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Ubiquitous Marriage Equality Symbol's Evolution

Unless you've been living under a rock, sworn off using social networks or have been on an extended vacation, you've probably been stumbling over the marriage equality symbol that's cyberventilating its way across Facebook and Twitter. The pink equal sign on red background, with all it's various permutations is now considered the de facto logo of supporters of gay marriage. And as such, according to Chris Gayomali at theweek.com, "it ticks all the requisite checkboxes. . . it's simple, instantly recognizable, and well, everywhere."

Mr. Zuckerberg Goes To Washington To Establish The Facebook Party?

There's been rumblings that the world's largest social network just might want to start using it's membership clout to affect change in government, or at least support the candidates that have their best interest at heart. With over 1 billion followers, the house that Zuckerberg built is indeed the size of a prominent sovereign state, second only to China and India.

British Airways' 'Innovation Lab In The Sky' Sequesters Silicon Valley Techies

Everyone in the States at this point in time is very familiar with the term "sequester" as it applies to limiting the size of the U.S. federal budget. British Airways, on the other hand is using the concept as originally defined -- "to cause to withdraw, into seclusion." British Airways' latest innovation is titled, 'Innovation Lab In The Sky,' and their sequestration will not be limiting at all, because their plan is to expand upon talent and opportunities, with a little help from their friends.

Pheed, NOT Your Grandmother's Social Network, Outpaces Twitter & Facebook?

Pent-up demand, content monetization and copyright stamps have been instrumental in distinguishing the new social network called Pheed from the pack. It became the No.1 free social networking app in Apple's App Store for the month of February, out pacing competitors like Twitter and Facebook.

From Afghanistan To Corporate Greed,Cartoonist Kickstarts His Way Into 21st Century

Political cartoons have distinguished Matt Bors from the pack of modern-day cartoonists. While comics with a message have been around since the Yellow Kid in the early 1900s, most cartooning is created for the quick chuckle versus the reflective guffaw that comes from satirical illustrations.

To H20 Or Not To H20, Matt Damon's Conflicted Water.org Charity Strike [Videos]

“Anybody have any idea what invention has saved more lives than any other in the history of humankind?” Matt Damon asked a room filled with reporters. The answer? “The toilet.” But how serious is this actor in requesting the world to relinquish use of the most important innovation known to modern man?

Making The Most Out Of Quirky.com For Inventors

Quirky.com is a great site aimed at inventors and something you can take advantage of to market your ideas into products, but not everything makes it to the production floor. How can you maximize your chances for your idea to become a product?

Cory Booker, The Social Media Mayor's #Waywire Disrupts The News Via Video [Videos]

We're familiar with celebrities tipping their toes in the social media waters. A number of actors now have their a number of pet projects. Some like Ashton Kutcher actually head up social media marketing firm like the Katalyst Network or Ian Somerhalder and his news activist site in beta called "Ryot," or Justin Timberlakes' current attempt at welcoming defectors back to MySpace.  But up till now, there's been no political figures actively involved in a social media enterprise. That was, until Cory Booker created #waywire.

'Breaking the Fourth Wall' From Shakespeare To The Office To Leigh Singer [Video]

The "Fourth Wall' is a theatrical term for the imaginary wall that exists between actors and their audiences. Originating from Ancient Greek theater, while the open-box arena of a theater stage makes up three walls, theater-goers are seen as the fourth wall. "Breaking the fourth wall" is considered a technique of metafiction, as it penetrates the boundaries normally set up by works of fiction by reaching out to the audience.

Google Shows Talking Shoe

Google is showing off their latest experiment at SXSW, the Talking Shoe. It uses funny sentences to try and get you moving to keep you active and exercising. While this is not a real product, it is an example of what can be done with modern technology.

Why Do Social Networks 'Acqhire' vs Acquire Only To Super-Size?

Commericial acquisitions and mergers were a 20th Century phenomenon that allowed companies to grow and prosper. In the first and second decades of the 21st Century, those types of business practices may be antiquated. "Acqhire," is a neologism recently added to our lexicon to indicate when a social networking company is acquiring a start-up company mainly for its talent versus its infrastructure.

Facebook Announces Redesigned News Feed

Facebook's new news feed will provide a brand new design that is unified between desktop and mobile, provide more options for users, and bring better content to the top. The company hopes that these changes will make the social network more relevant in the coming years.

Hotels Get 'Scroogled' & 'Facebucked' With Google & Facebook Search

Getting "Scroogled" was entered into our lexicon as the result of recent TV commercial campaign launched by Microsoft. To get "Facebucked" was a term associated with the graphic novel satire, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks" published in 2010. Both are aptly associated with advertising strategies used by Google and Facebook as they apply to the hotel industry.

Will The Next Pontiff Be A Social Media Pope?

It's been said that the selection process for deciding the next Pope is cloaked in smoke and mirrors - before the actual white smoke rises. Like a literal interpretation of a Greek Tragedy's 'Deus ex Machina' - a seemingly difficult challenge is overcome by the intervention of God - where divine inspiration finally saves the day. Which poses an interesting question, might the All Mighty think the time is right fora more aggressive Social Media Pope?

Microsoft Reveals Big Themes For 2013

As part of the company's TechForum event in Seattle this week, Microsoft reveals that three big technologies and innovations will shape the world of technology in the coming year. First, the arrival of big data along with the affordability of cloud processing power, then learning systems, and finally more human interfaces will allow all of this power to be used by more people.

Fighting Cold War II In Cyberspace With "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named"?

In Harry Potter, the most evil of villains was referred to as "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named." The inference being that saying the name aloud would strike fear in the hearts and minds of the general public -- but, more importantly would also would wreak additional menace and havoc at the hands of the evil wizard, Voldemort. This analogy holds true today with a new Cold War and a new enemy.

Harlem Shake Shakes Up The YouTube Monetization Model

Have you wondered why the "Harlem Shake" meme became such a world-class phenomenon in such a short time? To say it shook up the music industry is an understatement. But why? It doesn't have the innovative dance moves of a "Gangnam Style," and the actual song is only 30-seconds long. By all rights, the folks that should be seeing a monetary return from today's multi-million dollar hit is the family of a Harlem resident who went by the name of "Al B," since he was the first to introduce the dance back in 1981.

Twitter Client Shames Pirates

Tweetbot has been shaming pirates by suggesting that they tweet a funny sentence to their Twitter followers. According to a simple Twitter search, many people are pirating Tweetbot and haven't realized what they did is now exposed for all to see.

Graphic Artist Irma Zimmermann's Toons Cut Through Social Media Clutter

Back in the early '80s, Irma Zimmermann's first position out of art school was that of a 'junior artist' for BBDO, one of the world's most awarded and prestigious advertising agencies. Pre-Internet, ad campaigns consisted of laboring over story-boards by hand and burning the midnight oil to meet pressing deadlines. However, it was the necessary incubation period, where this graphic artist learned her craft and prepared her for a life of creativity.

Tree Hole Paintings Add Life To China's Concrete Jungle

The drab streets of Shijiazhuang are looking a lot livelier these days thanks to 23-year-old Wang Yue, an art student at Dalian Polytechnic University. With just a little paint and a whole lot of talent, Wang has conjured up a charming world of wildlife and still life peering out from the hollows, cracks and scars of street-side trees.