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Social Media Briefs: Shared Endorsements, Global Tweets, Facebook Privacy for Teens

If you value your privacy on Facebook or Google, take heed of new updates that could affect how the social networks use your information. 

Social Media Briefs: Facebook Makes It Easier to Create Ads, Find Users

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The US government is still shut down, but social media is wide open. This week, Facebook makes it easier to create and measure ads, while making it harder for users to stay hidden. Another week, another user interface update at Yahoo. 

Android TV to Replace Google TV in Battle For the Smart Set

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While smartphones and tablets have exploded, the smart TV concept has struggled. Sure, people are buying sets, but those extra features and apps have been overlooked thanks to niche stores, complex menus and other customer experience issues. With an upcoming war against Apple and Microsoft, Google is changing its own game. 

It's Not about Social, it's about the Customer Experience #forrforum

It's Not about Social, it's about the Customer Experience #forrforumCustomers are more empowered than ever before, and social media is one of the ways they are able to quickly voice their opinions and experiences online. However, the social revolution is really just a symptom of the wider customer revolution, and customer experiences are the groundswell.

Digimind Takes on Radian6, SDL SM2 for Social Media Monitoring, with a Twist

Every organization should have a strategy for monitoring social media…and a good tool to do it. 

Google Getting Closer to Facebook for Social Logins

Janrain, Google Getting Closer to Facebook for Social LoginsSocial logins, where you can sign onto a multitude of websites with a social network or email login, can tell marketers which social networks are most popular for users of a given site, plus indicate other useful trends. Some of those trends are available in the new quarterly report from social login provider Janrain.

Twitter Files IPO Documents, Takes Lessons From Facebook

Twitter IPO It’s been in the works since the initial confidential filing in July, but yesterday it became official. Twitter is to go public and plans to raise around US$ 1 billion. Already with the filing only just in the door of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), parallels are already being drawn with the Facebook IPO last year. Twitter executives, though, say it just ain’t so. 

Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Twitch's $20 Million Investment Shows the Opportunities In Gaming Tech

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Twitch TV was created to cast live footage of PC and video games across the web. Now richer by $20 million, it points the way forward for increasing use of video (both live and recorded) and social media, while gaming continues to innovate in hardware and services that could impact any business or hobby.  

Google Talk Messages Going Astray as It Explains Earlier Gmail Outage

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Google was still apologising for Monday's Gmail outage, when Google+ Hangout and Talk users began reporting issues with messages intended for one person going to multiple parties. All this after a huge raft of updates across the company's products, coincidence or the perils of updates?  

Oracle Commerce, Social + Eloqua Integration Update #oow13

Oracle Commerce, Social + Eloqua Integration Update #oow13Larry Ellison may have embraced the cloud, but the reality is it still takes at least a year or more to integrate complex enterprise technology, and we've got updates on the status of tools like ATG Web Commerce, Eloqua, Vitrue and Involver.

Oracle Customer Experience Strategy Aligns Social with Cloud #oow13

Oracle Customer Experience Strategy Aligns Social with Cloud #oow13Oracle's social, cloud and customer experience strategies have gained a bit more clarity this week at OpenWorld 2013, and what those parts of Oracle's business all have in common is they are imparting themselves on all other parts of the company.

Flipboard Redefines Digital Publishing, Raises US$50 Million

Flipboard Redefines Digital Publishing, Raises US$50 Million A Flipboard magazine on Climbing & Mountaineering

When the history of digital publishing is written, the social magazine Flipboard could get a whole chapter for its successes in mobile publishing, socially-based reading selections and stellar display of aggregated content. This week, the company fueled up for more forward motion, raising US$ 50 million in investment funding. 

Marketing Automation Provider ExactTarget, on a Roll, Launches New Email Products

With the dust settled from Salesforce.com’s acquisition of marketing automation provider ExactTarget in July, and following this week’s announcement of the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, the marketing automation provider is now unveiling a variety of new email marketing products. 

Bing Ups the Search Engine Ante with Smarter Searches, Updated Design

Microsoft is upping the ante in its search war with Google, adding new features and an updated look for its Bing search service.

Twitter on the Road to IPO, Announced Via Tweet Naturally

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Why go through all that cookie-cutter press release rubbish, when a single short message will do the job? Twitter has just announced via its own service that it has submitted its plans for an IPO to the Securities Exchange Commission. 

Altimeter Group: What the Heck Is Native Advertising, Anyway?

"Native advertising" is a term commonly used to describe advertising that tries to blend into its environment, like Promoted Tweets on Twitter or Sponsored Stories on Facebook. But there are lots of opinions about what it covers, and whether it is really something new. Now, a new report from the Altimeter Group tries to define the term and the landscape in which it lives. 

Storify Bought by Livefyre for Curating Social Comments

Storify Bought by Livefyre for Curating Social CommentsStorify, a popular tool for combining social media posts into context rich articles, has been bought by Livefyre, a social commenting system, and together they form a pretty unique set of features that push social boundaries.

Google+ Rolls Out Embedded Posts

Google+ Rolls Out Embedded PostsGoogle has debuted an embeddable posts feature so websites can paste public Google+ posts into their pages, a capability already in place for Twitter and Facebook posts.

Facebook Policy Changes Have Been Delayed

The proposed changes to Facebook’s privacy policy have been delayed so that the social network can properly review feedback.