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Facebook related crime triples

It comes from a report of Nottinghamshire police that reveals thatcrimes entwining social networking site, Facebook has tripled when compared to previous year data.

As the reports suggest the crimes have multiplied to an alarming 346 percent within a years’ time, with harassment ranking top in widely reported crimes.

The data produced by the Nottinghamshire police states that during April 2008 and March 2009, they received 13 complaints which were accredited to the popular social networking site. The same figure rose to 58 during the period between April 2009 and February 2010.

Detective Sergeant Harry Parsonage commented in a statement, “For crime that involves communication, Facebook is just a method of communication.”

On the other hand Facebook officials stated in denial, “It is no surprise that Facebook is also mentioned in criminal reporting, especially since everyone knows that the police use Facebook as a tool.”

However the police authorities plead guilty of the extent of usage of the social networking platform in committing crimes at the same time expressed their awe in soaring rates ofincidents and seek to get in to the depth of the matter.

Google+, is growing much more rapidly than Facebook, Myspace and Twitter did in their early days


Google is a latecomer to social networking but its new site, Google+, is growing much more rapidly than Facebook, Myspace and Twitter did in their early days, technology experts said.

While + may be the fastest-growing social network ever, it remains to be seen, however, whether it can pose a serious threat to the  titan Facebook, which has more than 750 million members.

Andrew Lipsman, vice president for industry analysis at tracking firm , said Google+, which was launched by the  and advertising giant on June 28, had 25 million unique visitors as of July 24.

During a panel discussion on Google+ hosted by Wedbush Securities, Lipsman said it took other social networks much longer to reach 25 million users: 22 months for Myspace, 33 months for  and 37 months for Facebook.

“Obviously, this is a very strong growth trajectory,” Lipsman said.

He cautioned, however, that Google “has a really large user base it can build off of” with its one billion users worldwide.

And it still has a “really long way to go to be competitive with Facebook,” Lipsman said.

“Google+ is the fastest by a long shot but it’s important to realize that fastest may not always be best,” he said. “Sometimes, that slow build can lead to a strong network effect that pays long-term dividends.”

Most Google+ users — 6.4 million — are in the United States, followed by India with 3.6 million, Canada with 1.1 million, Britain with 1.1 million and Germany with over 920,000, according to comScore.

Lipsman said many Google+ users appear to also be users of Google’s email program  and display a “very strong early adopter profile.”

He said the ratio of men to women is about two to one and that 60 percent of Google+ users are between the ages of 18 and 34.

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In the United States, the highest numbers of Google+ users are in the tech-savvy cities of San Francisco and Austin, Texas, he said.

Steve Rubel, executive vice president for global strategy and insights at public relations firm Edelman, said Facebook is not “vulnerable immediately” to Google.

“I don’t see (Google+) taking significant share from Facebook in the next 18 months,” Rubel said.

At the same time, “what we have seen is that over the years there’s never been a social network or community that has had significant staying power,” he said. “There’s always a shuffling every two or three years, a changing of the guard.

“We saw it with ,” he said of the one-time social networking leader that has been eclipsed by Facebook and hemorrhaging users ever since.

Rubel said Google was compelled to try its hand at social networking because Facebook is restricting the access of its search engine to Facebook content.

“What’s happening is more content is being created behind Facebook’s walls than ever before and a lot of that content is invisible to Google,” he said.

“Conceptually, at least, they’re building kind of an alternate Web… There’s also an entire Web that is app-based on mobile phones. That is also invisible to them.”

Rubel said it was conceivable that more content would be invisible to them in five or 10 years than what the search engine can see today when created on Facebook or inside apps.

“So they had to make a play to get more people to create content on their site,” he continued. “It’s to get more people to spend time on Google.”

In unveiling Google+, Google stressed the ability it gives users to separate online friends and family into different “Circles,” or networks, and to share information only with members of a particular circle.

One of the criticisms of Facebook is that updates are shared with all of one’s friends unless a user has gone through a relatively complicated process to create separate  Groups.

