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Column: Twitter has a tough act to follow

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Last week's quarterly results announcement made it clear, if nothing else had, that Twitter is not the second coming of Facebook. The question remains whether it is a whole 'nother thing of great value, as a social phenomenon and as a public company.

Certainly, Twitter's first quarterly earnings report showed that it can't match Facebook's unique trajectory as a social media phenomenon --...

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Charles Soule dishes on the many, many comics he writes

A panel from "Superman/Wonder Woman" No. 5

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Practicing law is certainly time-consuming.

Practicing law while also writing seven monthly comics featuring the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman and She-Hulk seems like an unwieldy task, but that's the current workload for Brooklynite Charles Soule.

"I think [it's] because they're so different that I'm able to do it," Soule says. "If all were a weird horror book or a superhero romance...

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Twitter: The bears sweat the details

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Twitter is taking an absolute beating post-earnings, mostly because of one measly stat: Its quarter-over-quarter growth in monthly active users fell to just 4% from 6% in Q3.

Incidentally, Facebook's quarter-over-quarter growth fell to 4% in the second quarter of 2013.

But at that time, Facebook had over 1.1 billion users.

As of the fourth quarter reported yesterday, Twitter was...

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Facebook teams up with Fox on Super Bowl

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Facebook is collaborating with Fox Sports for Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast, the social network's latest move to increase its role as a hub for real-time conversations around sports and news events.

Fox will integrate content from Facebook into its pre-game television programming, including public comments from Facebook and Instagram users about the football game as well as fan statistics...

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Column: Changes will make 2014 a banner year for ad blockers

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Think back to 2012 -- a big year for Facebook and its users. Monetization was in the air; the social network rolled out news feed ads in January, promoted posts in the springtime, and sponsored search results that summer. CEO Mark Zuckerberg had long since made his peace with advertising, but it wasn’t until Facebook’s IPO that users began to feel the full weight of this revenue stream, when ads...

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'Lean In,' 'Gone Girl' NYPL's most checked-out books in 2013

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(Credit: These were some of the most checked-out books at the NYPL in 2013.)

Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” the book that started a movement, was the most frequently checked-out nonfiction book in 2013 by patrons of the New York Public Library.

“Gone Girl,” a thriller by Gillian Flynn, was the top circulating fiction title, according to the library’s list, which was released Tuesday.

Other top spots for fiction include “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling, the...

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Column: Facebook makes a mobile move

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In the latest sign that Facebook takes its move to mobile seriously, the company has acquired a young start-up company based in Bangalore, India, and is moving its entire engineering team to Menlo Park, California, to help improve Facebook’s mobile apps.

The acquisition is one of two big developments at Facebook this week, and the second one will be much more visible to users, at least at...

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Column: Google Chromebooks in the notebook market

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"You can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that."

-- Homer Simpson

I don't care what all those headlines are telling you, Google Chromebooks did not account for 21% of US

notebook sales this year.

Anyone who tells you otherwise has no appreciation for details or fine print.

Wait, what are we talking about here?

On...

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Facebook to test video ads, opening new revenue source

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Facebook Inc took a first step on Tuesday toward selling video ads that play automatically in newsfeeds, moving cautiously to unlock a source of revenue that could annoy users.

The world's largest social network, which had long been expected to try and grab a larger slice of the $66 billion U.S. television advertising market, will start by working with Summit Entertainment on ads for "Divergent,"...

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Column: Facebook keeps investors happy; forgets everyone else

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Facebook users got coal in their stockings earlier this month when the social giant announced a few major changes. Henceforth, News Feed will prioritize "high quality content," or links to outside news articles.

The message to users: If you’d like anyone to see your next status update, you may want to include a shout-out to one of Facebook’s media partners. The network also said...

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