FBI Assists Boston Police Department Regarding Explosions Along Marathon Route and Elsewhere – The FBI has set-up 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3, for anyone who has information, visual images, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere. No piece of information or detail is too small.

Downtown Boston Remains a Crime Scene – Downtown streets that normally would be clogged at rush hour were largely deserted Tuesday except for a cold wind and a few runners out for a morning jog. “It’s very surreal,” said Mary Ollinger, 32, who works at Wentworth Institute of Technology. “The streets are empty and the Common is filled with media trucks.”

Boston Marathon Explosions: Revere Apartment Searched – Police and federal agents searched an apartment building on Ocean Avenue in nearby Revere late Monday night in connection with the bombings. Agents searched this complex for 9 hours after the marathon bombing. CBS News Senior Correspondent John Miller reported Tuesday morning the apartment search was related to a man who is reportedly under guard at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Miller reported the man is a Saudi national who is in the United States on a student visa. Police and federal officials exit an apartment complex in Revere with a possible connection to the earlier explosions during the Boston Marathon. Several bags were removed from the scene around 2 a.m. Tuesday, but authorities would not comment on the search.

Boston Marathon bombings: Security experts weigh in on potential culprits, motives – Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says the absence of intelligence might suggest the attacker is not affiliated with a larger terrorist group: “It may lead to the fact that this was not connected to a major jihadist organization. This might very well may have been a domestic terrorist or lone wolf, as you might want to describe it.”

Twitter and news: The canary down the mine – Twitter has often been touted as the “first with news”. From the miniscule to the massive. From Stephen Fry being stuck in a lift, to the Arab Spring rippling across North Africa, it is the instant source of a story, the first gurgle from a tap. The only way to find out what’s really happening, according to some. But I’m beginning to think that so-called truth is losing some of its polish.

Social Media Shapes Boston Bombings Response – Terrorism experts said the proliferation of photos and video on the web through social media might also help authorities identify the perpetrators of the attack. “All the media provides a tremendous asset for the forensic evaluation of the explosion event,” said Roman. “Authorities can start examining the pictures and tapes looking for individuals near the receptacles where the bombs were found and individuals not fitting the profile of the general spectator can be identified.”

Social media to the forefront in Boston – ‘Authorities have recognized that one [of] the first places people go in events like this is to social media, to see what the crowd is saying about what to do next. And today authorities went to Twitter and directed them to traditional media environments where authorities can present a clear calm picture of what to do next.’

Boston’s tweeters offer aid to marathon runners – Gestures as small as offering a drink of orange juice and use of a home bathroom were recounted on Twitter on Monday in an ongoing online recollection of the fellowship that emerged in the wake of Monday’s devastation.

Public Shaming – Minutes after the explosions, internet tough guys and girls were already pointing the blame and ready to kill.

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