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Brazil's Volunteers Build Dog Houses For Homeless Dogs

The houses aren't very big, but they're enough to give a dog some shelter and... a place to call home, temporarily, one hopes.  The shanty town within the southern Brazilian city of Caxias do Sul, where the dog houses are located, is called a favela, like the shanty towns built for displaced persons in almost all of Brazil's large cities.

 


The Semantic Web As Big Brother Could Have Prevented The BP Oil Disaster

The Semantic Web is coming and an oil disaster like the one we're experiencing in the Gulf might help move up its timetable. Since Web 3.0's semantic technology is predicated  on everything in our physical world being tagged with its own Internet address - once in place - any body will be able to monitor any type of operation via  the Web - even off-shore drilling.

The Boy Who Invented TV Gets Social Media App Named After Him

I'm sure the boy who invented TV would be very proud of how far TV has come since the late 1940s. PHILO TV, the app and Web platform which launches today combines television with the power of social media to create an interactive user experience with real-time and multi-screen functionality. And it has that inventor to thank for it.

'Sh*t My Dad Says' - First TV Sitcom With 'Social Network' Theme

The irrepressible William Shatner, who at the ripe young age of 79 is jumping back into TV programming with a sit-com that will extend the television frontier to where no man has gone before.

Facebook Under The Hood(ie): Zuckerberg's Insignia Signifies Cult Leader?

While Mark Zuckerberg's interview at the recent D8 Conference was less than stellar, more attention has been given to an insignia covertly hidden on the inside of his signature hoodie, than to his painstaking nervous responses. 

4Chan, The Anti-Facebook In The World Of The Open Graph

Started both around the same time, some 6+ years ago, two social networks emerged on the scene that couldn't be any more different than each other. One devised in a Harvard dorm room, the other in the basement of his parent's basement.

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...