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Twitter.Logo_-150x150Twitter to Start Trading on Thursday (Boston Herald)
Social media giant Twitter will start trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange in one of the highest-profile initial public offerings in years, and analysts and investors are expecting shares to be at a premium. “When this thing starts trading, it’s going to do pretty well,” said Michael Scanlon, managing director of Manulife Asset Management in Boston. “It seems like they’re very committed to getting this deal done and getting it done successfully and leaving a good taste in everyone’s mouth.” USA Today The process of selling shares of Twitter will follow the same procedure that most IPOs follow. And that means there will be four ways for investors to possibly get a shot at owning shares of the social network. The Wall Street Journal Analysts who are widely understood on Wall Street to have the best view of the company’s future prospects, thanks to their access to executives, haven’t published their views, in accordance with securities rules that limit what information underwriters and companies can divulge during and after stock offerings. Instead, the information has been passed on in discussions with the firm’s clients. That has left an information gap for many smaller investors. LostRemote Wall Street Journal senior producer Jason Bellini looks at the overall financial value that news brings to Twitter. Bellini focuses on the eight percent of American users who get their news from Twitter — equaling profits for advertisers — as of the one-half of Twitter users that use the medium for news, 48 percent of them make $75,000 or more. CNBC
I know everyone is obsessed with Twitter, but it is only the most well-known of dozens of names that will be going public in the next two weeks. There are 16 IPOs set to price this week. That’s the most for any week since 2006, according to Renaissance Capital.

Google Launches Restricted Google+ Communities to Let Businesses Make Conversations Private or Invite-Only (The Next Web)
Google Tuesday launched a new Google+ feature that further makes sure private conversations remain private. Restricted communities, as the new feature is called, is an extra layer of security that ensures only users in a given organization can join.

Facebook Doesn’t Know How to Advertise, and Marketers Are Doing it Wrong on Twitter (SocialTimes)
There are always two sides to every coin. Despite recent reports that marketers are getting smarter about their tactics, Forrester surveys indicate that marketers are only half satisfied with the value they’re getting from Facebook and Twitter.

Want Super-Private Email? Lavabit Takes its Secure Dark Mail to Kickstarter (VentureBeat)
If you’ve been complaining about the lack of privacy in your email, now’s the time to put your money where your mouth is. The Dark Alliance has put up a Kickstarter for its project Dark Mail, an open-source secure email product that ensures you are the only person to hold your encryption keys.

Will Twitter Surpass LinkedIn as the Top Social Recruiting Channel? [Stats] (AllTwitter)
Job hunters, head hunters and everyone in between naturally gravitate to LinkedIn for all their recruiting needs. But that trend could be changing, according to new stats from social recruiting solutions provider Gozaik: Twitter is poised to become the number one social recruitment tool out there, beating out rivals like LinkedIn and Facebook.

Google Will Show Your Google+ Photo to Android Callers Starting Early Next Year (The Verge)
Android 4.4 KitKat debuted last week with a smart new phone dialer that matches incoming calls to businesses with a Google Places listing, but that’s just the start of Google’s plans for caller ID. Early next year the search giant plans to link Google+ profile pictures to mobile phone numbers.

Infographic: Where To Find Dimensions, Specifications For Facebook Ad Units (AllFacebook)
As Facebook continues to simplify and tweak its advertising offerings, staying on top of details such as dimensions and specifications can be difficult, but TechWyse produced an infographic to help matters. The infographic outlines dimensions and specs for all Facebook ad units.

Conan Fails to Become No. 1 on LinkedIn, Resorts to Begging (CNET)
On his show on Monday, Conan O’Brien bemoaned the fact that he had a mere 68,133 followers on LinkedIn. “We’re on our way to the top of LinkedIn,” he said, reminding one of Howard Dean’s less successful oratorical period. He then added, fawningly: “But I must have more followers.”

Former Zynga Security Head Puhlmann Joins Endgame as CTO (AllThingsD)
Nils Puhlmann, former Zynga chief security officer, is joining security solutions provider Endgame — best name ever — as CTO. The Arlington, Va.-based Endgame is backed by venture investors, including Kleiner Perkins and Bessemer Venture Partners, with about $54 million in funding.

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