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If Groupon Cashes In At The Register, Can Credit Cards Be Far Behind?

Groupon, the social buying site with over 60 million subscribers and a valuation of $15 million (at last count) wants to take its successful monetization model and incorporate it into cash registers. According to a Business Week report, VeriFone Systems is in talks with Groupon's president Rob Solomon about adding a "Groupon Button" to their cash registers. Wouldn't it be wiser for the social networks just to issue "Groupon" credit cards?

Apple's iPad 2 is Coming to Town

The iPad arrived with a bang last year and was sold out almost instantly in retailers nationwide. Apple has just announced the launch of the iPad 2 and already the world is waiting for its arrival with eager anticipation.

Social Media Intern Wanted Before Overexposed Star Stops Trending

Only a week into social networking and TeamSheen needs to recruit an intern to help him do some of the heavy 'social media' lifting. Scaling past 2.3 million followers on Twitter in less than ten days, the ex-Two and Half Men star is not only drunk on the drug called "Charlie Sheen," he's also realized that he's a social media rock star. Or is he? Has the "winning" megalomaniac peaked, or are prospective interns going to be queuing up faster than fanboys at an "Apple iPad2" launch day?

New Video Game Releases: Week 10, 2011

Here's your dose of the newest video games being released this week. Be your own star in Yoostar2 and experience the classics with Atari's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 on your Nintendo DS. Get your game on with MLB 2011: The Show and shoot your way to victory with Homefront. Lastly, take on another life in the virtual world with this week's RPG releases, Phantom Brave and Torchlight.

Social Media Tracking & Crowdsourcing Provides Al Jazeera With 'CNN Moment'

Trusted in the Middle East as an unbiased and uncensored source of international news, those living and traveling throughout the area rely on Al Jazeera as a voice of reason. As a result, it is probably the most watched news network in the region and bases a large portion of their success on having access to social media.

New Study Reveals How TV Influences Your Fear Of Crime

It seems like there are more crime dramas, more violent movies, and especially more true crime TV shows than ever before. And then there is the daily local, national, and international reports of crime.  While clearly crime pays the TV networks, what effects does it have on viewers?

The Social Media Check-In You Can't Leave Home Without

For as long as I have been reporting on Foursquare, I like others have been impressed by their partnership deals with TV shows, newspapers, venues and brands. Their check-in model was emulated by competitors as small as one-off app developers and as large as Facebook Places. However, in all that time, Foursquare's use cases have been unsuccessful in showing significant ROIs for the merchants and brands they are aligned with...

Social Media Stars Are A Million To One: Kutcher vs Sheen

The Twitterverse is home to many and like the real world, it allows for different opportunities dependent on your rank, file and serial number. In the case of celebrities it's proven to be fertile ground for real-time soap-box messaging, instant ego gratification as well as becoming a lucrative revenue-generator. Racing to a million followers has become sport for the elite and us mere mortals seem to enjoy watching it from the sidelines - even though most of us have no shot at ever reaching a million followers in our lifetimes.

Keep the Elements in Your Pocket with The Elementals iPod App

It's always handy to have a copy of the table of elements wherever you go because you never know when you might need it. Okay, that may not be necessarily true, but The Elementals sure makes looking at the old table easy on the eyes.

Social Media Chink In Facebook's Privacy Armor Shows Support For Gaddafi?

Social media is based on engaging with others you choose to engage with. Ever since Facebook's Open Graph commandeered its way onto the digital highway, we've been asked to rethink how we can become more accessible by relinquishing more and more of our private data. After all, this is the 21st Century and FB should have the right to redefine what today's interpretation of privacy means. Hold it right there, Mr. Zuckerberg. Not so fast!

Taiwan's NMA News Animates Charlie Sheen's Latest Media Meltdown

The talented animation technicians at Taiwan's NMA News have taken on the task of explaining Charlie Sheen's recent rant-fest to a domestic audience. Subtitled Sheen shone Sims style with bonus bikini bimbo and sinister snowman? Now THAT's a winning combo!

Google Trades In One Engine For Another That Drives Itself?

It's been long noted that Google's inability to develop an effective social media network has been a definite chink in the search giant's armor, leaving way for Facebook to potentially surpass them as this decades Internet leader. Yet Google seems to have all the time in the world for pet projects such as artificial intelligence, energy plants and now even a car that can drives itself - talk about giving a whole new meaning what a "search engine" is capable of.

Charlie Sheen's Record Speed On Social Media Highway Sets Guinness Record

It's a known fact that the Guinness World Records logs milestones for every esoteric achievement known to man. So with Charlie Sheen "high" on the drug he calls "Charlie Sheen," it was not inconceivable that he would "score" the coveted honor for the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers" on Twitter ever. (take that, Ashton Kutcher!)

Beijing Medical Microblog: Social Media Meets Socialized Medicine

Beijing Emergency Medical Center's new microblog exemplifies the emergence of social media as a leading news and information venue in China.

Video Game Hall of Fame: Plants vs. Zombies

Video Game Central presents the first inductee to the Video Game Hall of Fame: Plants vs. Zombies! This quirky game offers a unique take on the tower defense genre and has taken the gaming world by storm ever since its release. Form an alliance with the Peashooters and Wall-nuts and get to know Crazy Dave as you engage in a full-on war with the zombies!

Social Media Chats About Specific Topics, In Search Of A Critical Mass

Sometimes friends are just not enough. While Facebook's primary appeal has been to build social communities of people within less than six degrees of separation, up pops another that believes you need to reach out further - specifically, to strangers. This new wrinkle, ironed out by AnybodyOutThere (not to be confused with Pink Floyd's 1980's pop hit) is sometimes you to need to connect with random people to get answers on specific-topics. Such is the premise of their online chat site.

New Video Game Releases: Week 9, 2011

Video Game Central gives you a quick rundown on the latest video games being released this week. Get them while they're hot!

Sing Along with the Cast of Glee Using this App for your iPod!

It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of the hit show or not. This app for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad will get you out of your comfort zone and have you belting out show tunes like a pro in an instant!

Israel, The Silicon Valley Of The Middle East Welcomes VCs & Social Media

Israel is considered by many to be the Middle East's Silicon Valley, ranking second to North America in number of companies in the high-tech field. With odds stacked against them, according to research conducted by the ISEMI College, an online business school for entrepreneurs, "historical necessity has forced this tiny country, with a total area of 8400 square miles and a population of 6.5 million to become a technological powerhouse."