Facebook Breaks Ground On A New Rutherford North Carolina Data Center

Facebook's New Rutherford North Carolina Data Center
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue announced yesterday that Facebook will be building their second data center in Rutherford County. The scheduled opening is for March 2012 and it is slated to employ 35-45 full-time and contract workers. The price tag? $450 million dollars…

Already under construction and due to open in 2011, Facebook’s previously announced Oregon data center has been designed with a variety of energy saving technologies. These include an evaporative cooling system, the re-use of its own server heat, a proprietary uninterrupted power supply, and the ability to cool the facility 70% of the year simply by bringing in colder air from the outside.

It was announced that the new North Carolina data center will be utilizing much of the same technology to make the new data center as energy-efficient as possible.

To follow the progress of the new Rutherford North Carolina data center, “Like” the Facebook Page.

With Facebook growing at an astounding rate, the new data center gives them plenty more room to spread their wings even more!


MouseHunt: The King’s Giveaway For King’s Credits

MouseHunt: Kings Giveaway
A brand new feature added last night to MouseHunt is the ability to earn King’s Credits. You can redeem these credits for special loot and in-game prizes. To kick off the new feature, the King has announced the King’s Giveaway event, to last for a limited time.

King’s Credits are earned by catching as many of the 3 new event mice as you can find. These mice are: Treasurer Mouse, Snooty Mouse and the High Roller Mouse.

Mousehunt Treasurer MouseTreasurer Mouse
Catching the Treasurer Mouse earns you a few King’s Credits
Weak to any trap, except the Parental


Mousehunt Snooty MouseSnooty Mouse
Catching the Snooty Mouse earns you a bunch of King’s Credits
Weak to all traps except the Parental


Mousehunt High Roller MouseHigh Roller Mouse
Catching the High Roller Mouse earns you a ton of King’s Credits – Jackpot!
Weak to all traps except the Parental


How To Catch The Event Mice


The event mice can be found in all regions except the Meadow. To increase your chances in catching an event mouse, and the re-release of the Mobster Mouse and the Leprechaun Mouse, you will need to increase your Prize Power.

To increase your Prize Power, you can:

Mousehunt Lucky CoinsFind and Use Lucky Coins
Lucky coins are randomly dropped by all mice and can use tossed into your friends Wishing Well’s. Earn +3 or +5 Prize Power boost for each coin you toss.


Mousehunt Lucky HorseshoesLucky Horseshoes
Lucky Horseshoes are random prize of the day gifts to send and receive. Go to your Specials tab to “toss” these horseshoes for a +3 prize power boost


Mousehunt Lucky UnderwearLucky Underwear
Lucky Underwear is also a prize of the day to give and receive. Wearing lucky underwear gives you a +5 prize power boost. If you are gifted the underwear, you can find it under your Specials tab


Mousehunt Beginner's LuckBeginner’s Luck
For each new friend you invite to play MouseHunt, you will earn a +8 prize power boost when they sound the horn for the 1st time.


If you encounter, but fail to catch a prize mouse, you will earn +1 boost to increase your chances of catching it the next time.

NOTE: Should you catch a prize mouse and win King’s Credits, you will be unable to encounter that same type of prize mouse for 24 hours to both give other hunters a chance to win and increase your chances of encountering one of the other Prize Mice. Should you catch a Mobster or Leprechaun, you will be unable to encounter another one for 90 days.



FrontierVille: Cabbage Crop

FrontierVille CabbageWe finally have a new FrontierVille crop – Cabbage!

It takes 16 hours for Cabbage to ripen and will wither after a further 16 hours. Harvesting uses 1 Energy, gives 9 XP and 419 Coins. There is a chance of finding an item from the Cabbage Collection when harvesting or watering Cabbage.

Cabbage is initially locked in your Market, until you complete the In The Cabbage Patch quest.


Cabbage Collection


Be sure to be on the lookout for the new items available as part of the Cabbage Collection. They are Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut, Coleslaw, Fried Cabbage and Cabbage Stew.

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Stew


Fried Cabbage




FrontierVille Quest: In The Cabbage Patch

FrontierVille Cabbage Patch Family QuestsIt’s time to grow your FrontierVille family! But first, you have to complete the In The Cabbage Patch quest as follows:

In the Cabbage Patch: Part 1 – Rewards:
Have you heard? Cabbages grow great in the Frontier! You GOTTA get yerself some of this action. Maybe your friends have some seeds they can lend you.

- Clear Two Rocks
- Get Ten Cabbage Seeds (Post to your wall and ask your friends to send them!)
- Have or Obtain Two Piggy Poops (Manure Collection) (Oddly enough, this’ll vanish too!)

Hint: If you have no rocks, clear a space and wait. (They’re also available in the market.) Piggy poop comes from piggies. Click “ask” above to ask friends for cabbage seed.

