What You Need To Know- Week of November 28th

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Coming off a holiday week, the digital and social community had plenty of news to share. With Facebook’s acquisition of Gowalla, new regulations in the US and EU, the discovery of Carrier IQ and Siri’s latest controversy, there’s more than enough to catch up on. See the major stories here:

People & Society
Talking about governments, society and individuals impacting the world:

Brittany Spears Becomes Google+’s Most Followed (via SmartBrief)
Google Launches Tools To Help Egyptian Voters (via The Next Web)
EU Establishing Regulations on Facebook’s Selling of User Data and Targeted Advertising (via SmartBrief)
EU Tackling Online Consumer Disputes (via TechCrunch)
A Breakdown Of What the FTC Ruling Means for Social Media In the US (via Mashable)
FTC & Facebook Settle Privacy Claims With New Regulations in Place for US (via AllThingsD)
Jimmy Fallon Apologizes to Michelle Bachmann via Twitter (via Mashable)
EU Rules ISP’s Are Not Required To Filter Illegal Content (via TechCrunch)
Chilean Students Use Thriller To Protest (via Mashable)
US House of Representatives Introduces Cybersecurity Bill (via SmartBrief)
Siri’s Insensitive Abortion Response & Other Tech Missteps (via Mashable)

Science & Tech
Talking about the latest in technology, mobile, applications, and the science world:

Cross-Platform Messaging App Kik Debuts On Nokia’s Symbian (via TechCrunch)
Most Not Interested in Facebook Phone (via AllThingsD)
Phonedeck Puts Your Phone On A Cloud (via TechCrunch)
Apple To Remove Carrier IQ In IOS 5 (via Mashable)
1 In 10 Mobile Users On iPhone (via TechCrunch)

Entertainment & Gaming
Talking about pop culture, sports, publishing, and the world of gaming:

Paperlit Brings Print Publications to Facebook (via The Next Web)
Washington Post Readers Younger & Indian (via AllThingsD)
Ad-Supported Streaming Hit Record-High in October (via SmartBrief)
Top 20 Social TV Segments (via Mashable)
Verizon Fios Consumers Can Control TV With Hands Via XBox 360 (via TechCrunch)
Cinefy Brings Movie Editing to iPhone (via Mashable)
Stat.us Is Twitter For Sports (via TecCrunch)
The Guardian Garners 4M Facebook App Installations (via The Next Web)
YouTube Offers Personalized Channels (via SmartBrief)
YouTube Launches Improved Analytics (via The Next Web)
Frictionless Bypasses Facebook’s Social Readers (via TechCrunch)
Soccer Club Manchester City To Display Fans’ Tweets During Pre & Post-Game Entertainment (via The Next Web)
YouTube Enhances Analytics (via SmartBrief)
MuckRack Tracks What Journalists Say on Twitter (via The Next Web)

Art & Culture
Talking about the arts and the latest in culture, tourism, food, and fashion:

Museum-Analytics Measures Curatorial Social Media (via TechCrunch)
InBed.Me Connects Travelers In Same Locations (via Mashable)
Ralph Lauren Goes Interactive For Holidays (via PSFK)
Tumblr Fashion Director Out For Playing Favorites (via Mashable)
Airbnb Partners With Vayable To Provide Travel Experiences To Renters (via TechCrunch)

Business, Media & Communications
Talking news that impacts your business, the latest media trends, marketing and basic communications:

Kindle Fire Competing Solidly With iPad (via SmartBrief)
Flavors.me Offers New Features For Mashing Up Social Network Streams (via AllThingsD)
In US, Half of Black Friday Shoppers Focused on Electronics (via SmartBrief)
Twitter Acquires Whisper Systems, Android-Security App (via AllThingsD)
YaCy Launches As Peer-to-Peer Search Engine (via SmartBrief)
Users Want More Control Over Social Network Info (via AllThingsD)
Cyber Monday Sees 18% Higher Sales in US (via SmartBrief)
WordPress Launches WordAds For Bloggers To Make Money (via The Next Web)
Facebook To Open Platform For Gambling In UK (via TechCrunch)
Duet Seeks To Connect Those Closest To Us (via PSFK)
OneReceipt Enters Financial Spending Tracking Start-Up Ring (via TechCrunch)
Facebook IPO Launches April 2012 (via Mashable)
Superfly Launches Personalized Flight Search (via TechCrunch)
Location-Based Services Influence Recruiting (via SmartBrief)
Foursquare Adds “Follow” and “Add To Foursquare” Features (via Mashable)
Online Ads Pull In $8B Revenues (via SmartBrief)
LivingSocial Plus Offers Subscription Service (via TechCrunch)
Facebook Testing Negative Sentiment Measures For Pages (via Mashable)
Google+ Offers Phone Calls Inside Hangouts (via The Next Web)
Facebook Acquires Gowalla (via TechCrunch)

Talking about the music trends:

Spotify Expected To Open To 3rd Party Developers & Applications (via AllThingsD)
Google Maps & YouTube Bring Nirvana Concert Mashable (via PSFK)
Elvis Costello Encourages Fans To Steal His Music (via Mashable)
Spotify Invites Developers Into App (via AllThingsD)

Talking about all things related to education and public learning:
Re-Enacting the Past Via Twitter (via SmartBrief)

Global Change & the Environment
Talking about innovation in philanthropy, health, the environment, & corporate social responsibility:

Cities Turn To Geothermal Tech (via Mashable)
Fundraise For Charities With Stunts (via PSFK)
Wal-Mart Uses Facebook To Provide $1.2M USD Grants (via Mashable)
Teenage Blogger Battles Texan Health Clinic (via PSFK)
HealthRally Offers Financial Incentives For Healthy Behavior (via TechCrunch)
Coldplay & Other Artists Make Pencil Drawings To Fundraise For Pencils of Promise (via Mashable)
TED & HuffPost Team Up For Year Long Online Idea-Thon (via AllThingsD)
Al Gore Announces Gaming For Good Finalists (via PSFK)

Did we miss anything? Which stories surprised you this week? Let us know.

Nicky Yates

Director of Communications, Social Media Week

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