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Facebook Backs Same-Sex Marriage in Supreme Court Filings (AllFacebook)
Facebook joined the growing list of companies expressing their support for same-sex marriage, announcing in a post on its LGBTQ@Facebook page that it will submit briefs on the topic to the U.S. Supreme Court. The social network said it would post links to its filings on the LGBTQ@Facebook page when they become available.

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Success of Status Shuffle App Shows That Users Want Entertainment on Facebook

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The Status Shuffle app, which has 1.8 million unique iPhone installations and 3.5 million monthly unique users on Facebook.com, was designed to help users create clever status updates for Facebook but it’s taken off as a source of entertainment, according to Social Graph Studios CEO Oz Solomon. But Status Shuffle may be able to give Facebook some advice on how to sort information, including promoted content, in users’ news feeds—something Facebook has struggled with since it first expanded beyond campus walls.

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Does Mark Cuban Really Think Sports Tweeters Can Oust ESPN?

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The post comes equally from a place of legitimacy and mischievousness. Cuban is a very successful businessman, but also a man frequently in the spotlight, for better or worse. He is outspoken in his critique of both the media and the NBA, getting in trouble for both, and getting fined for the latter. Whether or not he gives an answer to the question he posed (more on that later), when Cuban raises a question, it makes news.

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Consumers Plan to Cut the Cord. Unless They Don’t

BrokenTV2.jpgAre people really cutting the cord to their cable or satellite television subscriptions? If two recent reports are any indication, their hearts (and wallets) say yes, but at the end of the day they just can’t bring themselves to do it.

Last month The Yankee Group released a report saying that as many as 12.5 percent of cable, satellite or telco television subscribers plan on cutting the cord in the next year, instead getting all of their TV content online.

And who can blame consumers? The average cable bill is now approximately $71 a month, and they only continue to rise. In addition, websites like Hulu and paid services like MLB.tv help offset the programming consumers may miss.

But another report released today from SNL Kagan and MediaBiz sends a very different message. The report, summarized at MediaPost by David Goetzl, says that in 2009 the number of households paying for TV service increased by three percent over 2008.

While cable companies saw a decline in subscribers, their satellite and telco competitors more than made up for the losses. AT&T U-verse and Verizon Fios saw their subscriber numbers jump 65 percent in the same time period.

So what does it mean? People love their television sets and shows. Over and over again consumers say they will cut the cord in surveys, but when they take a good hard look at the content that is really available online, most keep their pay TV service.

Will 12.5 percent of consumers (totaling almost 12.5 million households) really cancel their service in the next year? Only time will tell, but if Vegas is taking bets, “no” would be the better wager.

Related: Mark Cuban on why the future of TV is TV

Cuban on YouTube: “A Disaster Waiting to Happen”

Cuban_5.28.JPGAt the All Things D conference in Carlsbad, CA billionaire Mark Cuban did not have good things to say about Internet video and says YouTube specifically is turning into a bandwidth killer.

Cuban in an interview at the conference says Google’s YouTube is “literally subsidizing bandwidth for the whole world.” He called it “a disaster waiting to happen.”

“Mark Cuban’s a colorful guy and he’s entitled to his opinions, even if we disagree with them,” a Google spokesperson tells the WSJ.

“I think its a real disappointment to see where Internet video has come,” Cuban said during his All Things D appearance, noting the industry still doesn’t have advertising standards.

Cuban gave a shout-out to YouTube competitor Hulu for keeping an eye on the bottom line. “Hulu has done some great things and they are focused on monetization,” he said, adding “they have some big pockets that they have to appease.”