25 Unmissable Social Media Articles To Read This Weekend - 6th Oct

Every week, we have a look at some of the biggest social media stories that are out there, sift through the thousands of articles on offer and bring you 25 stories that are worth your attention.

These are never breaking news stories, but rather some of the deepest thinkers and smartest minds from the world of technology and social media, offering their thoughts and views regarding the biggest stories of the week.

You won't make it through them all in one sitting, but it'll bring you up to speed with this week's happenings. So just sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy.

- How a rogue appeals court wrecked the patent system (Ars Technica)

- The new tracking frontier: Your license plates (The Wall Street Journal)

- Is Twitter good for democracy? (BBC News)

- Happy billion, Facebook! Now about that 'Chair' ad ... (AdAge Digital)

- Making your site sticky for both search and social users (Search Engine Land)

- Introducing the ability to follow thought leaders on LinkedIn

(LinkedIn Blog)

- How to look inside any building in the world (Gizmodo)

- Breaking down Apple's retail distribution strategy (All Things D)

- Facebook wants 'Like' button to be exempt from child privacy laws (C|net)

- Why consumers can't be bothered to use their phones to pay for things (Quartz)

- Japan's New Tech Generation (The New York Times)

- Facebook revamps its Help Center to actually give you the answers you want (The Next Web)

- The forgotten mapmaker: Nokia has better maps than Apple and maybe even Google (The Atlantic)

- Why I got fired from Facebook (a $100 million dollar lesson) (OkDork)

- Google announces new "Lightbox" ad format: Advertisers only pay when users expand the ad (TechCrunch)

- Facebook's 'Next Billion': A Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg

. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

- Apple Maps: The next turn (Counternotions)

- More mobile news consumers choosing web over apps (Forbes)

- Evasive action: How The Pirate Bay four dodged Swedish justice - for a while (Ars Technica)

- Internet radio needs a good fight - Walter Sabo (MediaBizBloggers.com)

- Analysis: YouTube alienates amateur users by courting pros. (Reuters)

- Facebook lays out all of its new targeting techniques in one easy-to-read blog post. (Forbes)

- The largest payment platform on Earth can reach 2 billion people - so why haven't you heard of it(Quartz)

- Why startups die (The Next Web)

- How Yahoo! is offering 'contextually relevant ads' for publishers (Journalism.co.uk)

Bonus Content

A list of blog posts from earlier this week that you may have missed.

- 25 ways to create a killer blog that will drive new business leads

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- Twitter competitions: The dos and don't.

- The blogger's guide to SEO & link building.

- The complete beginner's guide to web analytics.

- How to reclaim your Facebook news feed - 20 spring cleaning tips.

- Why social media has only just arrived.

- Getting the most out of real world events using social media.