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Too Much Twitter Can Kill Your Marriage, Study Finds

A study released Monday by the University of Missouri provides some interesting insights about Twitter and Facebook, and the potentially damaging effects they can have on our relationships.

The study, conducted by doctoral student Russell Clayton, reveals that "active Twitter users are far more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict with their romantic partners."

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14% of the World Now Regularly Uses Facebook on Their Smartphone

Just a few short years ago, almost no one owned a smartphone—a fraction of a percentage of the world's population, those select few business elite running BlackBerrys.

Then came the iPhone and Android and a tidal wave of mobile this-and-that and now, not only does everybody and their dog have a smartphone, but one billion humans now actively use Facebook on their mobile devices.

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How Christy Clark and Invoke Media Used Facebook to Win a Provincial Election

Barack Obama was among the first wave of politicans to actively leverage the internet and, particularly, social media—to obvious success, no doubt.

That knowledge was evidently not lost on Christy Clark, whose BC Liberals party this week allowed Facebook to release a case study proving how the Premier's election success was driven in part by a well-executed Facebook campaign.

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David Blumberg to Visit Vancouver in April with $150 Million to Spend on Canadian Startups

Eventually, "the next HootSuite" of Vancouver will launch—a newer, even more agile and innovative company to carry the torch. It's how every successful startup ecosystem functions.

To capitalize on this virtually inevitable opportunity, a notable venture capitalist from Silicon Valley is poking his nose around the city to sniff out today's startups in hopes of getting a whiff of that next HootSuite—and he's got $150 million burning a hole in his wallet. David Blumberg of Blumberg Capital, which has offices in the Valley and New York City, believes Vancouver is the next hot spot.

Blumberg Capital specializes in Seed and Series A rounds, particularly in social medial, mobile, and enterprise software, and invested in HootSuite very early on—which reaped huge rewards for the VC firm to the tune of a 52-times reward within a four-year window.

One company already on Blumberg's radar in the city is Trulioo, one of the VC's portfolio companies. Trulioo, self-described as a "data scientist's dream," helps website operators that support social login to detect spammers, trolls, fake users and bad actors; validate social profile information; and authenticate users in real time. Trulioo may be the next HootSuite, but if not, the startup may at least be involved in fostering the company who is: Trulioo has been hosting "pitch nights" and accepting applications from local startups, the best of whom will be selected by Trulioo to pitch directly to David Blumberg in April at the Trulioo offices in Vancouver on April 30.

As for why Blumberg has become so enamoured with Vancouver? In typical VC fashion, he keeps his reasoning blunt and logical: “Vancouver is a growing tech hub with great entrepreneurs and investment opportunity with supportive government."

In an interview this week with The Vancouver Sun, Blumberg explains that entrepreneurs should adhere to the "six Ts" when dealing with investors: Theme, Team, Terrain, Technology, Timing, and Terms.


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