Social Media Newsfeed: Google Glass Available Today | Twitter Expands

Google Glass available to be purchased by the public today only. Twitter expands by two floors, adding hip indoor cabin spaces. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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google_logo-150x150Google Glass Available to American Public Today (USA Today)
If you are looking for something to purchase with your tax refund on April 15, Google may be able to help. Beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern today — and today only — Google will sell its wearable computing device, Glass, for $1,500 plus tax. VentureBeat If you’re building Glass apps — especially B2B apps — you’ll want to snag a pair. This is the most obvious reason you’d actually need Glass. ReadWrite There are so many incredible applications for the sciences that I don’t even know where to start. Medicine, astrophysics, geology, botany, science education — there’s a lot of possibility here. Forbes Someone with a spreadsheet has worked out the balance between expensiveness and exclusivity and found this is the model that will work for the moment. Whether it will work to establish the technology as any sort of serious force is wide open to question. SFGate In related news, a 20-year-old tech journalist reports that he was walking through San Francisco’s Mission District on Friday evening when he had the $1,500 wearable computer ripped off his face by a woman who yelled “Glass” and took off running — an apparent protest of the controversial gadget. The victim, Kyle Russell, gave chase to his attacker.

This is Twitter HQ’s Hipster Indoor Log Cabin (Re/code)
As of Monday morning, Twitter’s urban HQ now sports a pair of log cabin workspaces for employees, fashioned from the wood of two century-old Montana cabins. It’s part of two new floors the company just added to its 1355 Market Street headquarters, bringing the total number of Twitter-owned floors in the building up to seven.

Text to Video: How to Transform PDF Files into Engaging Videos (SocialTimes)
More than half of marketers cite lack of resources and inadequate budgets as barriers to growth. One way to get ahead of the curve and amplify your message is to turn company brochures and PDF documents into compelling videos.

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Facebook Plans to Provide Mobile Payment Services (Reuters)
Facebook is preparing to join the mobile payments race with remittances and electronic-money services on the social network, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing several people involved in the process. The company is close to obtaining approval from the Central Bank of Ireland to start a service that would allow users to store money on Facebook and use it to pay and exchange with others, the people told the FT.

Titan Aerospace: Targeted By Facebook, Acquired By Google (AllFacebook)
Those may have been the drones Facebook was looking for, but they now belong to Google. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, a near-orbital, solar-powered drone manufacturer that the social network was reportedly in talks to acquire last month, with an eye toward using its Solara 60 unmanned aerial vehicles to help provide Internet access to unserved parts of the world, starting with Africa, as part of the initiative.

38 Priceless Twitter Reactions to That NSFW US Airways Tweet (Mashable)
People are having a ball after US Airways sent what may go down as the most offensive brand tweet of all time, which contained a lewd picture involving a woman and a model airplane (and which Mashable has opted not to publish due to the nature of its content.)

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Airport Launches Twitter Departure Board (AllTwitter)
Leeds Bradford Airport has launched an application which shares live flight data via Twitter, communicating arrival and departure information directly to the end user. To access the feature, travelers need to follow @LBIAirport, where they will be followed back.

Key Twitter Shareholders Vow Not to Sell Stock (The Wall Street Journal)
Some of Twitter’s biggest and earliest backers said they don’t intend to sell shares when rules barring them from doing so expire next month, a vote of confidence in the young public company, whose shares have tumbled in recent months. Collectively, the statements would place about 34 percent of Twitter’s shares off-limits when the lockup period expires.

MSNBC and NowThis News Partner for 15-Second Videos (LostRemote)
TV News is becoming more Vine-like by the day, as MSNBC and video start-up NowThis News announced a joint video partnership called “15 Seconds To Truth” today. The short news videos will air on MSNBC’s digital, social, and mobile platforms, while also airing on TV in and out of commercials.

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