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Trial By Twitter Over Occupy Wall Street Tweets Could Set Privacy Precedent

In a potential landmark case, Twitter was ordered by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino 73 days ago to turn over three month's of tweets from Malcolm Harris. Accounts under contention are related to two of Harris's profiles on the microblogging site are @destructuremal and @getsworse.

Foursquare's Magnetic Marketing Goes Mad Men With Promoted Updates

It was inevitable the game-like features of Foursquare's 'mayorships,' 'badges' and 'check-ins' would ultimately pave a path to paid advertising. Yes, that unassuming little geolocation-based app that launched three short years ago at South by Southwest and has amassed over 20 million registered users has decided to monetize. Finally slipping into their big boy pants, Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai's company have launched "Promoted Updates," with clients Madison Avenue ad agencies have been known to court over the years.

Is The Ubiquitous "Keep Calm" A Meme Or A Moan?

Ever wonder why the World War II British slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" has surfaced some 70 years later to become today's most ubiquitous meme? Not only has the Internet been cyberventillating variations on the theme  online for over a year now, one can find t-shirts and other memorabilia easily accessible for purchase in the real world.

"Wannabe" Movie Debuts On Facebook vs Theaters Starring Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer?

"Wannabe" is a comedy film starring Craig Robert Young, Octavia Spencer, Matt Dallas, Tate Taylor, Adam Huss, written by Craig Robert Young and Richard Keith and directed by Richard Keith. It's being promoted as one of the only films to be released on Facebook. However, while that may be true, if one was to research the movie on the Internet, it is evident this flick was first produced back in 2005?

The World's Mucho Grande Tweet Flies The Amistoso Cielo

Yes, tweets are known for their brevity. 140 characters or less is the constraint Twitter imposes on the Twitterati's bon mots. However if you look closely at their terms of service, they've never restricted the actual size of a tweet, nor how far it could be thrust into space. And this summer, Iberia Airlines has used those loopholes to not only issue the world's biggest tweet but also to show to the world, the skies the limit as to how far a tweet can go.

Social Media Presence XeeMe.com Presents Life Across All Networks

XeeMe (pronounced "see me") in its simplest form is an aggregator of one's social networks. The service is an offshoot of Society3, a social media technology and service provider founded by serial entrepreneur Axel Schultze. As a social media solution, XeeMe helps brands and highly connected individuals to organize their social presence while they grow their networks and influence.

Necomimi Cat Ears Tell It Like It Is: A Review

Tired of mood rings that don't actually reflect your mood? Try these cat ears that respond to your brainwaves!

Social Media Solutions For Casinos Is Better Bet Than Traditional Marketing

Casinos need to up their game when it comes to rolling the dice on social media's 4 R's - Reputation, Relationships, Recommendations & Reach. While a tad behind the curve, casinos are catching up with the hospitality industry at large with their management of social media initiatives. Today, there are platforms, tools and marketing techniques that can help create a customer experience that can distinguish a casino brand from the pack, while far exceeding traditional marketing results.

What the World Would Be Like Without O-Rings

O-rings. They're those small, looped elastomers that mechanics and photography hobbyists always seem to say they need when they're in the middle of some project. I was pretty much blown away by how useful these little buggers were, which led me to think about what the world would be like without o-rings--and let me just say, it wasn't pretty.

No Need To Invent The Koch Brothers - They're The Real Thing!

If Charles Dickens was alive today, he might have been inclined to create a fictionalized version of the malevolent brothers the likes of Charles and David Koch (pronounced Coke). While these two modern-day rogues have deviously shown how elections can be manipulated, helped create a radical extremist group, despoiled a number of ecosystems and are hell-bent on demonizing the current leader of the free world -- the Koch brothers run one of the largest U.S.companies (bigger than Coke), but one that most folks never heard of.

