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Hershey’s captures the holiday spirit with candy turkeys

This week is focused on the outcome of social media and the holiday sales in our weekly showcase of The Dachis Group’s Social Business Index.

Our focus is on three well-known brands – Best Buy, The Hershey Company and RIM – as analyzed by the team at the Dachis Group.

We’ll also take a glimpse at the top twenty brands on the Social Business Index, a real-time ranking of more than 30,000 global brands based on their performance in the social space, to see how the biggest brands in social are faring.

Will Microsoft save RIM?

My how the mighty have fallen.

RIM, once a household name thanks to the then-ubiquitous BlackBerry, has seen competitors, namely Apple, eat its lunch. And its future prospects look more and more bleak each day.

How much longer will Foursquare and Twitter continue with Blackberry app updates?

Blackberry apps may not have the greatest reputation in the world, but recent updates suggest that social networks haven’t given up on the old boy just yet.

Foursquare announced on Friday that it had upgraded its Blackberry app to make it “speedier” and improved the GPS logic.

But that’s not all – notifications will now delivered into the Blackberry inbox and new NFC capabilities mean users can “share places and tips among other BlackBerry and Android devices… with a simple tap of your phone.”

The updates come shortly after Twitter rolled out Promoted Tweets to Blackberry devices following similar updates on Android and iOS.

Nokia prepping its own iPad competitor

Today, Apple thoroughly dominates the tablet space, and a couple of other pseudo-competitors (Amazon and Barnes & Noble) arguably are successfully extending the tablet market by targeting individuals who aren’t as likely to buy an iPad.

Put another way: despite the efforts of companies like RIM and Samsung, only one non-content-oriented device maker sells a ton of tablets.

Apple announces March 7 iPad 3 event

Facing increased competition in the tablet space, Apple’s still-dominant iPad has been expected to receive a refresh next month.

Today, Apple made it official by announcing an iPad-related event for March 7.

Android takes 52.5% of smartphone market

According to figures released today, Android has doubled its market share of worldwide smartphone sales in Q3 of 2011. 

The stats from Gartner show quite astonishing growth, as 52.5% of all smartphones sold in this period were built on the Android OS, up from just over 25% in the same period a year ago.