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Mark Zuckerberg's Adorable Puppy Gets a Facebook Page

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and world's youngest billionaire, just got a new puppy -- and OMG it's super-cute. It's even cute enough to have its own Facebook fan page, with almost 2,000 'Likes.' We bet your dog isn't that cute. To be fair, your dog is probably not a 2-month-old ball of fluff named Beast. Of course, Zuck wasted no time violating the poor puppy's privacy, posting photos...

'Angry Birds' Migrating to Facebook This March

By now, it's pretty clear that no platform is safe from the 'Angry Birds.' According to All Facebook, a new version of the game will debut on Facebook sometime in March. It's unclear exactly what new features the Facebook version of the pig-smashing, flying birds game will have, but Rovio CEO Mikael Hed's use of the word "collaborative" to describe it suggests a new social component. In a...

@CharlieSheen Sets Guinness World Record, Makes TwitPic Over $10,000

Share Charlie Sheen has, to put it politely, gone off the rails. And, as tabloid-loving Americans, we can't turn away from this train wreck, who seems to be taking every opportunity put himself in the spotlight. After several recent, soon-to-be infamous radio and television interviews, Sheen took his quest to never shut up to the next logical venue: Twitter. His debut on the microblogging...

Homeless Man Uses Prepaid Phone, Twitter to Find Estranged Daughter

A homeless man in New York City used a prepaid cell phone to sign-up for a Twitter account and find his estranged daughter. Daniel Morales was given the phone by the Unheard in New York project, which uses social networking to give a voice to the city's homeless. On Wednesday, Morales tweeted that he was looking for his daughter, as well as his phone number and a picture of her at age 16....

Twitter, Tumblr Copycat Sites Gain Popularity in China

As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that's true, Twitter and Tumblr should be very flattered by the Chinese copycat sites Sina Weibo and DianDian, which have plucked ideas and designs from the microblogging networks. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sina Weibo has eclipsed Twitter as China's leading microblogging site. Mirae Asset Securities estimates...

Has Sarah Palin's Secret Facebook Page Been Uncovered?

Wonkette believes that it may have uncovered the private Facebook page of Sarah Palin. While reading through a leaked copy of a memoir by a Palin staffer, the D.C. gossip blog noticed that a personal e-mail address of the former Alaskan governor had accidentally been left unredacted. They punched the address into Facebook and voilà: an account for one Lou Sarah ("Lou" maybe being short...

Uniqlo Launches a Facebook-Based Street Style Site

When Uniqlo opened in New York, suddenly everyone had a place to shop for affordable, well-made jeans and tops. But, as with with anything in this city that is stylish and affordable, those pieces quickly became ubiquitous, leaving fashionistas to pair the store's basics with their own accoutrements. To celebrate this exploration of style, Uniqlo -- a company that has long been a proponent of new...

The Youth Choose Twitter Over Blogs

Blogging platforms and personal blogs have both seen dips in traffic with the emergence of Twitter and Facebook. Services like Blogger and LiveJournal, which cater to a younger crowd focused on sharing thoughts and experiences with others, have borne the brunt of the decline. A Pew Research Center poll found that the percentage of 12- to 17-year-olds with blogs had fallen by half since 2006, to...

Maryland Dept. of Corrections Demands Applicants' Facebook Passwords

According to the ACLU (and most rational human beings), The Maryland Department of Corrections crossed a line when it demanded that Officer Robert Collins (who tells his story in the video after the break) turn over his Facebook password during a job interview. As part of the department's background check procedures, all new applicants and those seeking recertification are required to turn over...

Tunisian Interior Ministry Joins Facebook

If you were a formally feared instrument of repression in a recently toppled Middle Eastern regime, how would you go about putting a friendlier face on your agency? Apparently Tunisia's Interior Ministry, once a weapon wielded by the country's leader, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, thinks that Facebook is the key. Adopting one of the favorite tools of the revolution, the Interior Ministry has...

#Jan25 Tweets Become Moving Work of Data Art

André Panisson, who works at data visualization software company Gephi, got lucky while experimenting with a script for tracking tweets. He tracked posts with the hashtag #jan25, just before and right after the announcement of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's resignation. The result is the stunning, pulsating spider web of connected tweets....

'Terrible Movie Night' Recaptures That MST3K Magic via Twitter

The geekier among you probably have fond memories of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000.' But attempts to recapture that magic through projects like RiffTrax (featuring MST3K's Mike Nelson) and Cinematic Titanic (created by original MST3K cast members, including Joel Hodgson) have fallen short. Philip Bump is hoping that his efforts to update the formula with social media can put the spark back into...

When Should I Visit? Lets You Avoid People With Foursquare

Most people use Foursquare to find out where their friends are hanging out (or simply to claim bragging rights as the "mayor" of Donnie's Pizza and Tacos). But the location based network can actually be useful for those of us not interested in earning badges or socializing with people. Admitted anti-socialite Dan Williams created When Should I Visit, a site that tracks Foursquare check-ins for...

Gay Hookup App Grindr Targeting Straight Women Next

The popular gay hookup app Grindr is getting ready to go straight. The stripped-down social network uses geolocation to connect gay men near each other, who might be interested in meeting. The company's founder, Joel Simkhai, told the Guardian that he had received "tens of thousands" of requests from women to create a heterosexual, female-friendly version of the service. The codenamed Project X...

Foodily Lets You Share Recipes, Menus on Facebook

Our grandparents and parents kept their recipes written on index cards, but when we need to plan a meal, there are thousands of easily accessible recipes indexed online. Honestly, it's overwhelming to browse them -- let alone, to decide on a menu. But Foodily, a new site that aggregates recipes from all over the Web, aims to make planning a meal easier with Facebook integration and an...