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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."

Talking, Singing Robot Gets New Lips And Nose, But Remains Creepy

Even the teaching of speech to hearing impaired kids has become robotized in Japan.  But though the Talking Robot, first prototyped in 2007, has had a more recent nose job and its lips plumped up, it still sounds really creepy.

 


Social Networks & Online Communities For Moms On Mother's Day

When you acknowledge that special Mom this Mother's Day you might want to change it up a little and introduce her to a network where she can socialize with others that share common interests and who face similar challenges. No matter what her age or where she resides, there are many social networks and online communities that address the needs of first-time Moms to those that juggle career and family.

Gizmodo vs iPhone 4G: Have Techie Sites 'Gone Tabloid'?

Tabloid Journalism, sometimes referred to as the 'gutter press' or 'checkbook journalism' because of its tendency to sensationalize gossip and rumor, often times pays sources for an inside scoop. Gizmodo's recent bombshell story release of the secret next-generation iPhone found in a Silicon Valley Bar treads this fine line.

Coca-Cola Zero Free - Classic Coke Flavor, That Is All

Coca-Cola is about to give thirsty Japanese soda drinkers the Coke, and nothing but the Coke. Dubbed 'Coca-Cola Zero Free', the new addition to Coca-Cola Japan's lineup will be marketed as an adult health drink.

Prebiotics Show Promise In Treating Acne

A new study by a research team in Glasgow is looking promising for a completely new type of acne treatment.  The team is studying the effects of prebiotics on acne bacteria.

'Cash For Ash' Or How To Laugh In The Face Of A Volcano!

Volcanic ash, as a scientific phenomenon is something most of us will only experience as a once-in-a-lifetime event. However, larger than the treasury of much countries, Iceland's "Smoke Monster" has ignited an excessive volume of monetary transactions that are unfortunate for many, yet favorable for some.  Couple that with the number of jokes that have also emanated from that 'ash hole' and many of us are now also laughing at the expense of others.

Superhero Greenman's Viral Videos Save The Planet For Earth Day

The organic food company Earthbound Farm features superhero Greenman in a campaign encouraging consumers to embrace sustainability and protect natural resources. In a two-week lead up to Earth Day, Greenman's mission is to educate the public about how even small changes in daily routines can save the planet. Let us know if you think he was successful?

Colon Cafe Offers Drinkers Art With Guts

Belly up to the bar... or better yet, back into it. The Colon Cafe offers drinkers a surreal trip though the lower intestinal tract, if they've got the guts to go inside.

From Earth Shoes To Carbon Footprints, Earth Day Accesses Social Media

The Earth Day Network and Proctor & Gamble are collaborating on social networks to motivate the digerati to lessen their environmental impact on the planet. With the launch of the Billion Acts of Green™ Facebook and iPhone applications, friends, family and followers are being asked to issue pledges of at least one  "act of green" and share it with their Facebook network.

Are iPhone & iPad Jailbreaks Legal Or Illegal?

Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone, iPod Touch (and now iPad) users to run any code on their devices as they choose, as opposed to only the code authorized by Apple. Once jailbroken, Apple-device users are able to download a multitude of applications previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia, as well as illegally pirated apps. Regarding the practice - Apple says "no way" - while Hackers say, "way'!!!

R2 (without the D2) - First Humanoid Robot To Take Giant Leap For Mankind

NASA is coming close to giving birth to its first humanoid robot who will eventually call the International Space Station home. The launch of the 'android' (no, not the Google smartphone) in partnership with General Motors have designed Robonaut2 with a wide array of sensors and dexterous five finger hands to work along humans in space, or by itself in missions too dangerous for astronauts to handle.