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Chommy, Foursquare Mayor May Be Blocked From Tian'anmen Square Check-ins?

Thirty-one years ago to the day, Tian'anmen Square (aka, Gate of Heavenly Peace) was the site that witnessed the massacre of thousands of student protesters. Each year on its anniversary, the Chinese attempt to eradicate all memory of the horrifying events that occurred on June 4, 1989.

Buzzd Aggregates Foursquare, Gowalla & Other LBS Check-ins

Now you can find out if that local Thai restaurant that just opened is really as good as the ads say they are - or if that nearby music venue is the hottest nightspot in town. Based on geolocation, buzzd will analyze the check-ins closest to you and take your location-based mobile experiences to the next level.

Google Tweaks 'Twitter Ads' On DL To Attract Advertisers' Followers

Google who's usually quick to announce its new roll-outs seem to be taking a somewhat more cautious approach with its "Twitter Ads," a new ad format to be distributed through their Adsense program. In limited beta, only a few advertisers have been invited to test a new means to promote their Twitter accounts...

Skinbook, Facebook With A Lot Of Privacy & No Open Graph(ics)

The first rule about Skinbook is you "don't show any skin!" on Skinbook. While, Time Magazine described it as "Facebook for 21st Century Nudists," this is not a network for titillation or voyeurism. No pornographic images nor sleazy comments under users' photos are allowed. Even the headless body shots that are allowed on Twitter are verboten on Skinbook.ning.com...

Oil Spill Spills Over Into YouTube With Crude Satire & Parody(Videos)

As the beleaguered Gulf Coast continues to consume America's zeitgeist since 30 million gallons of crude - and counting - spewed into the sea - social media channels have been working over time in relating to various versions of the unfolding story. With the blogosphere in overdrive, tweetin' BP impostors and Facebook fan pages growing exponentially, even the FBI have decided to get in on the act

Time Magazine: Foursquare Is Narcissistic & Farmville Is A Time-Suck Addiction

Time Magazine, the legacy magazine long regarded as the hallmark for insightful lifestyle and cultural commentary seems to have missed the mark with its latest inventions rankings. In its "50 Worst Inventions," both Farmville and Foursquare are listed alongside "Smell-o-vision" and "Snuggies for Dogs" - a list that is distinguished by what Time describes as "the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb."

Network Buddies Turning Facebook Into 'Facebucks' For Social Network Users

Barclays Business has just launched a competition for UK entrepreneurs with 'brilliant' ideas, titled, "Take One Small Step." Its goal is to surface Britain's best new business innovations whether it's a new start-up or existing business looking to bust out with a new idea. Entrants can win one of 10 prizes worth £50,000, and Network Buddies with its new twist on an old Web 2.0 format has just thrown it's social networking hat in the ring!

Amiya's Mobile Dance Academy: Brilliant Business Run By Bright Tween

A unique business concept gets enough notice on its own, but when there's a CEO behind it of a unique demographic who proves that brilliance can beat the odds, you've just got to give it some recognition.

Facebook Could Face More Privacy Backlash With Augmented Reality QR Codes

Microsoft has publicly released a tagging system that will allow users to leave a breadcrumb trail for the firm, its advertisers and just about anyone else to follow. Attaching QR barcodes to products, street scenes, magazines, business cards and such when viewed through smartphone camera can redirect users to programmed URLs that can contain content, photos or videos.

MiWorld: Where The Virtual World And Online Dining Experiences Collide

When you join a virtual world online, like the Facebook games Farmville or Cafe World you've got to register to enter, and then you've got access to everything the environment. You can feed cows, yourself or your diners; and while that's all fine and well, virtually, there are those who would like to see the online structure go offline.