Google Opens Glass Accessory Store and Other News You Need to Know

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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Facebook announced its third-quarter earnings. The company reported $2.02 billion in revenue, up from $1.26 billion in Q3 of last yearGoogle’s continuing to sprout its Google Glass project, this time launching an accessory store for the device. Lastly, The Washington Post reports the NSA is scooping up information from Yahoo and Google’s data center connections around the world

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How to Make Bitstrips Comics on Facebook — Or Hide Them Forever

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There's a storm coming. It's a storm of goofy personalized comics, and it's going to spread like a slightly annoying wildfire through your Facebook News Feed — if it hasn't already. We're talking, of course, about Bitstrips.

If you don't recognize the name, you likely recognize the pictures. Bitstrips are the shareable, customizable comics all over your Timeline, allowing even the worst artists in your friends list to create one-panel digital cartoons.

If you're looking to start making your own Bitstrips — or find a way to keep them off your News Feed forever, look no further than this guide. Read more...

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11 Facebook Games You’re Embarassed to Admit You Play

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To truly understand the lure of Facebook games, look no further than the Great Farmville Epidemic of 2009. Work was abandoned and classes were skipped as players wondered, "If I close the game to go to class, who will water my crops?"

In case you don't spend enough time on Facebook already, Facebook games asure that what little life you have left is taken from your status-typing fingers. But Facebook's App Center has a few games that just don't seem like the type you want to share with your social network

It can be hard to give up a game after putting in a lot of time and effort, so if you must play Bingo Crack or, worse, Pot Farm, make sure you adjust the game's settings to not post on your Timeline Read more...

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Top 25 Digital Media Resources This Week

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It's been another busy week here at Mashable. We covered Apple's iPad Air event, brought you the best tips for a techie Halloween and discovered what Sesame Street is doing to teach kids about STEM topics.

For those who missed out, we compiled the biggest updates in tech and social media to get you up to speed. Read the list, below, for this week's digital media resources.

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  • It's Still Easy to Get Away With Revenge Porn
    Hollie Toups is one of several revenge-porn victims advocating for criminal laws against the act. Others, however, argue such punishment ignores the First Amendment Read more...

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    14 Facebook Tools You Didn’t Know Existed

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    You know all about Facebook's basic tools. You can post statuses and share articles with the best of 'em. But how often do you check your Activity Log? What is the Browse tool for?

    You're not off the hook either, Brand Pages. You may know that Facebook Exchange targets ads based on user's online activity, but did you know you can create Custom Audiences to share content with?

    For these and other Facebook tools you probably aren't using, check out the gallery. Hone those Facebook skills to get the most of out of world's most popular social site Read more...

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    Apple’s New iPads and Other News You Need to Know

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    Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

    Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting storiesApple announced several new products at its event in San Francisco on Tuesday, including the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will soon be compatible with the Galaxy S4, S4 mini, S4 active, S4 zoom, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3 and S3Facebook continues to flip-flop on its policy against posting brutal videos; according to multiple reports, the social media company recently revoked its ban on posting beheading videos Read more...

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    4 Ways to Post When Facebook Is Down

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    Facebook, like most websites, has its bugs. But it's rare for the entire site to suddenly stop working as it did Monday morning. The news spread across other social media platforms, such as Twitter and Tumblr — some complained about the inconvenience, others joked and some even took the opportunity to advertise.

    Users couldn't post or "like" statuses or shares, but they could still view content from the site. For businesses or in case of emergency, being able to post on this social media giant is integral. So what is the best way to post to Facebook should the site crash again? Read more...

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    4 Best Practices for Social Advertising

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    If a tree falls in the forest, it's debatable that anyone hears it. When your ad fails on Facebook, though, there's no confusion. It was a dud

    A lack of interaction tells the tale. Clearly you paid good money to expose lots of people to this particular piece of content, but most gave it little mind

    That doesn't have to be the case. There are people who do nothing but study the performance of social advertising all day. We talked to some and gleaned a few insights. If you want to run an ad with a halfway decent chance of getting a social lift, check out these pro tips. Read more...

    1. Think About Who You Are Targeting

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    Facebook Acquires Onavo and Other News You Need to Know

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    Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

    Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting storiesFacebook is opening its first office in Israel after acquiring Israeli mobile tech startup Onavo. According to The Wall Street Journal, Netflix is pursuing cable TV deals to make the online streaming service available on set-top boxes. And Twitter's Senior Vice President of Engineering Christopher Fry made a whopping $10.3 million last year

    Check out the video above for more on these stories.

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    9 Excellent Facebook Pages You Should ‘Like’

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    Facebook isn't just for your high school friends and celebs promoting their next movie

    Even though Facebook profiles seem to be split into two groups — brands trying to advertise and people trying to socialize — there's a third type of account on Facebook that deserves some attention

    In fact, some of our favorite accounts on Facebook are projects and ideas that utilize the social media giant to spread the word. Whether they're making us laugh, empowering us or teaching us new things, these nine public social media pages provide an excellent break from all those baby pictures and engagement announcements Read more...

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