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Pope Benedict XVI Sends First Papal Tweet From an iPad [VIDEO]

The technologically-savvy Pope Benedict XVI has already encouraged priests to blog and helmed the launch of the Vatican’s YouTube channel and Pope2You mobile and Facebook apps. So it’s really no surprise that as part of his newly-launched news portal, the pontiff sent his first tweet recently — from the papal iPad.

You can follow the Vatican on Twitter at @news_va_en.

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How Many Grandparents Are Tweeting and Facebooking? More Than You Might Think

If your grandmother has recently friended you on Facebook or followed you on Twitter, you’re not alone.

The website myvouchercodes.co.uk recently conducted a survey in which it asked people over 60 about their social media habits. It yielded some interesting results.

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What Happens on the Internet Every Minute of Every Day? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The brains at web development and design company Go-Globe created a stunning infographic that breaks down the internet activity happening every minute of the day on sites like Twitter, Google, Facebook, and Skype. And it’s kind of amazing.

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Twitter’s Fake ‘Aunt Diane’ is a Wacky Aunt for the Entire Internet

The latest Twitter parody account (twarody?) is “Aunt Diane,” a wacky middle-aged aunt from Santa Fe who’s a lot like, well, everybody’s wacky, middle-aged aunt: She makes Nepalese jewelry! She hangs out in sweat lodges! And she’s very comfortable with her body. Some of Aunt Diane’s best tweets below:

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Survey: People Willing to Give Up Sense of Smell to Continue Social Networking
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Survey: People Willing to Give Up Sense of Smell to Continue Social Networking

Staying in touch is more important than staying in smell.

A new survey from McCann Worldgroup of more than 6,000 people around the world found about half would be willing to give up their sense of smell over the ability to engage in social networking.

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Russell Brand and Six Other Celebrities Who Have Been Deported
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Russell Brand and Six Other Celebrities Who Have Been Deported

Russell Brand just wanted to see his wife Kate Perry perform in Japan. Unfortunately for the funnyman, Japanese authorities weren't amused by his criminal record, and on Sunday the 35-year-old was deported from the island nation.

Perry took to Twitter to explain what had gone down:

So...my husband just got deported from Japan. I am so. sad. I brought him all this way to show him my favorite place," she tweeted. "It was for priors from over 10 years ago! ...But of COURSE I my Japanese fans & the show #MUSTGOON no matter the daily aftershocks or husband kidnappings!"

Brand is just the latest in a long list of celebrities whose behavior has been deemed so abhorrent that they were banned from an entire nation. Read on to see who else got the big boot.

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Newt Gingrich Running for President

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is officially running for President.

The Republican figure confirmed his long-awaited announcement on Wednesday in a video posted to YouTube, in which he said, "I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity ... There's a much better American future ahead."

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Osama bin Laden Rises From the Dead, Starts Tweeting
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Osama bin Laden Rises From the Dead, Starts Tweeting

Twitter has seen some zany faux-accounts lately, including a NY Bronx Zoo snake escapee, Adolf Hitler and some random guy's liver.

So when Osama Bin Laden rose from the dead and began tweeting via numerous accounts on Sunday night, it was only a little strange.

Mostly, though, it was funny.

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Aflack Returns With New ‘Spokesduck’ Voice [VIDEO]
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Aflack Returns With New ‘Spokesduck’ Voice [VIDEO]

He's baaaack!

Last night, Aflac debuted a commercial featuring the official new voice of its famous -- and admittedly annoying -- "spokesduck."

The man behind the voice is 36-year-old Daniel McKeague of Hugo, MN, who reportedly beat out 12,500 contestants for the gig, according to E! Online. McKeague is also a father of three.

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Streaker Takes Jog Along L.A. Freeway
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Streaker Takes Jog Along L.A. Freeway

You see a lot of nutty things driving down the freeway in any major city, but morning passengers on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles got more than they bargained for when a man decided to take a nude stroll on the side of the road on Tuesday.

A number of motorists saw the suspect running in only a pair of black socks. Some even tweeted about it and posted pictures for others to see. They say he trotted leisurely along the freeway until taking the Santa Monica Boulevard exit. Soon after he allegedly attempted to attack a woman.

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Homeland Security to use Twitter and Facebook?

One of the stories making its way around the web this morning is that of the Associated Press obtained a draft by the Homeland Security Department for a plan that would reduce the current five color terror alert system and replace it with only two levels of warnings, elevated and imminent.

It would also allow for the use of Facebook and Twitter to relay terror warnings to the public.

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Escaped Bronx Zoo Cobra Captured
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Escaped Bronx Zoo Cobra Captured

The highly venomous cobra, which made headlines after she escaped from her holding cage in the Bronx Zoo last Friday, was captured Thursday morning in a dark corner of the Reptile House, according to Bronx Zoo officials.

During her week on the lam the Egyptian Cobra has become a world-wide celebrity, and a joke Twitter account set up on the snake's behalf now has about 200,000 followers.

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