How to Select a Home Automation Provider, From Vivint to HAI

If you've taken all the information we covered about home automation earlier and decided that you want to install one in your home, then the next (and obvious) thing you need to do is figure out which provider to go with. Vivint appears to be a prime contender, seeing as they've just recently got the Central Station of the Year Award.

(Rumored) Winklevii's Social Network "Zurker" For The People & Of The People (Models too!)

Not content to sit on their laurels, nor the $65 million they pocketed from their lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their Facebook idea - the Winklevoss twins have launched their own network, named Zurker. Part investment opportunity, part chic-magnet, part-democratic social community, their innovative new wrinkle is to convince members they can become joint owners of their company.

Orbitz Polishes Higher Hotel Rates For Its Apple Users

There's a reoccurring foreboding in many fairytales, that says: magic comes with a price. The Evil Queen that offered Snow White the poisonous apple received her comeuppance in the end, and hopefully Orbitz will be served a does of the same, when the traveling public learns that Mac users are charged more than those using Windows. Yes, in this case, you can think of Orbitz as the Evil Queen! And the 30 percent higher rates they are offering to Apple device owners, the fruits from their poisonous tree.

Mother Jones Airs Attack Ads Against "Game Of Thrones" Candidates (Videos)

For those addicted to the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones," could you imagine if those vying for the thrones of the Seven Kingdoms were competing with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on today's political landscape. The Mother Jones news team postulates how today's dirty politics might be played out if Daenerys Targaryen, Jeffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark were added to the presidential race in contention for leader of the free world.

British Airways Uses Social Media & UK Addresses For Olympics' #HomeAdvantage

In an ingenious TV commercial that we're sure Don Draper would have approved, British Airways is utilizing the distribution channels of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to extend their rallying cry for a "Home Advantage" at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Siri Takes Lead From SNL's Self-Deprecating Humor Making Apple Butt Of Joke

Does anyone remember when iPhone prototypes were left behind in Silicon Valley bars only to be found by those looking to make a quick buck while providing the techie world with an advance sneak peak at Apple's latest iteration? In both cases, Apple execs were none too pleased and subsequent police investigations and threats of litigation were filed against Gizmodo and ex-Apple employees responsible.

From "Finish Line" To "Shut The Mother F-er Down": OTB Employees Struggle To Be Heard

If one was to ask what happened on December 7, 2010 and 2011, most folks would reference the 69th & 70th-year anniversaries of Pearl Harbor. Few people would know or care that New York's Off-Track Betting Office doors were shuttered that first year, depriving thousands of workers from earned health benefits. And on its anniversary date the following year, it marked the day that OTB worker Patti McCole entered the hospital for brain cancer.

Is Buffy, The Mobile Slayer, Facebook's Ace In The Hole?

Being left behind on the mobile landscape has motivated countless bloggers and techie prognosticators to cyberventilate as to FB's future. Based on an 11th hour stock devaluation by the company themselves (see previous post, "Facebook's IPO Morality Tale…"), coupled with the claim the company can't survive in the public sphere relying solely on ad revenues, Zuck has ridden a roller-coaster of criticism in one week's time that has cast yet another shadow over the world's largest social network.

Facebook's IPO Morality Tale: If The Green Shoes Fit, Wear Them?

Facebook's reversal of fortunes in such a short span of time has played out almost like a modern-day morality tale.  The fall-out of the social network post-IPO, after such an enthusiastic build-up was telling. While it lined the pockets of some (namely investment bankers), it deprived the 99 Percenters (or Dumb F*cks as Zuckerberg so adroitly labeled them back in 2004) full-disclosure, resulting in a subsequent short-fall on their FB investment.

Do You Have Enough Klout To Fly The Friendly Skies Or Land The Perfect Job?

Klout is to 'personal influence' what Google is to 'page ranking.' While the Big G's algorithms determine the relevance of the Internet's every web page, Klout supposedly ranks the influence of every person online. As a 3-year old start-up, it's raison d'être is to measure influence based on the digerati's ability to drive action.