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The two charts that have Twitter investors fleeing

The two charts that have Twitter investors fleeing

Twitter's 2013 financials may have delivered better-than-expected results but that hasn't stopped the social network's share price from taking a beating in after-hours trading, and that looks to be down to engagement. Although revenue was solid, a stall in new users has some investors spooked, and Twitter's own charts show the root of its problems: getting new sign-ups to log on, and old users to come back.

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Twitter posts solid 2013 though new users stall

Twitter posts solid 2013 though new users stall

Twitter has revealed its Q4 2013 and fiscal year 2013 financial results, the first since the company's IPO, with revenue up an impressive 116-percent year-on-year. Q4 revenue reached $243m, Twitter announced, though monthly active users slowed, amounting to 241m at the end of the quarter, little more than the 232m at the end of Q3. Still, the solid performance - better than many expected - has left investors unimpressed, with Twitter's stock price slumping post-announcement.

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Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.

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Zuckerberg: standalone apps will pepper Facebook’s future

Zuckerberg: standalone apps will pepper Facebook’s future

During its fourth-quarter earnings conference call yesterday, the social network's Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook's mobile future, and it looks to be one peppered with standalone mobile apps that provide a decidedly non-Facebook experience. The move will give the company's troves of users -- and even those who shy away from the network -- more incentive to use one or more of its apps.

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Obama hosts real West Wing “Big Block of Cheese Day” across social

Obama hosts real West Wing “Big Block of Cheese Day” across social

Fans of the West Wing - and of getting greater insight into how the US government ticks - will be excited to hear that today is Big Block of Cheese Day, with the Obama Administration throwing open the virtual doors and answering public questions across social networks. Named after the fictitious day when West Wing's President Bartlet and staff took questions from special interest groups, however wacky, according to The White House the real thing will be playing out today across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Instagram.

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Google+ Explore turns misunderstood network into social Reader replacement

Google+ Explore turns misunderstood network into social Reader replacement

Google has added a new category view to Google+, effectively turning the contentious service into a socially-curated news reader to take on Flipboard, Pulse, and others. Dubbed Google+ Explore, and initially available both on the desktop and in the Android app, the new view combines shared posts and content, communities related to particular topics, and popular "What's Hot" stories that have been highlighted by other Google+ users.

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