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NewFacebookLogoFacebook CEO Riding High – for Now, After WhatsApp Deal (Reuters)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take a victory lap at the world’s largest mobile technology conference in Barcelona today, after beating out Google in a $19 billion acquisition of free messaging service WhatsApp. Zuckerberg’s keynote is expected to focus on Facebook’s efforts to make wireless Internet access easier and more affordable in developing countries. MarketWatch Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear at noon Eastern and will be joined by Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsApp. Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest conference dedicated to mobile devices and technologies. Mashable You can watch Zuckerberg’s presentation by visiting Mobile World Live, where all the keynotes will be streamed live online. The Guardian The path to increasing Facebook’s user base in developing nations is through mobile, something that is obviously on Zuckerberg’s mind as he prepares to take the stage in Barcelona. But MWC is not just about Facebook, of course. The New York Times/Bits Blog The value of the mobile industry rivals that of the health care industry. Both are worth more than $1.6 trillion, according to estimates, and mobile is expected to become a multi-trillion dollar industry in the next decade. That is because it includes not only phone makers, but also network equipment makers, wireless service providers, chip makers, software developers and Internet services.

LinkedIn Finally Lets You Block Other Members (SocialTimes)
Finally, LinkedIn has introduced a member-blocking feature. In the post announcing the news, Paul Rockwell, head of trust and safety at the social network, explained why it took so long: “While on the surface this may seem like a simple feature to develop, it was not. There were many different use cases to consider, products and features to integrate, as well as a user interface we had to create.”

Netflix Reaches Streaming Traffic Agreement with Comcast (CNET)
Netflix and Comcast have reached an agreement aimed at smoothing the streaming of Netflix content to the cable company’s customers, ending a dispute that included suggestions of throttled traffic. The video-rental company has agreed to pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network, sources told The Wall Street Journal, which was first to report the deal.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Joins Twitter After Daytona 500 Win (USA Today)
Before the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a promise: If he won Sunday’s race, he’d finally join Twitter. Now that he’s won, it didn’t take him long before his very first tweet — a selfie with the Daytona 500 trophy.

Facebook to Leave Privacy Settings of Memorialized Accounts Unchanged, Create ‘A Look Back’ Videos for Deceased Users (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced two changes to the way it handles the accounts of users who have passed away: The privacy settings of memorialized profiles will now remain unchanged, rather than automatically being restricted to friends only; and users can request “A Look Back” videos for their deceased loved ones.

Twitter’s Costolo Ramps Up Customer Courtship as Growth Slackens (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is facing a slowdown in new member growth at the same time as some Twitter users are checking in less often. To cope, he’s planning such changes as more images and different ways to organize information, designed to make the service more appealing and easy to access, especially for newer users.

NBC Crime Dramas Promoting Crossover Event on Social (LostRemote)
NBC crime dramas “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Chicago P.D.” are partnering for a two-hour crossover event airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. Both shows are also active on social, tweeting out promo announcements for the crossover event — and retweeting each others tweets — while SVU’s social channels are spreading some behind-the-scenes photos from the episode’s filming.

Entrepreneur’s Social Media Site Tailor-Made for Myanmar (Forbes)
Squar was launched last June with seed capital of $500,000 from angel investors in return for a 20 percent stake. It is targeting 1.5 million members by year-end (Myanmar has an estimated population of 60 million).

Why Thanking Someone for a Retweet Might Actually Be a Good Idea After All (AllTwitter)
I’ve been sending “thank yous” for a few weeks now, in an informal experiment to see if I would indeed clutter timelines to the extent that my followers would complain or click the dreaded “unfollow.” And – surprise – no one did.

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