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Metia:Reload - The Christmas Countdown Starts Now

The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun - here are some of the big marketing stories of the week.

Instagram on Windows Phone

The Windows Phone platform gets a shot in the arm with the launch of an official Instagram app. There have been unofficial apps available, but the launch of an official one has been much anticipated. Microsoft is competing with Google and Apple in a highly competitive smartphone market.

XBox One VS Playstation 4 - the war begins

In the red corner you have Sony with the PS4, a gamer's machine that costs less and has some powerful next-generation technology under the hood. In the blue corner there's Microsoft and the Xbox One, with its Kinect technology looking to change the way we think about consoles in the living room. Who wins? You decide.

Twitter Custom Timelines have arrived

Twitter introduces new functionality which allows you to create feeds with content that you choose through drag-and-drop on Tweetdeck. Unlike Lists, it allows you to filter out irrelevant conversation and hone in on the content you're interested in. For more information, check out Matt Moran's blog post.

'Selfie' is the word of 2013
 
The earliest known usage of the word was in a 2002 Australian online forum post, according to Oxford Dictionaries. "Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie."