The Daily Dozen – The 12 Tech, Social Media And Marketing Stories You Just Can’t Miss

Every day while researching the latest trends for clients or finding stories for the blog, I come across some brilliant reads that I bookmark and keep for myself to read when I have a bit of spare time. Rather than being selfish and keeping all that great content to myself, I decided to start a feature here where I share ten must-read social media and technology stories of the day. Most of these will go beyond breaking news and will be insightful posts, articles or videos that are worth starting your day with.

Many people reading this blog (built on WordPress) will be thinking about starting their own blog and wondering that platform to choose. A new study just released shows that the top 100 blogs in the world are mostly built on WordPress.

All the talk in the last couple of days has been about Facebook acquiring Instagram, but is there a reason why acquisitions always work so well for the social network? This insightful piece looks at the personal touch that Mark Zuckerberg adds when courting a company they are after.

Google + launched a major redesign yesterday and although it didn’t get as much attention as other releases for the fledgling social network, it is a beautiful project. This post wonders why there is so much white space on the site and what it is all for.

Yesterday was all about the U.S. government taking a case against Apple because of their pricing in the eBook market and this excellent piece wonders: Who is less evil, Amazon or book publishers?

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. The New York Times take a look at the biggest social media story of the year so far from a more non-tech stand point and the comments on this story are also well worth reading to help you judge the mood around the sale.

A funny little advertthat we spotted over on PSFK where forward thinking beer company Newcastle Brown Ale saw a great opportunity to mock their competitor Stella Artois.

Inbetween Apple product cycles ,there is always talk of different sized products and most pundits always get it wrong. However, the guys over on The Verge make and interesting case for a much bigger iPhone coming soon to fit in with current trends of bigger smart phones.

Another story about Apple and this time talking about their music offering and how it’s time for iTunes to right the syncing ship. It is a product that has been around for over ten years now and although it has huge success, it could be time for something different as the music industry starts to evolve.

If you are keen on spending a bit of time over on the newly designed Google+ and are using it for business, you might want to check out this handy list… 5 Top Google+ Tools and Apps for Marketing Pros

When Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook, he also had a side project that helped students share files and yesterday, Facebook announced a similar project seven years on that goes back to the founder’s roots. Facebook unveils school-specific groups, allows file sharing among users with designated .edu email addresses

There has been a lot of bad press around the Foxconn factory where Apple makes many of its products and this video has just been released showing the process that goes into making an iPad.

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