Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/13/2013 2:13 pm

Online shopping is getting as simple as tweeting a hashtag. That's because American Express has now teamed up with Twitter to turn the social media site into a checkout line. To start shopping, American Express customers sync their cards with a Twitter account. Members can buy products by tweeting certain hashtags - they then get a reply confirmation hashtag and an email. Once customers confirm the purchase, their card is charged and the goods will be on their way to them.

A rep for Bill Cosby says there's a statement circulating online that's falsely attributed to the comedian. The statement is posted on Facebook and titled "I'm 83 and I'm Tired." It attempts to claim that Cosby says he's worked his whole life and is tired of people arguing that there is a need to redistribute wealth to low income communities. Cosby's rep says the statement has been out there for a while and is completely "bogus."

If you've got nearly $10,000 to spare, then what may be the ultimate smartphone could be yours. Vertu unveiled its Vertu Ti luxury smartphone this week. It has a sapphire-crystal screen which the company says is virtually scratchproof, along with a titanium casing. It also has a concierge available at the touch of a button. And in a sign of separation from its former parent, Nokia, Vertu chose Android for the operating system, rather than Windows, which Nokia uses. The starting price is $9,600. And design options can push the price up to nearly $20,000.

New Post: American Express syncs with Twitter. Gimmick or new social commerce platform?

American Express users may be able to buy a Kindle Fire with a tweet. $AXP is experimenting with Twitter purchases:

RT @Global_LEAD: “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

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Meet The Vertu Ti: The $10,000 Android Smartphone That Is Not The Best At Anything

Vertu's new Android smartphone is handmade in England, costs $10,000
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