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Turn Your Friends Into Stock With Empire Avenue's Social Game

Social networking is a numbers game. Not only do you try to get the "right" amount of friends on Facebook and a good follower/followed ratio on Twitter, but it's all about wielding some social currency: who knows whom, where you get invited, if you'll get the scoop on the latest celeb death. Nowadays, social networking is quantifying the power of your friendships. But talking analytics will...

Hedge Fund Turns to Twitter for Trading Model

Derwent Capital Markets, a British "investment boutique" with roughly $39 million tied up in its Derwent Absolute Return Fund, is turning to a unique source to determine its trades. Using research performed at Indiana University, Derwent will be basing its trades on Twitter posts. In October, researchers at the university declared that, by monitoring Twitter for mentions of certain words, they...

Steve Ballmer Bemoans iPad Success, Kanye Interrupts Our Twitter

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Perhaps still despondent over the Courier execution, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly acknowledged that Apple has "sold certainly more [iPads] than I'd like them to have sold." [From: Engadget] Kanye West embarked on an extensive Twitter ramble this week (containing awesomely convoluted references to Kool Aid smiles,...

Hedge Fund Managers Look to Get Ahead With Twitter

Twitter just keeps changing the way our world operates. You can use the microblogging site to speak directly to government officials, engage in church worship services, and even participate in science experiments. There's really no quicker way on the Web to get information. Now, stock traders are using the site to keep an eye on the market, according to The Telegraph. Thanks to Streambase, an...