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New 'Scarlet Letter' Pinned To Apple's Gay & Christian Apps

Hundreds of years have passed since Nathaniel Hawthorne penned his magnum opus, "The Scarlet Letter." Set in the 17th Century and viewed through the prism of puritanical mores, the adulterous heroine of the novel was condemned to wear a badge of shame in the form of the "letter A" sewn on a swatch of scarlet cloth.

Find Out How Big Your Brain Is With the Biggest Brain iPod Game

We've all seen an influx of "brain testing" and "brain training" apps and games for the iPhone or the iPod Touch but Who Has The Biggest Brain? offers a unique and funny take on gauging your smarts by telling you how big your brain is after a series of tests. Do you have the brain of a Neanderthal or do you have what it takes to boast of a Calcubot brain?

Social Media 'Sock Puppet' Impostors OK'd By Military

How many remember the flack that emerged when someone impersonated the Dalai Lama two years back leading the Twitter founders to believe they could create "enlightenment in 140 characters" - only to learn he was an impostor leaving them no recourse but to exile him from the site. Well, now the government is condoning this activity as they enter the game of creating 'fake online identities' in hopes of using social media to counter anti-U.S. messaging around the world.

Social Media's Hashable & BetaBeat Stir Up Anti-Social Behavior

SXSW long considered fertile ground for new start-ups - it attracts those in-the-know cyberventilating over that which they're about to learn. The land of early adopters surfaces for only ten days like an oasis in the desert, and spreads goodwill about a number of new and innovative social media developments. Or does it? Seems like there's a SM Smackdown in progress between Hashable (an app that creates digital business cards on the fly) and Betabeat (the New York Observer's fledgling techie blog).

Social Media Games Win Awards, While Zynga Lacks Skin In The Game?

Do you remember last year this time,  when you were inundated with requests on Facebook by your friends to either help farm a field or join a Mafia family? Zynga and Facebook were not only adding virtual goods to the social media mix, they were taking home hard cash in the millions. The popularity of social media games reached such heights, the "Game Developers Choice Awards" added the category of ...

Happy Flash Mob, Saint Patrick! (VIDEO)

Brought to YouTube by Discover Ireland, the Sneaky Steppers dance crew, Sydney Irish Dance Studios and the cast from the Australian "Riverdance" troupe, this flash mob celebrated this year's St. Paddy's Day in grand style. Filmed in Sydney's Central Station, unsuspecting commuters started their day with this holiday greeting...

Got a Green Thumb? Grow Plants and Zombies in the Zombie Farm iPod Game

We've all tried planting seedlings that eventually grew into zombie-killing plants, so why not switch things up and try planting zombies for a change? Build your farm of plants and grow an army of zombies that you can eventually mutate and combine with one another in the Zombie Farm video game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Google's Algo Overlords Plow Through Content Farms

Sounds like a game out Zynga's Farmville, but unfortunately it's much more serious for publishing sites that have been labeled "Content Farms" by the search giant. Content Farms as defined by Wikipedia is used to describe news aggregators that employ a large staff of freelance writers to generate content that is designed to "satisfy algorithms" resulting in higher rankings on Google SERPs (search engine result pages).

Bloat These Fish Up in the Blowfish iPod Video Game

Bring bloated and adorable blowfish to life with the press of a finger in the Blowfish video game for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Fill up the screen with these puffy sea creatures while avoiding the sharp spines of the sea urchins that patrol the ocean.

Social Media Circling Back To Google, Whether You Like It Or Not

You could get dizzy. Google, long known for "valiant-attempts-but-no-cigar" has nevertheless circled over the social media terrain for quite some time now. Dating as far back as 2004, when developer Orkut Büyükkökten was commissioned to work on a product that would compete with Friendster, the social network Orkut has stumbled along trying to find a social media foothold in the States, only to be able to scale in countries like Brazil, India and Estonia of all places.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part III: Detention

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part II: Bag of Hammers

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part I: Charlie Casanova

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

No More Tweetdeck, TwitPic, Twitter Apps Doing Their Own Shtick?

While it's not a certainty, but the life expectancy of most of Twitter's 3rd party clients may be short-lived, based on Twitter's recent moratorium on new API builds by developers. Ryan Sarver, director of platform published an official decree stating that when "developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer experience. The answer is no."

Relive High School with the Surviving High School iPod Game

High school was when we all went through the best and the worst times of our lives. Relive the old days and bring back all the good (and bad) memories with this role-playing game for your iPod! After all, it's always better the second time around, right?


Squeeze Your Lemons in the Lemonade Tycoon Video Game

Lemonade Tycoon emerged during a time when simulation games were not as popular and tycoon games were relatively scarce. Revisit this old-timer on your iPod or experience it in all of its original glory on your PC!

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?

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?

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.

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...