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Is Silicon Valley’s ‘Datageddon’ Coming, Or Will Modern-Day Florence Continue to Renaissance?

It’s been referred to as the ‘Cradle of Innovation’ in a time of transformation, where art has been replaced by Clouds, DaVinci’s by Zuckerberg’s, beauty by functionality and greed . . . well, by greed (some things never change.) But is the 21st Century’s Renaissance peaking, or will it live to Snapchat another day?

Stream & Drive With Netflix Watch & Google Self-Driving Cars

On the eve of the Apple Watch going into preorders April 10th, starting as early as 3:01 a.m. ET -- not to be outdone -- Netflix released some surprising news regarding its own timepiece. With an appropriate dose of tongue-and-cheek, in an advance promo, the Netflix Watch is said to be coming soon, providing gadget-lovers the world-over to “experience total freedom.”

Crowdsale & Cryptocurrency Fuels Next-Gen Social Network Synereo

If a new social network is going to break the mold of everything that went before, it's going to require a social media marketing strategy that’s just as innovative. In a follow-up to my blog post ‘Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook,’ the programming team behind Synereo are relying on cryptocurrency to serve as legal tender when users register for their network, via a new crowdsouring mechanism called a ‘crowdsale.’

Defining Synereo Before It Redefines Facebook

There’s a new social network in town and if it's half as powerful as its hype, prepare to follow a whole new line of logic when you socialize online in the very near future. Synereo has been touted as the one to break the mold of all that went before. It’s the next-gen social ecosystem, a fully decentralized and distributed social network designed for the  Attention Economy.

CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel our children’s desire to learn.

Does Tsū or A+ Get The Top Grade?

Tsu (pronounced ‘Sue’) -- the social network that pays you for your content -- scaled past 3 million users this past week in less than 5 short months. Based on a monetization model where ninety percent of its advertising revenues are actually distributed to its members, its algorithm weighs views, likes, comments, shares and numbers of followers in a somewhat modified MLM scheme to determine the payouts.

Will YouTube Subscription Service Compete With Netflix, Spotify?

Google has decided its web-based video provider YouTube has finally grown up enough to get some big-boy pants. It’s a bit step, but Google appears to be taking its cue from streaming video and music content providers like Netflix and Spotify.

JotForm Designer, Theme Store Let You Codelessly Beautify, Sell Form Designs

Need a web form? Need it to look good? Can't code? JotForm.com has you covered. The service just launched its Form Designer, letting you decorate without futzing with CSS, and its Theme Store shares user-submitted themes, optionally opening a source of income for graphic designers.

Mercedes-Benz SuperBowl Ad Inspires Tsū Tortoises & Hares

Aesop’s classic fable of the tortoise and the hare not only gets a modern-spin in its lead-up to Super Bowl XLXIX, it has also inspired users on a young upstart social network to examine who they most identify with. With six major automakers scheduled for million-dollar TV commercials for this year’s big game, Mercedes-Benz led the pack by fully revealing a minute-long commercial for the games.

Tsu Welcomes Arabian King Of Morocco To Its Paying Platform

Not that this Royal needs any more riches added to his country’s coffers, this month, Roi Du Mohammed VI, His Majesty the King of Morocco selected Tsu as a viable social network for communicating to the world. And not only did his entourage follow in lock-step, the Monarch has amassed almost 30,000 followers in a little over two weeks.

LinkedIn’s Tools To Connect Workers Goes Head-On With ‘Facebook At Work’

On the heels of my recent post titled, 'Facebook At Work,' Anti-Ts?, Anti-LinkedIn, Anti-Google+' that detailed Mark Zuckerberg’s desire to build a whole new network focused on collaborative tools for the business world, this week, LinkedIn released some news that just might make him stop him in his tracks. If not and Zuckerberg follows through with his proposed plans, it looks like us the users of both networks . . .

HBO Show Silicon Valley’s Video Compression App Mirrors Facebook Acquisition

Facebook’s social media prominence has been written about extensively in best selling books and movie scripts. Aaron Sorkin’s treatment of Mark Zuckerberg's Machiavellian rise in the blockbuster, The Social Network was box office gold back in 2010. It garnered more awards than you could shake a stick at from all major movie award shows, including the Oscars, the Golden Globes, BAFTA and The National Board of Review.

On Tsu, The ‘Tspin Challenge’ Spins Dollars For Charities

Who doesn’t remember the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014 and the frenzy that ensued throughout the United States? It started as a grass roots effort to raise awareness and donations for the disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as the Lou Gehrig disease. Promoted widely on Twitter and Facebook, the virality of the challenge soon caught the attention of newscasters, celebrities, politicians and even motivating folks like former Presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to get involved.

Surgery Selfies Making The Rounds At Chinese Hospitals

So-called “Surgery Selfies” - group photos of doctors, nurses and even sedated patients in operating rooms – have become somewhat of a trend in China though not everyone thinks turning successful medical procedures into Kodak moments is a good thing.

‘Data Scientist’ Replaces ‘Social Media Scientist’ In LinkedIn’s 2014 Top Skills List

What a difference one short year makes. In 2013, my position of ‘Social Media Scientist’ which focuses on ‘social media marketing’ for clients and publishers was the most viable job in the land. This year, not only did ‘Data Scientist’ take the top spot in Linkedin’s “Top 25 Job Skills” list, the social media marketing skill was wiped clean off the 2014 list entirely.