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Welcome to MATH Magazine’s Numbers in the News! Each week we'll post a math question based on a current news story. Read and solve the question.

If you like, enter your answer in the Comments section. The first person to answer the question correctly has the honor of being our “Winner of the Week.” (We’ll reveal that person, and the correct answer, in that question’s Comments the following week.)

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The popular social-networking site, Facebook, announced last week that it reached 500 million members. (The entire U.S. population is about 307 million!) Facebook was founded by a Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg, in 2004, and its popularity has been growing ever since. in the past 5 months, 100 million new members joined. If new members continued to join at that rate, what month and year would Facebook reach 1 billion members?