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January 29th, 2013
06:12 AM ET

Ravens, 49ers meet for media day in New Orleans – Carlos Diaz shares Super Bowl prep details

Forget "Fat Tuesday" - It's Super Tuesday in New Orleans! Also known as...media day at the Super Bowl.

The Baltimore Ravens arrived last night, one day after their Super Bowl 47 opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, touched down.

In a few hours, players from the Ravens and the 49ers will be getting hit from all sides...with questions!

This morning on "Early Start," HLN's Carlos Diaz shares the latest on the preps for the big game.

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December 6th, 2012
08:07 AM ET

Instagram blocks photos from Twitter in bitter digital battle; BuzzFeed.com Tech Editor Matt Buchanan calls it “the social media cold war”

Users of both Instagram and Twitter are civilians caught in the middle of a digital battle today. Photo sharing site Instagram is blocking its photos from appearing on Twitter. That means only a link will appear when you try to post a picture from Instagram and send it to microblogging site Twitter. To see an Instagram image, users will have to leave Twitter and go to Instagram's site in order to access it.

The move comes after Twitter stopped allowing Instagram users to find friends through Twitter data, which followed Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. BuzzFeed.com Tech Editor Matt Buchanan calls this “the social media cold war”. He comes to "Early Start" with more on the battle.

Instagram, which is growing rapidly and recently passed 100 million users, is “less dependent on Twitter than they might have been in the beginning,” Buchanan says. “And they also have Facebook’s might behind them,” which has 1 billion users. “They’re definitely going to be able to survive.”

Twitter has more at stake now that it has evolved “more into a media rich stream,” he says. “Losing Instagram definitely hurts Twitter here.”

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August 14th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Romney's Ryan pick adds social media muscle for GOP ticket

from CNN's Election Center:

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories as part of an exclusive partnership between CNN and Facebook that will take the electorate's pulse through social media this election cycle. Michelle Jaconi is CNN's executive producer of cross-platform programming and Mark Preston is CNN's political director. They are co-authors of CNN's Political Gut Check, a daily political newsletter.

Washington (CNN) - A seven-term Wisconsin congressman, who 54% of the American people were not aware of last week, just knocked the president of the United States off of his perch as the most talked-about politician on the largest social media platform in the world.

According to the exclusive Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, in the first 54 hours after being announced as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, sucked up the political oxygen in the social media landscape - with the Beltway topping the buzz and his home state of Wisconsin close behind.

What caught our eye? CNN political director Mark Preston explains on "Early Start" this morning.


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