Twitter continues to distinguish between apps it approves of and apps it doesn’t with Wednesday’s roll out of a “certified products” program, a way for third-party developers to get Twitter’s stamp of approval. No surprise to anyone who has watched Twitter of late, the company is supporting apps that support Twitter for business and Twitter for analytics.

This summer, the developer community has been consumed with the question of which apps using the Twitter API will keep the company’s approval and survive, and which will be shut down for conflicting with Twitter’s interests. Twitter first began to distinguish between apps with its August blog post, laying out its priorities in four quadrants and placing an emphasis on businesses over consumers and analytics over engagement.

“We aim to certify the products and services that make Twitter more valuable to businesses, encourage their use of Twitter, and bring Twitter to…

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Google (s GOOG) has hired Barclay’s (s BARC) to shop around the home hardware business of Motorola Mobility just three months after the acquisition of the hardware maker closed, according to a Bloomberg report. Motorola’s home segment includes the manufacturing of cable modems as well as TV set-top boxes, and there has been speculation that Google could use those set-top boxes to finally get Google TV into millions of homes. So why would Google want to unload Motorola’s set-top box biz?

Cable companies don’t like open platforms

Turning Motorola Mobility’s set-top boxes into Google TV devices may sound good on paper, but it’s much easier said than done. Sure, cable operators like Comcast (s CMCSK) are looking to lease next-generation set-top boxes to their customers that combine traditional pay TV with internet content, hook into social networks and are capable of running apps and widgets. But in the…

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As Facebook’s stock continues to slide, amid what appears to be growing skepticism about its future revenue prospects, there has been a consistent drumbeat of opinion around a single thought: Should Mark Zuckerberg be replaced as chief executive officer of the company he created? Some critics of the company — not just of its IPO, but of its advertising model and mobile strategy as well — seem to believe that Zuckerberg is “in over his hoodie,” as one popular phrase puts it. Silicon Valley (where Facebook was raised, if not actually born) has a reverence for the founder-as-CEO, at least in part because of transformational stories like the rise of Steve Jobs at Apple. But is it always best to have a founder running a gigantic public company? Or does the founder mystique contain just as much potential for disaster as it does for success?

Given the kind of…

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