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Google has purchased the restaurant guide and review publication Zagat. The purchase will help Google’s Places initiative by adding Zagat’s reviews and ratings to search results. Google has been trying to make a purchase like this for a while, allowing it to compete with sites like Yelp and Yahoo. In other news, Twitter announced that it’s reached over 100 million users and its’ looking to profit off of this years 80% growth. Sponsored tweets and hashtags used to be limited to accounts you followed, but now you can expect to see ads from accounts that are similar to your interests. And finally, the White House is pushing to charge hackers under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Since hackers are no longer lone soldiers, the government is considering them a criminal organization and wants harsher penalties for their actions.