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Google+ Reaches 20 Million Users in 2 Weeks

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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Google+, the new social media startup from the search engine giant, is reported to have reached more than 20 million users a short 2 weeks after opening registration on an invitation-only basis.  According to MSNBC, it took Facebook and Twitter more than 2 years to reach the same level of membership.  However, the startup still has a ways to go to catch up with Facebook’s current 750 million users and Twitter’s 200 million.

Learn more about Google+ in this YouTube video.  If you’re intrigued, you can take an interactive tour and find out about registering on the Google+ website.

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Welcome to FarmVille

Monday, November 08th, 2010

If you’ve never heard of FarmVille, then maybe you’ve been living on an actual farm without a computer for the past few years.  FarmVille isn’t an actual place – it’s a virtual farm environment hosted on Facebook and available as an app in iPhones and Android phones.  A reported 60 million people own virtual farms in FarmVille, where they plow, plant, grow and harvest virtual crops.  There are currently more FarmVille virtual farmers in the U.S. than there are real farmers.

FarmVille is free to play on Facebook, but many players choose to pay real money to buy virtual goods for their farms.  Zygna, the developer of FarmVille, is a privately-owned company rumored to be worth $5.5 billion.

Find out about all the Zygna games on the Zygna website.  You can see how a serious FarmVille fan explain why she loves the game in this YouTube video:

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Facebook Spammer ordered to pay Humongous Fine

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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A federal court has awarded Facebook $711 million in damages from spammer Sanford Wallace, who was convicted of hitting the social networking site with millions of spam messages staring in November of 2008. Wallace, notoriously named the Spam King, accessed members’ accounts without their permission and created phony wall posts and messages. The judge in the case requested that Wallace also be prosecuted for criminal contempt. Facebook’s legal team said they don’t expect to collect the full award but hope this will serve as a deterrent to other spammers. This was the second large award Facebook has received in a court case with a spammer.  Read more about it in the Computerworld website.

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