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netflix-150x150Netflix Talks for Time Warner Cable Service Said to Stall (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Netflix’s effort to secure a place for its video-subscription service on Time Warner Cable Inc. set-top boxes is on hold now that the cable operator is being sold, people with knowledge of the matter said. The discussions are unlikely to progress before Time Warner Cable’s $45.2 billion acquisition by Comcast is completed, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. The Huffington Post Netflix on cable boxes is good for Netflix — and, Netflix argues, for consumers — because it makes it that much easier for people to watch Netflix on their TVs. Instead of futzing with video inputs to switch between normal TV and whatever device — Roku, Apple TV, a game console or an Internet-connected Blu-ray player — people would simply be able to get to the Netflix app via the menu on their cable box. U.S. News & World Report Analysts and Comcast officials predict regulators may approve the cable provider merger by the end of 2014, but the government may impose conditions on the deal, including rules to observe the net neutrality principle to treat all digital traffic equally, including traffic from competitors. Fears that Comcast will gain enough broadband ownership to disadvantage Netflix will be a key focus of the merger review. VentureBeat While Netflix is also in discussions to add a Netflix app to its own X1 cable box, there’s apparently no rush. Part of that probably has to do with Comcast’s new push to sell digital movies and TV episodes via a new streaming service — much in the same way people purchase digital versions of movies through Amazon.

Girl ‘is Stoned to Death By Syrian Fundamentalists for Having a Facebook Account’ (Daily Mail)
A Syrian girl has been stoned to death for opening a Facebook account, it has been claimed. The girl, named in media reports as Fatoum Al-Jassem, was sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Al-Reqqa after it ruled having a Facebook account was immoral behavior.

How to Effectively Leverage Google+ [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Neil Patel for Quicksprout.com shared an infographic on how to gain more traffic on Google+. If the time you can spend on Google’s social network is limited, Patel suggests focusing your efforts on the following.

Bill Clinton Ribs George W. Bush on Twitter (POLITICO)
Late on Presidents Day, former President Bill Clinton teased his successor, George W. Bush, for not being on Twitter. “Happy #PresidentsDay — to #44 (@BarackObama), #43 (#HowAreYouNotOnTwitter?), #41 (@GeorgeHWBush), & #39. #PresidentialTweeters” Clinton tweeted Monday night.

Facebook Streamlines Billing for Advertisers (AllFacebook)
Facebook began a test last October in which it offered advertisers the option of being billed when they reached their billing thresholds or on the last day of each month, whichever came first, rather than being billed as often as every day. The social network officially announced the rollout of the feature in a Facebook for Business post Tuesday.

Can Twitter Predict Major Events Such as Mass Protests? (MIT Technology Review)
Tuesday, Nathan Kallus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge says he has developed a way to predict crowd behavior using statements made on Twitter. In particular, he has analyzed the tweets associated with the 2013 coup d’état in Egypt and says that the civil unrest associated with this event was clearly predictable days in advance.

How Top Brands are Using Twitter [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
Simply Measured studied how top brand marketers are using Twitter and discovered that 92 percent of companies tweet more than once per day, and more than one-third (36 percent) of top brand tweets contain links. Top brands averaged 20 percent follower growth on Twitter in Q4 2013, and brand tweets that included photos and links received 150 percent more engagement than text-only submissions.

Moot is Right — We’re a Lot Better Off with Online Anonymity Than We Would Be Without It (GigaOM)
Critics argue that anonymity of the kind offered by apps like Secret and in blog comments creates an environment for bad behavior. 4chan founder Chris “Moot” Poole says anonymity has value because it encourages honesty and empowers creativity.

Showtime Anytime Launches on Roku (LostRemote)
Showtime just renewed hit shows “House of Lies” and “Shameless” for fourth and fifth seasons. It announced Tuesday that Showtime Anytime, the network’s second-screen on-demand app, is now available on streaming device Roku.

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