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Twitter Interest Drops Off for Final Presidential Debate (CNET)
During Monday’s showdown between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Twitter users sent 6.5 million tweets regarding the debate during the debate, the micro-blogging site said. That comes in well behind the 10.3 million tweets sent during the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 but close on the heels of the 7.2 million tweets sent during the Oct. 16 debate. Reuters Obama’s “horses and bayonets” comments provided the latest debate-related phrase to become popular on social media. The hashtag “horsesandbayonets” trended on Twitter, where the mock username @horsesandbayonettes was quickly born. Twitter Blog Twitter added several new sections to on Monday. While the daily Twitter Political Index tracks the sentiment of tweets, Twitter’s enhanced dashboard shows the topics that are driving discussion, such as the economy, healthcare and immigration. Mashable With the serious topic of foreign policy on the agenda and no audience, the GIF opportunities might have seemed limited. Luckily, Tumblr and the rest of the Interwebz tapped into their finest GIFing talents to offer an animated summary of the evening’s political smack-down. SocialTimes Over the weekend, “Kids React To Election 2012” hit YouTube. The video features 13 kids, aged 6 to 13, discussing everything from attack ads to the Electoral College, Obamacare and the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Investors Gear Up for Facebook Earnings (USA Today)
Facebook fans on Wall Street are hoping things go better this time. When the No 1. social-networking company reports third-quarter earnings after the close today, investors are looking to the company to give a better outlook on key issues, including how it plans to make money from less-profitable users who are increasingly accessing the site from mobile devices. Inside Facebook Some Facebook users are seeing ads in the desktop and mobile feed with the label “suggested post” when there is no connection between the user and the advertiser who has paid for the content to be there. The new “suggested post” label is likely being tested to understand how users feel about paid content being mixed with posts from friends and pages they choose to connect to. Bloomberg Facebook is increasingly being used by terrorists to recruit sympathizers, spread propaganda and plan potential attacks, according to the United Nations. Twitter and Google’s YouTube were also identified as primary conduits.

Twitter Testing ‘Like’ and ‘Star’ Instead of ‘Favorite’ With a Limited Set of Users (The Next Web)
Some users are seeing the term “Like” or “Star” appear on in the place of the traditional ‘Favorite.’ The new terminology appears to be showing up for certain users on the service, but from searches it looks like a limited set so far.

‘iPad Mini’ Price? Seems to be the Only Thing We Don’t Know About the Reportedly Smaller Tablet (The Huffington Post/AP)
Those who follow Apple believe they have figured out most of the particulars of a smaller iPad expected to be revealed today. One big question remains, though: What will it cost?

Amazon Cloud Service Goes Down and Takes Popular Sites With it (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
Some services at’s data centers went down Monday afternoon, taking with them a number of popular websites and services, including Flipboard and Foursquare. The companies that were affected by the latest shutdown scrambled to respond.

Bravo Bringing Social Interaction to ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ Other Primetime Programs (Lost Remote)
Bravo is betting big on social interactivity, launching a new service that will bring real-time polls, games and other interactive features to its programming, including the live chatfest “Watch What Happens Live.” New episodes of “WWHL” and other Bravo shows like “Top Chef” and the “Real Housewives” will likely feature occasional appearances of the interactive features, with replays re-branded as “interactive episodes.”

Yahoo CEO Mayer Stresses Audience-Buying During First Earnings Call (Adweek)
Three months after taking over as CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer opened up about her strategy Monday during its third-quarter earnings call, sort of. Mayer is particularly looking to improve the technology powering Yahoo’s existing business: advertising.

Skype for Windows 8 Launches on Oct. 26 (The Verge)
After months of teasing a Windows 8 style version of Skype, Microsoft is finally delivering it on Oct. 26. Built from the ground up for Windows 8, Skype’s latest client will also work on Microsoft’s new Surface for Windows RT tablets — providing video and audio calling with messaging capabilities.

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