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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.

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 Gift Cards Converts Facebook Credits Into Real Currency

On the heels of PayNearMe giving out bonus "Facebook Credits" at 7-11 convenience stores last month, starting September 5, the social networking giant is going retail again by selling Facebook Gift cards at Target stores nationwide.  In denominations of $15, $25 and $50, Target's 1750 outlets will be the first to sell the cards via retail channels.