Microsoft isn't the only company that has seemingly attempted to capitalize on Amy Winehouse's death.

Microsoft received much Twitter flak after a small PR account for its Xbox system encouraged followers to remember recently deceased musician Amy Winehouse by purchasing her last album on the company’s entertainment marketplace, Zune.

After about an hour of retweets with comments like “classy,” “crass much?” and “Microsoft — failing at social media,” the accounttweeted a follow up.

“Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated,” it said. “Far from the case, we assure you.”

It then followed with a second tweet: “With Amy W’s passing, the world has lost a huge talent. Our thoughts are with Amy’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

Microsoft isn’t the only company that has seemingly attempted to capitalize on the star’s death.

Apple posted an image of Winehouse on the front of the iTunes store with the caption “remembering Amy Winehouse.”

Her breakout album, the Grammy-winningBack to Black,” has subsequently become the No. 1 album in the store. Amazon also posted a brief obituary that linked to a page where shoppers can purchase the singer’s music.

Sales of “Back to Black” increased 37 times immediately after Winehouse’s death.

Lauryn Hill on Sixth Child!

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Congratulations go out to Lauryn Hill. The singer welcomed her sixth child into the world on Saturday, a healthy baby boy that was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

But all is well now, a source tells BlackCelebKids dot com: “Mother and baby are fine… Everyone is happy.”
Hill already has five children with Rohan Marley, joking at a concert in April that she’s “the most fertile woman in America.” (Sorry, Octomom) The new arrival joins siblings Zion David-Nesta, Selah, Joshua, John and Sarah.


Yesterday (July 12), rumor spread that Nicki Minaj had been involved in a verbal altercation with a young man that turned physical.


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Nicki Minaj got into a verbal altercation with an unidentified male at the Palomar Hotel in Dallas, TX, according to TMZ. The argument began poolside and ended with the two in a hotel room were the man, now identified as Nicki Minaj’s assistant, Safaree Samuels, allegedly hit her in the lower lip.


Early this morning (July 13), Nicki Minaj took to twitter to fight the rumor,tweeting, “The fact that you believe a man either slapped or punched me in the face & didn’t leave on a stretcher w/his balls handgun off? #getaF*ckinLife.”


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Safaree also took to Twitter to address the matter, “4the record I would never lay a hand on ANY woman, I have all sisters and No brothers And that’s the last I’ll say about that!!! God bless.”


Close to six hours later, TMZ released the official incident report which documents the altercation between Nicki and Safaree which took place on July 11 but reported July 12.


“R/os [reporting officers] spoke with the Complainant [Nicki Minaj], who stated a verbal altercation took place at the location at the pool. When [Minaj], returned to her hotel room, Witness 1 [Safaree Samuels] was also back at the room. [Samuels] was also staying in the hotel room with the comp. [Minaj] told [Samuels] that she didn’t want him taking anything out of the room. [Samuels] had some of his personal belongings in a suitcase, and as [Minaj] was looking into the suitcase, [Samuels] grabbed the suitcase and as he was picking it up, he shoved the suitcase across [Minaj’s] chin and lower lip.”


The report continues to describe Nicki Minaj’s injury.

“Reporting officers observed slight swelling and redness to [Minaj’s] chin. [Minaj’s] teeth struck the inside of her lower lip, causing the inside of the lower lip to cut and start to bleed.”


Nicki Minaj told the officers that she did not want to “make a report regarding the incident” and stated “multiple times” that she and Safaree were not in an “intimate relationship” nor related.


Even though “The Voice” has only one more week to go, coachCee Lo Green says it’s one of the reasons he’s dropping out of the Loud tour with Rihanna.


According to the New York Times, Green announced he’s leaving the summer tour partly because of commitments to NBC’s reality singing competition, but also in preparation for a new album and a book.


