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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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Zynga hit with investigation over questionable stock sell-off

Zynga hit with investigation over questionable stock sell-off

Things just went from bad to worse for some of the folks at Zynga. Earlier this week the company delivered a less-than-stellar quarterly financial report, and now Ars Technica is reporting that some executives and shareholders are under investigation for dumping over $500 million in stock before the bad news hit and Zynga's stock price took a dive. In other words, a few Zynga higher-ups could be in a whole lot of trouble.

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Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Enough with that silly fake money in Farmville and the lack of real-world thrills in Zynga Poker. The country's favorite social game company is looking to expand into the world of sin and will offer a poker game that allows players to gamble actual money sometime in the first half of 2013. However, don't expect it to be hosted - or perhaps even playable - in the US, where online gambling is all but expunged due to several state laws banning the practice.

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