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$40K Awarded To The Best Social Networking Sleuths To Find Balloons

No, its not the return of Balloon Boy, nor a refrain from a 60s pop tune. Its a legitimate challenge to mark the the 40th anniversary of the Internet and it's open to all World Wide Webizens. Sponsored by DARPA, the competition requires participants to locate and submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States.

Buy Nike (RED) Laces For The Holidays And Save Lives

December 1 starts the launch of Nike (RED) in 13 countries around the world. Nike has created Nike (RED) laces specifically designed to fight AIDS in Africa. For holiday gift givers, this is an ideal gift to buy for the people on your Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa shopping list, as 100% of the profits go to the Global Fund.

TV + Social Networking = Strictly Social

Signs of the Internet melding with traditional TV have been emerging for quite some time with sites like Hulu and TV.com. This past fall, Fox network experimented with live tweeting during episodes of Fringe and Glee called "Tweet-peats."

Solar Sail A Cool Kind of Solar Power in 2010

Recently The Planetary Society announced that by the end of 2010 it will try to launch another spacecraft, LightSail-1, into orbit propelled forward by the pressure of the sunlight. They tried this once four years ago and their spacecraft propelled into the ocean instead of orbit. Failure has not deterred them.

Embedding Video Into Your LinkedIn Profiles

LinkedIn announced recently that it was opening up its platform to Open Source development, allowing public developers to be able to access the site's API and incorporate LinkedIn into their business and Web sites (similar to the process permitted by Facebook and Twitter). In so doing, will this allow users to be able to add video to their LinkedIn profiles?

Twitter To Charge For Getting Analytical

Finally testing the 'revenue' waters, Twitter is launching a commercial account business model that will charge corporate accounts for analytical tools.  In a recent announcement Biz Stone confirmed that Twitter will be offering a paid-for option that will provide users deeper insight into its analytics.

Amazon, Still The Amazon Of Shopping Sites This Holiday Season!

Amazon.com, the nation's largest online retailer has stepped up its marketing efforts in response to the demand from post-Thanksgiving shoppers. Their Black Friday page is the top destination for customers to experience Amazon.com's Black Friday Deals Week offered now through Cyber Monday, November 30. And guess what?...no lines!

CheapTweet Is This Holiday Season's New Black!

The current state of the economy has made many of us rethink our previous 'conspicuous consumption' habits. Today with the help of social media we have new tools available that allow us to purchase the items we really want at an equitable price. Sites like CheapTweet and its crowdsourced feature has found a way to turn our cheap tweets into microbloggin' billboards for the entire Twitterverse to share.

The Early Adopter APIs For Foursquare

What catapulted Twitter and Facebook into the Stratosphere? One innovative approach opened the doors to the most successful social media experiments to date? An Application Programming Interface or API is what did the trick! And Foursquare, the popular location-based social network has taken a page out of that playbook in an attempt to scale faster than its competition.

"Mr Murdoch,Tear Down This Wall" Infers Biz Stone

President Reagan's "tear down this wall" address may well have been the Great Communicator's most remembered words. Perhaps not as historic, but noteworthy nonetheless was a BBC interview with Biz Stone this past week where he criticized news mogul Rupert Murdoch similarly for lack of foresight in today's Web 2.0 business climate.

Social Media Putting The "Black" Back In Black Friday?

Black Friday is the term used to mark the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season in which retailers transition from being in the red (posting losses) to black (turning profits). The difference this year might get an extra boost as merchandise in stores online and off utilize social networks, Web sites and mobile applications. Will having access to the new social media tools available be enough to turn that red ink black? Check out ten enterprises that are banking on it!

Top Ten Must-Have Toys For Christmas!

From Cabbage Patch Dolls to Tickle-Me Elmos, each holiday season introduces us to a series of new innovative toys for children of all ages. And this year is no different. From mind-powered games to adopting a Pet Lawyers, there's a lot of creative toys and gadgetry  flying off the online and offline shelves. But with the clock slowly ticking away, some of the items on this TOP TEN list are quickly dwindling in inventory. If you must have them, you best act fast!

Top Ten Holiday Stores For Social Media Gifts

Gifting your favorite social networking netizen this year doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. A lot of entrepreneurial and social networking online store sites are selling some very unique social media-oriented gifts this holiday season. And with just a few mouse clicks, you can purchase that special gift that demonstrates just how social you are.

Kindle vs Nook & Sony Reader

Sony, in its latest attempt to compete head-on with Amazon's Kindle's and Barnes & Noble's Nook success is attempting to open a storefront online of its own. In spite of a previous failure at a similar venture back in 2005, is Sony ready for a comeback?And if not, does Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook win in this year's Holiday Sweepstakes?

SnazL & Flip.to, Social Media Tools For Sharing Content

SnazL and Flip.to are two of the first open source tools to bridge the gap between content and community. By allowing users to create and share their videos, photos and content from one central location, the user become the center of his or her own sphere of influence cross social media platforms.