“He always puts 100 percent into his work and with the requirements and time commitment to ‘The Voice,’ on top of heading back into the recording studio and an upcoming book,” Green’s spokesperson says. “He feels that he wouldn’t give his fans the show that they deserve.”


Green’s announcement follows a very public Twitter fight the singer had with a local music critic in which he lashed back at her after a negative review of the show. His response to the critic he mistook for a man had some accusing him of homophobia. He subsequently apologized if he offended anyone, but not for defending himself or his performance.


Green joined Rihanna on the tour in early-June with performances in at least 17 cities in the U.S. and Canada through July.

Amy Winehouse

The funeral of the recently deceased singer Amy Winehouse will be held today. The 27-year-old singer was found dead last Saturday at her north London home.

Family and friends of Winehouse have started to arrive at the Edgwarebury Cemetery in Edgware, north London, where the road is lined with photographers and fans.

One of Winehouse’s best friends, a tearful Kelly Osborne, is said to be in attendance sporting the signature “Beehive” hairstyle that Amy Winehouse was famous for.

The funeral has been organized as a private affair, with only family and close friends being asked to attend.

Celebrities unable to join the funeral have taken to twitter to pay tribute to the soul singer whose death has shocked the music world.

Britain’s George Michael tweeted, calling the late star “the most soulful vocalist this country has ever seen.”

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Singer Adele posted a statement on her website saying that Winehouse “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again.

Winehouse’s God-daughter, Dionne Bromfield also paid her respects to the star on Twitter saying, “I feel like a part of my soul has departed with the beautiful songbird Amy… Please say a prayer…She loved everyone.”

Bromfield was signed to Winehouse’s record label and the two appeared together on stage last week at the Roundhouse in Camden.

An autopsy on Amy Winehouse’s body was carried out yesterday, but the cause of death has still not been clarified, and a number of weeks may now pass before a detailed conclusive report can be made.

Winehouse’s home in north London, the scene of her death, has been searched by police who say they have found nothing suspicious, and have also said they have not found any drug paraphernalia.

Winehouse had a reputation for heavy drug use and many in the media believed this could have been the cause of death.

Toxicology tests have been taken and it will now be up to four weeks for the results to be returned, which will help determine whether drug use led to the singer’s death.

Sources close to the Winehouse told Perez Hilton.com that Winehouse had given up heavy drug use but was still drinking a lot. They also said Winehouse suffered from seizures.

Some have rumored that her drinking may have brought on a massive seizure killing the singer.




As Google+ continues to grow, debate rages over whether or not Facebook users should ditch their favored social network and try out the search giant’s option. There are some that say such a shift makes sense, since Facebook isn’t as adept at delivering a worthwhile social experience any longer. Others say that sticking with Facebook is the way to go, since it’s so big, and that’s where everybody’s friends hang out.

Admittedly, making that decision is personal. And a solid argument can be made for using both social networks simultaneously. But if folks decide to turn their backs on Facebook and only use Google+ as their go-to social network, it wouldn’t be a mistake. After all, there are a host of solid reasons people might decide to ditch Facebook in favor of Google+.

Read on to learn more about why some users are making the jump from Facebook to Google+, and why by doing so, they might find a better social network.

1. Facebook’s privacy troubles

Facebook is no stranger to privacy troubles. Last year, for example, the company came under fire for making too much user data readily available to the public. In response, Facebook unveiled new privacy features last year that simplified the process of keeping personal information away from parties user didn’t want to share it with. The only problem is the social network continues to come under fire from security experts, including Sophos, which said earlier this year that it needs to do more to keep the privacy and security of data paramount in its plans. Although Google doesn’t have the best privacy record either, Facebook’s troubles might be enough to warrant a change to Google+.

2. It’s all about Circles

When Facebook users share content on their page, it’s very difficult to get only certain people to see it. In many cases, all of a person’s friends see content, regardless of whether they want them to or not. But with Google+’s Circles feature, that issue is eliminated. Circles lets users put other folks into certain “groups” and then determine what they want to share with each group. Circles are central to the appeal of Google+.

