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NewFacebookLogoFacebook Page Insights Now Include Real-Time Data; Data Back to July 19, 2011 (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s Page insights now feature real-time data, rather than only being available for two to three days prior to the current date, and the social network said all metrics displayed in the tabs for overview, reach, posts and likes will now contain real-time data, except “where your page likes came from.” Page admins looking to the past can now see all data for the likes, reach and visits tabs back to July 19, 2011, the day page insights was launched, rather than the 89 days’ worth of data that were previously made available. The Verge In related news, a White House meeting meant to get technology executives’ recommendations on Healthcare.gov was pushed toward a debate over surveillance, The Guardian reports. Sources from the meeting, which included Apple’s Tim Cook, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, among others, say that the White House declared it would focus on the insurance site, but they didn’t let that happen. InformationWeek The executives reiterated objections to the NSA’s bulk surveillance activities, which they contend have undermined the trust of their customers and in some case affect sales prospects with customers outside the U.S. In particular are concerns over the way the NSA has apparently drawn information from their systems without their knowledge. The Guardian After meeting President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for two-and-a-half hours, the companies issued a one-line statement. “We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the president our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urge him to move aggressively on reform,” they said. USA Today All of the companies represented at the meeting also want to avoid being told where and how they can store their users’ data — and the NSA scandal touched off by the leaks of Edward Snowden has made that more difficult. Brazil represents one of the Internet industries biggest growth opportunities, for example — and one of its biggest NSA headaches. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff — identified by Snowden as a target of NSA spying — has proposed requiring any company operating in Brazil be required to store its customers’ personal information in country. That set off alarm bells inside every Web company.

Lionsgate Hatches Plan to Turn Twitter Book Into TV Show (Mashable)
Twitter’s founding story made for an excellent book, and now television producers are hoping the story translates to your television screen. On Wednesday, Lionsgate Television announced that it secured the rights to “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal,” with plans to turn it into a TV series depicting Twitter’s early days.

Facebook and Viral Publishers: Strange Bedfellows? (SocialTimes)
Facebook is tweaking its algorithm to feature “high-quality” content in the News Feed. Viral content, however, performs exceedingly well on Facebook, garnering tons of clicks and engagement.

Interrogating the Network: The Year in Social Media Research (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Do comment sections build a bias against expertise? Do people remember Facebook posts? How much does news drive search and vice versa? These are some of the most noteworthy findings in academic research in 2013.

Buffer for Business: Powerful Analytics, Team Collaboration and Data Exporting For Twitter (AllTwitter)
Buffer has long been known as a powerful Twitter scheduling tool that combines an easy-to-use interface and powerful analytics. Now it’s taking it up a notch by introducing Buffer for Business – a tool that might just have rivals like HootSuite and TweetDeck shaking in their boots.

Twitter to Launch Vanity URLs for Vine Users’ Profiles on Dec. 20 (CNET)
Twitter will soon allow Vine users to claim vanity URLs for their profile pages. The land grab begins Friday at 9 a.m. PT for users with verified Twitter accounts, the social network announced in an email to journalists Wednesday. All other users of the video-sharing service will be able to register for vanity Vine URLs on Dec. 23.

The Top Social TV Shows for 2013 Were … (LostRemote)
The recently departed “Breaking Bad” took the top spot in Nielsen SocialGuide‘s first yearly top 10 social TV list. The list measures from September through November, as SocialGuide starting analyzing social analytics during this timeframe.

No One Buys Music on the Web Anymore. Except When They Buy a Million Beyonce Albums in Five Days. (AllThingsD)
Last week, as you may have heard, Beyonce surprised the pop culture universe by releasing a new album without warning or fanfare, exclusively on iTunes. Three days later, Apple had sold a record 828,773 copies of the eponymous album, which came paired with a set of digital videos but wasn’t available as individual tracks. And Wednesday Apple said the number has climbed above a million.

Nielsen: Instagram Fastest Growing App of 2013 (AppNewser)
Facebook was the No. 1 most popular smartphone app of 2013, according to Nielsen’s year-end digital media report, which looked at unique users for iOS and Android apps. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram was the fastest growing app.

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