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NYSE runs Twitter IPO tests, works to avoid Facebook NASDAQ IPO repeat

NYSE runs Twitter IPO tests, works to avoid Facebook NASDAQ IPO repeat

The New York Stock Exchange ran a series of tests this weekend to prepare for Twitter's impending IPO, which could occur as soon as Nov. 7. The tests were to ensure the NYSE will be ready to handle the high speed and volume of the high-profile IPO. Systems were checked three times in real-time simulations with real member firms.

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Windows Phone’s integrated Twitter functionality causes data drain

Windows Phone’s integrated Twitter functionality causes data drain

Whether one has a modest monthly mobile data plan or an unlimited plan with a cap on, for example, 4G speeds, the waste of precious MBs cuts into one's usage and is unwanted. Users on Windows Phone have been experiencing such extraneous data usage lately, something that results from the integrated Twitter feature, Microsoft has confirmed.

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Twitter Amplify signs BBC to produce ad-supported trending topics news

Twitter Amplify signs BBC to produce ad-supported trending topics news

The BBC will become the first news agency to create content for Twitter's Amplify service, reported Ad Age. The content will be in the form of short news clips based on trending topics, each clip preceded by a short ad. The videos will be embedded directly into the BBC's tweets with the hashtag #BBCTrending.

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Twitter TV: “See It” button launches Comcast TV from tweets

Twitter TV: “See It” button launches Comcast TV from tweets

Twitter and Comcast have inked a deal that will add a "See It" button to Xfinity TV, allowing live or DVR access to new TV show and movie content mentioned on Twitter right on the TV in their living room. The new button will show up for Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers around NBCUniversal content, and when pressed will offer the choice of watching the show there and then if it's currently playing, starting On Demand playback, or setting a DVR recording for an upcoming screening.

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theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

It's the 21st-century version of the Polaroid: Q Lifestyle's theQ camera launches today, a chunky point-and-shoot that's designed to get your shots off the memory card and into the cloud as quickly as possible. The digital camera is optimized for sharing the photos you take across the popular social networks with a single button-press, while Q Lifestyle claims it also delivers more fashion sense to the camera as an object, too.

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Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Users love when things can be synced across multiple devices, so it should come as a big relief that a Twitter update today now includes syncing of direct messages across multiple devices. The update applies to a slew of platforms: Android, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, the Twitter web interface, and the mobile web app, as well as TweetDeck.

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State Department spent over half a million to boost Facebook page “likes”

State Department spent over half a million to boost Facebook page “likes”

According to an inspector general's report, the government spent approximately $630,000 from 2011 through 2012 to increase the number of "likes" the State Department's Facebook page received. While the initiative was successful, having increased the numbers on the page dramatically, many critics are speaking out against the action, calling it a waste of money.

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Twitter to promote content from brands, promises not to show more ads

Twitter to promote content from brands, promises not to show more ads

Promoted content, sponsored posts, and other forms of advertisements are nothing new on social media websites, but services like Facebook and Twitter are constantly finding new ways to bring advertisements to their sites. Case in point: Twitter announced today that it will begin experimenting with ways to post promoted content from brands without showing more ads than there already are.

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Twitter testing embed notifications for tweets

Twitter testing embed notifications for tweets

Users have been able to embed tweets onto websites for ages, but unlike replies and mentions, the writer of a tweet would never get notified whether or not their tweet was embedded onto a website, as well as which websites the tweet was embedded on. However, it seems Twitter is secretly testing this feature, and some users noticed it over the weekend.

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Facebook hashtags arrive on mobile web app

Facebook hashtags arrive on mobile web app

After rolling out hashtag support for desktop users, Facebook is giving the honor to mobile users now within the web app. If you log into your Facebook account through the browser of your choice on any smartphone or tablet, you'll be able to tap on hashtags in Facebook posts to search for that specific topic.

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Google+ turns 2, is aging like fine wine

Google+ turns 2, is aging like fine wine

It may be hard to believe, but Google+ turned two years old today. Just two short years ago, we were treated with Google's second attempt at a social network, one that we thought would bite the dust yet again, but here we are today, still basking in the existence of Google+, which now has even more features and more users than ever.

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Facebook security bug worse than initially reported

Facebook security bug worse than initially reported

Last week, Facebook faced one of those difficult security problems that companies usually have to face once in a while. The social network reported that a security bug left approximately six million users' information exposed, namely email addresses and phone numbers. However, it seems the problem goes much deeper than that.

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