Ubuntu Edge Misses Funding Goal 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 Ubuntu Edge smartphone failed to reach its crowdfunding goal. The project’s Indiegogo campaign raked in an impressive $12.8 million, but still fell short of the group’s $32 million goal

On the privacy invasion front, the NSA gathered 56,000 emails from Americans that bore no links to terrorism. And Facebook opened up access to the general public to embed posts from its public pages.

Check out the video above for more on these stories. Read more…

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How Ant Colonies Foreshadow the Future of Facebook

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They call it “the anternet.”

In 2012, Stanford biologist Deborah Gordon, Ph.D., discovered that the behavior of harvester ant colonies mirrors the fundamental Internet technology known as Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP

TCP controls the flow of information online by preventing data transmission bottlenecks and the Internet from coming to a mighty, screeching halt. Basically, when fewer people are online, information return is faster. When more people are online, it slows

Upon observing the scavenging habits of harvester ants, Gordon found that ant colonies are controlled by the same concept. After discovering a large supply of food, more ants leave the colony. When food is scarce, the number of foragers is restricted. Read more…

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A Marketer’s Guide to Retargeting Facebook Ads

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Love it or hate it, Facebook is one of the most viewed websites on the web. If you’re a business hoping your ad will meet a lot of eyes, you could do worse than look to Facebook

With multiple options for advertising available — whether via the News Feed or the righthand sidebar —leveraging these options to optimize advertising is important for any brand

The following infographic from MDG Advertising examines Facebook Exchange (FBX), Facebook’s retargeting ad platform, which enables advertisers to execute real-time bidding (RTB) for the social network’s impressive ad inventory Read more…

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Are Paid Facebook Ads Worth the Bucks?

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To advertise on Facebook, or not to advertise on Facebook?

There’s still plenty of debate about whether advertising on Facebook (or social media in general) is worth it, and whether it’s more useful as a lead generation tactic than a direct driver of sales. But as anyone on Facebook can see from the sheer number of promoted posts and sponsored stories, that businesses large and small are opening their wallets

We wanted to learn what’s actually working on Facebook for startups, so we asked a panel of successful entrepreneurs which Facebook advertising strategies they find most useful — and what kind of ROI they’re seeing so far. Here’s what they had to say: Read more…

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I’m 15 and All My Friends Use Facebook

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Ruby Karp and I are not all that different. She’s a teenager, and I’m a teenager. So why should our opinions on teens and Facebook be so different? Quite simply, it’s empirical evidence: I’m 15, and all my friends use Facebook.

In her op-ed, “I’m 13 and None of My Friends Are on Facebook,” Ruby Karp says, “If my mom saw I was at a party with drinking, even if I wasn’t participating, I’d be dead.”

Sigh, if only it were possible to not have Mom as my Facebook friend in the first place. Or add Mom to a Restricted list. Or change my Timeline privacy settings so I have to approve all new photo tags Read more…

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I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook

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I’m a teen living in New York. All of my friends have social networks — Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etcFacebook used to be all I could talk about when I was younger. “Mom, I want a Facebook!” and other whining only a mother could put up with

But now, at 13, I’ve been noticing something different. Facebook is losing teens lately, and I think I know why.

Part of the reason Facebook is losing my generation’s attention is the fact that there are other networks now. When I was 10, I wasn’t old enough to have a Facebook. But a magical thing called Instagram had just come out … and our parents had no idea there was an age limit. Rapidly, all my friends got Instagrams. Read more…

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I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook

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I’m a teen living in New York. All of my friends have social networks — Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etcFacebook used to be all I could talk about when I was younger. “Mom, I want a Facebook!” and other whining only a mother could put up with

But now, at 13, I’ve been noticing something differentFacebook is losing teens lately, and I think I know why.

Part of the reason Facebook is losing my generation’s attention is the fact that there are other networks now. When I was 10, I wasn’t old enough to have a Facebook. But a magical thing called Instagram had just come out … and our parents had no idea there was an age limit. Rapidly, all my friends got Instagrams. Read more…

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14 Dos and Don’ts to Being a Good Facebook Friend

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Friendship comes with a set of rules. It’s practically required to treat your friend to a fun night out after her bad breakup, “lend” her a few bucks without expecting anything in return and alert her when she has spinach in her teeth.

IRL friendships are a lot of work, but Facebook friendships might be even more

There are guidelines when it comes to friendship on Facebook. If this were still 2007 and the word didn’t feel horribly outdated, we’d call it “netiquette.” For example, you should never ask about a messy breakup on someone’s public Facebook Wall, but if he wants to vent to you via Facebook Chat, you’d better be there. Read more…

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The Evolution of Facebook Mobile

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You comment on a friend’s status while waiting for the bus. You upload a picture via Instagram. You send a few chat messages while walking down the sidewalk

Facebook may have been born on the desktop, but like the users who have made it so popular, Facebook is now served to-go

With the majority of users logging into the social network via smartphone or tablet, Facebook Mobile has undergone nearly as many changes as the original Facebook website. Yet despite its one billion users, Facebook’s mobile offering continues to face poor user reviews, with a series of weak apps and mobile websites that left users feeling cheated Read more…

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Google’s Switch on Network Neutrality 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 storiesGoogle switched its stance on network neutrality, at least on paper. The revenue report for Microsoft’s Surface is out: The company has made $853 million so far on its tablets. And as previously rumored, Facebook is preparing to add TV-style ads to the news feed.

Check out the video above for more on these stories.

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