3. Data Liberation is arguably the best feature

The best feature on Google+ is the service’s Data Liberation. When employing that feature, users can download all their Google content, including photos, profile information, contacts, and more, to their computers. In other words, a user who shares information in Google+ actually owns that content. On Facebook, that just isn’t the case. If ownership matters to users, Google+ is their best bet.

4. Facebook video chat is lame in comparison

Facebook recently announced Skype integration, allowing users to engage in a video chat with a friend. It’s a nice addition. The only problem is, when it comes to video chatting, Google+ reigns supreme, thanks to its Hangouts feature. Hangouts allow users to have a video chat with up to 10 people at the same time at no charge. Plus, friends who happen to see others in a video chat can drop in and join the conversation. Facebook can’t compete on any level with that functionality.

5. It’s more than a social network

One of the best things about Google+ is that the search giant isn’t simply making it a walled garden away from its other products. Google+ allows users to see what sites they’ve given a “+1” rating on, and thanks to a navigation pane at the top, users can quickly jump to Gmail, Google News, and other services. Google+ is designed to be more than just a social network. And that’s refreshing.

6. Google is serious about identities

A major issue with other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, is that the users’ identities are not easily determined. In many cases, people either don’t use their real names or impersonate others. With its social project, Google is forcing users to display only their real-world names. In the long-run, that will be a welcome feature as folks find fewer impersonators and more legitimate content.

7. Strong privacy features

Google was smart with Google+. Rather than try and get users to share as much content as possible, the search giant has delivered a host of privacy features to allow users to share only what they’re comfortable with. With the platform’s privacy tool, users can assign their “network visibility,” to determine with whom to share posts and more. Privacy is vastly important when it comes to social networks and Google seems to understand that.

8. A small, dedicated group of users

A solid argument can be made that Facebook’s 750 million active users should be enough to convince people to stay put. After all, the majority of an average person’s friends are likely using Facebook and not Google+. However, there is something to be said for Google+’s current user community. For the most part, its users are active, engaged and doing their part to make the environment as rich as possible. On Facebook, that isn’t always the case. For now, Google+ user’s base is one worth joining.

9. It’s a real news feed

Google+ comes with a nice feature, called Sparks. With it, users can input a topic that they’re interested in and find information related to that. So, if they like movies, they can get film-related news. Those who are into comics can learn more about that. Sparks makes Google+ a full-fledged news feed, thus keeping users in place and making them want to come back for more.

10. Facebook should have a competitor

If nothing else gets a user to switch, perhaps they should think about the competitive landscape in the social space. Right now, Facebook is dominating all other social networks, and the closest alternative, Twitter, is more like a complement than a competitor. But Google+ is a direct competitor with the ability to scare Facebook. And as consumers have seen time and again, a little fear in the marketplace is a good thing for long-term innovation. Simply put, if Google+ and Facebook battle it out, the users will benefit no matter who is winning.

Pope Benedict XVI wrote a message on Twitter

Pope Benedict XVI took his first baby steps in the world of Twitter yesterday, tweeting news of the launch of the Vatican‘s new website, and exposing his roots deep in the last century. It began “Dear friends,” and included the phrase “Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ!”


Benedict may not be as charismatic a communicator as his predecessor but he has tirelessly urged his fellow prelates to make all possible use of the new media. He has already pioneered the Vatican’s presence on Facebook and made podcasts in advance of his trip to Portugal last year.

On the Church’s World Communications Day last year he urged priests to “make astute use of the unique possibilities offered by modern communications”. Turning lyrical, he said the Christian message “can traverse the many crossroads created by the intersection of all the different ‘highways’ that form cyberspace”.

The new website brings together papal tweets (only the one so far), YouTube videos, Flickr photos and Facebook links in a smorgasbord of new media offerings.

However there is a limit to his enthusiasm. The Pope‘s tweets will attract plenty of attention, but there does not appear to be anybody he himself considers worth following.

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