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Social Media Payback Can Be A B*tch Sometimes

With Julian Assange now under arrest, it's not enough for protesters to wield protest signs asking to "Free The Wikileaks Founder." No, in the digital age, you hit opposing forces where it hurts - their Web sites! To that end, a group of hackers under an initiative dubbed "Operation Payback" are in full throttle mode to take down Web sites of those that have denied service or accused Assange of illegal activities.

Social Media Twins Seek Greater Fortunes From Facebook Coffers Graphically

The Ivy League twins who accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for Facebook at Harvard back in 2004 have reengaged their legal battle with him on the heels of an award-winning movie, an unauthorized biopic and a graphic novel that have brought greater focus to a social network that has already attracted a half billion-plus followers.

With A Little Help, Two Male Mice Father Offspring In Texas

Raising expectations for a time in the not-so-distant future that same sex human couples may be able to have their own genetic children, reproductive specialists at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas published their work assisting this procedure in male mice.

 

Out Of All Social Media Shopping Deal Sites, Did Google Bet On The Wrong Horse?

After the smoke cleared and Google's all-time highest acquisition offer for Groupon went south, one has to ponder if the search giant should have gone after one of its competitors versus the market leader? And instead of spending $6 million they could have gotten away with a lot less - say, with a site like, LivingSocial.

Pikachu This! 10 Ways Pokémon Pikachu Powers Up Pop Culture

Pikachu was, is, and always will be the most popular of all Pokémon characters and the cuddly yellow critter has become the de facto face of the franchise. Pikachu's pop culture power is so potent, the real world has witnessed plenty of Pikachu sightings and is deluged with a plethora of Pikachu products. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy.

File Sharing, The Ultimate Social Media Activity Rachets Up With Michael Jackson Release

From the days of Napster to Peter Sunde most recently facing millions in damages and an actual prison sentence for his illegal music and video sharing on The Pirate Bay, torrent files are prompting the government to intervene. And with the release of Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Michael" being leaked via file-sharing sites this week, Big Brother may enact more forceful censorship laws.

Google's Attempt At Grabbing Social Media Profiles With Sitelinks

There's a marked contrast that while Mark Zuckerberg gets to basically advertise a new Facebook user profile for free to millions of viewers on 60 Minutes, coverage of Google's attempt to capture social graph profiles from netizens is limited to a handful of search engine blogs.

Social Media As New Movie Genre May Take Home Oscar Gold

If Slumdog Millionaire and No Country For Old Men are any indication that the winners of the the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures are a precursor for deciding Oscar winners, then this year's first movie about social media might score that coveted award. Winning four out of the top 15 awards from the NBR, The Social Network was distinguished best of the best when it was named the 2010 Film of the Year.

Social Media Leaks Categorize Julian Assange As The Osama Bin Laden Of The Internet

The founder of WikiLeaks is not only a wanted man by the American authorities, his now infamous Web site WikiLeaks is also under attack by notorious hackers, while its services are being cut-off by Amazon and EveryDNS.net. Although not officially announced, Julian Assange might be considered today's public enemy number-one, taking the place of the illusive Osama bin Laden. Not since 9/11 has any one figure reached such notoriety due to what many consider acts against a state.

Social Media Plus Sergey Brin Equals Google Plus One

To date, Google has chased the elusive social media butterfly hither and fro with little to no success to really call its own. Over the years, it has experimented with Orkut, Google Buzz and the yet-to-be-launched Google Me. Even its collaborative enterprise and much ballyhooed project Wave was just recently scrapped. So what's a search engine to do?

Social Media Random Chat Minus The Private Parts

When Howard Stern titled his 1997 movie, "Private Parts," it was of course a double entendre that exposed the bad boy radio jock's origins while also referencing his obsession with the physical anatomy. When the video chat site Chatroulette graced (or disgraced, dependent on your point of view) our computer screens, that social network gave a whole new meaning to the psychological term "penis envy." With the recent launch of HowRandom.com, a new social media site looks to eliminate visuals from the chatting equation.

Social Media's Six Billion Dollar Man Knows How To Shop For Deals

Wunderkind 29-year old entrepreneur Andrew Mason figured how to inject hysteria into his Groupon model of Internet bargain hunting. Exclusivity and short-order inventories were the key. Not only has it attracted 33 million subscribers and the attention of top line investors like Digital Sky Technologies, this week the founder enters the stratosphere with an inconceivable offer of $6 billion by search giant Google to acquire the social media buying site.

Social Media Service For Hotels & Airlines Adds Arrival, Concierge & Loyalty Components

Flip.to's social media and marketing service for the travel industry is broadening its platform with the addition of "Arrival," "Concierge" and "Loyalty" components. As an international operation, Flip.to has been customizing innovative services for boutique hotels, airlines, airports and destination restaurants around the world.

If Google Can't Be Social, How Can It Thrive In Social Media?

Google has had more than a hard time developing a social network that could compete in the same stratosphere as Facebook. With reports of a world Internet user base of about 1 billion and over 20,000 employees, it's hard to understand why the search giant can't figure it out? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact, its staff hasn't learned to play nice?

New Cause, Possible Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis

... what the researchers discovered as a possible cause of MS is a chemical found in air pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and auto exhaust.  It is called acrolein, a powerful substance used in many industries, such as the manufacturing of plastics.  Acrolein is so harmful, it was used in World War I as a chemical weapon.