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ObamaImmigration50Obama Announces Major Immigration Overhaul (Mashable)
President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions on Thursday night that will overhaul the United States’ immigration system. The actions will protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, allowing them to obtain permits to work in the United States, though they won’t be eligible for government health insurance. POLITICO The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — for skipping out on President Barack Obama’s Thursday prime-time address on his executive actions on immigration. “In 2006, [President George W.] Bush gave a 17-minute speech that was televised by all three networks that was about deploying 6,000 National Guard troops to the border. Obama is making a 10-minute speech that will have a vastly greater impact on the issue. And none of the networks are doing it. We can’t believe they were aggrieved that we announced this on Facebook,” a senior administration official told POLITICO.

You Can Now Share Tweets Within Twitter Direct Messages (Re/code)
You can now privately share a tweet with someone within Direct Messages on Twitter. The social network announced the new feature on its blog, a little more than a week after promising it was coming at its analyst day.

Are Super PACs Using Twitter For Shady Campaign Financing? (SocialTimes)
In related news, lately we’ve seen the impact social networks can have on the election cycle. The effect on voter participation can be cause for concern over potential biasing of the voting public. Another impact that’s been spotted is some potentially illegal (or at least shady) activity relating to campaign financing on Twitter.

Buffalo Snow, Told on Social Media (WXII12.com)
The historic Buffalo snow isn’t keeping residents off Facebook, Twitter and other social outlets. Check out some of the best and the worst.

New App Lets Viewers Clip and Share Broadcast TV (LostRemote)
This week, Clippit launched in the Google Play and Apple store. The app lets you clip up to 30 seconds of around 30 television shows included in their roster. You can’t use the app to watch the shows in real time, but you can go “back in time.” As founder Jim Long puts it, find the bit you like, and then post it.

Here’s Some Remarkable New Data on the Power of Chat Apps Like WhatsApp for Sharing News Stories (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The real new contender is the new generation of chat apps, most prominently the acquired-by-Facebook-for-$19-billion WhatsApp. Their primary mode is one-to-one sharing as opposed to Twitter and Facebook’s one-to-many.

Facebook Extends Structured Status Updates to Pages (AllFacebook)
In a bit of a puzzling move, Facebook has apparently extended its structured status updates to pages. Structured status updates, which Facebook introduced in early 2013, allow users to add emoticons to their status updates, as well as to answer the ever-present “What are you doing?” question by adding elements such as what they are feeling, watching, reading, listening to, drinking, eating, playing, where they are traveling to, what they are looking for and if they are exercising.

Twitter Launches WordPress Plugin to Get Publishers to Embed More Vines in Stories (VentureBeat)
Twitter really wants publishers to embed Vines (its short, looping videos) into their sites, so Thursday it released a WordPress plugin that makes it easier to do so. Built on top of the Vine oEmbed API, the new official Vine plugin for WordPress lets users embed a Vine simply by pasting in the URL.

#ShortStoryTweet Is the Nicest Thing on the Internet This Week (SocialTimes)
If you need a quick, afternoon pick-me-up, the Penguin UK Twitter account has your back. In honor of national short story week, they started #ShortStoryTweet, and people are writing tiny 140-character stories that sort of restore my faith in humanity.

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