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Facebook & McDonald's App Tests Foursquare-like Location-based Social Networking

Location-based service networks have been nervously anticipating Facebook moving into their space in 2010, but when nothing was announced regarding geolocation technology at the company's F8 Developers Conference last month, many thought it was a back-burner issue. Not the case. With over 400 million users compared to Foursquare's one million, this David and Goliath scenario could prove to be the LBS death knell.

Google TV App Developers Want To See Skin In The Game

Today, when launching a new technological product or advancement, to scale quickly and gain major traction, social networks, tech companies and search firms recruit the assistance of third party application developers. Similar approaches have been successfully undertaken by Facebook and Twitter. It appears Google TV will also be venturing into these waters as they shift the development of Google TV into high gear.

While Facebook Conquers The Web, Foursquare Targets TV

While Facebook seeks to own the Web and the advertising that is attached - with the launch of its most recent Open Graph, Foursquare is pursuing partnership deals with a more traditional medium. The hottest location-based social network having only reached its one million 'user' milestone has already locked up TV ad and publicity deals with HBO, Bravo, the History Channel and VH1.

Digital Sports Streaming Expands on Roku, Boxee and PlayStation 3

Sports fans are being treated to an increasing amount of content available on the Web and via digital streaming. Roku and Boxee both announced new sports services this week.

Hello Kitty Portable TV Brings Branding To The Small Screen

The Hello Kitty portable TV combines effective digital technology with a thoughtful,  ergonomic design. Quite impressive for a TV that looks like a cartoon cat's head.

Use Magic to Control Your TV

I love items that mess with kid's heads.  In this case we have the Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control.  Take that Harry Potter!

Sharp Announces 3D / 2D Switchable Touchscreen LCD Screens

3D technology continues its march into all aspects of entertainment technology: first movies, then TV, now smartphones thanks to Sharp's breakthrough 3D / 2D switchable touchscreen LCD screens.

iPad is Deus Ex Machina in ABC's 'Modern Family'

With all the analogies of Steve Job's to God and Moses (see "Steve Jobs & The Ten Commandments,") it was no surprise to me that the iPad product placement would pop up on TV -  sort of like the Deus Ex Machina device originated by Aristostle in early Greek theater. 

Fox Mobile's Bitbop - First To Add Mobile TV To Smartphones

Would you pay $9.99 a month to get TV on your smartphone? That's the new offering that the Fox Mobile Group is betting on. Introduced as a new wireless video subscription, the service will provide users with premium video content that includes downloadable movies and streaming content.

Dead Man's Body Parts Walking: How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth?

When veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke died in 2004 few suspected that he was yet to uncover his greatest news story, postmortem. What happened to his body as it lay in a funeral home would reveal a story of modern day grave robbery that was stranger than fiction. As macabre as it might sound, dead body parts is big business and has opened up a grisly black market that gives a whole new meaning to "better off dead than alive."

Google TV & 3rd Party Developers Anticipate The Web/TV Meld

As ubiquitous as Google is, it's no surprise it will soon become one of the pioneers in melding TV with the Web. So much so, in the next couple of months it will actually provide 3rd party developers and outside software engineers with a toolkit to help develop what Google TV will eventually look like.

Conan O'Brien & Team Coco 'Tweets For Seats'

What does an ex-late night talk show host do after Jay Leno kicks him to the curb. In the case of Conan O'Brien, he picks himself up, dusts himself off and hits the tweets running.

Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard Looks Like A Remote, Functions Like A Keyboard

A functional yet sleek form factor for the HTPC remote, the Rii Wireless Mini Keyboard offers a quality alternative.

Movie Buffs Will Have A Blast With This Movie Stills Collection

Sometimes, it only takes an image to bring back good memories.

Shatner's MyOuterSpace Recruits Talent For Stellar New Social Network

While still pimping hotels at Priceline, collecting Boston Legal residuals and conducting "Raw" interviews on the Biography Network, William Shatner is the quintessential huckster. Not happy to rest on his laurels, and hearkening back to his Star Trek origins, this venerable veteran has set his sights on building his own social network. And with tongue inserted firmly in cheek, he's named it MyOuterSpace.com

Worlds Collide: BBC 'SuperPower' Meets ABC 'V' TV Show

Two ethereal female guides offer help for planet earth. Both represent super powers. Both attempt to 'shock 'n awe' us into looking at our lives in different ways. The promos are similar in their 'otherworldly' approach and mood, but the intent is much different. One looks to inform while the other to entertain. Both connect with Barack Obama. While the president is actually featured in SuperPower's promo, the 'V' series has been interpreted as an allegory of the current administration, with its allusions to "change" and "universal health care."

Get Social Media Tailored To Your Liking With TheFilter.com

TheFilter is a site that aims to provide you with a customized content feed based soley on what your media tastes are in music, movies, and more.

The Almighty Simon Fuller Creates 'Dream' World In Social Media Experiment

There were movies with a similar premise. "The Truman Show" starring Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey's "EdTV"  followed the lives of the title role characters and aired their every waking and sleeping moments on TV 24/7. Similar- but with a twist, 'If I Can Dream' will be the first streaming online video show to be aired on the Internet exclusively, commencing March 2 and will mash-up 'American Idol' with 'The Real World'.

Sunlight Live Shines Light On Transparency At Health Care Summit

Just as "City" and "Government" Apps have been able to provide transparency on our mobile phones, today's Health Care Summit is going to stream live some interesting data to inquiring minds. The Sunlight Foundation which advocates open government is offering an online venue called Sunlight Live and during the entire Health Care Summit today the Sunlight Foundation will provide viewers with data about the the participants that traditional media might not focus on.

Top Ten Video Spoofs Including 'The Situation' vs 'The iPad'

You gotta love spoofs. When the familiar become the object of schadenfreude*, it usually allows us to laugh at something that was taken way too serious. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, spoofing should be accepted for taking pot shots at people, places and things that sometimes we just love to hate.. And today's crop of TOP TEN Video Spoofs are exceptional additions to this popular genre.