is predicted to come from developing economies, rather than the developed countries still emerging from recession.

Earlier this month, the World Bank also cut its global growth forecasts blaming the slow recovery of developed nations.

The prospects for the UK’s economy have also worsened in the last three months, the IMF forecasts suggest.

Previously it forecast growth of 1.1% this year and 2.2% next year. That has now been revised down to 1% and 1.9% growth respectively.

The IMF said the challenges facing developed economies remained the same.

"Most advanced economies face two challenges. First, they need steady and sustained fiscal consolidation. Second, financial sector reform must continue to decrease risks in the financial system," the report said.

"Addressing these challenges will support recovery and reduce downside risks."

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Federal Regulators Say it’s OK to Diss the Boss on Social Media - Sometimes(SocialTimes) 
Many workplace policies call on employees not to disparage the company or one’s co-workers on social media, but the National Labor Relations Board says such “water cooler” talk is protected. An article by The New York Times reports that in recent months, the board has ordered the reinstatement of workers fired for their posts on social networks and pushed companies nationwide including General Motors, Target and Costco to rewrite their social media rules. The New York Times"Many view social media as the new water cooler," said Mark G. Pearce, the board’s chairman, noting that federal law has long protected the right of employees to discuss work-related matters. "All we’re doing is applying traditional rules to a new technology." Forbes The only statements that aren’t protected are personal gripes or rants that affect no other employees but you. Example: You complain that your boss is being a jerk to you but not to anyone else in the office. Salon.com The NLRB has said the rulings simply bring provisions in the National Labor Relations Act into the modern age, in which concerting among workers - which the act protects - can take place on social media platforms. But, as the Times notes, “corporate officials say the NLRB is intervening in the social media scene in an effort to remain relevant as private-sector unions dwindle in size and power.” CIO It’s worth remembering that getting your job back via the NLRB can take years and a good deal of expense. So you still want to be very careful about what you tweet or post if it’s directly related to your job. 

Google Earnings Get Thumbs Up from Investors (The Wall Street Journal/MarketBeat) 
Google earnings just hit the tape, and so far investors like what they see. The search giant reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $10.65, up from $9.50 a year ago and ahead of analysts’ expectations. Mashable While revenues handily beat Wall Street’s estimates, not everything in the report was positive. Google’s cost-per-clicks declined by 6 percent from the same period a year ago as mobile ads continue to become more prominent. VentureBeat In a statement to investors, Google CEO Larry Page said the results are “not a bad achievement in just a decade and a half. In today’s multiscreen world, we face tremendous opportunities as a technology company focused on user benefit. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at Google.” 

Instagram Account Crackdown Spreads Panic, Fear of Hacking (CNET) 
A number of Instagram’s 90 million active users are in a confused panic after being locked out of their accounts over the weekend, and several seem to believe they’ve been hacked. On Saturday, the same day the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app enacted its revised terms or service, Yahoo Answers was inundated with threads from alarmed Instagram users who claimed to have lost access to their accounts for no apparent reason. 

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Facebook Launches New Conversion Measurement (AllFacebook) 
In an effort to help marketers better track sales, Facebook launched a new conversion measurement Tuesday, allowing advertisers to measure the return on investment of their Facebook ads by tracking user actions such as registrations and shopping cart checkouts motivated by people seeing the ads. It allows marketers to track when someone sees an ad on one platform and switches to another to make the purchase. 

Child-Abuse Tumblr Leads Police to Pedophile’s Home (The Daily Dot) 
Tumblr staff helped nab an alleged pedophile after he used his blog to brag about sexually abusing a young girl and to post graphic images of child abuse. Houston police arrested Richard Benjamin, 37, on Jan. 7, charging him with three counts of possession of child pornography and child sexual abuse and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. 

Embedding Tweets Just Got Simpler (AllTwitter) 
Ever have questions about embedding tweets and didn’t know we had a handy post explaining how to do just that? Well, now you can also read this new post detailing Twitter’s enhancements to its “embedding tweets” feature, which was released on Tuesday. 

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White House Announces National Day Of Civic Hacking (TechCrunch) 
The White House wants you to hack for a better America. Tuesday it announced the National Day Of Civic Hacking on June 1-2 where many government agencies will liberate data for citizens across the U.S. to use to build tech that helps their communities. 

