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By Tim Sohn 

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Man Fools More Than 500,000 Facebook Users Pretending to be Lottery Winner (AllFacebook)
Recently, a Facebook user named Nolan Daniels posted a photo of himself with a $587.5 million-winning Powerball ticket with the caption, “Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!” More than 500,000 people have shared the photo, but the ticket isn’t real. PC Magazine “My Family and I could use a million with getting evicted soon and water and power being turned off that money would HELP A LOt!!!,” posted one Facebook user in response to Daniels’ fake $1 million “sweepstakes.” “I’m the random person to pick :-) My mom is filming a movie and needs $500,000. And me and my son want to build a school for underprivileged kids. And lastly, i want to invest the rest in my company. Pick me!!,” wrote another. Even a cursory examination of the photo shows it to be the crudest of manipulations, with the telltale signs of simple copying and pasting to make the numbers appear to be a winning permutation. And those familiar with the rules may also have noticed that the numbers are not printed in numerical order, as they would be on a real ticket. CNET Facebook is in the process of rolling out a new feature called Photo Sync to iPhone and Android users. When enabled, photos taken on the device will be automatically uploaded to a private “Synced from Phone” Facebook photo album. Mashable Facebook‘s stock shot up from $21.08 a share on the first day of trading in November to $28 a share at the end of the day Friday, its highest price since July. Zuckerberg, who owns about 504 million shares of Facebook stock, gained about $3.48 billion as a result.

New Social Network a Family Affair for Young Bellevue Co-Founder (The Seattle Times)
FamilyLeaf, a private social network for families, is a gamble. Its theory is this: Facebook got everyone comfortable with social networking. Now there’s room for private social networks to fill in the gaps.

Top 5 Spotify Apps for Music Discovery (ReadWrite)
Spotify’s app directory now features almost 60 HTML5-based add-ons for the service’s desktop client. These apps perform a lot of different functions – some are social, while others sonically augment album reviews from big name publishers.


NFL Players Tweet Prayers, Perspective After Murder-Suicide (CNET)
NFL players and teams have turned to Twitter to express their sorrow after learning that Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death before turning the gun on himself. The 25-year-old linebacker shot Kasandra Perkins, 22, with whom he had an infant daughter, Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he shot himself to death in front of Chiefs staff, the Kansas City Police Department said.

Chris Brown is Back on Twitter, Sharing Rihanna Pictures on Instagram (
It was only six days ago when we began to speculate about the length of Chris Brown’s planned absence from Twitter after his fallout with comedian Jenny Johnson, but never fear — he’s back. By Sunday morning, Dec. 2, the singer had reactivated his account.

The Danger of Linking Your YouTube Videos to Your Website (SocialTimes)
Verified YouTube partners in good standing can now add annotations to their videos that allow viewers to click and be redirected to the website associated with their YouTube channels. But before you go all Associated Website Annotation-crazy, understand that this feature has its drawbacks.


Speak2Tweet Helping Syrians Stay Connected During Crisis (AllTwitter)
Twitter and the Google Monster joined forces last year during the riots in Egypt and developed a speak-to-tweet service. And that service is coming in handy this year for Syrians facing an Internet blackout.

American Banker Names Square’s Jack Dorsey Innovator of the Year, Praises Impact on Payments Space (The Next Web)
American Banker magazine has named Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey its Innovator of the Year because of what he’s done with Square. As the publication points out: “technologists are obsessed with it. Banks have invested in it. And unlike most mobile payments products, customers are actually using it.”

Evernote, the Hugely Popular Online Notebook, Just Raised $85M; Plans IPO (VentureBeat)
Note-taking service Evernote announced an $85 million round of funding from AGC Equity Partners and Valiant Capital on Friday. Current investors T.Rowe Price Associates, Inc. also participated in the round.