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China To Green Western Deserts With Seawater

A radical water-moving project seeks to green the sandy expanses of Western China using seawater piped in from the Bohai Sea, more than 2,200 kilometers (1,360 miles) to the east.

2010's Disruptive Technologies At Odds: Ipad vs WikiLeaks

The game-changing technology of the iPad and WikiLeaks fast became part of the world zeitgeist this year. Under normal circumstances disruptive technology is a stand-alone innovation setting a new path for technology that went before. If iPad disrupted the laptop and eReader industries, and WikiLeaks was a political game-changer in the world of journalism - how did they cross paths to motivate one to reject the other?

Google Digests Travel Software To Fatten Its Travel Search Portal

Back in April, I speculated that Google would acquire ITA Software, the meta-search technology that drives online travel agents (OTAs) in addition to Bing Travel, and could throw a monkey-wrench into how online search would function going forward. In my post, titled, "Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changers for OTAs. . ." I noted industry sources that predicted the buying price could go as high as US $1 billion.

Social Media's Person Of The Year Networks In '404 Not Found' Territory

Chinese netizens poke fun at the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg being greeted in a country that bans his Web site. The government's welcoming banner auspiciously reads: Warm welcome to China - the founder of the website '404 Not found.' For a man lauded recently by Time Magazine and whose life is portrayed in an award-winning movie, what motivated the CEO of Facebook to visit the land of the dragon?

It's Been Leaked Social Media Acronyms Are Being Re-Defined

Our world was full of acronyms even before social media came onto the scene. In business, someone could be SOL because he was in deep water with his boss. Or a member of the military might be AWOL for taking too much time off for R&R and didn't CYA. But today, acronyms of all sorts have popped into our lexicon as the result of smartphones and Twitter -  where it became even more important to find quicker ways to communicate with a limited number of characters for a tweet or text message.

The First Ever 'Royal Engagement' Coin! But Who Is That Couple?

The Royal Mint has revealed its new limited-edition £5 coin with the supposed likeness of Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton.  You can pay from £10 ($16.30) for a cupro-nickel coin up to and between £1,550 ($2480) for the solid gold coin. Will future value of these coins be affected by the likeness of the images to the Prince and his betrothed? 

 

 

Social Media Search Targets Quality Followers Similar To Quality Links

"Garbage in, Garbage Out" is an old saw used in the last century that implied inputting faulty data would only produce a output of flawed results. Google countered this paradigm in the early days when developing one its signals for its search algorithm - namely link building - and those that chose to game the system by amassing large number of links to achieve higher search rankings.

A Social Media Retelling Of The First Christmas

What if Mary and Joseph gave birth to their baby Jesus in the Digital Age? How would they have used the social media tools available to a world where one out of every 13 people have a Facebook account, and one tweet or YouTube video can catch the attention of thousands or millions if it goes viral. The Portuguese digital marketing company, Excentric not only explores that possibility but has produced a video titled, "The Digital Story of the Nativity" to explain to the world how they see that story playing out in the year 2010.

MTV Music Meter Tracks Social Media To Return To Roots

Who ever remembers the launch of MTV in the early 80s may wax nostalgic in learning that the network is returning to its roots. The slogan "I want my MTV" accompanied the latest Michael Jackson and Madonna music videos and certainly aided in the meteoric rise of these artists. This week with the release of the MTV Music Meter and its interface with social media, the parent company Viacom will showcase up-and-coming  artists and bands that are most buzzed about on social networks.

Social Media Hackers, Heroes Or Villains?

Anyone who has seen the movie, The Social Network is familiar with how in the early years, Mark Zuckerberg pitted young students against each other in a heated competition as to who could "code" the fastest. The most savvy cognoscenti won a chance to join Facebook's start-up team back in 2004. On a recent installment of 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl noted that "Hacker" posters papered the walls of FB's HDQ. Which begs the question - what determines whether hackers are heroes or villains?

iPad Graphic Novels Feature Buddha & Social Media

Graphic novels on iPads make for great gifts as they are the perfect format for reading a genre presented in illustrative color. Kindles which continue to be one of the most popular eBook Readers fall short for graphic novel fans by only offering black and white text. This holiday season, two exciting iPad books hit digital shelves and can be purchased for as low as $4.99 a download.

Social Media Twins Seek Greater Fortunes From Facebook Coffers Graphically

The Ivy League twins who accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for Facebook at Harvard back in 2004 have reengaged their legal battle with him on the heels of an award-winning movie, an unauthorized biopic and a graphic novel that have brought greater focus to a social network that has already attracted a half billion-plus followers.

Ten 2011 Wall Calendars To Count You Into The Next Decade

Some of us are very sentimental about our wall calendars and end up keeping them for years. Perhaps that's why we spend a bit of time searching for a special one that "clicks." Whether you are buying a calendar for yourself or someone else (hint: great Christmas gift), I've hand-picked 10 that express the various ways some may like to start the next decade.

 

If Google Can't Be Social, How Can It Thrive In Social Media?

Google has had more than a hard time developing a social network that could compete in the same stratosphere as Facebook. With reports of a world Internet user base of about 1 billion and over 20,000 employees, it's hard to understand why the search giant can't figure it out? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact, its staff hasn't learned to play nice?

First Study Linking Hormone Therapy & Mortality From Breast Cancer

Another study from the Women's Health Initiative 11 year follow-up has revealed, for the first time, that women who receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are twice as likely to die from breast cancer than those who do not receive the therapy.  This information is contrary to the prevailing notion that estrogen plus progesterone therapy has little impact on severity or mortality of breast cancer.

 


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 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.

Back To The Future: 8 Futuristic Kitchen Gadgets From The 20th Century

One of the several segments of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) historical look at 20th century kitchens is its collection for Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen.  Here, we find designs for the kitchens of the future from the avant-guarde of the last century, which still have relevance and style for today's kitchens... But where are they?

 

 


Social Media Gets Graphic With Zuckerberg Comic Book & Novel

Mark Zuckerberg has been called a lot of things, but 'comic book action hero' is not one that comes to mind. However, with Facebook movies (Catfish & The Social Network) gaining a lot of buzz at theaters nationwide, "nerd" as anti-hero seems to be the latest trend. Who would have guessed that a "social media thriller" could actually become a new literary genre. But seemingly that is the case with a new comic book and graphic novel written about the world's most ubiquitous social network.

A Revolutionary Kitchen Design That Furthered Equality For Women

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City has a special and vast exhibit of 20th Century kitchen designs happening now. In going through the complete online guide to the exhibit, which really just touches on some items in  the complete collection, what fascinated me most is one of the earliest kitchens in the MOMA show, that of architect Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky's Frankfort Kitchen, designed in 1926-27.