Facebook Affects Cheese Prices, Ashton Kutcher vs. The Village Voice, Hot 4th of July Searches

Adriana Diaz
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Israeli food makers beware. After the price of cottage cheese doubled in the past two years, Israelis made a Facebook page calling to boycott the country's staple food. After more than 100,000 people joined the page, Israel's three top cheese companies agreed to lower their prices. That's no small feat in a country with a high cost of living that's rising. "Mazel tov," guys! But the Facebook group isn't declaring victory just yet. It plans to take on the prices of other dairy products, too.

Ashton Kutcher is embroiled in a Twitter battle with the Village Voice over child prostitution. Kutcher, who appears in a public service announcement against sex trafficking called "Real Men Don't Buy Girls," told CNN's Piers Morgan that between 100,000 and 300,000 American minors engage in the act each year. In an article titled, "Real Men Get Their Facts Straight," the Voice accused Kutcher of exaggerating the number of children in prostitution, which the paper says is closer to 800. The two sides then took to Twitter to battle it out. The Voice tweeted, "@aplusk Thanks in part to you, while Congress spends millions to hype mythical numbers, actual causes and treatment go unaddressed." Kutcher shot back at the paper, which publishes adult classifieds on its site backpage.com, by tweeting, "Hey @villagevoice speaking of data, maybe you can help me... How much $ did your 'escorts' in you classifieds on backpage make last year?" After a flurry of back-and-forth tweets, Kutcher slowed down his tweets on the subject. But the Voice, which is sure to include Kutcher's twitter handle @aplusk in its tweets, is still at it. Maybe it's trying to tap in to Kutcher's 7 million Twitter followers? If so, it's working; it's gained 3,000 followers since it started trading tweets with Kutcher yesterday.

Finally, we were wondering what people are looking up on Yahoo! ahead of this weekend's barbecue, beach, and bonfire time. Turns out searches are spiking for America's second favorite pastime: amusement parks! "Disneyland," "Six Flags," and Ohio's "Kings Island" are all spiking in Yahoo! Search. But long lines and roller coasters aren't for everyone. Some want to escape the crowds by going camping, which is why searches for "camping checklist" are up 4,072% in the past month (whatever you do, don't forget your bug spray).

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