Society 2.0: Cha Ching!

by Editorial

Beaucoup bucks dominated social media news this week.

By ReDonah Anderson

Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z at a Feb. 2012 New York Knicks/New Jersey Nets game at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Twitter has been on buzz overload over campaign fundraisers, Forbes’ latest 400 Richest People in America List and Apple’s newest software update.

Hip-hop power couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s exclusive fundraiser for President Barack Obama at The 40/40 Club in New York City caused a stir. Guests paid $40,000 per ticket, reportedly adding $4 million to Obama’s campaign coffers. Obama: “To Jay and Bey, thank you for your friendship. Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls.”

“Jay and @Beyonce, welcome @KatyPerry to the @BarackObama love fest:” via MTV @MTV

“@Beyonce Obama Praises Jay-Z and Beyonce During $4 Million Fundraising Event” via Perez Hilton @PerezHilton

“President Obama Says He and Jay-Z Share a Bond: “We both have daughter and our wives are more popular than we are” via BET News @BETNews

Apropos of the week’s political news, Forbes released its annual 400 Richest People in America list. For the 19th year in a row, Microsoft’s Bill Gates tops with a net worth of $66 billion. Runner-up is Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett at $46 billion. Oracle’s Larry Ellison rounds out the top three coming in at $41 billion. Three more women made the list this year, bringing the total to 45, with Wal-Mart’s Alice Walton ($26.3 billion) leading the charge at No. 8.

“70% of the wealthiest Americans on the Forbes 400 list made their fortune entirely from scratch” via FOX 9 News @MyFOX9

“Warren Buffett and Bill Gates rank first and second on Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans. Here’s the rest:”  via @CNNMoney

“#Gates, #Buffett are still richest Americans on Forbes 400 list; #Zuckerberg falls by most after IPO:” via Associated Press @AP

News about Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 6, flooded Twitter. Of its 200 new features, the company’s new mapping app and Passbook feature (a virtual wallet for storing electronic tickets) are getting the most buzz, for better or worse. Everyone’s favorite virtual lady, Siri, also got an upgrade; she can now make dinner reservations and check sports scores.

“iOS 6 Maps Adds Another Hit to Apple’s Reputation” via News Tech @ForbesTech

“Update for IPhone replaces Google’s maps with Apple’s maps” via The New York Times @NYTimes

“Apple’s new Maps in iOS 6 draw ire from users around the world”  via Apple Insider @appleinsider

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