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Gus G. Sentementes | October 4, 2012
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced this morning that the massive social networking site had reached an awesome milestone : One billion active monthly users. "Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life," Zuckerberg said. This is a spot of good news for Facebook, which has been increasingly under scrutiny by Wall Street over how it's gonna turn all these users into profits. The company keeps talking about its potential in mobile, for one, which could be bigger than its future on the desktop Web. There are a lot of people around the world who will probably have some version of a smartphone with Facebook on it before they ever get a laptop or a desktop PC. For more from Zuck, check out Bloomberg Businessweek's Q&A with him on the billion milestone . Below, I copied and pasted a fact sheet that Facebook provided on its growing user base.
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By Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating how an image that appears to be a murder victim's wrapped body was posted to the Facebook page of the accused killer - while he was behind bars. The image posted to the Facebook page of 28-year-old Jermaine Jackson around 4 p.m. Monday shows a large object on a basement floor wrapped in a sheet and plastic. That's how police said the body of his boyfriend Andre Nicholas, also 28, had been found by officers after Jackson allegedly confessed to his mother that he had stabbed Nicholas.
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Gus G. Sentementes | April 9, 2012
Big news today in the world of social media: Facebook plans to acquire Instagram for a whopping $1 billion in cash and shares. CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke the news himself , and wrote that Instagram will stay alive as an independent product. This is incredible news for Instagram, one of the most popular iPhone apps out there, which only just recently introduced an Android version. AllThingsD has a helpful breakdown of what an Instagram/Facebook union means , and how important the world of photo sharing is to Facebook.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Every day companies mine online data to track consumer habits, but two University of Maryland law professors say Facebook and dating service OkCupid went too far by manipulating their users' experience to study their behavior. At the professors' urging, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler agreed to review this week whether the companies' actions are akin to patients being pulled into medical research without their knowledge. Federal law requires participants' consent and independent oversight of such experiments, and a state law broadened those regulations.
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By Laura Lefavor, For The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
Facebook may have a lot of uses for social networking and time-wasting, but lately it's been offering a creative outlet, too. A new comic-making application called Bitstrips is popping up more and more on Facebook updates. And after just a few months, Bitstrips has turned into something that everyone seems to be talking about. "Basically, it's an app that turns you and your friends into a cast of cartoon characters," explains Jacob Blackstock, Bitstrips' chief executive and creative director.
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Gus G. Sentementes | March 30, 2012
A new Facebook app called EnemyGraph hit the Web this week, and it gives Facebook users a way to express their strong dislike of people and things. The app was created by a professor at the University of Texas-Dallas, Dean Terry, and some students. Terry has said that Facebook offers a lot of information about users "likes", interests and preferences. But he wanted to build an app that helped users track things they don't like. Hence, EnemyGraph. Watch the video for a quick walk-through on how it works.
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Eileen Ambrose | November 29, 2011
The Federal Trade Commission announced that Facebook agreed to settle a complaint that the social media site deceived consumers by promising to keep information private and then sharing it. As part of the settlement, Facebook promised to get consumers express consent before sharing their information outside of the privacy boundaries set. According to the FTC , here are some of its charges against Facebook: “In December 2009, Facebook...
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June 8, 2012
When are people going to learn that using Facebook and other social media is just another way to get yourself into trouble ("Bel Air firefighters suspended over postings on Facebook," June 6)? Anything you say can be held against you, even if your intentions were mistaken. I don't know why we are so surprised by the consequences of posting on social media when in example after example it seems to get people into trouble. I hope this does not make citizens lose faith in our wonderful fire company because they are still there for us and are still great.
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By Eileen Ambrose | August 17, 2011
Yes, even millionaires want friends. The percentage of American millionaires on Facebook jumped to 46 percent this year, up from 26 percent a year ago, according to Spectrem eZine. These are people with $1 million to $5 million in net worth, not including their house. Even 47 percent of  the ultra wealthy, those with $5 million to $25 million in net worth, are on Facebook. Spectrem, which tracks the affluent, says that nearly half of the wealthiest investors like treading blogs by trusted financial advisers.
