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Facebook, debate reach social media milestones

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Facebook this week hit the magic number of 1 billion active users according to the social networking site.

To put that number into perspective, if Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world. It would be even bigger even that the United States which has 314 million residents.

One in seven people in the world are active users. If Facebook existed in 1804, everyone on earth would be posting status updates.

Facebook says over 80 percent of its users live outside the US. In August, Facebook admitted nearly nine percent of Facebook accounts are fakes. If true, that would put the number of actual Facebook users at 900 million.

One billion users in just 8 years, and still, Facebook doesn't have a solid way to make money from any of them.

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have begun capping how much data customers can use before paying more.

Comcast customers in two markets, Tuscon and Nashville, are the first to get new data plans. The cheapest is a $40 plan for 300 gigabytes. Customers who get close to the cap will get an e-mail from the cable company asking them to pay for additional data or consider upgrading their plan.

Most customers won't hit those limits, but if you stream a lot of movies from Netflix or Amazon, it is possible to reach the three hundred gigabyte limit.

Those plans will gradually be rolled out to other markets.

In New York, students who can't take their mobile devices to school can rent a truck to hold their device until after they leave.

A box truck sits outside some schools and charge students a dollar a day to keep their cell phones or tablets until the bell rings.


The downside is the trucks are at risk. In June the Associated Press reported a truck was held up causing some 200 students to lose their phones and iPods.

Last week's presidential debate set a new record on Twitter. There were 10.3 million tweets during the debate, making it the most tweeted event in U.S. politics history. Big bird prompted 17,000 tweets per minute.

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