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Friday News: Has Twitpic been rescued?, Facebook’s algorithm change, National Book Award fiction long list, and Austenites get Guinness World Record

Friday News: Has Twitpic been rescued?, Facebook’s algorithm change, National Book...

“We’re happy to announce we’ve been acquired and Twitpic will live on! We will post more details as we can disclose them.”

As long as they haven’t sold to Facebook… –Gizmodo

The goal of News Feed is to show the right content to the right people at the right time. We’re always listening to feedback from people who use Facebook to do a better job of this. We’ve heard feedback that some content is timely content such as breaking news or an update to a sports game – and that we could do a better job of showing this at the time it’s most important. Today’s update aims to help solve this issue. –Gigaom

Five finalists in four categories – young people’s literature, poetry, nonfiction and fiction – will be announced on Oct. 15, and the winners will be recognized at an awards gala on Nov. 19 that will be hosted by Daniel Handler, a.k.a Lemony Snicket. –New York Times

To achieve the record the participants had to remain in position for a minimum of five minutes in full Regency attire with all those taking place with the necessary accessories to complete the outfit. –BBC

Monday News: Apple speculation builds, Kate Mosse and genre fiction, Jane the Virgin comes to US TV, and Neil Patrick Harris’s “Choose Your Own Autobiography”

Monday News: Apple speculation builds, Kate Mosse and genre fiction, Jane...

Apple is holding a media event September 9th, so I’m going to engage in a full little hypothetical question: Based on current rumors for Apple products (an iWatch, a 12.9? screen iPad, and a larger iPhone), how likely am I to buy these devices? For the sake of discussion, I’ll pretend they would all come out this year, even though it’s more likely they’d come out over the next calendar year. –Gigaom

As a genre writer, says Mosse, “I’ve come out. It’s Mill on the Floss meets Psycho.” She also pays homage to other classics in the gothic tradition – The Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein and The Monk – but insists that Connie is “not a victim”, like most gothic heroines, but a “modern Ms”.

So, following the rebranding of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Mosse has gone on to give a three-part masterclass in How to Survive as a Writer in the 21st century. –The Guardian

There’s an extended trailer and a very interesting comment thread here, in which at least one male commenter suggested that the premise was “rapey,” and he was shot down by a couple of women. Now, I hope this is all going to be subversive, but I can’t help but link this to some of the points that were made last week about the investment the American medical system has in keeping women ignorant (and therefore not advocates and skeptics of their own care). I did like some of the comments Gina Rodriguez has made, though:

Too often, Rodriguez says, Latinos are only seen as “maid, landscaper, pregnant teen. Mind you I am playing pregnant, but I’m not a teen.”

She’s also not, she points out, a size two — and she doesn’t want to be. She hopes that Jane can not only give viewers a different view of Latino culture, but also give young girls a different view of beauty and body image. –USA Today

CHOOSE correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. –Neil Patrick Harris and Random House