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Latest Scam Claims Facebook is Deleting Accounts

Haven't you ever heard the old adage, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"? Well it doesn't just apply to things that are "good" -- it works for just about anything that sounds a bit unbelievable, like that Facebook is going to close all user accounts. It's not gonna happen. That hasn't stopped a new scam from spreading via a rogue app that posts the following message to your...

Turn Your Friends Into Stock With Empire Avenue's Social Game

Social networking is a numbers game. Not only do you try to get the "right" amount of friends on Facebook and a good follower/followed ratio on Twitter, but it's all about wielding some social currency: who knows whom, where you get invited, if you'll get the scoop on the latest celeb death. Nowadays, social networking is quantifying the power of your friendships. But talking analytics will...

Twitter's New Homepage Signals a Maturing Service

Twitter is rolling out a new homepage, which suggests a subtle shift in focus for the service. The new landing page asks you to "follow your interests," with a strip of suggested accounts that lean heavily toward news services and "industry experts." Overall, the design is cleaner and more mature, making it clear that Twitter wants to see itself as a serious destination for information....

MySpace, Apparently Still Around, Loses 10 Million Users in Month

MySpace -- wait, what? yes -- lost more than 10 million users in a matter of weeks. ComScore reported the drop came in a single month, between January and February. The fall follows a larger trend; the social network has bled some 50 million users in the last year. The timing has a bit of chicken/egg feel to it, these numbers come right on the heels of January's massive layoffs, when nearly...

Facebook Questions Gets Revamped as Polling Service

Back in July, Facebook launched Questions, a feature meant to take on reigning Q&A kings Quora, Aardvark and Yahoo! Answers. Saying that it fell short is being polite. Now the service is relaunching in a form that's nothing like its original targets. The new Questions is limited to friends and provides responses in an easy to read poll format. You can check it out now at...

Facebook Status Update Thwarts Armed Robbery

We think of Facebook as a lot of things, but life-saving is usually not one of them. But the social network was the lifeline for 20-year-old Nitesh Bhakta and his family, who found themselves in the midst of an armed robbery last week in Cartersville, G.A. The University of Georgia student was sitting in his room at home when he heard his grandmother scream. He opened the door to his room and...

Over 200,000 Partygoers RSVP to Facebook Sweet 16

Posting an event on Facebook used to be a quick and convenient way to let your friends know where a party was, or when your band was performing. Now it's becoming a good way to hand your home address over to thousands of anonymous strangers. An Australian girl joined an exclusive league of Facebook event planners who saw thousands of revelers RSVP to their low-key parties. The girl sent the...

41% of Facebook Users Willing to Serve Up Personal Info to Complete Strangers

Security firm Sophos has proven once again that, despite most of the attention and scorn being focused on companies like Facebook and Google, you are your own worst enemy when it comes to online security. The company ran an experiment in which it sent an invite to 200 randomly selected accounts to befriend one Freddi Staur -- an anagram for "ID fraudster." Of those 200 people 82 accepted the...

NBA Referee Slams AP Writer With Twitter Defamation Lawsuit

An NBA referee has filed a defamation lawsuit against an Associated Press reporter over an accusation the reporter made on Twitter. During a Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets game on January 24th, AP writer Jon Krawczynski wrote, "Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he'd 'get it back' after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That's NBA officiating folks." Rambis is the...

Ann Curry Reunites Tsunami Victim and Family With the Aid of Twitter

Canon Purdy had just arrived the town of Minamisanriku, Japan when the deadly tsunami tore through the area, leaving more than half of its residents missing. Canon's sister, Megan Walsh, was desperate to find her; with the phone lines down, she turned to the Web for help. Megan began firing off tweets, both to the Internet at large and to specific media outlets, like CNN and the Japan Times,...

Don't Propose With Stolen Rings (and Don't Post About It on Facebook)

People, people! How many times do we have to go over this? If you do something illegal, don't post it on Facebook. It ain't exactly rocket science. Today's very special lesson comes via Pennsylvania, where a young man gave his betrothed a stolen diamond ring (classy!) that she very quickly took to bragging about on the Intertubes. "Look what Robby gave me I love him so much," Crystal...

Big Boi and Foursquare Offer 'Golden Tickets' to SXSW Attendees

Foursquare fanatics at SXSW may want to start following Big Boi before heading out on the town and checking in from absolutely everywhere. The less-eccentric half of Outkast is running a promotion with the location-based social network, and handing out "golden tickets" to his Austin show. It appears the ticket-winning badges will be awarded randomly to Big Boi followers in Austin -- but only...

'Situationist' App Asks Strangers To Touch You

Call me a jaded, anti-social New Yorker, but I spend an awful lot of my time avoiding awkward situations with complete strangers. So the 'Situationist' app for iPhone -- which allows you to upload a picture, geo-tag yourself and choose things that are "acceptable" for a stranger to do to you -- makes me a bit nervous. Sure, it might be a nice icebreaker to have an anonymous person come up to...

Michigan Attorney Sues Facebook Over Lost Primary, Just Wants an Apology

Michigan attorney Majed Moughni challenged John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress, in the Republican primary last year, but ended up coming in fourth. Moughni isn't satisfied to let that be the end of the story, however. Some seven months after his loss, Moughni has filed suit against Facebook, claiming that social network may have cost him the election when it unceremoniously...

Students Face Expulsion For Calling Teacher Pedophile on Facebook

A 13-year old Georgia girl is facing expulsion and relocation to an "alternative school" after she called one of her teachers a pedophile on Facebook. The girl, Alejandra Sosa, and two of her classmates who commented on the post must now go before a disciplinary tribunal for what Chapel Hill Middle School calls a "level one" offense: the worst category of transgression in the student handbook....