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Mark Zuckerberg loses $8 billion, is only the 36th richest person in America now

Silicon Valley gadabout and fencing enthusiast Mark Zuckerberg has fallen 22 spots in Forbes‘ annual list of the Richest People in America. This time last year, the Facebook founder was sitting pretty at number 14, with a net worth of $17.5 billion. In the new list, however, Zuckerberg’s net worth is listed at a measly $9.4 billion, where he’s forced to rub shoulders with blue-collar average nobodies like Steve Cohen and Charles Ergen. Adding further insult to injury, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page — Zuckerberg’s sworn enemies, presumably — have added almost $4 billion to their respective coffers and are currently tied for 13th place. Zuckerberg is actually tied with News Corp. overlord and beloved Twitter den mom Rupert Murdoch.

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Ricky Gervais-backed social media app Just Sayin lets you listen in, literally, on celebs' convos

One of the more delightful parts of social media has been watching famous people fight, or flirt, in public view. From the recent “four way” “fight” between Octavia Spencer, Retta, and Yvette Nicole Brown over Joe Manganiello, to the “dancing pig” spat of 2011 between Kirstie Alley and George Lopez, seeing bold-faced names go at it in real time over cyberspace has proven to be a fizzy new spectator sport for the 21st century.

But what if you could hear the fight as well as read it?

That’s the promise of Just Sayin’, a new, free, voice-based social media app that officially launches today. Backed by comedian Ricky Gervais — who’s a partner in the venture as well as its creative director — the app allows users to share voice- and video-based messages with their followers via their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, much like they would post a photo to Instagram. READ FULL STORY

'False!' Rainn Wilson explains why your inspirational quotes suck -- VIDEO

Rainn Wilson is not Dwight Schrute. He was born in Seattle, not on Schrute Farms, and he almost certainly did not perform his own circumcision; his middle name is Dietrich, not Kurt; and he has a normal relationship with a human woman, something Dwight’s never really managed to accomplish.

Still, there are many similarities between the actor and his most famous character. Both of them, for example, think the inspirational quotes you list as favorites on Facebook are stupid — and neither will hesitate to explain precisely why they’re so wrong.

Thus the following video, an entry in College Humor’s “Malarious” series. (They’re funny clips for a cause!) Watch as Schrute — er, Wilson — mercilessly takes down college students who dare to live for the nights they’ll never remember with the friends they’ll never forget. But try not to laugh — laughter indicates weakness.

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Mark Zuckerberg in first public appearance since IPO: 'Everything I do breaks'

Mark Zuckerberg — Facebook founder, architect of the digital human oversoul, and current Wall Street whipping boy — came onstage today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference, the first time he’s spoken publicly since Facebook’s IPO. You may remember that Facebook’s IPO was supposed to be the most exciting thing to ever happen to our economy, according to people who are supposed to understand how the economy works. Alas, Facebook’s IPO did not immediately transform our world into The Jetsons, and the stock price has consistently disappointed throughout the summer. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington didn’t waste time, immediately diving into questions about the stock. “The performance of the stock has obviously been disappointing,” he said, before quickly turning the conversation into the promise of Mobile Technology, which will definitely get the stock price to rise any day now, just you wait, oh just you wait. READ FULL STORY

Do Facebook political rants make you want to UnFriend?

This Nov. 17 is National UnFriend Day, the third annual holiday that encourages Facebook users to prune their roster of “Friends” of people they haven’t spoken to in 11 years, but nevertheless grant access to their online vacation photos. But with the Republican National Convention in full swing and the presidential campaign kicking in to high gear, it wouldn’t surprise me if many Facebook users are jumping the gun on the cleansing holiday.

