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China's Social Media Suppress China's Nobel Prize Winner Announcement

It seems the Norwegian Nobel Committee is controversial no matter who they select to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, it was U.S. President Barack Obama for lack of international experience and this year it's Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Igniting a fury amongst Chinese politicos, the award was criticized harshly for what the Chinese view as a violation the Committees' core principles in honoring "a criminal."

Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night

Conan O'Brien is returning to the airwaves via a big ostentatious orange blimp and us Earthlings can follow its aerial whereabouts throughout  the month of October via social media. Using the creative promotion team at Foursquare, the talk-show host has struck a deal with the location-based social network and AT&T to promote his new show on TBS, debuting November 8 at 11PM ET/ 10 Central - in a most unique way.

Social Media's Weak Ties Cannot Lead To Social Change?

In social media, sometimes its difficult to see the forest for trees. More than often many of us (including myself) get caught up in numbers. We replace quality with quantity because social media has this inherent sense of puffing up one's ego based on amassing large followings. Weak ties or connections to many is not a bad thing as long as it can be kept in perspective.

U.S. Lags Behind Other Industrialized Nations In Survival Rates

As of September 23, 2010, the United States ranked forty-ninth internationally for both male and female life expectancy combined. If you want evidence that our health care system is not providing health care to our citizens, look no further than the results of this study, published online today in Health Affairs: What Changes In Survival Rates Tell Us About US Health CareYou may be surprised to learn why we've fallen behind.

 

Doctors Question New Cancer Treatment Device, NanoKnife

A medical device called the NanoKnife by AngioDynamics, an innovator in the medical device field, is being questioned by members of the medical community because the device was fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and was approved without clinical studies in 2008. But...

Got Milk? Good. Milk Helps You Lose Weight!

Milk helps advance weight loss?  That's a surprise to most of us, because many of the most popular diet programs exclude or minimize dairy products as part of their regimes.  A two-year study shows not only that milk drinkers lose more weight, but that Vitamin D has other health benefits besides preventing skin cancer.

Awesome Eyeglasses For The Future Win Wall Street Journal Tech Award

Edyeglass technology hasn't advance very much since the 19th century... until now.  TruFocals, soon to be re-branded Superfocus, are the coolest things in prescription eyeglasses since Benjamin Franklin made his own.  In fact, they are designed just like Franklin's glasses. 


Social Media Screens Prospective Employees & Clients

Be careful what you tweet, Flikr, YouTube and update - less you want to reduce your chances of getting hired or landing your next client. Social media is now officially the extension of one's resume. It adds another layer for discovery by prospective employers and companies. After all, who knows you better than your social networks?

In The Race For The Fattest Country, U.S. Comes In A Close Second

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), an international organization of 33 countries, recently released the latest figures on the obesity rates of all of its member countries.  Though the U.S. was just shy of coming in first, we still have a big fat influence on the world.

 


Fruits & Veggies Are Just Not That Popular

Twenty-one First Ladies, including Michelle Obama, have pushed healthy diets as their main projects. I guess they should have found different causes to get behind, because in spite of their efforts, the efforts of the medical community, the insurance industry, the health and fitness industry and many more sectors of the economy... we keep eating fewer and fewer of them.

 

'Celery' Provides Fast Communication For The Computer Shy

Celery brings your friends and family into the world of speedy connection.  With this machine they can communicate just as fast as the rest of us, and be more involved and in touch with the people they love.

 

Hair Doctor Hat Puts A Hot Tub On Your Head

Now hair this! An easy to use, specialized bath cap that fills itself with hot water while you bathe or shower promises to melt away dirt, oils and shampoo residue from your scalp, leading to less hair loss and healthier hair.

Social Media Speeds Up Political Promises Before Elections

The time period from campaign promises to delivery has traditionally been lengthy. The public voted for the candidates of their choice based on a belief that they were going to live up to their word. From start to finish, this process usually took one to two years - the duration of which became increasingly frustrating when candidates failed to deliver on their promises.

Practice, Practice, Practice May Not Be The Fastest Way To Carnegie Hall

The music student asks a successful violinist, "What's the fastest way to Carnegie Hall?"  The violinist answers... "Practice. Practice. Practice."  That's what musicians and language learners have been doing forever!  But...

Social Media Cartoons Adds Dilbert, A Graphic Novel & Randy Glasbergen To Its Fold

Back in February I posted my Top Ten Social Media Cartoonists list for the year. While cartoonists are less likely to take on the topic of social media, there are a few established cartoonists as well as some new writers and illustrators who  find humor in a lot of social networking issues that consume so much of our waking hours. To my TOP TEN, I add the following.

Comedy Central's Dueling Viral Videos Pits Sanity Against Fear In Lead-up To Elections

Two of Comedy Central's most hilarious founding fathers, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will face off in competing rallies held on the National Mall, the same day. On October 30, 2010, three days before the mid-term elections, each comedian will vie for votes for opposing causes. Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" will go toe to toe with Colbert's "March To Keep Fear Alive."

Type D Personalities Should Be Very Concerned About Their Health

You may not have paid much attention to your 'personality type,' those rubrics of A, B, and C, developed by psychologists in the 1950's.  A comprehensive study of Type D personality (a Type added to the group in the 1990's), its relationship to heart disease, and the findings will no doubt be disappointing to those in that group. This will make them really grumpy.

 


Chattanooga's Internet Speed, Choo Choos Its Way To Fastest In World!

When trains were the fastest mode of transportation in the country, it made sense that a railroad-line popularized in a 1940s big band song by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra would become world famous. But globally, since that time, you haven't heard much about that quaint little town in Tennessee. That was - until the city's utility company, EPB announced Chattanooga will be competing with Hong Kong in offering the fastest Internet service on the planet.

Social Media's Privacy vs Intimacy, Facebook vs Chatroulette

While the redefinition of privacy continues to engage debate amongst netizens, this current era of pushing boundaries online is on the surface somewhat of a paradox. While many feel that relinquishing data about ourselves subsequently deprives us of control (i.e. Facebook's Open Graph), there are others that are willing to relinquish control in exchange for a random form of intimacy (i.e. Chatroulette's video chat).

Social Media Game Beats Out Facebook & Google As Top Online Destination?

This week two conflicting studies were released detailing how much time Web surfers were spending socializing versus surfing. While comScore was quick to point out that Facebook had overtaken Google for the first time in August, another report indicated Zynga's Farmville actually racked up more total hours than the other two combined - and by a sizable margin!