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Facebook and Republican party team for debates. Do you 'like' this?

These days, it seems Democrats tend to be more technologically plugged-in than Republicans. Whether it’s iPhone-owner President Obama holding a Twitter town hall or ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner sexting college coeds, typing on smart phones just seems to be something donkeys do better than elephants.

Still, the GOP needs the youth vote, so today the Republican party announced they’d be holding their first-ever Facebook debate sometime next year before the New Hampshire primary. The historic event, moderated by Meet the Press’ David Gregory, will be streamed live on Facebook and users will be able to give instant feedback (which should come in handy should Michele Bachmann attempt to speak Yiddish again). READ FULL STORY

Google+: Google's new social network. Be afraid, Facebook.

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Yesterday, I felt like a freshman in college again. Not because I started re-watching the second season of The O.C. (OMG Marissa’s chair throw!), but because I joined a new social network. But this time around, the network didn’t involve the words “face” or “book.” (Or “Zuckerberg” or “Friend” or even “a billion dollars.”) Instead, it was Google+, the search engine’s latest answer to Facebook.

You may recall Google trying out Buzz a year ago, a program that enabled users to post updates similar to Facebook. Unfortunately, that seemingly nifty idea turned out to be an uninspired one, and the program died a less dignified death than Friendster. But Google+ is a far more logical competitor to Facebook — with a set-up that’s very similar to our favorite online distraction, Google+ allows users to scroll through friends’ profiles, post status updates, and comment on friends’ pictures and postings.

So what makes it different — and more of a draw — than Facebook? READ FULL STORY

Facebook temporarily suspends Roger Ebert's account after Ryan Dunn tweets

Roger Ebert’s Facebook account was shut down briefly this morning after people complained about his posts regarding Jackass star Ryan Dunn, who died Monday morning in a car accident along with his friend Zachary Hartwell after a night at a local West Chester, Pa., bar. “Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks,” tweeted Ebert, “Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad.”

Facebook reinstated Ebert’s account after about an hour, and a spokesperson for the social network said the discipline action had been an error. READ FULL STORY

Facebook traffic is down. Do you have Facebook fatigue?

You objected when Facebook added the News Feed. But you still returned to see if your ex was still in a relationship. You protested when Facebook added hyperlinks to all of your interests. But you still logged on to check out your friend’s wedding photo album. You revolted every single time Facebook decided to launch a slight redesign. But you still came back to comment on your friend’s picture of her cat in a pirate costume. (Just me? Okay.) But, now, all of a sudden, it looks like Facebook users have slapped the social networking site with a big “Dislike.” According to Inside Facebook, in the month of May alone, “membership” went down from 155.2 million to 149.4 million in the U.S., meaning almost 6 million users decided to not utilize the social networking site throughout the month. May 2011, in fact, marks the first time Facebook has lost users in the U.S.

So what kept you from using Facebook this month? Do you have Facebook fatigue? READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga edges Oprah atop 'Forbes' Celebrity 100 list

Forbes placed the singer at the top of its Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the most powerful people in the entertainment business.

Let’s not quibble too much with Forbes‘ methodology, which credits celebs with the strongest web presence. In this case, they might be confusing simple popularity and crass self-promotion with real power, but let’s move on. Oprah, who earned $290 million in the last 12 months, ranked second, and Justin Bieber debuted on the list in the third spot. READ FULL STORY

Facebook and Warner Bros. start streaming partnership with 'The Dark Knight'; How's it measure up to Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix?

Today, Warner Bros. announced a potentially landmark deal to stream complete films through Facebook, kicking off the plan with The Dark Knight. Facebook users pay $3, or “30 Facebook Credits,” to rent the film for 48 hours, and you watch it on Facebook. Warner Bros. is promising an interactive movie experience. How does streaming a film on the social network compare to your other online streaming options? We checked out The Dark Knight on Facebook and compared it to Amazon, Hulu, and, of course, Netflix, and asked a question: Are any of these streaming options better than just paying for the films on iTunes? READ FULL STORY

T-Pain gets a Facebook tattoo. Okay, sure.

T-Pain got a Facebook tattoo, which he tweeted about last night. Hey, a sentence that would have been completely meaningless just a few years ago! Anyway, yeah, T-Pain totally got a Facebook tat, writing “I think this ones pretty sweet, unless facebook shuts down soon 0_o.”

Look, everyone’s tattoo seems dumb to someone, and the whole point of this ink is, ostensibly, to show off T-Pain’s imperviousness to outside opinion. So even if I were to give it a big thumbs down, or :( times infinity, it wouldn’t really matter. Plus it has nothing on Gucci Mane’s ice cream cone face tattoo.

So go ahead, PopWatchers. Thumbs up?

Mark Zuckerberg, please do a cameo on 'SNL' this weekend

mark-zuckerbergsImage Credit: Kim White/Getty Images; Merrick Morton; Dana Edelson/NBCMark Zuckerberg might make a cameo on the Jesse Eisenberg-hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, according to the New York Post. Do it, Zuck! Do it. NBC had no comment, and Facebook didn’t respond to our inquiry.

Being able to laugh at oneself on SNL is a hallmark of both good sportsmanship and mainstream megacelebrity. Andy Samberg has already shown off a pretty great Zuckerberg impression, so it seems like the natural thing to do is to have all three do a Weekend Update segment together, no? That, or have Zuckerberg dress up as Aaron Sorkin and take some potshots. Either way, count me in.

Wave your magical Lorne Michaels wand, PopWatchers, and let’s hear it: What would you have the Facebook founder do on SNL this weekend?

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New law targets fake celebrity Twitter and Facebook pages. Phony Nick Noltes beware!

Chuck-Norris-NolteImage Credit: Florian Seefried/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/PRThe authorities are cracking down on social media, folks! There’s a new law in California that prohibits impersonating another individual online for the purposes of “harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding a person.” Interesting. So your plan to create a phony Justin Bieber account and accumulate a few million screeching Twitter followers could get you tossed in the slammer?! And what about fake celeb tweeters like @ChuckNorris_ and @Nick_Nolte? Are the authorities coming after them? Not necessarily, says L.A. entertainment lawyer Alonzo Wickers. “If someone online is doing an impersonation that’s clearly humorous and designed to mock or ridicule the celebrity, I don’t think that’s going to be made illegal by this new bill,” he explains. READ FULL STORY

Facebook now valued at $50 billion. Mark Zuckerberg surely likes this.

mark-zuckerbergImage Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesFacebook is now worth $50 billion to Goldman Sachs, thanks to a new deal in which the Wall Street megafirm and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies invested $500 million in the social networking site, placing its valuation at $50 billion. Billion! The mind reels. That still puts it behind Google ($190 billion) and Amazon ($83 billion), but it’s ahead of eBay and Yahoo. And it’s about 20 times more than AOL.

This staggering valuation comes on the heels of a new report that says Facebook was the most-visited site from the United Sates in 2010, topping Google for the first time. It was also the most searched term, which is heartbreaking, because that means people are apparently unable simply to go to their address bars and type in “facebook.com.” I live in a nation of strangers.

Valuation, traffic — it’s all lovely for Facebook or whatever. I just really hope this means FB is ready to roll out its version of drop.io already. Some of us have some large files to share, guys!

Put on yer banker hats and let’s hear it, PopWatchers: Do you think $50 billion is the current value of all of Facebook’s future cash flows? [NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Wired]

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