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Social Media Stars Are A Million To One: Kutcher vs Sheen

The Twitterverse is home to many and like the real world, it allows for different opportunities dependent on your rank, file and serial number. In the case of celebrities it's proven to be fertile ground for real-time soap-box messaging, instant ego gratification as well as becoming a lucrative revenue-generator. Racing to a million followers has become sport for the elite and us mere mortals seem to enjoy watching it from the sidelines - even though most of us have no shot at ever reaching a million followers in our lifetimes.

Social Media Chink In Facebook's Privacy Armor Shows Support For Gaddafi?

Social media is based on engaging with others you choose to engage with. Ever since Facebook's Open Graph commandeered its way onto the digital highway, we've been asked to rethink how we can become more accessible by relinquishing more and more of our private data. After all, this is the 21st Century and FB should have the right to redefine what today's interpretation of privacy means. Hold it right there, Mr. Zuckerberg. Not so fast!

Big Brother Is Watching You, And You, And You... - Cameras That Know Who You Are

Now cameras can tell who and where you are better than ever before. Feeling secure?

Google Trades In One Engine For Another That Drives Itself?

It's been long noted that Google's inability to develop an effective social media network has been a definite chink in the search giant's armor, leaving way for Facebook to potentially surpass them as this decades Internet leader. Yet Google seems to have all the time in the world for pet projects such as artificial intelligence, energy plants and now even a car that can drives itself - talk about giving a whole new meaning what a "search engine" is capable of.

Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

Handler's Beliefs May Cause Search Dog's False Results

Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs.  The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.

 

Mesh Mash - Making Every Device A Router

By making every device a router, online communication is guaranteed.

Chip Versus Strip: Examining The New Debit Cards

Recently, financial institutions across Canada began mass-producing new debit cards, and sending them to their customers. Each new card contained something previous generations hadn't- a debit chip. Now, instead of swiping the strip on one's card, most businesses will have the customer insert it into a chip reader.

But why the change? 

 

When Prepared Is Too Prepared: Survival Airbag For Hikers

Hiking can be dangerous, but is it really dangerous enough to justify buying and wearing a personal airbag? We think not.

Color Changing Plants May Serve As Chemical Agent Warnings

At Colorado State University, Dr. Judy Medford and her team are developing ways for plants to visually signal when there is a biological contaminant present.

KidZui Browser Makes The Internet Safer For Young Web Surfers

Parents of young web-surfers may want to look into using the KidZui browser.  It is made specifically for children to use and allows kids to look up millions of things, all per-approved by the KidZui panel which includes parents and teachers. 

Mine Detector Lets The Boom Go Off At A Distance

In Sweden, a pair of Colombian researchers have developed a way to remotely detonate land mines that is not only reliable but that is done at such a distance to keep the operator safe.

Fingerprinted Chips Mean Theives Can't Get Their Greasy Hands On Them

New from German research firm Fraunhofer is the announcement that they have developed a "fingerprinted" electronic chip that cannot be copied by digital thieves.

Airbags Move Out Of Cars And Onto...Skiers?

An airbag technology developed in motorcycle racing is being adapted to ski racing. In the future, ski racers may enjoy greater impact protection thanks to a piece of airbag clothing.

Air Laser Uses Hot Spots To Return Dangerous Environmental Info

Laser detection has long been a way for military units to determine if something hazardous - be it emissions or explosives - lie ahead. Now, a new "air laser" developed by Princeton University may make this process not only more accurate but safer as well.

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 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.

3 Gadgets To Keep Your Dog Safe & Your Car Clean!

How often would you like to just pop your dog in the car and go? But, if you're like me, you don't have enough protection in your four-wheeled vehicle to keep your four-legged darling safe and your car clean! Well, Kurgo's come out with with a few gadgets that you might want to look into. Here are my three favorites....

New Smart Fence Bars The Way For Bad Guys

From the USC Viterbi School of Engineering comes a new security system called Smart Fence that uses multiple detection platforms in order to differentiate between help and harm. 

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.