Live Google+ Hangout About Social with ‘Body of Proof’s’ Jeri Ryan (Lost Remote) 
Here’s a recap of my Google+ Hangout. In honor of the Shorty Award (the ceremony I produce), I hosted a last minute Google+ Hangout with celebrity and TV actress Jeri Ryan. You can tune in on-demand here. 

Surface Windows 8 Pro Tablet to Launch Feb. 9 (USA Today
Microsoft has just announced that Surface Windows 8 Pro, as it’s being called, will be available in the United States and Canada on Feb. 9, at a starting price of $899. The new Surface will be sold through all Microsoft retail stores, microsoftstore.com, Staples and Best Buy, and made available in 64GB and 128GB configurations. 

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2013 Inauguration Ratings Down Substantially from 2009(TVNewser)
New CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker saw his network win the day in ratings on day one, according to Fast Nationals data from Nielsen. Of course, it wasn’t exactly a typical day. On Inauguration Day Monday, CNN led the way on cable news in both total and demo viewers, in primetime, total day and during the part people really tune in to see: the president’s speech. That said, the “big three” cable news channels were down substantially in the ratings from the 2009 inauguration. NYT / Media Decoder In terms of the cable news networks, CNN was ahead during the time when the oath of office was administered and President Obama delivered his speech, and the usual cable leader, Fox News, was well behind. That was widely expected, given the conservative political preferences of much of the Fox News audience. HuffPost The network came in first place during the oath and inaugural address (11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) among total viewers, drawing 3.136 million viewers in all. MSNBC came in second with 2.273 million total viewers, while Fox News had 1.316 million total viewers. LA Times / Show Tracker But reelected presidents — much like Dancing With the Stars winners — always get fewer people to come out for their second go-round. When George W. Bush was sworn in again in 2005, his TV ratings fell 46 percent compared with his first inauguration. THR / The Live Feed Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony, held the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, averaged nearly 38 million viewers with cable and broadcast networks combined. PRNewserDespite being smaller than Obama’s first inauguration in every way, this year’s event predictably prompted a “social media explosion” that managed to knock the mighty Twitter out of service for a moment or two. The fact that so many more people got “social” this year than in 2009 despite the lower turnout confirms something we already knew — that social media has become an ever more integral part of public and private life over the past four years.

Zucker to CNNers: ‘Think More Broadly…’ Don’t ‘Be Bound by What Has Come Before Us’ (TVNewser)
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is now officially on the job. As we reported last week, he spent his first day in Washington Monday as the bureau produced the network’s inauguration coverage. In a memo to staff Tuesday obtained by FishbowlDC, Zucker writes, “as we embark on the next chapter together, we must think even more broadly, and not always be bound by what has come before us.”Mediaite Zucker says he was impressed with his new staff on his first official day, President Obama’s inauguration: “I spent Monday, my first official day with CNN, at our bureau in Washington, during our coverage of the president’s inauguration. The reporting, storytelling, production and innovation, across all of our CNN platforms, came together beautifully. It is clear that the capability of this organization to inform, enlighten and entertain on big stories is limitless.” NYT / Media Decoder For a channel that needs to find its voice, this was a distinctive way to start. Fans of CNN may have noticed over the weekend that James Earl Jones’ voice is back, proclaiming “This is CNN” in his authoritative baritone. Access Atlanta / Radio & TV Talk While this move will not exactly move the needle in terms of CNN’s popularity as a network, it evokes warm memories of the network’s heyday before Fox News came on the scene.

Jake Tapper Makes CNN Debut (HuffPost)
Jake Tapper made his CNN debut on Tuesday. The former ABC White House correspondent appeared on The Situation Room to talk about Hillary Clinton’s upcoming testimony before the Senate, as well as his new role as CNN’s chief Washington correspondent. Later in the year, Tapper will become the host of his own show on the network. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CNN’s new chief Washington correspondent Tapper has posted his first scoop for the network: “deputy secretary of state for management and resources Tom Nides is leaving the Obama administration, Nides told CNN this afternoon.” Tapper’s article does not mention that Nides is married to CNN vice president and deputy Washington bureau chief Virginia Moseley, who like Tapper recently joined the network from ABC News.

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Joseph Meyer, Brother-in-Law of Jared Kushner, Named Observer CEO(FishbowlNY)
Joseph Meyer, the brother-in-law of Jared Kushner, has been named the Observer Media Group’s new CEO. Meyer comes to the company from Elliott Management, a hedge fund. He is only 33 years old. New York / Daily Intelligencer In addition to a history at hedge funds (Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, Michael Dell’s MSD Capital), Meyer “is a trusted member of my family,” according to a memo sent to staff by Ivanka Trump’s husband Tuesday. As noted by The Wall Street Journal, “He is married to Mr. Kushner’s sister, Nicole.”