In the Cabbage Patch,: Part 2 – Rewards:
Now you’ve got the seeds, better get planting! And you’d best help out those neighbors who sent you seeds in the first place! You’d be up the creek without ‘em!

- Plant 20 Cabbages
- Tend Ten Neighbor Cabbages

Hint: Cabbage is available in the market. If none of your friends are planting cabbage yet, Ol’ Frontier Jack always has a couple growing.

In the Cabbage Patch: Part 3 Rewards:
Holy cats! It’s true – babies DO come from the cabbage patch! Who’d of thunk it!

- Harvest 20 Cabbages
- Have or Obtain One Coleslaw (Cabbage Collection)
- Purchase “Second Kid” Mission in Market



FarmVille: 50% Off Brand New County Fair Items

50% Off New County Fair ItemsLast night’s FarmVille update brings us 7 new County Fair items. They are the Dwarf Goat, Pinto Pony, Festival Band, Garlic Stand, Cotton Candy Machine, Deluxe Carousel and a Giant Slide.

For the next 3 days, you can find these Limited Edition County Fair items at your Market for 50% their regular price. So, don’t delay, go grab these while they are cheaper!


Limited Edition FarmVille Animals


FarmVille Limited Edition Pinto Pony


Limited Edition FarmVille Decorations


FarmVille Limited Edition Cotton Candy Machine FarmVille Limited Edition Deluxe Carousel FarmVille Limited Edition Festival Band FarmVille Limited Edition Garlic Stand FarmVille Limited Edition Giant Slide



FarmVille Animals: Black Forest Horse, Autumn Horse & Wild Turkey’s Are Back!

In last night’s FarmVille update, three past favorites returned, and are here to stay! They are the Black Forest Horse, the Autumn Horse and the Wild Turkey. Each of these can now be found permanently in the Market.


FarmVille Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey - 18 $FV

Black Forest Horse - 30 $FV

Autumn Horse - 30 $FV



Tempted By Facebook Spam? Take Facebook’s “Stop. Think. Connect.” Security Quiz First!

Facebook’s fight against spam and scams continues with their latest filings of three lawsuits a U.S. federal court in San Jose, California late last month. Facebook is alleging violations of their terms and applicable law by defendants attempting to trick users of Facebook into signing up for mobile subscriptions and then virally sending spam to their friends.

According to , “In three separate complaints, we allege that Steven Richter, Jason Swan, and Max Bounty, Inc. used Facebook to offer enticing, but non-existent products and services. According to our complaints, the defendants, among other things, represented that in order to qualify for certain fake or deceptive offers, people had to spam their friends, sign up for automatic mobile phone subscription services, or provide other information. We claim that by doing this, they violated the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM), and other state and federal laws.”

Facebook is seeking compensatory, statutory and punitive damages from each of the three parties named in the lawsuits.

Examples of this type of spam/scam are the countless “Free FarmVille Cash”, “500 Mafia Wars Rewards Points, and “66×66 FarmVille Expansion” fan pages we see almost daily on our walls.

Richter is alleged to have created more than 40 Facebook profiles and over 40 Facebook pages, all designed to lure 388,000 users to various third-party sites. He is estimated to have earned 44 cents for each Facebook user he duped.

Let’s do the math: 388,000 x $0.44 = $170,720.00

Swan allegedly harvested Facebook user data by tricking users into participating in various online quizzes and surveys. You have most likely see a variety of them appear on your news feed; “Take the IQ Challenge”, “Which 7 Deadly Sin Are You” and “Are you Stressed?” He is also accused of encouraging Facebok users to spam each other by luring them to copy and paste a piece of java script code into their browsers. This snippet of code automatically blasts a message to all of the user’s friends.

Max Bounty, one of many CPA (Cost Per Action) affiliate marketing firms, is alleged to be behind the schemes of both Richter and Swan. The lawsuit filed by Facebook is alleging that Max Bounty encouraged their affiliates to set up fake Facebook profiles and pages for the purposes of luring Facebook users.

Facebook holds the record for the two largest judgments in the history of the CAN-SPAM Act. In October 2009, Facebook won a $711 million dollar judgement against spammer Sanford Wallace. In 2008, an $873 million judgment against Adam Guerbuez was a awarded when he was found guilty of sending out more than 4 million pornographic spam messages over Facebook.






In an attempt to encourage Facebook users to be vigilant and learn the skills necessary to protect themselves online, Facebook has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Anti-Phishing Working Group, and the Stop. Think. Connect. public awareness campaign, by offering the .

I encourage you to take the quiz and test your knowledge. Once you’re done, post a badge to your Wall and share tips with your friends so they too can become more aware.


FarmVille: New Limited Edition Rex Rabbit and Emu

FarmVille just released two new Limited Edition Country Fair animals – the Rex Rabbit and the Emu.

Both of these cuties are available for the next 12 days in your Market – grab them before they are gone!


