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apple-logo-150x150Apple iPhone Rollout Marred By ‘Bendgate,’ Dropped Cell Service (Reuters)
Two new Apple products hit speed bumps on Wednesday: iPhone 6 Plus buyers discovered their phones can bend when placed in back pockets, and the company pulled its latest mobile operating system after reports of dropped cellular service. “Bendgate,” as the problem has already been dubbed on social media sites, is a reminder of 2010′s “antennagate,” when iPhone 4 users reported a design flaw that caused dropped calls. NBC News It didn’t take long for rival companies to start dissing Apple, like BlackBerry CEO John Chen. “I would challenge you guys to bend our Passport,” he said on Wednesday at the launch of the BlackBerry Passport. The jokes have also been flying on Twitter from brands such as LG and KitKat, which, coincidentally, is what the latest version of Android is called. Forbes Apple’s PR team still is not as reactive as they should be, and has struggled once more to contain an online story. While there is a delicate art on deciding when to step in, especially in the fast-moving social media world, digitally putting your fingers in your ears and going “la-la-la” is not an option. Apple Insider With his latest video, YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger applies the same barehand lever technique to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, HTC One M8, Motorola’s revamped Moto X and Nokia’s Lumia 1020. Compared to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, it appears the iPhone 6 requires much more force to flex, and the final result is only slight bend in the frame. USA Today Shares of Apple were under pressure Wednesday as the sturdiness of the latest iPhone and its software design came under evaluation. Apple stock ended down 89 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $101.75, throwing a bit of cold water on the euphoria following the release of the iPhone 6.

As Twitter’s MoPub Hooks Up with Juice Mobile, the Mobile Space May Never Be the Same (VentureBeat)
Toronto-based Juice Mobile came out of the closet, literally, on Wednesday and made public their partnership with Twitter-owned MoPub, which the microblogging heavyweight purchased last September for $350 million. Behind the scenes, the two have been working quietly together to maximize mobile ad campaign buying and deployment. Now the relationship is public.

Pinterest Expands Efforts to Connect With Publishers (SocialTimes)
It’s already been a busy week for Pinterest, but the changes for the site are just beginning. On Monday, the San Francisco-based social media network welcomed Robert Macdonald, formerly of Google, to head up a new media relations team. Tuesday, it previewed a new Privacy Policy that offers additional insight into the Promoted Pins program that will roll out Oct. 9.

Brand of the Day: Burger King Finds 15 Ways to Handle the Same Hurt Feelings on Twitter (Adweek)
While some of Burger King’s Twitter followers are still moaning about the proposed merger with Tim Hortons, many more would rather talk about bacon or ice cream — or what on earth happened to Chicken Fries. And BK is there with a soothing @reply. Actually, 15 of them.

Hoaxes: There Is No Facebook Drug Task Force, Nor Will Users Be Charged $2.99/Month (AllFacebook)
There is no such thing as the Facebook Drug Task Force. In addition, any and all stories from satirical site National Report should be taken with several grains of salt, Hoax-Slayer reminded Facebook users.

Twitter is Working on its Own Native Polling Tools for Publishers (The Next Web)
Twitter is working on a new set of interactive Cards that would allow people to run polls natively across its social network. According to a few test tweets, most of which link back to the BirdOps site, it’s clear that the company is looking to bring publishers a way to run polls without having to turn to third-party options.

Calling All ‘Scandal’ Rookies: A Guide to ABC’s Thursday Night Hashtags (LostRemote)
ABC is making a bet that they are dominating your Twitter feed on Thursday nights — and if “Scandal’s” success in past year is any indication, the highly promoted Fall 2014 lineup is going to be hard to ignore. Herewith, a mini-guide to how they make it work.

New Jersey Town Expanding its Social Media Presences (NorthJersey.com)
Over the past two years, Waldwick, N.J., councilman Anthony Celeste has been working with assistant business administrator Andrew Tatarenko to put together what Celeste describes as “a technology puzzle.” First came Facebook, then Twitter and finally YouTube.

Social Media is the Number One Promotional Tool for SMBs [Study] (AllTwitter)
Three-quarters of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) use social media, spending about one-fifth of their total media budget on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, reveals a new study. In their ongoing study of the advertising behaviors of small and medium-sized businesses, BIA/Kelsey found that 74.5 percent now use social media, with more than half (55.1 percent) active on Facebook.

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