500 Paramount Pictures films will soon be available for renting via YouTube and Google Play. (Photo courtesy of gawker.com)
Instagram makes its grand debut to Android, while Facebook and Yahoo duke it out and Conan O’Brien attempts to overthrow Mashable.
Facebook vs. Yahoo Round 2: Social Network Files a Suit of Its Own
Ding, ding, ding! Facebook vs.Yahoo. The battle continues. Facebook fights back with a lawsuit of their own, claiming that Yahoo is infringing on their patents. Facebook will also continue to defend the original lawsuit filed by Yahoo in March. It seems that most are pro-Facebook. Whose side are you on?
Facebook Coming to Nasdaq With the Ticker ‘FB’
According to a report, Facebook will be traded on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol ‘FB.’ Will Facebook be joining Apple and Google on Team Nasdaq?
Twitter Updates Blackberry App
WhackBer… I mean, BlackBerry updated its Twitter app, making it easier for users to share links directly from the browser, in addition to automatically shortening links. Additionally, users can upload photos from their devices to pic.twitter.com or when they’re composing tweets. Another feature involves connecting your Twitter account to BlackBerry Messenger so you can share your latest tweet as a BBM Personal Message.
Oakland Police Department Uses Twitter to Report on Oikos University Shooting
Earlier this week, tragedy unfolded at Oikos University in Oakland, California when a gunman opened fire. The Oakland Police Department, in addition to local media, took to Twitter to spread the news to the rest of the community. It just goes to show that social media is just as efficient as any other news source when it comes to sharing breaking news.
Twitter Opening Detroit Office to Serve Auto Clients
On Wednesday, Twitter opened a new office in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Based in the M@dison Building and led by Greg Myrick, the staff at this location will be responsible for promoting Twitter’s ad products, including Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts. One of Twitter’s Detroit-based clients is General Motors.
500 Paramount Films Coming to YouTube
500 Paramount Pictures films will soon be available for renting via YouTube and Google Play. Many of the films – including The Godfather trilogy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Hugo – are available now in the U.S. and Canada. According to Google, others will be available within the next few months. 48-hour rentals will run you between $2.99 and $3.99 HD rentals are an extra dollar). You’ll have 30 days from the time of purchase to start watching your movie, but once you’ve started it, you’ll only have 48 hours with it. No word yet as to whether or not Google will sell movies, in addition to rentals.
Conan O’Brien Takes Over Mashable for April Fools’ Day
In light of April Fools’ Day, Conan O’Brien set forth to “take over” Mashable, including videos and a slight site redesign. What do you think – would you be a fan of #Conashable?
Instagram for Android: Advanced Camera, But No Tilt Shift
Instagram has finally made its debut to Android devices. As an Android user, I was quite thrilled. The Android app for this mobile-based social network differs slightly from the iPhone version, mainly lacking some editing features. However, the Android version has an “Advanced Camera,” which is something the iPhone version lacks. Android users, what do you think of Instagram so far?