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iPad 2 Seen Xoomin' To BestBuy.com For February 17th Launch?

The yet-to-be-launched iPad 2 has created enough pent-up demand to make analysts, techie bloggers and the digital savvy world at large to salivate. Those that didn't purchase its predecessor the first go-around are now ready to pony up for the device so aptly nicknamed the "Jesus Tablet." While Apple has not released an official sale date, a curious report appeared at Buzz Bizz News by a writer named "Nitin" indicating he had the inside scoop.

Social Media's Whistleblowing In The Wind To Become Decentralized

Ever since WikiLeaks came under global scrutiny, whistleblowing has taken a somewhat negative turn. Daniel Domscheit-Berg who had a falling out with its founder, Julian Assange believes its due to whistleblowers not having control over the secrets they want to spill. To remedy the situation, he and his team are building OpenLeaks, a new platform that will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to submit documents to anonymously.

Social Media Gets Last Laugh When Zuckerberg Satirized Himself On SNL

Rumors abound, whether or not Lorne Michaels will be successful in luring Mark Zuckerberg to his SNL TV show January 29, when Jesse Eisenberg is scheduled to appear as host.  With all the bad blood that has passed between Team Zuckerberg and the producers of 'The Social Network' movie, fans of both the network and the flick are wondering if the FB founder will be 'man enough' to show the world he can laugh at himself.

Social Media Goes Dark In Egypt Amidst Protests

Unfortunately the news coming out of Egypt is all too familiar to countries like the U.S. that have watched other totalitarian governments censor social media, particularly during country-wide protests. However, during the 2009 Iranian Election protests, citizens were still able to access their hand-held devices and connect to global social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is not the case in Egypt where mobile phone texting, Blackberry messaging and the Internet were silenced by the government.

While Social Media Blinks, LinkedIn's First To Eye Public Offering

While social media has been jockeying for position, dancing the IPO dance, the world has been waiting with baited expectation as to which social network would take the lead. Speculation reached a fevered pitch in early January when rumors indicated that LinkedIn would be the first to go, before Facebook, Twitter or Groupon sucked all the oxygen out of room.

Google Still In Search Of The Social Media Holy Grail

Google has struggled long and hard to launch its own social network. From Orkut, to Buzz, to Google Me, to Google + 1, many of us in the blogosphere have followed its flawed attempts at creating something that would be a worthy competitor of Facebook. This week with the news that it acquired Fflick, the Twitter Sentiment Analyzer, we examine the search giant taking another stab at adding a social layer to its core product.

Could Social Media Currency Replace the Dollar, Euro or Yuan?

When Mark Zuckerberg first launched his Open Graph API at the last Facebook F8 Conference in 2010, it was clear that a paradigm shift was set in motion- one that would revolutionize advertising - but more importantly one that would transform monetary transactions across the Web.  But could it possibly replace the dollar, euro or yuan?

Social Media Cost-Per-LIKES Replaces Cost-Per-Clicks?

When Mark Zuckerberg first debuted his OPEN GRAPH API at Facebook F8 last April, he also took a major step forward in 'crowd-sourced' advertising. While followers were aghast at the privacy implications, less attention was paid to Facebook setting in place, the initial foundation of an advertising empire. This paradigm shift in how brands purchase online advertising could displace Google's old school model with Facebook's.

Social Media For Sale Or Rent, "ThreeWords" Bought By That Domain Gent

Up till now, the social media space has been a coveted arena where entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg are more interested in building empires than selling their enterprises to the highest bidder. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others were of a similar ilk. However, the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs seem to be looking at things somewhat differently.

2011's Social Media Super Bowl Puts Twitter & Facebook In The Driver's Seat

This year with over 100 million viewers predicted to watch the Super Bowl and commercials costing $3 million a spot, brands are looking to rope in even more  eyeballs by promoting their wares on Twitter and Facebook. And this year, Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante by actually awarding 2 of their new 2012 C-Class Coupes to contest contestants they consider the most savvy social networkers.

Social Media Helps Promote Persian Version Of Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

With Facebook friends scaling past a quarter-million and a YouTube account that has attracted over 15,000 views since January 21, the Iranian TV show, Parazit is using social media channels to promote its answer to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Co-created by Iranian ex-pats Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, the popular Voice of America's Persian-language program is produced in Washington, DC, where the founders can lampoon their parent country, without fear of reprisal.

In-Box Cutter Blues - The Other Side Of Inventing

From a trio of designers comes the in-box Box Cutter concept - a great idea that probably isn't going to cut it.

Eric Be Nimble, Eric Be Quick, See Google's Founders Jump Over Eric's Shtick!

"Was it something he said?" Large infrastructures in the Silicon Valley can sometimes be an inevitable by-product of success. However, the ramifications of such an growth can also stymie a company from advancing, as the layers of decision-making become a bureaucratic juggernaut. Such is the case at Google and of recent date, the founders are seeking to remedy the situation by jumping back into the fray, displacing its previous CEO, Eric Schmidt.

Social Media Takes Time Off For A Qwiki!

When you win top honors at TechCrunch Disrupt- an event that introduces new innovative Internet companies to the world - you know you are on a trajectory for success. It's an arena that attracts developers and venture capitalists, the likes of Peter Thiel, one of Facebook's first major investors. It was there the world first got to become intimately involved with a digital Qwiki.

Social Media Game That Rewards You For Playing Social Media Games

It was bound to happen. Zynga, the number one game developer on Facebook is not happy just to release another "Ville" game, they had to find yet another way to make online gaming even more addictive than they already are - and in the process add yet more "green" to their coffers. This week, rumors logged by a number  of the techie blog sites indicated the firm will be launching RewardVille.

Is Social Media Stocks An End-Run Around The Securities Exchange Commission?

Social media stock that you can purchase before a social network goes public has become the hot ticket in social media circles. In my post, "Social Media Stock Market Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs," I noted several financial vehicles that sell these types of stocks direct to pubic, while they are still private companies. However none have caught as much flack as the Goldman-Sachs-Facebook deal.

Social Media Drops Another "P" Bomb On TGIF

Who releases a major privacy change to its social network on a Friday evening prior to a holiday weekend? Well, if you're the social network that has rebuffed privacy issues in the past, and believes that online privacy is no longer a "social media norm," I guess it's your world to dictate, and we are still the "dumb f*cks" you so aptly named some six years ago.

Hotel Guests Check In To Social Media Services For Recommendations & Meet-Ups

Over time, hotels have learned to embrace social media by assigning staff or hiring agencies to manage both the tactical and strategical aspects of an effective campaign. In the "Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest," I noted some of the best 'social media' hotel chains' campaigns. But in addition, hoteliers are also utilizing some of the new social media services popping up online and on mobile apps that connect guests and hotels in some unique ways prior to arrival and during their stays.

Social Media Stock Markets Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs

While rumors abound as to which social network will jump onto the IPO band wagon first - and with the dot-com bubble of the 90s still fresh in our memory - there appears to be an alternate route for Mom & Pop investors to invest in social media and start trading NOW, before any bell sounds on Wall Street. IPOs? We don't need no stinkin' IPOs!

Would Social Media's Bubble Burst If Facebook Were To Cash Out?

Scaling to 600+ million users in six years is a monumental task for any social network. Ask MySpace which is scheduled to layoff 500 workers this week? But with a Time's Person of the Year nod, an award winning movie, a graphic novel and financial book-makers lining up to seed billions more in investment, one wonders if the Internet bubble we are currently experiencing will eventually burst when and if Facebook cashes out?