For those inside and outside of Ukraine and Venezuela, social media is the only media that matters 

The value of social-media networks such as Twitter and Facebook becomes even more obvious during crises like the uprisings and anti-government demonstrations in Ukraine and Venezuela, where both have become a lifeline of real-time information for residents and expatriates alike

Twitter and CNN pair with Dataminr to create news tool for journalists 

Twitter and CNN have announced a partnership with Dataminr to create an alert system for journalists called Dataminr for News.

The system aims to close the gap between the time news happens and the time journalists begin to report the story, by helping to identify breaking news and verifiable sources on Twitter quickly and accurately.

Do We Want an Erasable Internet?

This is going to sound silly, but I think Snapchat was the most important technology of 2013.

It sounds silly because Snapchat is just an app. What’s more, it’s an app used primarily by teens and college students, and wasn’t I telling you just a few weeks ago that young people aren’t good predictors of tech success?