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Social Media Leaps The "Great Firewall" Of China With Kindle In Black Market

Amazon is once again in the news with its recent acquisition of Diaper.com for a cool $540 million. But the real story, somewhat overlooked in the States is the emergence of a black market (aka China's gray market) that's smuggling Kindle 3G's into the country for a specific purpose. Apparently, it's been discovered that Kindle is the only handheld device to date that can leap the "Great Firewall" of state Web censorship.

Social Media Data Wars Will Determine Semantic Web Leader

Social Media or Web 2.0 can be considered the battleground for Web 3.0's Semantic Web. The shift has been happening subtly but is picking up speed as Internet companies and nations vie for control of data. With 600 million users now on Facebook, Google's 1.3 billion visitors per week and China's 1.35 billion citizens, these three entities have the greatest opportunity to dominate the Web of the Future.

Social Media Inception Advertising Could Be Coming To A Social Network Near You

For anyone who has seen Christopher Nolan's mind-bending movie "Inception," the science of planting images and ideas into a subject's brain is not pure fiction. A research team at Northwestern University are actually working on a study designed to make people remember things that never happened. As a result, there is speculation that implanted memories into one's existing photos could alter one's reality of the past and subsequent brand loyalty.

Rubik's Cube Bank Saves Your Coins, Leaves You Puzzled

Rubik's Cube, the 3D plastic puzzle revered by geeks & gamers the world over, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year - and you forgot to buy it a gift. Not to worry, the Rubik's Cube Bank allows you to save up for a really nice present... that is, IF you can get your money out of it!

TUBA Framework Blows The Horn On Hackers

Banging away at that keyboard might not be such a bad thing, according to scientists at Virginia Tech. In fact, how you type may be just the thing that keeps a hacker bot from stealing your information.

Social Media Strategy Targeting China, Japan, India & Brazil

In June, 2010, when the Internet World Stats report published the "Top 20 Countries With Highest Number of Internet Users," it was not a surprise that China, the US, Japan, India and Brazil would take the top spots. According to the data, the highest percentage of Internet users are China with 21.4%, the USA with 12.2%, Japan with 5.0%, India with 4.1% and Brazil with 3.9%.

Doughnut To-Go Keeps Sweet Snacks Safe & Secure

Doughnut To-Go is a custom carrying case designed to hold a single doughnut in protective custody. It can even be locked, keeping your sweet snack safe from kids, co-workers and Homer Simpson. DOH!

Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Get Rich Quick Schemes

Virtually any online get rich quick scheme that sounds too good to be true probably is. Some people are so eager to make quick money that they don't put in the due diligence to ensure a company is legit, and they end up getting scammed and losing their money.

Honda Japan Rolls Out Low-Tech Way To Reduce Auto Accidents

Japan's Honda Motor Co. is using testing a new and unusual passive safety technology intended to help drivers judge side distances on narrow roads: a pair of small black triangles on the windshield.

Inflatable Bike Helmet May Be The Best-Looking Helmet Yet

A new bicycle helmet design puts a helmet on your head only when you need it.

The Stemie Protects Your Nuts While Cycling

There are a lot of ways you can hurt your balls on a bike. Why not make it one less.

Social Media Privacy Leaks Creates More Detractors Than Promoters For Facebook

In Fred Reichheld's Book, "The Ultimate Question," the author has spent the last ten years researching one simple question that can determine a company's future. The question is "how likely is it that you would recommend Company X to a friend or colleague?" Over the last six years, Facebook would not have scaled to half a billion users if the answer to that question was not a resounding "yes."

Is WikiLeaks' Brand Of Social Media Journalism Losing Credibility?

When stories broke back in June that WikiLeaks was releasing sensitive military documents pertaining to the War in Afghanistan (see "Social Media Journalism By Wikileaks' Whistleblower Unfolds In Real-Time"), the world was aghast that a social media site that patterns itself after Wikipedia could have gained such access at such peril. Founder Julian Assange actually had to seek protection from the authorities and Iceland initiated a proposal for their country...

BANG... You're Not Dead! Buoyant Bazooka Wins James Dyson 2010 Design Award

There were 15 finalists in the previous round of the 2010 James Dyson international design contest and now there is but one: Samuel Adeloju for his invention of the LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System.  Though the system looks like a sawed-off bazooka and the supposed emergency person operating it is depicted as warrior from Second Life, LONGREACH's highly explosive warhead is actually a rescue device.

 

Social Media Worm That "Likes" Facebook

Worms on Facebook are becoming almost as ubiquitous as the site itself. With so many Facebook pages on the network today, and with everyone trying to get their pages additional "LIKES," it's wise in general to stay away from any page with "Shocking" in its title - let alone, if its followed by "This girl killed herself after her Dad posted this photo."

Social Media Screens Prospective Employees & Clients

Be careful what you tweet, Flikr, YouTube and update - less you want to reduce your chances of getting hired or landing your next client. Social media is now officially the extension of one's resume. It adds another layer for discovery by prospective employers and companies. After all, who knows you better than your social networks?

Social Media Converts Online Currency Into 'Stand Up To Cancer' Donation Fund

Turning 'social goods' into 'social good' is a new paradigm and one that Facebook would like to add to its resume. When Facebook launched its online currency called Facebook Credits, it was received with mixed reviews, namely because it appeared that the social network was not only broadening its power base but was also tapping into a new revenue source based on an online obsession - namely, social gaming.

Exterior Auto Airbags Could Make Car Crashes More Comfy

Automotive airbags protect drivers and passengers inside vehicles from injury; now a Japanese research project seeks to do the same for pedestrians by mounting airbags on vehicles' exterior body panels.

Social Media That Believes All Stalkers Ain't All Bad

While privacy issues have been a major concern for many of Facebook's 500+ million users, you might think their new "Subscribe To" feature would put them over the top. Actually in this instance, I think the new service -even though some are euphemistically calling it the "I Spy" button - just might give 'stalking' a good name.

Square's Mobile Payment Service Could Mean Crime Does Pay

Ever since Square's CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey left Twitter to roll out his mobile payment plug-in device and related software for merchants to accept credit card payments via their mobiles, skeptics and criminals alike have taken heed.