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Twitter co-founder to reveal 'life lessons' in new book

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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is to serve up some 'life lessons' in a new book about his career as a technology entrepreneur.

The 38-year-old has agreed a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write Things a Little Bird Told Me, encouraging others to follow in his footsteps.

Grand Central's executive editor Ben Greenberg told Reuters that the book would "reveal how his creativity works and will help readers apply those principles to their own lives".

Stone founded Twitter in 2006 with Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey, as a microblogging site allowing users to post messages of up to 140 characters about anything and everything.

The social network now has around 140m active users worldwide, and Bloomberg reported last week that the company is expected to generate at least $1bn (£1.25bn) in revenue by 2014.

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Stone remains the creative director of Twitter, but he also helped create and launch social networking site Xanga, blogging site Blogger and, most recently, The Obvious Corporation, which aims to help people work together to improve the world.

"I've found that my experiences resonate with a very wide array of individuals at different stages in their lives," he said in a statement.

"I'm excited to create a physical artefact to share the lessons I've learned."

Stone has previously published two books on blogging - 2002's Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content and 2004's Who Let the Blogs Out.

Things a Little Bird Told Me will be published in April 2014.

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Meanwhile, Twitter has acquired the key assets of Nclud, a web design startup, for an undisclosed amount.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed in an email that the deal involves Nclud's intellectual property (IP) and not an outright acquisition of the company.

"I can confirm that some members of the Nclud team now work at Twitter," the spokesperson said. "Twitter did not acquire Nclud, the company, but we did acquire their IP."

The Washington-based Nclud has designed web and mobile app screen interfaces for clients including Oracle, Puma and the National Journal.

Nclud co-founder Martin Ringlein announced in a tweet that he is now the new design manager for Twitter.

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