Surely you’ve checked your Facebook account in the past two days to discover posts, links, and status updates related to the convention in Tampa, where Ann Romney, Chris Christie, and Paul Ryan have set the table for Mitt Romney to accept his party’s nomination for president tonight. Facebook is a forum that inspires great personal proclamations, sentiments we might be more reluctant to express in a real, face-to-face conversation. Looking at some of my Friends comments, I can’t decide if Facebook acts as an X-ray machine or a warping funhouse mirror. Some of the comments are so belligerent and obnoxious (and in many cases, misinformed) that one can’t help but feel to urge to… Unfriend. READ FULL STORY

Olympics coverage to feature 'Facebook Talk Meter,' so don't blow your status updates

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Today, the NBC Olympics division and Facebook will announce a deal that brings the conversations we’ll all be having (or at least “liking”) on Facebook when the Olympics start on July 27 to our TVs. According to The New York Times, a small staff of Facebook employees will be on hand in London to do some “data-crunching” and inform NBC what its users are talking about (ergo, “The Facebook Talk Meter”). NBC will then turn those hot topics into TV segments. I hope Bob Costas enjoys discussing swimmers’ abs!

The deal also involves NBC providing exclusive content for its NBC Olympics Facebook page and plugging a daily Facebook poll in primetime. Since NBCOlympics.com will stream every event live and have a ton of highlight videos, perhaps the most useful part of the collaboration will be the capability to let your Facebook friends know what you’re watching, so no one misses anything, like gymnast Gabby Douglas doing the Dougie as her “happy dance.” Watch it again below.  READ FULL STORY

Women rule Facebook, Twitter, while men dominate LinkedIn, Google+

Image credit: Mashable

The old adage that men are from Mars and women are from Venus needs to be amended to reflect the current social (media) climate. According to Mashable, women are from Facebook and Twitter, and men are from LinkedIn and Google+.

There is a gender divide in the social media world and women are queens of the universe. Women post more frequently on the major social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, and are more active on Zynga — the largest online gaming network. The majority of the women using Zynga — who comprise 60 percent of overall users — are over 55.

However, men rule the less-populated professional social networks, including Google+ and LinkedIn.

Males reign on Reddit (84 percent) and females control Pinterest (82 percent). Check out Mashable’s infographic to the right for more statistics.

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Twitter outage sparks Facebook, Google+ attacks

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Twitter was down. I repeat, Twitter was down! Not even the dreaded Fail Whale was on hand to comfort tweeters when the social-networking site failed to load for somewhere between one and two hours this afternoon. Though Alec Baldwin was probably wringing his hands, other social media sites experienced a bump as a temporary anti-Twitter coalition rejoiced in the site’s folly. READ FULL STORY

Which shows are 'exploding' in social media? Do you 'explode' onto social media while you watch TV?

I hope you’re not hurting yourself! A new study (DON’T FALL ASLEEP) suggests that social activity surrounding broadcast prime-time this April topped its level a year earlier by 194 percent. That means a whole lotta people were heading over to The Voice‘s “Sprint Lounge with Christina Milian” instead of heading over to the fridge for a snack.

You can read more about the numbers here, but I’m interested in reactions from those of you who never use social media at all. READ FULL STORY

Napster Duo Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker launch Airtime video chat app for Facebook

Net-repreneurs Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning — best known as the kids who invented Napster in the ’90s — revealed their latest creation on June 5, a Facebook app cum video social network called Airtime. In a technical-gaffe-laden media launch event in New York, a string of celebrities (Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Ed Helms, Jim Carrey, among others) played along as video chats failed, PCs rebooted, and an exasperated Parker shook his head — as any vet of tech launches knows, these things happen to the best of them.

After an extended intro from Jimmy Fallon, Parker took the mic and presented a compelling — if business pitch-like — slideshow stack, explaining the inspiration and rationale for their new product. Available now, Airtime is video chat built into Facebook that allows you to click on any of your connected friends from a list at the side of the screen and chat with them via web browser, with no extra software to install. While you are chatting, you can browse, share, or take items from”interests” fields, as well as videos you have “liked” and similar items from your profile (crucially, not music, though surely that’s not far off). The idea, Parker stressed, is that you’re experiencing shared content together at the same time, rather than most social network activities like commenting on posts or playing games, where the interaction is delayed as someone posts something and everyone else consumes it later.

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