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Chinese web company Sina's micro-blogging service Weibo is known as "China's Twitter," but the service's usage patterns are fundamentally different from Twitter, report a trio of researchers from HP Labs.

"We find that there is a vast difference in the content shared in China, when compared to a global social networks such as Twitter," according to Louis Yu, Sitaram Asur and Bernardo A. Huberman of HP's Social Computing Lab.

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Stephen Colbert trained his sites last night on the growing News of the World phone hacking scandal and its growing inclusion of international media giant News Corp. and its chairman Rupert Murdoch. Colbert's reportage may have been a bit late to the story, but he made up for it by focusing on how the story had been covered by News Corp.'s competitors, or in his words, "these are the type of attacks that happen when there are media companies he doesn't own."

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Can Herman Cain go a month without saying something incendiary about Muslims in America? Signs point to no.

At a campaign stop in Murfreesboro, TN yesterday, Cain sounded off on the mosque project in the city that kicked up some anti-Islamic fervor -- and a little apparent hate crime action -- last year.

Asked about the project by reporters after a rally in Murfreesboro, Cain took up the party line of the opponents, who say the mosque is pushing sharia law on an unsuspecting populace in the home of Middle Tennessee State University.

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Democrats are calling attention to the effect that voter ID laws which have swept through state legislatures this year could have on voter turnout. But voter ID laws aren't the only restrictive measures imposed on the right to vote which civil rights organizations say are going to hurt voter turnout.

Take Florida. Voters there are already asked to show a photo ID when they vote. Now thanks to a law passed by Florida lawmakers, they're less likely to be registered in the first place.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has the weight of the world -- not to mention the full faith and credit of the United States -- on his shoulders these days.

The House Republicans' second in command has almost single-handedly stymied progress on a grand deal to produce $4 trillion in deficit reductions over the course of the next dozen years by flat-out rejecting any net tax increases be included, leaving no path for Democrats to negotiate a balanced bargain that allows some cuts to programs for seniors and the poor coupled with tax hikes on the wealthy.

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Following up on the ongoing concerns over social networking sites' management of their users' personal information, congressional lawmakers on Thursday questioned whether the government's leading agencies tasked with protecting consumers and regulating the nation's communications systems were doing enough to protect individuals' privacy.

"What is the [Federal Trade Commission] doing to oversee Google+ and the new service that apparently there's some problems with?" demanded Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

"What is the FTC doing in regards to Facebook and the facial recognition technology? Does that pose a threat to privacy?"

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