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BlackBerry Rolls Out Its BBM Social Network (WSJ)
BlackBerry Ltd. on Tuesday pushed ahead with what has become one of the few areas of growth for the troubled smartphone maker — the development of its BlackBerry messaging application. BBM Channels, a Twitter-like service that at first will be available only for BlackBerry users, is intended as a forum for companies and celebrities to engage with their customers and fans. BlackBerry executives have signaled that Channels will be the key to generating revenue from BBM, which is free and doesn’t have ads. CNET Device owners running BlackBerry OS 5 or higher will have access to Channels. The idea is somewhat simple: a company, let’s say, creates a Channel, and BBM users can then send messages, post questions and otherwise communicate with that company. The company, meanwhile, can share messages, pictures and animated GIFs through the service. The Next Web A BlackBerry spokesperson said BBM Channels would be available as of 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The feature will be added to the BBM iOS and Android apps “in the coming months.” TechnoBuffalo By beefing up the BBM experience, BlackBerry is attempting to leverage one of its most valuable assets. The company for years allegedly considered releasing its messaging service on competing platforms, but didn’t make the move official until after enduring a less than stellar few years; its handful of devices and new mobile OS haven’t exactly lit the market on fire. ValueWalk From what we have heard so far about BlackBerry’s push with BBM, it doesn’t sound different enough from already-dominant Facebook and Twitter. The company will really need to set itself apart from these other social networks and give us a reason to sign up.

These Charts Prove Facebook is a Better Place to Work Than Google (Business Insider)
When it comes to desirable places to work in the tech industry, two companies are always at the top of the list: Facebook and Google. But which one is really the better employer? To answer that question, Business Insider compared the two companies head to head, with the help of data gathered by job-hunting site Glassdoor.

Now That Social Media’s All the Rage, is Email Dying? [INFOGRAPHIC] (AllTwitter)
If you work in any kind of office environment, chances are you use email somewhere between “regularly” and “all the time.” For the average office workers, email is now so much a part of their day-to-day lives that it’s become part of the furniture. Compared to social media, electronic mail seems pretty dull. So, are these newfangled technologies ultimately going to mean the end of email, or has the old dog still got some life in it yet?

Microsoft Enlists ‘Pawn Stars’ In Commercial Targeting Google Chromebook (LostRemote)
Microsoft has launched an all-out offensive against Google Chromebook, enlisting History Channel’s Pawn Stars in a commercial highlighting the negatives of Chromebook. Among the jabs: pawn shop co-owner Rick Harrison warning a customer not to get “Scroogled,” aka the act of Google monitoring your activity online in order to sell ads.

Twitter Appears to Be Experimenting With Predicting Viral Tweets (The Next Web)
It looks like Twitter is testing whether it’s able to predict which tweets are going to go viral with a new account that’s extremely similar to previous experiments. A mysterious new account (@magicstats) has appeared with a bio that reads, ‘I favorite the best tweets I see in real-time.’ When a user tweets something that the service thinks will go viral, it favorites the tweet within a few minutes of it being sent.

Growth Analysis of the Planet’s 24 Largest Social Media Sites (Business Insider)
Social media transcends geography, and the sheer scale and diversity of audiences on the sites makes them tremendously important. A new report from BI Intelligence compares the world’s largest social networks in two ways — by total audience size and by growth potential in terms of country of origin. Among the most surprising facts: Facebook still has the largest user population at 1.16 billion monthly active users, but YouTube is close behind with 1 billion MAUs.

Why Was ‘Hot Mom’ Maria Kang Temporarily Barred From Facebook? (AllFacebook)
Last month, Maria Kang became one of Facebook’s most famous — or infamous — users when a photo of the 32-year-old mother of three small children, showing off her toned body, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” went viral and spurred mountains of feedback, both negative and positive. Earlier this week, Kang was temporarily banned from Facebook due to her post about a Daily Mail article that featured plus-size women posing in lingerie.

A Look at Reddit’s First Live Stream Event: ‘Redditgifts Shopping Network’ (LostRemote)
Reddit, which describes itself as “the front page of the Internet,” is launching its first live stream to capture the chaos of Black Friday via the “Redditgifts Shopping Network.” Here’s the site’s brand new promo video (obtained exclusively by Lost Remote) and an interview with Reddit general manager Erik Martin.

Here Are Some Social Media Apps to Ask Santa For (SocialTimes)
With less than a month until Christmas, it’s about time you started thinking about how much to budget for shiny new social media apps next year. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, these apps could be just what you need to make 2014 the best virtual year ever.

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