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President Obama’s Family Avoids Facebook and DVRs ‘Modern Family’ Just Like Us!

He’s one of the most powerful people on the planet, but President Barack Obama is just like every other American with an average American family. According to an interview in PEOPLE, he watches TV and tries to keep his girls away from Facebook, just like any parent. Like we needed an interview to figure that out.

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Facebook and Twitter Are Harming Our Kids, Says Majority — Survey of the Day

Facebook, Twitter and all the other social media sites have changed the way young people interact with each other, but according to a survey from Poll Position, the majority of Americans don’t think this has been a change for the better.

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UPD’s Facebook One Year Later

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica Police Department's Facebook page turns one tomorrow.

According to Sargeant Steve Hauck, 34 people have been arrested by the UPD after receiving information from other Facebook users

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Facebook Announces New Timeline Feature for Profiles [VIDEO]

Despite the whining about the launch of their “top stories” feature this week, Facebook unveiled and even bigger change at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco: Timeline.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that profile pages will soon automatically put photos, videos, status updates and status changes in chronological order. The timeline will also feature a “way back” section, which allows users to insert material from their pre-Facebook days.

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Study Finds Decreased Social Media Use Among Many Younger People

A study by technology research firm Gartner, which recently surveyed 6,295 people between the ages of 13 and 74, reveals almost a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter less than when they first signed up for the services, with many saying the services simply aren’t that much fun anymore.

“The trend shows some social media fatigue among early adopters,” says Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. “And the fact that 31 percent of younger consumers indicated that they were getting bored with their social network is a situation that social media providers should monitor, as they will need to innovate and diversify to keep consumer attention.”

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Can Wasting Time Online Improve Employee Productivity?

In a study that anyone who works in an office will heartily embrace, researchers found that spending small parts of the day wasting time on the Internet makes workers more productive because it acts to mentally refresh them.

“Browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function,” concludes the report from the National University of Singapore.

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Facebook Can Cause Psychological Disorders and Other Issues in Teens

A new study suggests that using Facebook too much triggers the development of anti-social behavior in teenagers.

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UPD Respond To Fugitive Challenge, “Catch Me If You Can, I’m In Brooklyn”

Utica, NY (WIBX) - "Catch me if you can, I'm in Brooklyn" -- That's the challenge a fugitive issued to Utica Police on Facebook before he was apprehended by US Marshals and turned over to investigators.

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Get Social at the Boilermaker Road Race

Toting your smartphone along for the 5K or 15K Boilermaker Road Races? Stay social with your fellow racers with Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare

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The Google+ Project Takes Aim at Facebook [VIDEO]

After several prior failed attempts to challenge social media behemoth Facebook, Google introduced a new service on Tuesday that it hopes will finally do the trick.

Called the Google+ project, it’s currently only available to a select group of Google users — they’ll soon be able to invite others — and it will let people share and discuss status updates, photos and links, just like they do on Facebook.

But there’s one key difference: Google+ allows you to share with select groups — like co-workers, friends or the moms in your child’s playgroup — instead of with everyone. It features what it calls “circles,” which are small groups of friends based on how you know them. Google+ also offers group text messaging and video chat.

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