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Google Serving Up 'News' On A New Platter

Just when you get use to viewing certain Web sites in certain formats - it's a little disconcerting when they change it up for you. Almost feels like you're caught off balance. But Google has the power and we are only but bit players on its global stage.  Today Google is releasing a redesigned version of their News site to English-language users in the US.

In From The Cold, Russian Spy Seeks Cover On Social Networks

It's said that a good spy knows how to blend in. And what better way in today's society to accomplish that, than to be prominently active on a number of social networks. Anna Chapman, one of alleged spies recently picked up in NYC knew how to work social networks almost as well as she did in staying below the government's radar.

Mashable Introduces First-Time Social Media Day

Mashable doesn't indicate why they chose June 30th as the first-time Social Media Day, but heck, they are the number one Social Media blog in the world - so I guess they have the right. It will probably take another decade before the US Congress declares it official - but in the meantime perhaps there's a Mashable Mash-up near you where you can help celebrate this year's kick-off.

'Google Me' Silly - Does Google Have The 'Social Networking' Gene?

Google has tried twice unsuccessfully to create a better mousetrap than Facebook. Both Orkut's launch in 2004 and Buzz's roll-out just last year were valiant attempts - but no bull's eye for the Grand Daddy of Search

Green Calling: Sharp Introduces Solar Powered, Waterproof Mobile Phones

Waterproof solar powered mobile phones from Sharp come in any color you want, as long as it's green.

Mark's Work Warehouse Vending Machines Dispense Needed Clothing In Niche Locations

Vending machines that dispense clothing, aren't a new concept, although there are relatively few of them in North America. Mark's Work Warehouse, a Canadian clothing store is taking this idea to an all new level, placing test machines in niche locations to give people the convenience of what they need, where they need it!

Social Media Digital Footprint vs Paper Trails Of The Past

Computers are not only saving trees these days -  they have almost eliminated any need for the traditional 'paper trail' we were so accustomed to using just a short decade ago. In the year 2010, wherever you travel throughout the social media space, you're leaving digital breadcrumbs for all to follow.

Is Coke's 'Promoted Trends' The Real Thing For Real-Time Social Media?

Buying Twitter's 'Promoted Trends' seems to me to go against a major tenet of Twitter, namely the surfacing of real-time news items generated by the 'wisdom of crowds.' In my post, "Will 'Promoted Trends' Corrupt Real-Time Social Media News," I talked about the juxtaposition of obtrusive ads next to legitimate news items.

Avoidr, The Anti-Social, Anti-Check-In Social Network

Scaling to twenty thousand users overnight, a virtual unknown Web app has arrived on the digital landscape to address our latest social media dilemma - how to avoid the many followers we've worked diligently to attract? As such, Avoidr might be labeled the first "anti-social" social network.

'The Social Network' Movie Trailer Labels FB Leader A Punk, Genius, Prophet, & Traitor

"If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook," is the cryptic utterance made by actor Jesse Eisenberg portraying Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in the first trailer for "The Social Network." While bordering on self-parody, those words underscore how the origins of the largest global networking enterprise was intriguing enough to be made into a movie.