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An explosion outside a Jewish synagogue in Santa Monica, California sent a 300-pound concrete block through the roof of the neighboring house.
About 100 people were evacuated immediately. Police first identified the blast as an accident. However, they reversed that stance late Friday night and identified a suspect as more evidence was uncovered.
And Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCAL has more on the suspect.
“On your screen is Ron Hirsch, a transient who police say frequents the Chabad House in Santa Monica to panhandle there and in other synagogues around the Los Angeles area.”
And ABC reports further details on the explosion.
“Santa Monica police say they believe Hirsch may have constructed this pipe bomb by filling this four-inch pipe with some kind of explosive, then setting it in concrete inside a trash container. When it detonated Thursday morning, the concrete projectile bounced off the wall of the Jewish center, then tore a huge hole in the neighboring home, narrowly missing an 11-year-old girl inside.”
Finally, a writer for the Santa Monica Patch spoke to the Anti-Defamation League, who says the incident probably was not an act of terrorism or anti-Semitism -- but area synagogues and temples are still on high alert until the case is resolved.
“After police issued an alert indicating Hirsch is ‘extremely dangerous,’ the ADL sent an alert of its own to hundreds of Jewish institutions in the Los Angeles area. ...the reason for doing so was three-fold: to share information, to gather intelligence and to ensure the security of Jewish institutions.
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Just days after Twitter broke the news of Osama bin Laden’s death to the world, the social networking website is back in the spotlight.
HILARY RUSSO, ANCHOR: “Twitter has made an offer to acquire TweetDeck for anywhere between 40 and 50 million dollars. TweetDeck is a popular third party software application used for Internet social networking services. According to Reuters, the cash-and-stock deal could close in less than ten days and would represent Twitter’s largest acquisition to date.”
The acquisition comes after what seemed to be a final agreement between TweetDeck and social media company UberMedia, but Twitter outbid its competitor. TechCrunch explains that Twitter needed to retain a dominant market presence over its rivals.
“They simply couldn’t allow UberMedia to have so much market share in this space. The company has acquired UberTwitter, EchoFon and a number of other Twitter-related startups. Adding TweetDeck to the UberMedia stable of products would give them too much leverage...”
But a columnist for PCMag argues the purchase is not an act of expansion, but a calculated demolition deal.
“If the majority of Twitter users view their tweets though third-party tools … they’ll never see Twitter partner ads, promos, or Quickbars. Twitter loses control not only of the conversation, but the ability to monetize millions and millions of eyeballs and social activity.”
According to a writer for GigaOM, Twitter’s relationship with third party developers is already strained, and defensive moves like this one only make it worse.
“Many of the moves it has made — shutting down UberMedia’s apps, tightening its restrictions on the API, telling people not to bother making new clients, and so on — have not just ruffled feathers in the developer community but made some seriously question their relationship with the company.”
A SocialMediaToday reporter explains Twitter’s decision to purchase TweetDeck was a forward-thinking plan, not a defensive act.
“The move to buy TweetDeck might be seen as defensive…but others might view this as Twitter wanting to finally control its product, brand, [and] audience...”
Though the acquisition is not yet official, TweetDeck users are already pleading, in 140 characters or less, to save the third-party app.
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