New FarmVille Limited Edition Animals


Rex Rabbit - 12 Farm Cash

Emu - 20 Farm Cash



FarmVille: Guide To FarmVille Orchards & Tree Mastery

FarmVille is the process of rolling out its latest new feature – orchards with Tree Mastery!

You’ll get your first Orchard frame for free and there is no level restriction. Everyone gets one!

The Orchard is a constructable building, so you’ll need a grand total of 30 parts (10 bricks, 10 nails and 10 wooden boards) to finish it. Like other constructable buildings, you can ask your neighbors for these parts by posting to your feed, give parts to your neighbors via the Free Gifts page, or acquire new parts by purchase (with Farm Cash) or through Special Delivery Boxes.



Once an Orchard is fully complete, you can choose to start building another one by buying an incomplete Orchard frame in the Market (for 1,000 coins) or a fully complete Orchard (30 Farm Cash). You can have as many Orchards as you have farm space for, provided you are building only one at a time.


How To Add Trees To Your Orchard


Each Orchard can hold up to 20 trees, which you can move into the Orchard simply by clicking on tree, selecting Move, and then clicking on the Orchard you want to move the tree in to. Visually the Orchard will show each of the individual trees you put into it. You cannot directly choose where the trees are placed in the Orchard, but you can choose the order by which they go into the Orchard, and that order determines how the Orchards look visibly.


Mystery Tree Seedlings


An Orchard is harvestable once every 24 hours. When you harvest it, you’ll gain the total amount of coins each of the trees would normally give during a harvest if they were placed individually on the farm.

Harvesting an Orchard may also give you a Mystery Seed. When this happens you’ll get a notice, and the Mystery Seed will be placed in your Gift Box.

The Mystery Seed is a new tree—the exact identity of the type of tree depends on the makeup of the Orchard.

For example, if your Orchard has 15 Apricot Trees and 5 Guava Trees, chances are the Orchard will produce an Apricot seedling rather than a Guava seedling. In addition, the Mystery Seed is an upgraded version of tree that produced it.

For example, if the seedling comes from an Apricot tree then it will produce an Apricot Golden tree (a Level 2 tree).

Note that some Level 2 trees may already be available in FarmVille in one form or another, and they do not produce anything better than Level 2 trees (there are no Level 3 trees… yet). That doesn’t mean you can’t have them in your Orchard though!


Watering Cans


You won’t know what kind of tree it is until it’s fully grown. In order to grow a Mystery Seed into a tree, you’ll need to first place it on the farm and then water it ten times.

You can gift individual Watering Cans through the Free Gifts page (and that’s how you can receive them from your neighbors), or you can buy them from the Market for 1 Farm Cash each. To water the sapling, simply click on it and choose the Watering option (if you don’t have any Watering Cans, you can use the menu to ask or buy for more).

Once watered ten times, the Mystery Seed will now be fully grown into the new tree. This new tree acts like any other tree—you can harvest it individually, move it, store it, or put it back into any Orchard that has room.


Tree Mastery


Harvesting trees will also now contribute to Tree Mastery! That’s right, you can now Master all of the different Tree types and receive Mastery Signs for them. In this fashion they work just like crop mastery—each time you harvest a tree it leads towards mastery of that tree (whether the tree is on the farm or in an Orchard). You can earn 3 stars for each tree type, which is also reflected in the Tree Mastery Sign (which you’ll earn for getting the first star for that tree). Level 1 and Level 2 trees are both masterable. Once you’ve harvested a tree type enough to get the first star, you’ll see a reward window and the Mastery Sign will show up in your Gift Box.

You can check on how far along your Mastery is in a couple of ways. When you look inside the Orchard you can see how many stars you’ve earned for each tree as well as the progress bar that shows how far you have to go to get the next star. You can see the same level of information by clicking on the revised “Collections” button in the UI menu on the bottom right. Previously you were able to select from “Collections” or “Ribbons” but now you have a third option for “Masteries”. That will bring you to the new Masteries windows, which visually shows all of your Crop and Tree masteries. This is also the window you’ll see if you click on the “Tree Masteries” button in the Orchard window.



Hint: Farmville.com offers a wider selection of trees to send to your neighbors for free



Mafia Wars: Infiltrate The Pentagon Event

Mafia Wars has just released its limited time Infiltration The Pentagon Event.

Collect military uniforms from your fellow mafia and earn Mastery rewards for each section completed. As we have seen in past similar events, there are 3 levels for each reward. The Bronze level requires 3 items collected; the Silver level requires 6 items collected; and the Gold level requires 12 items collected.

Available now for gifting is the Army Uniform. Navy Uniforms unlock on Nov 8th and Air Force uniforms unlock on Nov 12th.


Mafia Wars Infiltrate The Pentagon Mastery Rewards


Army Uniform Mastery Reward – Ranger Kukri (weapon)
Navy Uniform Mastery Reward – Patrol Dolphin (animal)
Air Force Uniform Mastery Reward – Angel’s Grace (armor)




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