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#GivingTuesday washes away the sour taste of Cyber Monday

It’s a welcome relief to hear of #GivingTuesday, which follows Cyber Monday this year, on December 2. This is a day when you can focus on spending money without being a consumer. Imagine that!

Reddit CEO left due to being “worn out”

Reddit CEO Yishan Wong left the company on Thursday, and while his departure was triggered by an argument about office space, he had generally become worn out because of the job. Wong wrote on Quora shortly after it was revealed he had left the company that he was “completely worn out,” and his job was “having significantly detrimental effects on [his] personal life.”

Facebook wants users to donate to fight against Ebola

The power of Facebook’s 1.3 billion users is being applied to the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Facebook has added a donate button to its service so that users can quickly donate to the organizations combating Ebola. Money from the donate option in Facebook will go to the Red Cross, Save the Children, and the International Medical Corps.

Foursquare boasts 55M users, launches first ads

An outdoor advertising campaign from Judd Branding has launched in New York and Chicago for Foursquare. This is the first time Foursquare has come out with an advertising campaign. Foursquare has announced it is also at 55 million users, whereas the last time it released user statistics the company reported just 50 million users.

Vine iOS app updated with better discovery, sharing

The Vine application for iOS has been updated with improved sharing and discovery features. Vine’s app now lets people, regardless of the number of users they are following, find new videos on the platform. Following individual channels has been possible for a while, but that part of the iOS app has been upgraded with the latest update.

114-Year-Old Woman Forced to Lie to Open Facebook Account

Like many people, Anna Stoehr wanted a Facebook account. She was eager to sign up, but in order to do so, had to lie about her age. No, it’s not because she’s too young, but just the opposite. Anna is 114 years old (yes you read that right) and Facebook’s registration process only recognizes birthdates up to age 99. So she fibbed-and promptly wrote a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about it. The oldest living person in Minnesota simply told him, “I’m still here!”

Samsung and Facebook could collaborate on VR devices, not smartphones

Despite the HTC First “Facebook Phone” flopping so hard last year that it prompted AT&T to halt sales mere months after the gadget’s introduction, rumors ran rampant recently as to Mark Zuckerberg possibly wanting a do-over.

Ebola hoaxes running rampant on Facebook

The U.S. has been gripped with fears about an Ebola outbreak happening here, and not surprisingly, this has resulted in a number of Ebola hoaxes going viral. Although some of them are really too absurd to believe, they’re still getting spread by people who don’t take the time to check things out and who have a distrust of the government, CDC and media. Here’s a rundown of the most popular ones.

Reddit acquires third-party Alien Blue app

Reddit has acquired Alien Blue, one of the most popular third-party clients for the site. By acquiring Alien Blue, Reddit now has its own official application for iOS, and an updated version of the application is now available on iPhone and iPad. The company says the acquisition decision was made because Alien Blue is already the most popular Reddit app on iOS. Due to its popularity, buying Alien Blue made more sense than developing an app internally from scratch.

Twitter adding new features just for verified users

The verified status on Twitter is always something people want to get, and since Twitter caters to its more popular users, a few new features are being rolled out just for the special group of people who have earned the verified checkmark. Twitter will now send notifications to verified users when they are following another verified person who has returned the favor. If a verified user is accessing Twitter via the iOS application, they can also view all of their verified followers in a pre-made list.

Twitter receiving more government data requests

Last week, in its biannual transparency report, Twitter detailed the volume of requests from global governments for account data and content removal demands. Simply put, the rate of growth of these requests is on the rise.

More join class action suit against Facebook

Europe vs. Facebook, a privacy campaign currently spreading to fight the social network, recently started a new initiative to get all users outside of the U.S. and Canada involved in a class action lawsuit against Facebook. Since launching just last week, that class action suit has reportedly attracted upwards of 11,000 adult Facebook users.