StraightUpSocial News Links for 1/25/2010

Global Time Spent on Social Media Sites Up 82% Year Over Year

The Nielsen Company releases social network usage data for December 2009, which shows significant increases in unique visitors and time spent on social networks around the world.

What to Expect From Apple’s Tablet Unveiling

Brian X. Chen at Wired’s Gadget Lab sums up rumors about Apple’s tablet device, which is expected to be the talk of an Apple press event this Wednesday.

Pope To Priests: Go Forth and Blog

Ariel David at the Associated Press reports on a message from Pope Benedict, released by the Vatican this weekend, urging priests to utilize new media technologies such as blogs.