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Esta es una selección de aquellas noticias, publicadas en inglés, que los defensores de las redes sociales seguramente nunca publicarían en su blog, en su muro, o en su twitter. Es totalmente parcial y sólo muestra una cara de la moneda, pero una cara de la moneda que la mayoría intenta esconder.

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Twitter’s Loss Exceeds Estimates as User Growth Slows

Twitter Inc. (TWTR) posted slowing user growth and a net loss that was wider than analysts’ estimates in its first earnings report as a public company, sending shares down as much as 15 percent in extended trading.

There were 241 million monthly active users in the fourth quarter, Twitter said in a statement today, up 30 percent from 185 million a year earlier and slower than 39 percent seen in the prior period. Usage also declined, with 148 billion views of Twitter timelines compared with 159 billion views in the prior quarter. Net loss was $511.5 million compared with $8.7 million a year earlier, and was more than double analysts’ projections of $253.5 million.

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On Second Thought …

A couple of months ago, a friend of mine asked on Facebook:

Do you think that facebook tracks the stuff that people type and then erase before hitting "enter"? (or the "post" button)

Good question.

We spend a lot of time thinking about what to post on Facebook. Should you argue that political point your high school friend made? Do your friends really want to see yet another photo of your cat (or baby)? Most of us have, at one time or another, started writing something and then, probably wisely, changed our minds.

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The Fine Print

The Georgia Institute of Technology’s plan to offer a low-cost online master’s degree to 10,000 students at once creates what may be a first-of-its-kind template for the evolving role of public universities and corporations.

When it agreed to work with Udacity to offer the online master's degree in computer science, Georgia Tech expected to make millions of dollars in coming years, negotiated student-staff interaction down to the minute, promised to pay professors who create new online courses $30,000 or more, and created two new categories of educators -- corporate “course assistants” tasked with handling student issues and a corps of teaching assistants hired by Georgia Tech who will be professionals rather than graduate students.

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A Year Later: Facebook Since Its IPO

Tomorrow marks Facebook's one-year anniversary as a publicly traded company. In the 12 months since its notorious IPO, the social media mammoth has made some significant strides, as well as some missteps.

Facebook snapped up Instagram, lost its cool factor amongst teens, flopped in the handheld device market -- all while attracting millions of new users across the globe.

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Boy Is This A Galling Tax Dodge From Facebook: It Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

If you are as cynical as I am, I know you are not surprised that Facebook paid Irish taxes (via Tax Justice Network) of about $4.64 million on its entire non-US profits of $1.344 billion for 2011.* This 0.3% tax rate is a bit below the normal, already low, Irish corporate income tax of 12.5%.

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Online Tracking Explained Using Facebook Like Buttons

You’re being followed online. Trackers follow you across the web, collecting and selling personal information like the articles you read, your favorite sites, your Facebook friends, your buying habits, and the videos you watch to build super-detailed profiles about you. Companies use these profiles for things ranging from merely annoying, like targeted online ads, to scary, like determining your creditworthiness or hireability. Trackers are invisible, but they’re there.

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Facebook co-founder selling off 150,000 shares a da

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is selling yet more shares in the one-time consumer-Internet darling, keeping up a steady but small flow of daily sales, according to a filing.

This week, Moskovitz has sold a total of 450,000 Class A shares at prices ranging from $19.19 to $19.22 a share, reducing the Facebook stake of his Dustin A Moskovitz Trust to 6.15 million A shares, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed.

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Finally! Facebook to remove deleted photos forever

London: In a good news for Facebook users, the social networking website has finally decided to remove millions of embarrassing and inappropriate pictures forever after keeping them for years against users’ wishes.

Until recently, any pictures erased from an account would in fact remain stored by Facebook and anyone who had the direct link to that picture could therefore still view it.

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What Facebook Knows

If Facebook were a country, a conceit that founder Mark Zuckerberg has entertained in public, its 900 million members would make it the third largest in the world. It would far outstrip any regime past or present in how intimately it records the lives of its citizens. Private conversations, family photos, and records of road trips, births, marriages, and deaths all stream into the company's servers and lodge there. Facebook has collected the most extensive data set ever assembled on human social behavior. Some of your personal information is probably part of it.

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The (Not So Sad) Decline of FarmVille & Zynga's Other Villes

Earlier this week we examined why Zynga is shedding users, causing its stock price to almost halve from its December IPO level. Zynga rose to prominence on the back of a farming simulation social game called FarmVille. Its success spawned a series of other 'Ville' games, such as CityVille, CastleVille, FishVille and PetVille. The theme of these games is to manage virtual stuff, with the help of virtual currency that you buy within Facebook (using real currency). The Ville series became tremendously popular, despite being shallow and irritating to many Facebook users - whose news feeds became clogged with virtual sheep, cartoon fish and the like. Mercifully, for most of us, the Ville dynasty appears to be dying out. In this post we explore why.

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Few Privacy Regulations Inhibit Facebook

Now that it's a public company, Facebook needs to significantly boost its revenues to bring them in line with shareholders' expectations. That means finding new uses for the endless amounts of personal data the company collects from its users.but this prospect concerns privacy advocates, who say Facebook has outgrown existing privacy laws. Although regulators around the globe are increasing their scrutiny of Facebook, it might be years before they catch up.

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Facebook I.P.O. Raises Regulatory Concerns

Just days before Facebook went public, some big investors grew nervous about the company.s prospects. After publicly warning about challenges in mobile advertising, Facebook executives held conference calls to update their banks. analysts on the business. Analysts at Morgan Stanley and other firms soon started advising clients to dial back their expectations. One prospective buyer was told that second-quarter revenue could be 5 percent lower than the bank.s earlier estimates.

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Facebook's Debut Marred by Trading Flaws

Friday should have been Facebook's day to shine - and Nasdaq's as well. Instead it became a glitch-filled market session that raised questions about how Facebook's stock price ended the day as well as how the nation's second-biggest stock market and the underwriters handled the trading debut. The Securities and Exchange Commission said that it would review the day's trading, which included an unexpected delay, missing trade execution messages and at one point, having to fill orders by hand.

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Facebook's 'dark side': study finds link to socially aggressive narcissism

Researchers have established a direct link between the number of friends you have on Facebook and the degree to which you are a "socially disruptive" narcissist, confirming the conclusions of many social media sceptics.

People who score highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, tagged themselves more often and updated their newsfeeds more regularly.

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'I'm going to destroy America and dig up Marilyn Monroe': British pair arrested in U.S. on terror charges over Twitter jokes

Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to 'destroy America' and 'dig up Marilyn Monroe'.

Leigh Van Bryan, 26, was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.

The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read: 'Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?'

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Facebook Like button tracks you, even if you don’t click

Facebook’s Like button has made it easy for hundreds of millions of Web users to share content with their friends on the social networking site. The button appears on more than one-third of the top thousand websites and has been integrated into everything from Bing search results to countless blogs around the ‘net. What users may not realize is that the soft blue thumbs-up is tracking their surfing habits, even if it doesn’t get clicked.

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