Twitter Stock Soars on Day 1 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. The first day on the New York Stock Exchange was a promising one for Twitter. The publicly traded stock opened at 73% up from its IPO price of $26 per shareFacebook is still all about the Likes, but the social network is also experimenting with five-star ratings, according to a report. Gamers, here's a study you'll want to share with your parents: Video games could make your brain grow.

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Top 25 Digital Media Resources This Week

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The tech world doesn't sleep, and this week was no exception. However, we know our readers need a little shut eye every now and then, so we've conveniently rounded up this week's top 25 digital media resources in case you missed a few stories

Read on for the best free word processors and apps that are so strange, they just might make you a better person

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    10 Celebrities Who Mastered the #TBT Instagram Photo

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    When it comes to Instagram, it's difficult to find a celebrity who doesn't fill his or her feed with glamorous selfies.

    But the celebrities we love to follow the most on the photo sharing site are the ones who embrace the #tbt hashtag (Throwback Thursday), showing us glimpses of their lives before they were rich and famous.

    Here are 10 celeb #tbt pics that take us way back to a simpler time — a time before the Age of the Kardashian, when Aziz Ansari hadn't yet cracked his first joke and James Van der Beek was still settling the land west of the Mississippi. Read more...

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    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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    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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