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Facebook pushes you to vote: CNET Update

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CNET Update: Facebook pushes you to vote

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Digital "I Voted" stickers will fill Facebook feeds, Apple sells 3 million iPads in three days, and Instagram users are fooled by spam accounts.

-How much does Facebook impact your vote? I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. It's good to be back in the studio. As many of you know, our New York office was without power for the past week because of Hurricane Sandy. Thanks for all your support and thanks to the San Francisco CNET team for helping us get the show out in the meantime. Apple has reported that it sold 3 million iPads in the first weekend the new models went on sale and that's across 34 countries. It's doubled the amount of iPad sold from the launch in March, but this time, Apple is counting two products sold. It's a combo of the new 4th generation iPad model and the minis. Tuesday is Election Day in the U.S. and Facebook doesn't want you to forget. Millions of Facebook users that are of voting age will see a message on Tuesday reminding them to vote. Studies show that Facebook does affect how people vote. Many are persuaded by peers rather than by their civic duty and many say they are more active in political issues because of what they read on social media. And you can arrive to your polling place in style using that Uber app. The car service app is offering a free ride in a black car on Tuesday for anyone who has not used that Uber app before. The trip must begin or end at a national polling location and is valid during your city's voting hours. If you're looking for an entry-level tablet deal, Barnes & Noble dropped the price of last year's Nook tablet to $160 for the 8-gig model and $180 for 16 gigs. The Nook Color dropped to $140, but then new Nook HD tablet is still $200. Twitter is working on a way to let you put photo filters on pictures posted with the Twitter app. This is according to a report from the New York Times. These filters would be similar to what Instagram offers in its app. Also, over the past few days, tens of thousands of Instagram users were duped by spam accounts posing as major airlines, all promising the same deal: a free flight to the first 10 thousand or 20 thousand followers and you have to mention that account. Of course, people didn't stop to think about how it was too good to be true to give away 20 thousand tickets or that there was no way to contact the winner nor was there a list of rules. It took awhile for Instagram to disable some of these accounts. As of Monday afternoon, the fake account for Southwest Airlines was still up and running promising bogus-free flights. Airlines have been trying to counteract the spam by tweeting that these are fake accounts. Spam on Instagram is on the rise and you have to watch out for this junk. That's your tech news update for today. You can find links to all of today's stories on the blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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