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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."

Social Media & Banksy, The Scarlet Pimpernel Of Street Art Tweets No More

The masked art crusader known as "Banksy" was a no-show at two back-to-back award shows, where his documentary "Exit Through The Gift Shop" was nominated.  While Thierry Guetta (one of the featured stars in the movie) accepted on Banksy's behalf at the the Independent Spirit Awards, February 25, and Justin Timberlake joked that he was the real "Banksy' at the 83rd Academy Awards two nights later, the iconic graffiti artist was incognito. However, in social media circles - like his street art -  he has definitely left his mark.

With Watson Out Of Jeopardy, AI Determines What Consumer Electronics To Buy (Interview)

Watson may not know that Toronto isn't located in Canada, but Retrevo has designed similar artificial intelligence to analyze more than 50 million real-time data points to provide shoppers with the most comprehensive, unbiased information regarding what consumer electronics to purchase. In an interview I conducted with Aditya Vailaya, Retrevo's chief scientist, we gain insight as to how AI is being used in this field.

Social Media & Justin Bieber Selected As Presenters At The Oscars?

Was it any wonder, with 'The Social Network' movie nominated for 'best picture,' that social media would come center stage at the 83rd Academy Awards? At the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, February 27, big brands are attaching themselves to celebs and are capitalizing on their Facebook and Twitter pages to hype activities leading up to and at the event. 

Social Media's Revolution 2.0 Crowdsources Street Protests & DDOS Attacks

First coined by the Egyptian Google marketing manager Wael Ghonim, the term "Revolution 2.0" is used to describe the new grass-roots strategies and tactics used by protesters initially in Egypt - but that which became pervasive throughout the entire Middle East Region. In fighting against despotic rule, people were demanding democracy, regime change and a voice in their respective governments.

Social Media Video Stars To Compete With Celebrity-Branded YouTube Channels

Internet stars have successfully used the YouTube platform to catapult their careers from oblivion to mega-super-stardom. In this category, Justin Bieber was probably the most successful. In return, YouTube's ad revenues have skyrocketed every time a new YouTube 'star was born.' However not content to just be an incubation tank for potential talent to go viral, YouTube has now chosen to go after established celebrities that have already made it and are wiling to offer them lucrative contracts to create their own celebrity-branded channels on their network.

Social Media Product Placement vs Defamation Could Have Been Zuckerberg's Legal Remedy

In the year that led up to the production of the movie 'The Social Network,' it was reported widely that Zuckerberg was outraged that an unauthorized portrayal of his life was making its way to the big screen. However, if he was so inclined, defamation of character suits are difficult cases to win in a court of law. Unless 'malice' is shown as intent, most of these suits never succeed. Product placement on the other is another story entirely.

As The Social Media Cookie Crumbles, Rapper Licks Oreos on Facebook

Similar to the Ashton Kutcher-CNN-Larry King challenge on Twitter last year, Oreos, the venerable 89-year-old cookie company wants to set a Guiness World Record for the "most LIKES on Facebook within a 24-hour period." Unfortunately the cookie with the frosting everyone likes to lick off, might be knocked out of the competition by the mega-selling hip-hop rapper named Lil Wayne.

The Birds Get Their Revenge In The Angry Birds Video Game

You might have already heard about the Angry Birds video game when it reached the number one spot at the iTunes App Store, but its developers have amped up the ante by bringing the game to your PC. Help the angry birds exact their revenge on the evil pigs with this chillingly addictive game!

The Skinny On The iPhone Mini

Well the iPods did it - why can't the iPhone. Particularly since Android is upping the ante in producing their own iPhone clone, at less cost. Steve Jobs and Apple have always been aggressive in slowing the advance of the competition. Anyone that can potentially steal marketshare and has the chutzpah to think they can build a 'cheaper and smaller' iPhone is going to get whacked in the trying. That's Apple's job (no pun intended).

Be Your Own God In The Virtual Villagers Video Game: New Believers

Get to play god in the latest chapter of the Virtual Villagers video game series that takes you to a new part on the island of Isola. It's inhabited by unfriendly masked heathens who threaten the very survival of your villagers on their territory. Can you make the heathens believe before it's too late?

Where's The Physics In The Cat Physics Video Game?

Is the vast science of physics really making its way into video games? Cat Physics features simple but beautiful graphics and offers refreshing gameplay for people young and old. It's an interesting and addictive game that will constantly challenge you to think outside the box.

"It's Elementary My Dear Watson" When IBM Computer Becomes 'Jeopardy' Contestant

This is a geek alert for Jeopardy fans, young and old. Alex Trebek and America will be given a special treat starting February 14 when IBM's supercomputer "Watson" is pitted against two of the quiz show's all-time winners  - Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. It's guaranteed to be a ratings winner for the venerable game show, which has been on the air since 1964. So, let the games begin, and shall the best man ... erh, computer win.

Apple Sits In Catbird Seat While AT&T & Verizon Duke It Out Over iPhone 4 Prey

When Apple found another distribution partner in Verizon, it didn't need to do much more than take a step back and watch the two telecom companies go at each other like two veteran wrestlers in a WWE Smackdown. And like humorist James Thurber's story, "The Catbird Seat," Apple is "sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him."

Philo's Social Media TV Brings "Ridin' QWERTY" Into The Home

The Urban Dictionary lists "Ridin QWERTY" as the play on words for "riding dirty," and defines it as the illegal act of texting while driving - with Q-W-E-R-T-Y being the first 6 letters on any standard keyboard. Philo, a new social networking for TV fans is taking that concept off-road and moving it into your living room or home office. Commencing on Valentines Day, check your local listings and start 'ridin QWERTY" from your favorite 'coach potato' perch.

Google Egyptian Exec Uses Social Media vs Search To Become National Hero

As much as been written about Google lacking the social networking gene, it's ironic that one of Google's executives used social media as his weapon of choice in rallying demonstrators on the streets of Cairo. While Google's "Don't' Be Evil" stance on oppressive countries offered up their Speak2Tweet voice messaging service, their Middle East manager Wael Ghonim became so vocal on Twitter and Facebook that he was actually detained by Egyptian authorities for 12 days in captivity

a-JAYS Three Headphones Sound Off Superbly

From Swedish audiophiles JAYS comes a line of headphones designed to give maximum comfort, style and performance - one that actually delivers!

Tasty Social Media Layer Added To The Mashable Cake?

Social layers are a tricky thing for online news site. Both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today have failed in their attempts, and Eric Schmidt, the now deposed CEO of Google may have lost his job because of it. Mark Zuckerberg back in December admonished Schmidt's attempt at socializing Google with the quip, "Social is not a layer you add- you have to design it from the ground up." Nonetheless, Mashable has thrown their hat into the social ring, complete with badges to boot!

Kindle's New Social Media Features Sends Message:'You Are What You Read'

Kindle owners, or those about to purchase, get ready for feature updates for the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G devices. The free 'Kindle Software Update Version 3.1' is promoting an early preview release. In an effort to stay current with the social media milieu we live in, some of the new features are targeted to our networked communities, within and outside of the Kindle book covers.

Social Media Q & A Experiencing Growing Pains & Copycats

The resurgence in Q&A sites which heretofore were dominated by Yahoo Answers and WikiAnswers are due mainly to the popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Adding a social media component, Quora, Vyou, Stack Exchange and even Facebook are all testing the waters. However treading the fine line of scale to include a more broader, mainstream audience while maintaining a high quality of content is problematic. While more users attract advertisers - more users have a tendency to dummy down a service - and therein lies the dilemma.