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File Sharing, The Ultimate Social Media Activity Rachets Up With Michael Jackson Release

From the days of Napster to Peter Sunde most recently facing millions in damages and an actual prison sentence for his illegal music and video sharing on The Pirate Bay, torrent files are prompting the government to intervene. And with the release of Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Michael" being leaked via file-sharing sites this week, Big Brother may enact more forceful censorship laws.

Google's Attempt At Grabbing Social Media Profiles With Sitelinks

There's a marked contrast that while Mark Zuckerberg gets to basically advertise a new Facebook user profile for free to millions of viewers on 60 Minutes, coverage of Google's attempt to capture social graph profiles from netizens is limited to a handful of search engine blogs.

Social Media As New Movie Genre May Take Home Oscar Gold

If Slumdog Millionaire and No Country For Old Men are any indication that the winners of the the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures are a precursor for deciding Oscar winners, then this year's first movie about social media might score that coveted award. Winning four out of the top 15 awards from the NBR, The Social Network was distinguished best of the best when it was named the 2010 Film of the Year.

Social Media Leaks Categorize Julian Assange As The Osama Bin Laden Of The Internet

The founder of WikiLeaks is not only a wanted man by the American authorities, his now infamous Web site WikiLeaks is also under attack by notorious hackers, while its services are being cut-off by Amazon and EveryDNS.net. Although not officially announced, Julian Assange might be considered today's public enemy number-one, taking the place of the illusive Osama bin Laden. Not since 9/11 has any one figure reached such notoriety due to what many consider acts against a state.

Social Media Plus Sergey Brin Equals Google Plus One

To date, Google has chased the elusive social media butterfly hither and fro with little to no success to really call its own. Over the years, it has experimented with Orkut, Google Buzz and the yet-to-be-launched Google Me. Even its collaborative enterprise and much ballyhooed project Wave was just recently scrapped. So what's a search engine to do?

Social Media's Six Billion Dollar Man Knows How To Shop For Deals

Wunderkind 29-year old entrepreneur Andrew Mason figured how to inject hysteria into his Groupon model of Internet bargain hunting. Exclusivity and short-order inventories were the key. Not only has it attracted 33 million subscribers and the attention of top line investors like Digital Sky Technologies, this week the founder enters the stratosphere with an inconceivable offer of $6 billion by search giant Google to acquire the social media buying site.

Social Media Service For Hotels & Airlines Adds Arrival, Concierge & Loyalty Components

Flip.to's social media and marketing service for the travel industry is broadening its platform with the addition of "Arrival," "Concierge" and "Loyalty" components. As an international operation, Flip.to has been customizing innovative services for boutique hotels, airlines, airports and destination restaurants around the world.

If Google Can't Be Social, How Can It Thrive In Social Media?

Google has had more than a hard time developing a social network that could compete in the same stratosphere as Facebook. With reports of a world Internet user base of about 1 billion and over 20,000 employees, it's hard to understand why the search giant can't figure it out? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact, its staff hasn't learned to play nice?

Celebrities Experiencing Digital Deaths In Social Media Fundraiser For AIDS

Social Media has long been known for its involvement in charitable initiatives. Among them is Causes, a Facebook application which is very popular among non-profits. Noted proponents like Corey Szopinski, Jane McGonigal and former Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes all come to mind regarding the work that is being done, associated with what is referred to as the Good Web.

Flattr, Social Media's Online Tip Jar Might Save Its Pirate

The 32-year old Swedish entrepreneur Peter Sunde, while suffering the slings and arrows of a business model condemned by the courts has created yet another social media site that actually pays starving bloggers for their content. Found guilty of online music piracy and copyright infringement and about to face a jail sentence and millions in damages, The Pirate Bay co-founder is also the master-mind behind Flattr, an altruistic site that monetizes content via the kindness of readers.