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Twitter Redesign May Be Taking Lessons From Chinese Search Engine Baidu

The blogosphere is a buzz with Ev Williams' announcement that a Twitter redesign will arrive at desktops and mobile devices in the next couple of weeks. Earlier this month, Baidu (China's Google) launched an innovative service called the Box Computing Open Platform that may have been the model for Twitter's yet-to-unfold navigational architecture.

Social Media's Privacy vs Intimacy, Facebook vs Chatroulette

While the redefinition of privacy continues to engage debate amongst netizens, this current era of pushing boundaries online is on the surface somewhat of a paradox. While many feel that relinquishing data about ourselves subsequently deprives us of control (i.e. Facebook's Open Graph), there are others that are willing to relinquish control in exchange for a random form of intimacy (i.e. Chatroulette's video chat).

Social Media Game Beats Out Facebook & Google As Top Online Destination?

This week two conflicting studies were released detailing how much time Web surfers were spending socializing versus surfing. While comScore was quick to point out that Facebook had overtaken Google for the first time in August, another report indicated Zynga's Farmville actually racked up more total hours than the other two combined - and by a sizable margin!

Cannabis Catering: "High" Quality Meal Options

There are many businesses trying to capitalize on the up-and-coming industry or legal marijuana. With more prescriptions being issued more businesses keep on popping up and there is one interesting concept we've never seen before!

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 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.

Snakes And Lattes: The Board Game Cafe!

Today's cafes and coffee shops are typically filled with people stuck on technology who are just trying to take advantage of the free WIFI. There's no sitting back and enjoying the atmosphere, it's all type, type, tweet, tweet, ring, ring (that last one was a blackberry or iPhone notification, in case you didn't know). So, for those that want to get a more old-fashioned coffee shop experience that's focused on bringing together a neighborhood in a social way, there's a great new Toronto business.

Social Media Gives Gray Lady A Make-Over With News.me

Coming from a long tradition of providing quality news-reporting over the course of the last century, the venerable New York Times is not one to fade easily into legacy newspaper oblivion. This week, it was announced that the Gray Lady will be re-inventing itself with a new personalized news service, called News.me.

Social Media Introduces Social Objects, Bar-Coding & Object-Streams

When Web 2.0 first appeared on the scene and the 'wisdom of crowds' surfaced, a new world of 'user-generated content,' and the voice of the people took control of brand messaging. 'Push' was replaced by 'Pull' marketing and recommendations that were vetted by trusted followers attracted our attention. As a variation on that theme, now its time for our 'things' to have a similar say in the matter.

Baidu Advances From Student To Search Engine Sensei (Interview With Kaiser Kuo)

Baidu's, China's leading search engine has been overshadowed by Google globally for a good part of the first decade of the 21st Century. Now in its tenth year - even though it garners 70 percent market share in its native land, its been considered by most - as a follower, not an innovator. That was until this month. With the launch of Baidu's 'Box Computing Open Platform,' -  Baidu, the xue sheng becomes the sensei.