International

Is Cyberwar The Next Cold War?

If 'war' connotes huge conflict on a grand scale between nations, and 'détente' is a harbinger of intermittent periods of calm and high tension - could Cyberwar be the 21st Century's version of the Cold War?  George Orwell who was the first to coin the phrase "Cold War" sourced the ideological confrontation between the US and Russia. Today, Cyberwar is of equal threat, but the enemies aren't just confined to nations.

UC Davis Team Wins Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup 2010

This past weekend at the new Newseum in Washington, DC, Microsoft sponsored the finals of its eighth U.S. Imagine Cup, one of the nation's toughest student software competitions.  After three days of demonstrating their new technologies, a few dozen team finalists were pared down to one grand prize winner....

 

Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media's Howard Stern?

Use to be only the likes of Howard Stern could motivate the Federal Communications Commission to consider prohibiting access to certain communication mediums. However after Mark Zuckerberg unlocked his Open Graph 'Pandora's Box,' it looks like he might be under the same type of scrutiny with the federal government that the shock jock experienced years ago!

While Facebook Conquers The Web, Foursquare Targets TV

While Facebook seeks to own the Web and the advertising that is attached - with the launch of its most recent Open Graph, Foursquare is pursuing partnership deals with a more traditional medium. The hottest location-based social network having only reached its one million 'user' milestone has already locked up TV ad and publicity deals with HBO, Bravo, the History Channel and VH1.

Obama Nightclub: Presidential Hotspot Internationally

Obama might not be the most popular in the United States or online with some individuals right now who are supporting an inappropriate Facebook campaign, but he's well-loved overseas. So much so that there are businesses being created in his honor.

World's First Successful Face Transplant Achieved In Spain

Five years after a man accidentally blew off most of his face with a gun, 30 doctors at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain provided him with a new face.  The 24-hour surgery that involved removing the entire face of a deceased donor and transferring it to the recipient, was the first entire face transplant ever attempted and it has been, so far, successful.

 


Social Media Experts Buddha & Jesus Are All About The Tweets!

Since  Prince Siddartha (aka as Buddha) and Jesus were born respectively 2572 and and 2006 years before Twitter, they never had a chance to tweet. But since both of these historic figures were known to speak in parables and short pithy slogans, if they were around today, I'm sure they would have been naturals in the Twittersphere. As often as these two spiritual leaders were compared to each other (two brothers from different mothers), I think many of their tweets would have hailed from the same hymn book.

Bangalore Safe Driving Campaign May Get Your Clothes Bloody

An ad agency in India wants to make damned sure that people don't talk on their cell phones while driving...  Strap in.  It's a bit messy.

Fly The Friendly Social Media Skies With iPhone 4Gs, Promoted Tweets & CS Issues

We've all heard the social media success stories of JetBlue and Southwest Airlines - so much so, that they sometimes overshadow the other airlines that are also doing exceptional jobs in taking care of the customers throughout the Twittersphere. Here are four airlines that know how much weight a tweet carries, and some are now even paying for them.

BMW Unveils Gran Coupe Sports Concept...Challenges Mercedes-Benz CLS

BMW has always been about combining performance, prestige, and luxury into one single, no-compromise package. Now, they have introduced a new concept vehicle that may be the best example of this ideology yet.

Marty Cooper, The Alexander Graham Bell Of The Mobile Phone Points To The Future

Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone finally proved successful on March 10, 1876, when the first complete sentence was transmitted: "Watson, come here; I want you." Almost 100 years later, looking like an updated version of Maxwell Smart's shoe phone, Marty Cooper, the inventor of the cell phone made his first call using the device, on April 3, 1973 from the penthouse suite of the New York Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Who's Not Evil Now? Facebook's Social Connections vs Google's Hyperlinks

The gauntlet was officially laid down when Mark Zuckerberg announced at his F8 Developers Conference that "going forward social connections are going to be equally as important as hyperlinks were for the Web previously." While Google's brain-trust has been ingenious in perfecting their algorithms over the years, where Facebook may have a leg up in the weeks and months ahead is "stickiness." To fracture an old axiom, "you can lead a horse to link, but you can't get always get him to click." Zuckerberg, on the other hand, thinks his 400 million horses will be prompted by his Open Graph to do both.

'Facebucks', First Social Networking Currency To Roll Off The Facebook Mint

In a previous post, titled, "Facebook's 'Open Graph' Targets Google Ad Dollars," I half-heartily hinted at the  possibility of "Facebucks" becoming a new currency to be established by the world's number one social network.  And today, I'm here to tell you that my off-the-cuff attempt at humor is becoming a reality! The Facebook Mint is ready to print their own money, and dissimilar to the Federal Treasury, I think they'll be running in the black from day one!

Axe Canada's Showerpooling Speeds Past Carpooling To Save The Planet!

Carpooling may save gas, but what about water, our planet's most fundamental resource? Take action. Take your clothes off. And Showerpool. With tips and tools to help keep our planet more and more sustainable, products the world over are looking for new ways to become environmentally friendly. Axe Body Wash, on the other hand  has taken that message literally with the release of their new video "Axe Showerpooling."

Car2Go Vehicle Sharing Program Alive and Well In Austin, Texas

Late in 2008, a vehicle sharing program called Car2Go was launched on a test basis in the city of Ulm, Germany.  After seeing how successful it was, other cities across the globe began planning to implement such a program.  Now, Austin is becoming second large city to begin using the new kind of transportation being called "On Demand Mobility."