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Comedy Central's Dueling Viral Videos Pits Sanity Against Fear In Lead-up To Elections

Two of Comedy Central's most hilarious founding fathers, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will face off in competing rallies held on the National Mall, the same day. On October 30, 2010, three days before the mid-term elections, each comedian will vie for votes for opposing causes. Stewart's "Rally To Restore Sanity" will go toe to toe with Colbert's "March To Keep Fear Alive."

Social Media Introduces iTrailer For 'The Social Network' Movie

Without clearing it with Apple, the producers of The Social Network and Scott Pilgrim vs The World have introduced  "iTrailer" - as an innovative means for users to interact with a movie's trailer while the video is playing online.

Chattanooga's Internet Speed, Choo Choos Its Way To Fastest In World!

When trains were the fastest mode of transportation in the country, it made sense that a railroad-line popularized in a 1940s big band song by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra would become world famous. But globally, since that time, you haven't heard much about that quaint little town in Tennessee. That was - until the city's utility company, EPB announced Chattanooga will be competing with Hong Kong in offering the fastest Internet service on the planet.

Social Media TVs' Remote Control May Be In The Hands Of Auntie Beeb

This year, rumors of Web TV have flooded the blogosphere. Google, Apple and TiVo have jockeyed for position in the increasingly crowded space - while lesser known rivals like Boxee and Roku are also making overtures to offer set-top boxes that will merge TV programming with the Internet. However the one contender that's lesser known on this side of the pond is the venerable old Auntie Beeb!

Social Media Going Out On A Line In Another Facebook Movie Treatment

In advance of 'The Social Network' making its way to the big screen and its version of depicting the now almost-urban-legend intrigue of Facebook's origins, another smaller feature under the unassuming title 'Catfish' documents a true-life story about how the underbelly of this ecosystem can actually distort reality - and how easy it is to drop down into the social media rabbit hole of fabricated identities.

Is Social Media Less About What You Say Versus When You Say It?

Iconclast and award-interrupter Kanye West tested the Twitterstream this week to see if the timing of his tweets could lend weight to what he had to say. Just one week prior to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, West unleashed a series of mea culpas to Taylor Swift, the top-40 pop singer he dissed at last year's award ceremony.

Social Media Sings A New Tune With Musical Social Networks

MySpace, as one of the major social networks five years ago - not only built a critical mass - it attracted tens of thousands of users who were interested in music, whether they were promoting a garage band or selling online albums. When their popularity waned under the shadow of Facebook, several niche music-related social networks seized the opportunity to fill the void.

Social Media Search Forecasts Clouds, With No Chance of Google

With Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Dropbox and other online social networking sites and services now part of our daily routine, we have all become social media publishers to some degree. Our bon mots have been tweeted, emailed and updated with photos on profiles across a wide spectrum of "cloud" lock-boxes. However, the difficulty in accessing those entries after the fact is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

5 More Wacky, Unusual Extreme Sports

Five of the oddest, scariest and least recommended activities that you could ever subject life and limb to.

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.

Social Media Coupons Is The Cautionary Tale Of "Be Careful What You Wish For"

Groupon is the number one social media discount program online today. Expected to reach $400 million in revenue this year, it sends retail offers to about 13 million registered users by email. Retailers that are accepted into the program are willing to pay the firm 50% of an item's retail price to be featured. So why are so many merchant griping about the related boost in sales?

Social Media That Splits Hairs While Slicing & Dicing Its Followers

It's no secret that Google has had a hard time seeking the "Holy Grail" when it comes to social networking. While rumors swirl as to its strident efforts to compete with the big boys in this space, Facebook is quick to fend off its would-be competition by allegedly stealing Intel from the Big G. Testing the waters with one's of existing social networks only popular in India and Brazil, Google's Orkut is launching a new feature that's thought to be overlooked by others.

Social Media Gets Its Own Hall Of Fame?

If you're an agency like Umpf out of the UK that develops social media campaigns for your clients to generate buzz, user-generated content and customer engagement - what do you do  to promote yourselves. Well- while somewhat transparent - you lay claim to establishing a "Social Media Halls of Fame" in hopes of becoming the go-to source for identifying the best social media campaigns initiated...

Social Media Adds Engagement With Customers To Airport Metrics

Airports have only recently tested the social media waters. For the amount of time the average traveler actually spends in transit, airport operators are just beginning to realize the benefits of employing revenue generation initiatives,'destination marketing' techniques and other methods to engage passengers before they enplane and after they deplane aircraft. To that end, social media is a major boon to customer engagement.

Social Media Rewards 'Mobile Man' With Frequent Traveler Check-In Options

Merging geolocation check-ins with frequent traveler programs was a logical evolutionary step in the location-based social networking development. Seen as a necessary evil by hotels and airlines to operate on a competitive playing field, the frequent traveler programs that were introduced over thirty years are now adapting to today's technological advancements.

Can Social Media Movies Become Box Office Gold?

Only if you've been secluded on a deserted island for the last ten years, would you be clueless as to how social media has affected our daily lives. As part of our global zeitgeist whether or not you own a computer or a smartphone - the online tech sector is so hot, a series of movies are in the works that are banking on geek appeal to attract mainstream audiences.

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.

Social Media's Video Chat Evolves On Facebook With Rounds

If Chatroulette's notoriety for exposing one's self displayed the immature side of video chatting, Rounds (formerly 6Rounds.com) shows how this space has matured into a collaboration tool by grown-ups to engage in productive social activities. This week, the Rounds app for Facebook was introduced to allow the social network's over 500 millions users to participate in video chats quick and easy, with no download requirements.

MIT Invents Invisible Mouse - But Even More Inventive Is The Mouse Video

Pranav Mistry, Pattie Maes and Liyan Chang, researchers from MIT's Media Lab, created an invisible mouse using an infrared laser beam on the right side of a laptop keyboard and an infrared camera on the right side of a laptop screen.  Their prototype cost them all of $20.  Chances are the invisible mouse will cost you even less.

 


Murdoch's New Digital News Format To Integrate With iPads But Not Social Media?

Rupert Murdoch, the cantankerous media mogul and iconoclast has long been known for his criticism of free access to news on the Internet. Going so far as to accuse Google and other search engines of being 'content kleptomaniacs,' the tabloid titan is continuing to seek new ways to charge for online news.