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YouTube automatic captions now in six European languages

Google continues its plan to make every video just as searchable as the rest of the web.

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Facebook and Zynga tear up their contract

A pair of regulatory filings submitted late Thursday revealed that Facebook and Zynga have significantly revised the terms of a five-year deal they signed in late 2010. The new arrangement relaxes restrictions on both Facebook and Zynga, the gamemaker that drove 13% of Facebook’s revenue for the first nine months of 2012

Can you believe that 13% of Facebook’a revenue comes from Zynga games alone? For all the shitty ads we have to endure, somehow Farmville generates more than a tenth of that.

…Zynga investors sent the FarmVille maker’s shares plummeting 11% in after-hours trading.

How does Zynga have any stock value left?


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More Facebook friends means more stress

A report from the University of Edinburgh Business School has found that the more groups of people in someone’s Facebook friends, the greater potential to cause offence. In particular, adding employers or parents resulted in the greatest increase in anxiety.

Stress arises when a user presents a version of themself on Facebook that is unacceptable to some of their online ‘friends’, such as posts displaying behaviour such as swearing, recklessness, drinking and smoking.

Ben Marder, author of the report and early career fellow in marketing at the Business School, said: “Facebook used to be like a great party for all your friends where you can dance, drink and flirt. But now with your Mum, Dad and boss there the party becomes an anxious event full of potential social landmines.”

Sounds like as good a reason as any to unfriend some people tonight.

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Twitter’s Official Blog is BS

Read this crap from Twitter’s blog:

It’s no surprise that the @DallasCowboys, aka America’s team, and phenom rookie QB @RGIII placed the Cowboys / Redskins game as the most mentioned on Twitter for Week 12. Meanwhile, the other NFC East team, the @Giants, ended the@Packers’ winning streak with a big 38-10 victory over Green Bay.

Here are this week’s most buzzed-about games:

1. @DallasCowboys vs. @Redskins 
2. @Packers vs. @Giants 
3. @HoustonTexans vs. @DetroitLionsNFL

Twitter used to update their blog with meaningful updates about the service.

Now their blog is desolate wasteland, filled with meaningless entertainment highlights.

When Twitter will realize it’s turning itself from a realtime social network into the 11 o’clock news?

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