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June 2, 2011
Ben Cardin held off about as long as possible for a modern politician, but he finally caved to intense pressure. He launched a Facebook page. "Back in 1966, when I first ran for the Maryland House of Delegates, there was no Facebook, no Twitter, no YouTube -- not even the Internet," he writes in an e-mail that just popped up on my computer. "All we had to get our message out were yard signs, fliers, volunteers and a whole lot of determination. "But while the way we communicate has changed a lot, my dedication to improving the lives of the people of Maryland hasn't.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
Putting his money where his job is, Millennial Media CEO Michael Barrett spent $1 million to buy company stock less than week after a grim earnings report sent its share price tumbling. Barrett's purchases helped boost the Baltimore-based mobile advertising company's stock Wednesday, when it closed up 27 cents a share at $3.82 each. Barrett bought 140,000 shares at $3.43 apiece Monday and 151,000 shares at $3.46 apiece Tuesday, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
Millennial Media has long faced competition for advertising dollars from entrenched giants like Google and Apple, but it was another household name - Facebook - that took a bite out of the Baltimore company's earnings and sent its stock plummeting last week. The social network took the Baltimore-based company by surprise, grabbing a share of its customers who buy ads on mobile devices to drive downloads and draw users to their smartphone and tablet applications, analysts said. That contributed to a tripling of Millennial's first-quarter losses, announced Wednesday.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
FLORENCE, S.C. - It had been less than a day since Carol Grause ended a multi-state hunt for a man accused of a Baltimore County slaying and his 11-year-old daughter, but she was reluctant to take any credit. The trim, 53-year-old woman, who wore a silver cross embellished with small diamonds around her neck, said she believes God orchestrated Caitlyn Virts' rescue. "I am not the hero; the hero is those who started prayers for that girl," Grause said early Saturday afternoon.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Anne Arundel County police charged a Glen Burnie man with indecent exposure Thursday after they said they got a key tip on Facebook. Police had received five complaints this month regarding a man allegedly exposing himself in Glen Burnie. Three of the incidents were reported in the 7400 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, one was on Mountain Road and one was in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway. On Wednesday, police distributed photos taken from surveillance video of possible suspects through media and social media.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
A plea posted on Facebook over the weekend by a North Carolina woman has drawn locks of attention and within 48 hours, a resolution from Ocean City officials. Lauren Burr said that when she and her husband were dating in 2008, they visited Ocean City's boardwalk and sealed their love with a lock placed on a post near a bench at Dorchester Street. The couple later married and started a family. Before their daughter Claire was born, they visited Ocean City and added a second smaller lock to the original one in her honor, carving a 'C' into the metal.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
Digital gender identity just became a lot less binary. Internet behemoth Facebook has added a customizable option to the gender field on its profiles, allowing users to identify beyond male and female. When editing their basic information, users are given the option to select "Custom" if they choose not to identify as male and female. A text box appears that allows users to type in options including trans, androgynous, intersex, genderqueer and more-specific denoters like "trans female" or "cis female.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
The anti-Gov. Martin O'Malley group Change Maryland recently celebrated a milestone: the number of likes on its Facebook page surpassed those of the governor himself.  Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan said the big moment came within the past week, and now they have 47,406 likes to O'Malley's 46,140. "This is a former mayor, two-term goveror who is running for president, we've got more people engaged online than he does," Hogan said in an interview. "And we're just a rag-tag group of engaged citizens in Maryland.
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By Susan Reimer | November 16, 2009
A friend posted a message on Facebook asking if anyone knew what Skype was, if anyone had Skype and if anyone wanted to help her Skype. "Skype," I responded helpfully, "is an online video phone and one more way for my son to ignore me." Technology, they say, is bringing families closer together, with children cell-phoning, e-mailing and instant messaging their parents to a degree not possible in the days when communication meant a pay phone. However, my family has managed to put me on an electronic ice floe and boot me out to sea. Technology has provided my husband, son and daughter with new ways to tune me out. To begin, everybody has a BlackBerry except me. It is a situation I had better remedy if I want to be included on their ongoing text conversations.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
The LGBT community got a pretty big nod from Facebook this week. To supplement its mammoth social network (which turned 10 years old Tuesday), Facebook launched a new iPhone app Monday called "Paper," which gives users a simpler, cleaner way to browse their news feeds. To read posts or share articles, users swipe from left to right, only expanding links or discussions that interest them. But Facebook Paper also contains 19 topic-focused sections that resemble Flipboard's digital magazine layout.
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