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Here are some cool things we read about this past week:

Facebook Launches New Places Directory to Rival Yelp
Facebook has quietly launched a new Places Directory, which lets you search for the best destinations in cities across the world. The results are ranked by user ratings and show comments from friends and others in your Facebook network.

Social Spend Will Double by 2018
Social media advertising spending will more than double in just five years, according to a new forecast from BI Intelligence. The group predicts social ad revenues will jump 40 percent from $6.1 billion in 2013 to $8.5 billion this year and 195 percent to almost $14 billion in 2018. Factors driving this growth: increased reach, improved targeting, improved measurement capabilities, and the rapid expansion of programmatic buying options.

Twitter Announces Several New Features
During Twitter’s Analyst Day event, the company promised to launch new services including new messaging, video creation, and content curation features in the coming months. The goal is to make the social network more engaging to new and existing users. Some of the new features announced include: Timeline Highlights, Instant Timeline, breaking news alerts, real-time video editing and sharing (native Twitter video), improvements to private messaging, and more stand-alone apps.

Facebook Debuts ‘Say Thanks’ Video Feature
Facebook launched a new feature called “Say Thanks” that helps users create “video cards” for friends and family. To create the cards, Facebook automatically combines content featuring users and the person they’ve chosen to commemorate. Users can then edit that content and choose from different card themes before sharing them.

YouTube Unveils Music Streaming Service
YouTube launched its new music streaming service this week. Music Key will be ad-free and begin on an invite-only basis with a promotional subscription price of $7.99 per month — discounted from $9.99. YouTube is also adding a music-focused tab that includes favorites and recommended playlists. YouTube’s Music Key also includes a subscription to Google Play Music.

Global Social Media

The Countries Where Facebook Censors the Most Content
As Facebook expands, countries are increasingly interested in making content on the social network disappear. Censorship on Facebook increased 19 percent between the first six months of 2014 and the last six months of 2013. But censorship isn’t distributed evenly. Some countries are more trigger-happy than others. India leads the list with 4,900 pieces of content restricted. Turkey and Pakistan follow closely with 1,800 and 1,700 “pieces of content” removed. Facebook only restricts content when it is “illegal under local law.”

Noteworthy Campaigns

JetBlue Launches Fly It Forward
JetBlue Airways recently introduced a new program called “Fly It Forward” that enables customers to spread goodness from one to the next. The program is inspired by the airline’s crew members and is carried on by customers passing along one ticket on a continuous journey throughout the JetBlue network. To celebrate the launch, JetBlue released a video featuring the first four fliers to participate in the program. The video also calls for the public to submit their own nominations for deserving travelers. Consumers can follow stories as they unfold at jetblueflyitforward.com and help write the next chapter by submitting their own entry through Twitter using #FlyItForward.

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Yahoo Announces Twitter Partnership
Yahoo has announced that they will now include tweets in relevant stories. Yahoo plans to roll out this feature to all U.S users over the next several days. In other Yahoo news, there are rumors swirling that the search platform has its eye on Tumblr.

YouTube Kicks Off Their First Ever Comedy Week
YouTube is debuting Comedy Week from May 19-25. To kick things off on Sunday, May 19 at 6pm PT, “The Big Live Comedy Show” premieres. It will be a live stream with comedians doing a mix of stand-up, sketches and musical performances. This is the first time YouTube is producing an entire week-long event around comedy. 150 comedians are onboard.

Google Announces 41 New Google+ Features
At the Google I/O developers conference this week, Google announced that Google+ would be getting 41 new features for the Stream, Hangouts and Photos. Google announced a new multi-column design within the Stream, which has already gone live (very Pinterest reminiscent). Other new features include photo enhancements, including the ability to click on a photo to flip it over and view related photos, as well as automatic hashtags, and upgrades to Hangouts, including a stand-alone Hangouts app.

White House Launches New Google+ Hangout Series: We the Geeks
This week, the White House launched a brand new Google+ Hangout series called #WeektheGeeks. The series will highlight the future of science, technology and innovation here in the U.S. The first hangout took place on Thursday and featured participants from Qualcomm, IBM, and Google.

Google Launches Spotify Competitor
Google unveiled a music subscription service, Google Play Music All Access, at their developers’ conference. The service, which is now available, allows users to stream millions of songs across multiple devices. It comes with a standard $9.99/mo price tag, following a free 30-day trial.

Facebook Adds Option for Star Ratings on Content in Timeline
Facebook completed its global rollout of the new Timeline design this week, with sections for movies, books, fitness and more. Now, it will begin letting users rate content from those sections from third-party apps. Facebook says users have added nearly 200m items to their sections daily.

ESPN and Twitter Expand Partnership
ESPN and Twitter are announcing a major expansion of their collaboration to post sports-related video on the service. ESPN will show video-highlight clips on Twitter of major sporting events. People can watch video clips on Twitter and through the mobile app shortly after the action happens on TV. ESPN will sell ads that will run inside the video clips and sponsors will also commit to buying ‘Promoted Tweets.’

Global Social Media

German Court Orders Google to Remove Auto-Complete Feature

A German federal court has ordered Google to remove auto-complete entries from the search engine after receiving complaints. The case centered on a complaint filed by an unnamed food supplements firm and CEO identified only as R.S. The person found that when they typed in their name into the search box of the site google.de, the auto-complete suggested results with the added words “Scientology” and “fraud.”

Noteworthy Campaigns

Instant Twitter Delivery Service Brings Sweaters to Chilly City Dwellers
Poncho shop Señor Tyrone now offers anybody in the LA area, free delivery of their scarves simply by sending them a tweet. The brand has just launched its mobile delivery service, the Señor Tyrone Pancho Express. If you happen to be in LA and are in need of some new outerwear, all you need to do is send a tweet to @senortyrone with the hashtag #ponchoexpress and, within one hour, the brand will dispatch one of their ‘Tyronistas,’ to you with a selection of nine colors to choose from. The delivery is free. You only pay for the garment.