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Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

It's really not a surprise when you're told that people spend a lot of time on social media. We all know that Facebook has over a billion users, and that all these statistics that get thrown around of how many photos users share on social networking sites are just a fancy way of saying, "people are using social media." However, it turns out that Americans are collectively spending over two billion hours on social media, every month.

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Facebook gets the banhammer in Tajikistan

Facebook gets the banhammer in Tajikistan

Social media, while home to endless cat pictures and game updates, is an excellent medium for voicing social discontent and advocating against authority, whatever that authority may be. Such is the case in politics, where citizens voice their opinion on social media networks to reach a larger audience. Now Facebook has received the proverbial banhammer in Tajikistan, which has blocked access to the website due to "mud and slander."

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Facebook to end user voting on privacy issues

Facebook to end user voting on privacy issues

If you've been a long-time Facebook user, then you know how controversial some of the privacy updates have been on the social networking site. The company launched its current site governance model in 2009, which gave users the right to vote on privacy policy issues. However, Facebook is now proposing to get rid of that system, saying that Facebook has outgrown the old model.

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Zynga reportedly handed out stock to keep workers from leaving

Zynga reportedly handed out stock to keep workers from leaving

Things haven't been looking good for Zynga lately. Not only has its stock dropped by a pretty large amount since it went public in December, but it's apparently had to offer incentives to keep its employees from leaving. Bloomberg reports that the company was forced to hand out stock to prevent what analyst Arvind Bhatia calls a "mass exodus," which certainly makes things seem dire for the social games giant.

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Google announces Wildfire acquisition

Google announces Wildfire acquisition

Google announced today that it has purchased Wildfire, a social media marketing startup. Wildfire is only four years old, and since its inception its been helping businesses keep track of their presence across various social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Neither company is talking about how much Google paid for Wildfire, but AllThingsD says that sources close to the deal reckon the amount is somewhere around $250 million.

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Apple apparently seeking strategic Twitter investment

Apple apparently seeking strategic Twitter investment

Apple is reportedly planning to make a huge splash in the social networking arena, but it doesn't want to build something from the ground up. It would be impossible to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, so apparently the company is willing to dole out a bucket of money to Twitter and become a strategic partner with the microblogging site.

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