AllThingsD Week in Review: WhatsApp vs. Bullshit Metrics and Apple’s Tearjerker Ad

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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How Is Facebook Home Really Doing?

The social giant discloses some early stats on Facebook Home. Prognosis? Who knows.
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Evan Williams’s Advice to Start-Ups: Don’t Be Too Data-Driven

Don’t look at stats all the time, says the Twitter and Blogger founder. Fight the dragons and go through the dark forest.
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Andreessen and Mixpanel Call for an End to “Bullshit Metrics”

If you tilt your head 20 degrees to the right and squint just so, you’ll see that we’re huge!
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The Debut of Yahoo CEO Mayer: “Tailor-Made” for Marissa

The troubled Silicon Valley Internet giant apparently fits her like a glove.
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Exclusive: Zynga’s Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu Exits to Start a New Company

Zynga loses another high-level employee, but this time is keeping him close by investing in Mike Verdu’s new start-up.
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Tenuous Relationship With Twitter Aside, Flipboard Reminds Us It’s Alive and Well

Two years down the road, and Flipboard seems to be doing well. Will it be able to say the same if Twitter drops the hammer and cuts off access to tweets?
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Merchants Say Fine-Tuned Daily Deals Are Starting to Pay Off

It may have taken some time, but daily deals sites have started to tweak the experience, leading to better results for merchants, according to a new study.
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Time on Site: A Terrible Metric?

What’s sad to me is that Google used to pride itself on the speed with which it helped you find the information you want, and then get out of the way. “Time on site” is a terrible metric for an information utility!

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Bing's Search Share Is Growing? Must Be All Those "Hiybbprqag" Searches, Eh Google?

Some encouraging new search metrics for Bing. Experian Hitwise data for January shows Microsoft’s search engine with 12.81 percent of the market, up from 10.6 percent in December–-a 21 percent gain. Add to that the 14.62 percent share claimed by the now-powered-by-Bing Yahoo, and Bing’s got more than a quarter of the U.S. search market.

Indian Start-Up Turns Texts Into Dollars

Myspace: A Place for Facebook Friends

Bing Hot on Yahoo’s Heels