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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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2010: The Year of Betty White

Betty-White-bookImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesLast Jan. 23, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Betty White received the organization’s Life Achievement Award. After being introduced by Sandra Bullock, her “plain” co-star from the summer hit, The Proposal, White regaled the crowd with a delightful acceptance speech before concluding, “This is the highest point of my professional life.”

But that prestigious honor was before she starred in the Super Bowl’s best commercial, before the successful Facebook crusade brought White to Saturday Night Live, before her SNL show in May became the most-watched episode in 18 months, before she became the “breakout” star of the new TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, before she guest-starred in NBC’s comedy, Community, and before she became the hero of her very own comic book. So is there any doubt why the 88-year-old superstar edged Glee, Conan O’Brien, James Cameron, the Apple iPad, and Jon Stewart to be named the 2010 AP Entertainer of the Year? And the White-Out is still rolling: Next month, she’ll return to the SAG Awards, where she’s competing against the likes of Tina Fey and Jane Lynch for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy. What a year. What a lady.

(This has to bode well for Ernest Borgnine, who’s slated to receive this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award. Or perhaps it’s time for another Mary Tyler Moore Show alum to shine: Ed Asner (Up) is coming back to television to star in CMT’s Working Class.)

What was your favorite Betty White moment of 2010? And what oldie-but-goodie star would you most like to see soar in 2011?

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Mark Zuckerberg named TIME's Person of the Year

mark-zuckerbergImage Credit: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year, and the 26-year-old billionaire talked to the magazine about himself, his company’s future, and that blockbuster movie about his life. “I found it funny what details they focused on getting right in [The Social Network],” Zuckerberg told TIME. “I think I owned every single T-shirt that they had me wearing. But the biggest thing that thematically they missed is the concept that you would have to want to do something — date someone or get into some final club — in order to be motivated to do something like this. It just like completely misses the actual motivation for what we’re doing, which is, we think it’s an awesome thing to do.”

Zuckerberg edged out the Tea Party, Julian Assange, Hamid Karzai, and the Chilean miners for the annual honor.

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The Facebook redesign: The most important event ever since the last Facebook redesign

Waking up in the morning to a new(ish) layout on Facebook has become so commonplace — oh, look, my status update font has gotten smaller! — it’s usually like noticing someone at the office got a new haircut: You kinda forget it even happened by the end of the day. Well, imagine if your colleague’s new haircut got its own interview with Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes; suddenly, it doesn’t seem so insignificant, does it? That’s exactly what’s going on right now with Facebook’s new layout for your profile page, which founder/Oscar-contending-movie-subject Mark Zuckerberg touted on the venerable CBS newsmagazine last night.

So what’s new? As Stahl puts it in her piece, basically, whereas a lot of your personal information used to be hidden behind the “Info” tab, your profile now provides most things people would learn about you in a bar: Where you live, where you’re from, what you do for a living, whether your single or attached, etc. (Well, it provides it now for some of you; the redesign hasn’t been rolled out to all profiles just yet.) This change makes all kinds of sense — basic info, right up top, easy to see. But there are two other changes that may at first seem to be a bit trickier:  READ FULL STORY

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