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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.

Is Social Media Still In Search Of The Holy Grail Of Privacy?

What can the underdog or new social network to do to compete with Facebook? Just a few short months ago there seemed to be an opening when FB went all 'Open Graph' on us. Privacy became the primary issue and un-Facebook-like networks emerged.

Smart Vending Machines Look You Over, Suggest A Drink

A pair of 'smart' touchscreen vending machines newly installed in a Tokyo train station make drink suggestions based on the buyer's appearance.

Bushnell Makes GPS Even Smaller And Less Expensive

Bushnell has expanded its BackTrack line of personal navigation units to include more features and less material.

Social Media Monopoly Will Not Let You Pass Go On Facebook Places Without Permission

As popular as Foursquare has become, it will soon be dwarfed by the amount of press surfacing with the release of Facebook's new location-based platform Places. It stands to reason - Foursquare's 2.5 million is a spit in the proverbial geolocation ocean compared to Facebook's half billion online users and 100+ million accessing Facebook on their mobile devices. However with all things Facebook, the taint of  the invasion of privacy seems to come part and parcel.

Mobile Phone 'Dryer Box' Revives Soaked Phones, Saves Precious Data

Dropping your mobile phone in the pool, the bathtub, a puddle, even the toilet used to be a recipe for data disaster. Not any more, thanks to the 'Dryer Box' - a cool cube that revives your phone and restores your data.

LED Light Bulb Card Is A Shining Example Of Miniaturization

Is that a light bulb in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? The answer is both! This portable pop-up LED light bulb shines cool white light when you need it, then folds flat like a credit card when you don't.

Seatbelt Buckle Keychain Holder Keeps Keys Safe

The Buckle Up Key Holder looks like a car or truck seatbelt buckle with good reason: if seatbelts can keep YOU safe, they can do the same for your keys.

Stop & Go Driving Could Be Simplified By A Single Pedal

A Japanese inventor has come up with a unique solution to the problem of drivers mistakenly stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake: combine both functions into a single floor pedal.

Social Media Insurgency: Facebook Stealing From Google According to TechCrunch

Maybe not on par with the Wikileak informant that spilled the beans regarding US classified information pertaining to the War in Afghanistan - but a social network engineer may be in a similar hot seat on the social media war-front between Google and Facebook - that is, according to a TechCrunch report.

OMO Detergent Is A Cross Between Internet Of Things & Foursquare Gone Wild

Unilever is experimenting with a promotion for their Omo Detergent product in Brazil. The brand is adding a GPS device as an additional ingredient to its two-pound detergent box which will trigger its promotion agency Bullet to track shoppers down from the supermarket to their front door.

Smart Helmet Tells You And Rescuers That You've Taken A Hard Hit To The Head

Trying to explain the degree of your head injury when you're seeing strange colors, talking to imaginary people and trying desperately to remember your own name is difficult. So why not let your helmet do it for you?

Jump Start Your Car From The Inside Out

To me, one of the worst feelings in the world comes when your car breaks down on the highway or in the middle of nowhere.  As a woman, maybe my vulnerability is greater than men might experience, but my fear comes from a few unforgettable experiences in neighborhoods you may have only seen in the movies.