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Social Media Bankrolls Users' Klout & Ability To Influence Others

When Twitter acquired Smallthought Systems' analytics application Trendly back in June, it was thought that other analytic software would take a back-seat or fall off the map entirely. This is not the case with Klout, a start-up that helps people measure their influence across a variety of social media sites - at least according to Kleiner Perkins Caulfied & Byers.

Social Media's Dark Side Casts Long Shadow Beyond Tucson Shopping Mall

Much has been written in an attempt to make some sense out of the shootings involving U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona and the subsequent deaths of her aid, a judge and four others. Suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner's social media footprints are being examined for clues as to his motives. But perhaps we are following the wrong trail of evidence. Political extremists who are effective in radicalizing certain segments of society are also using social networks to rally support for their causes.

Subaye Launches China's First 3D Online Mall

What's eBay in Chinese? It just might be Subaye, the company behind the country's first 3D online mall. No glasses are required but you might want to have your wallet handy.

Smartfish ErgoMotion™ Mouse & Keyboard: It's The Motion, Stupid!

Stupid.  That's what you say to yourself when you read about Smartfish's patented ErgoMotion technology. Then you say, 'Of course! It's so obvious that for designs to be really ergonomic, they have to move with your body.

 


Social Media Geek Squad Gets Critical As 'The Social Network' Gains Traction

Mark Zuckerberg might criticize the movie folks that produced the unauthorized flick of the birthing of Facebook, but movie critics think otherwise. The National Society of Film Critics went 'social' this week bestowing top prizes to The Social Network in four of its major categories. Director David Fincher, lead actor Jesse Eisenberg and screen writer Aaron Sorkin took home the honors for Best Picture of the Year.

Swedish Architects Propose Building A Movable City On Railroad Tracks

The Swedish architectural firm Jagnefält Milton came up with an ingenious new master plan for the city of Åndalsnes in Norway.  The plan was submitted to the city's international Master Plan competition, and though the Jagnefält Milton plan didn't win first prize, it certainly is creating a positive stir in the architectural world and the plan may just be the right solution for another city.

 


Social Media Under The Gavel When WikiLeaks' Twitter DMs Were Demanded

Once again the popular microblogging site of Twitter is caught at the vortex of a political maelstrom where human rights are at issue. Differing from the Iranian election protests of 2009, this time the U.S. is appearing to be the heavy-handed oppressor. On December 14, the government's Department of Justice issued a court order to Twitter to the attention of its "Trust & Safety" department.

Men Are Sexually Turned Off By Women's Tears

If you thought that crying was a way to a man's heart, you may want to try another tact, because it is surely not the way to his body.  In fact, in a series of studies performed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, indicate that women's tears are a pretty big turnoff to men.

McDonalds Japan 'Big America' Burgers Are Back For Seconds

So nice, they had to eat 'em twice! McDonalds Japan has announced a new quartet of “Big America” burgers that supposedly capture the tastes of Texas, Idaho, Miami and Manhattan.

Can Location-Based Social Media Be Taken Serious When It Goes "GTL"?

I know MTV's hit reality show "The Jersey Shore" is the network's highest rated show ever and has become a "guilty pleasure" of many who won't ever admit to watching it. I know the Foursquare team have become masters at TV-partnership marketing. But can the leading location-based social network be taken seriously by aligning itself with a pop-cultural phenomenon  that offers little to no redeeming value for today's geo-location discourse?

The Links Between TV, Social Networks, And Eating Disorders

Researchers from Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine paid a visit to Fiji to study the effects of media, especially TV, on the rise of eating disorders among adolescent Fiji girls. You would think the answer would be obvious... It was not.

Social Media IPOs: Facebook Not To Steal LinkedIn's Thunder?

With Facebook's valuation scaling to $50 billion and Goldman Sachs anteing up $450 million for a private IPO with the social network, things are heating up as social media start testing the "Wall Street" waters. Book runners with the financial heft of Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JP Morgan are rumored to be squiring LinkedIn in an attempt to beat Facebook to the public offering punch.

Squawk-Activated Computer Games For Parrots: Robots Provide Treats

Nothing surprises me about parrots.  They are the most uncanny, confounded creatures that ever brought endless joy, humor, and destruction to a home.  Very smart, very demanding, and very active, you need to keep them very busy, or they find a way to keep themselves busy... You want to avoid the latter.

High Hopes For Anti-Addiction Vaccine

Thus far, vaccine technology has not been up to thwarting the effects of highly addictive drugs like cocaine.  But a study, pre-published online yesterday in Molecular Therapy, suggests that an anti-addiction vaccine may soon be on its way.

 


The Most Space Saving 'Split Sink' By PlaNit®

When it comes to space-saving bathroom sinks, the Split Sink, by the-head-of-the-pack Italian designer and manufacturer, PlaNit, wins the prize.  Perfect for apartment living, Split uses every inch of its design, can be placed atop a bookcase or other storage unit, and is about as unobtrusive as a sink can be.