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Storyteller: Create A Website With Content From (Virtually) Anywhere

storytellerAs our content is scattered across sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, the idea of a single, standalone website is starting to feel a bit quaint. On the consumer side, we're seeing that with products like About.me and Flavors.me, which try to unify your various social identities in one place. Now a digital agency called Sparkart is tackling the problem from the brand and business side, with a product called Storyteller.

Sparkart founder and CEO Naveen Jain says that Storyteller "is not a toy" — you need basic development skills in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to use it, because you're building sites that have the branding and functionality that you want. Right now, he says if website developers want to integrate content from other sites, they have to either manually integrate with the API of each and every site, or wait for their content management system to add the relevant upgrade or plug-in. Then, once they're integrated, they'd have to keep track of any changes to the API and its policies. With Storyteller, on the other hand, they can access data from other sites while the platform does all the "heavy lifting."

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Facebook is teaming up with CNN to socialize coverage of the 2012 election, as the social network aims to become a "second screen" for political coverage.

141FACEBOOK-cnn-elections-600The new experience, "America's Choice 2012," will encourage Facebook's 160 million U.S. users to share their political views through an app, buzz measurements and surveys. The two companies will aggregate users' sentiment and CNN will incorporate the findings into its coverage.

"Each campaign cycle brings new technologies that enhance the way that important connections between citizens and their elected representatives are made," said Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president of U.S. public policy. "Though the mediums have changed, the critical linkages between candidates and voters­ remain. Innovations like Facebook can help transform this informational experience into a social one for the American people."

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Why Social Media Will Reshape the 2012 Olympics

126531465The 2012 Olympics in London are being touted by some as the world's "first social Games." While some question just how social they'll actually be, there's no doubt that networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will play an unprecedented role in how information is disseminated from London, and how the global sports conversation is driven during July and August.

Why the big shift? It's simple: Four years is an eternity in Internet time and since the last Summer Olympics in 2008, social media has exploded.

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Twitter Search Gets Smarter, Adds Autocomplete

357Twitter-questionIn the age of Google Instant, where we expect search results to complete themselves before we're done typing, Twitter's search feature has long seemed a little slow and dumb. Can't it guess at what search term or person you're looking for? Can't it autocorrect your spelling? Can't it just search among the tweets of people you follow?Well, now you can do all of that, in theory. The microblogging service took the wraps off a new smarter search product Friday, after teasing us late Thursday with a brief announcement that search and discovery on Twitter was about to change "forever."

The changes, which are rolling out to all users on mobile Twitter and Twitter.com, fall into three categories.

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Will Your Internet Work on Monday? How to Check for DNS Malware

virus-malware-death-skull-600-275x171A nasty piece of malware called DNSChanger will kick thousands of Mac and PC users off the Internet on Monday, and there's a chance you could be one of them.

The FBI is shutting down domains that have been affected by the DNSChanger malware, which has been circulating the web since as far back as 2007. The malware redirected Internet traffic to sites with paid advertisements where cybercriminals reaped profit from unsuspecting visitors.

The trojan's creators — six Estonian nationals — shut down their services when they were caught and arrested about eight months ago.

Although the FBI has been urging consumers for months to check if their systems have been affected by DNSChanger, about 275,000 computers are still at risk of not having Internet access on Monday, July 9.

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