New York Times Redesigns its Print-Edition Feature Sections(JimRomenesko.com)
The redesigns of New York Times features sections began Tuesday with the new look of “Science Times.” A Times release says: “The sections, created during the 1970’s, have each been refreshed and updated repeatedly over the years, but this is the first time all of the weekly feature sections have been redesigned as a whole.”HuffPost Times design director Tom Bodkin said of the redesign, “The goal was not to create an entirely new look, but to develop a more coherent, accessible, underlying structure across all sections.” Additionally, the Times' popular wedding section “Vows” has been turned into a standalone package within the paper's Sunday “Styles” section.

Barbara Walters on the Mend After Falling and Hitting Her Head (LA Times / Ministry of Gossip)
Barbara Walters is on the road to recovery after taking a tumble at an inauguration party over the weekend. “Barbara went to Washington to cover the inauguration,” Whoopi Goldberg, her co-host on The View, said on the show Tuesday. “She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple. The doctors stitched her up, and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy.”

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CBS’ Hopper Award Knock Could Set Back Media Ownership Rules (Adweek)
When CBS torpedoed CNET’s planned “best of show” award for Dish’s Hopper, it may have also blown to bits broadcasters’ best chance for looser media ownership rules at the Federal Communications Commission. In a letter filed Tuesday with the FCC, public interest group Public Knowledge says CBS’ actions demonstrate unequivocally why the agency should ditch its proposal to loosen the rules, currently under review.

Donald Trump Exploring Improbable Ways He Might Buy The New York Times(New York / Daily Intelligencer)
Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in the last year trying to make news, first with his birther obsession, and more recently demanding comedian Bill Maher pay him $5 million. (Maher offered the sum for proof Trump wasn’t the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.” Trump released his own birth certificate and threatened to sue Maher for the money.) Now Trump is exploring ways to make news in a more literal way: by acquiring The New York Times.

Brain Tumor Kept Martin Bashir Out of Work (FishbowlDC)
It was reported in 2008 that MSNBC’s Martin Bashir has a brain tumor. The illness is still there and causing problems. “I have a brain tumor,” Bashir told FishbowlDC Monday night when asked why he was absent from his TV program Friday. “It’s fine but it causes a problem from time to time,” he said.

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Is It Real? Witness Builds an App to Verify User-Submitted Content (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Whether it’s photos of flooding during Hurricane Sandy, or videos of eagles stealing babies, it’s not always easy to detect fakery. And when you think of the number of videos and photos produced by our phones each day, it can be problematic for news organizations trying to deal with submissions from readers.

Al Jazeera America Is Hiring (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Al Jazeera, which is set to replace Current TV with the launch of Al Jazeera America, has posted 105 new jobs in the United States — 98 in New York City, where AJ America will be based, and seven in Washington.

Will CBS Unload Its Publishing Business? (Investor Place)
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made no secret of his desire to unload the company’s marginally profitable outdoor advertising business. Monday, he pulled the trigger by announcing plans to convert its U.S. portion into a real estate investment trust (REIT) and sell the rest. Investors might pressure him to do the same with the media giant’s Simon & Schuster publishing business.

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Analysis: Dodgers, Time Warner Cable Bet Big on Sports Growth (Variety)
By partnering to launch a new regional cable network in an overflowing market rather than making a straightforward rights deal, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner Cable have doubled down on their belief that skyrocketing revenues in the sports TV world are anything but a bubble.

Hollywood Pushes Back Against Zero Dark Thirty Critics (PRNewser)
We haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty yet, but we are intrigued by the PR back-and-forth between the film’s makers/promoters and various members of the U.S. government. A couple of questions are central to the controversy: Does the film glorify torture and imply that information gained during torture sessions eventually led to the location and assassination of Osama bin Laden? Did the filmmakers act inappropriately in collecting information from confidential sources within the Central Intelligence Agency?

5 Ways Journalists Can Use Social Media to Resurface Old Content (Poynter / How To’s)
Journalists are finding that social media gives them ample opportunities to breathe new life into archived content. Recently, they’ve used social networking sites — while covering deaths, anniversaries, birthdays and ongoing stories — to resurface old content that their audiences may otherwise never see. Here are some examples of how they’ve done it, along with five related tips.

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