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Flickr halts sale of Creative Commons Wall Art amid complaints. WordPress 4.1 arrives with new theme, distraction-free writing, and more. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Flickr IconFlickr Kills Sale of Creative Commons Prints, Issues Refunds (GigaOM)
Flickr has abruptly ended a service that allowed people to buy canvas or wood prints based on pictures that appeared in its Creative Commons gallery, the photo-sharing site announced on Thursday. The decision comes just weeks after Yahoo, which owns Flickr, first launched its so-called Wall Art service as a way for customers to purchase physical copies of its millions of images that can be used for free online. The Wall Street Journal/Digits Yahoo was within its legal bounds when it announced last month it would sell photos licensed under the Creative Commons, online repository of images and writings that their creators allow others to reuse and repurpose, free, under certain conditions. But as The Wall Street Journal reported, the move struck a chord with many photographers on Flickr, who said they never intended for their works to be printed and sold in this way. The Next Web Flickr vice president Bernando Hernandez said in a blog post that it was “sorry we let some of you down” and that it received a lot of feedback from the community that it wasn’t “in the spirit” of Creative Commons. Those who have purchased Wall Art under the Creative Commons program will receive refunds, and the company will only allow printing of Wall Art from your own photos as well as “licensed artists.”

WordPress 4.1 Arrives with New Default Theme, Distraction-Free Writing Mode, Vine Embeds, and More (VentureBeat) Thursday launched WordPress 4.1, which adds a slew of new features to help you “focus on your writing” with the blog management tool. You can download the new release now from

Tsū Wants to Be the ‘Most Socially Responsible Social Network’ (SocialTimes)
Tsū is a social network with a payment platform built into it. Your content is valued around social media through the platform’s algorithm, and you can actually make money.

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Celebrities Rage on Twitter After Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ (CNET)
Actor Rob Lowe tweeted on Wednesday: “Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.” The comedy about assassinating North Korea’s leader was set for a Dec. 25 release before hackers threatened physical violence in theaters.

Brands Get Almost 50x More Engagement on #Instagram Than #Twitter (AllTwitter)
Instagram has 300 million users, which is more than Twitter. Socialbakers compared engagement levels for 25 top brands using Twitter and Instagram and found that the latter significantly outperformed the former, with Instagram generating almost 50 times more engagement on average.

Reddit is Taking Down Accounts That Publish the Sony Hacks (BetaBeat)
Reddit confirmed to Business Insider that it has complied with takedown requests from Sony. The emails went out to Reddit along with a number of news organizations threatening legal action if they continued to publish the leaked information.

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Facebook Tests ‘Sell Something’ Button for Groups (AllFacebook)
Facebook confirmed a report by The Next Web that it is testing a “Sell Something” button within its groups that allows users who are part of those groups to post items for sale. According to The Next Web, users can provide details on the items or services that are for sale, the price, photos and pickup or delivery options.

High Schoolers Wise Up About Social Media When Applying for Colleges (CBS News)
High schoolers are increasingly aware that those embarrassing Facebook posts or tweets could cost them a shot at getting into their dream college. The test prep company Kaplan found that only 16 percent of the 403 colleges surveyed found anything troubling in the social media posts they viewed — a drop from 50 percent a year ago.

‘Game of Thrones: The Compendium’ to Showcase Fan-Created Content (LostRemote)
“Game of Thrones” fans are some of the greatest purveyors of “fan art,” and to celebrate their creations, HBO has created “Game of Thrones: The Compendium.” The microsite will serve as a central hub for fan creations and will feature six artistic categories: art, music, costume, food, craft and analysis.

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