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Creative Social BrandingLearn how to create social buzz for your brand! Starting November 24, the VP of content strategy at DBA will teach you how to speak and write to different audiences on social platforms, identify and engage with current trends and influencers, and build an excellent social strategy to amplify your numbers and rate engagement. Register now!

Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Privacy | Tumblr Grows

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Privacy Groups Ask Facebook to Abort Proposed Changes to Privacy Policy (SocialTimes)
Online privacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center and Center for Digital Democracy have written a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to abandon proposed changes to the social network’s privacy policies. Users would no longer have the opportunity to vote on proposed changes and privacy practices for Facebook and Instagram would be combined.

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Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook-Yahoo Deal? | iMessage/FaceTime Outage

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Yahoo Plots Alliance with Facebook in New Search Deal (The Sunday Telegraph)
Sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, has held discussions with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, about how the two companies can work more closely together. The two Internet giants have already collaborated together on a number of small projects, for example to share Yahoo! news on Facebook, and recently agreed to settle a number of long-standing lawsuits over patents.

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Social Media Newsfeed: Twitter Changes | Facebook Ruling | iPhone 5

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Apple: iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Topped 2M in 24 Hours (USA Today)
Apple on Monday said iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in 24 hours. The company said that because demand exceeded initial supply, some pre-orders will be delivered in October although most will be delivered this Friday. CNET That’s about double the first-day preorders for the last model, the iPhone 4S. One analyst is estimating sales could reach 10 million within the first week of it going on sale. Los Angeles Times Pre-ordered iPhone 5s have begun to ship and are on their way from China, according to various reports. Numerous people who pre-ordered their iPhone 5s have begun to say they’ve received shipping emails notifying them their iPhone 5s have left Zhengzhou, China. Bloomberg Businessweek Apple surpassed $700 in late trading Monday, fueling optimism that the company will keep generating the revenue growth that transformed it from a niche computer manufacturer into the world’s most valuable business. The stock has advanced 73 percent this year. GigaOM There was a 16-month gap between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S releases, and the September 2011 quarter saw an earnings miss as a result. By releasing iPhone 5 right before the end of the September quarter this year, Apple’s ensuring that won’t happen again. Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: No Facebook Deal | AT&T and FaceTime | Zynga Stock

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Judge Rejects Facebook’s ‘Sponsored Stories’ Settlement (CNET)
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of San Francisco, Calif., has rejected Facebook’s settlement of a class-action suit regarding an ad feature that publicizes users’ “likes” of products and services to their Facebook friends but doesn’t pay the users for the endorsements or allow them to opt out. Under the proposed deal, Facebook would have given its users more control over how their “likes” were handled and would have allowed users under 18 to opt out of sponsored stories. Wired Seeborg was concerned that the deal, which provides a $10 million payout to attorneys suing Facebook and $10 million to charity in what is known as a cy pres award “was merely plucked from thin air.” In his Friday ruling, he ordered the parties to provide more information on how it reached that amount. Bloomberg Businessweek Seeborg also said that while it isn’t feasible to divide $10 million among as many as 70 million affected customers, it isn’t sufficient to justify giving that money only to advocacy groups. Lawyers for customers had argued the groups would be “watchdogs” over Facebook. Inside Facebook Facebook is once again the second-largest video site in the United States, according to comScore. The social network saw 53 million unique video viewers in July, about a third of Google’s audience but higher than the number of unique viewers on Yahoo and Vevo. Mashable Google, thanks largely to YouTube, still enjoys a comfortable lead in the race with nearly 157 million total unique viewers. Yahoo users, however, watched more videos — 625 million to Facebook’s 327 million. Facebook users watched an average of 21.7 minutes of video throughout July, while Yahoo users consumed 70.4 hours of video content. Read more