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The next battleground in social networking is measuring influence, not just winning users. Twitter's acquisition of social-media analysis company BackType illustrates that trend.
Too busy to keep up with today's tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Tuesday, July 5.
At the TechCrunch Disrupt show today, the microblogging service announces an analytics service for publishers--especially publishers of the 3 million sites that use the "tweet" button.
Bagcheck co-founder Sam Pullara will join the engineering team, but Twitter says it's too soon to say whether Bagcheck will be incorporated into the social network.
Twitter records its millionth registered third-party app, up from 150,000 a year ago, and revamps its developers portal to try to keep the trend going.
It's been a big two weeks in social networking. Google+ launched, MySpace got sold, and Facebook launched video chat. To discuss the new landscape, Rafe Needleman talks with Inside Facebook's Josh Constine and MIT Tech Review's Erica Naone.
Today on Buzz Out Loud, we preview tomorrow's "awesome" Facebook announcement -- and we hope it's not just Skype integration. Microsoft is getting in bed with Baidu in China, but Cisco is getting in a much dirtier bed with China's government, helping build a massive surveillance system that we're sure will just be used to hand out traffic tickets. Plus, is #antisec officially in a world of hurt? We'll see.
Also: The creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is answering questions from fans on Hulu's official blog; BackType has raised $300,000 and released new features; and more.