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City Workers Banned From Facebook -- After Spending 572 Hours On It


It's no secret that Facebook is productivity's biggest enemy. With all those gifts to send, games to play, and friends to stalk, there's no time for work once you log in to the social networking site. While many offices and schools have caught onto this, it took one British city council a little longer than most.

According to The Daily Mail, the Portsmouth City Council recently banned the staff of 4,500 at its town hall from using Facebook, after discovering that employees spent an average of 413 hours per month perusing the site. Not only were these Brits spending a jaw-dropping amount of time logged-in, but they were also logging in often -- about 270,000 times a month. Things really spiraled out of control this past July, when the staff totaled 572 hours and 38 minutes, or 71 working days, on Facebook, even though they were only supposed to visit the site during lunch or after work. That's taxpayers' money hard at work, folks.

While the site has been blocked, the staff can apply to access Facebook only if it's necessary to complete their job (although it'd be hard to imagine too many instances where this would apply). This ban is a commendable effort by the local government, but the council shouldn't forget that there are plenty of other ways to waste time on the Internet -- Youtube, Hulu, eBay, Switched... [From: The Daily Mail]
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Web's Biggest Time Hogs
There's no question that the Internet saves us time, thanks to services such as e-mail, Google Maps and FreshDirect to name just a few. So, what are people doing with their newly found free time? They're wasting it on the Internet playing games, Twittering away, browsing for movies, updating blogs and looking for love. Without further ado, here are the Web's top time sucks.
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Death of Print

    Elle Girl
    In April 2006, Elle Girl's print edition was closed down, but the Web site lives on at ellegirl.com.

    CosmoGirl
    Though it will be folded into Seventeen magazine, the teen version of Cosmopolitan will publish its last print issue in December 2008. It will live on at CosmoGirl.com.

    Christian Science Monitor
    Founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, this venerable paper will move all its daily content to the Web starting in 2009, though it will still publish a weekly print version.

    Radar Magazine
    Was it too snarky for its own good? We'll never know, but this modern-day successor to '80s-era Spy magazine shut down in October. AMI, owner of the National Enquirer, bought RadarOnline.com, however, which will focus on celebrity gossip a la TMZ.com.

    US News and World Report
    Once a serious competitor to Time and Newsweek, US News and World Report is now best known for its College guides, which it will continue to publish. The weekly newsmagazine, however, will be turned into a monthly, and all daily operations are moving to the Web at usnews.com.


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