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While Zynga's FrontierVille Urges Men "To Go West" It Also Appeals To Gays & Ladies

Never content to let grass grow beneath its Farmville feet, Zynga keeps broadening the playing field, gaining more and more of an edge over competitors such as Playfish and Playdom.

Guggenheim Uses YouTube's Social Media Channel As Casting Call For Video Artists

Who would have thought that one's talent at producing YouTube videos could be considered art that's worthy enough of going on exhibition at the Guggenheim? Starting today, anyone with access to a Web cam, video camera or iPhone can submit YouTube video presentations into a video-art exhibition contest conducted by the Guggenheim foundation of museums in partnership with YouTube.

Onion 'Future News' Replacing Social Media News For A Fee - No Joke!

The slogan for a new news format is: "A lot of networks report the news as it happens, but only one has the power to report the news before it happens." The tag line is: "To stay ahead in today's world, you have to know what's going to happen in tomorrow's." Catchy catch-phrases - but is it enough to warrant a price tag?

Augmented Reality Sunglasses Can Insert Social Networking Into Your Sights

We're slowly becoming familiar with augmented reality as viewed through our smartphone cameras and apps like Layar. What if those same effects were available by just slipping on a pair of sunglasses? The folks at HUD (Heads Up Display) are touting that game-changing, technology as we speak.

Will 'Promoted Trends' Corrupt Real-Time Social Media News?

Back in May, Twitter finally joined the ranks of the the social media capitalists and rolled out Promoted Tweets to capitalize on all the ad dollars that were going to 3rd party apps versus Twitter's coffers. This month, they're considering selling their infamous trending topics as ad space.

Social Media Journalism By Wikileaks' Whistleblower Unfolds In Real-Time

Worthy of a George Clooney spy movie (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, comes to mind), the intrigue of this story is riveting. Unraveling across continents, high levels of government, potential treason and investigative journalism are all intertwined and unfolding in real-time through social media channels that might eventually expose cover-ups in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

QR Codes Augmenting Our Lives From Tokyo To Manhattan

While Quick Response (QR) codes received some controversy last month when Facebook was rumored using them to generate bar codes on users' profiles, the technology does have merit and continues to enhance the use of augmented reality in our every day lives. Last fall, I even speculated that "tag technology" could potentially replace Google Search at some point in time.

Vocus Acquires Crowdsourcing HARO's Free Social Media News Service

Today, Peter Shankman, the hard-working matchmaker of reporters and sources, and self-proclaimed 'adventurist' sold his company HARO (Help A Reporter Out) to Vocus, an on-demand software company. A true success story - what outgrew its confines as a small Facebook group, HARO's Web site and newsletter service has expanded exponentially to a mailing list of 100k+ journalists and experts.

One Drink Too Many For Kevin Rose At Diggnation's Bar & Grill

Techcrunch just broke the news that Digg's Kevin Rose is calling its quits with Diggnation, his weekly Web show about picking a topic and then drinking yourself silly trying to explain it. We don't know if this move will lead to Rehab or AA meetings, but it's certainly sending up one more red flag about a company that has been unsuccessfully trying to reinvent itself for quite some time.

Bing To Google: "What's Up With The Five Finger Discount?"

Microsoft tweeted to Google and the world (a few hours ago before this post) to ridicule their top competitor about hi-jacking their 'background images' from their search engine. Bing, which was just a glint in Steve Ballmer's eye back in early 2009 (see "Bada Bing…is Microsoft putting a Hit On Local Search?") feels its' trademark background images belongs in the hands of those that came up with the idea.