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GameSalad: Game Creation For Everyone

I love the idea that GameSalad is putting forward. Developers and independent game makers have filled the iTunes App Store with millions of fantastic games but now GameSalad is giving regular old gamers like you and me a shot at creating our own games with their application--even if we have no idea how all that coding mumbo jumbo works.

Will Facebook See The Light Of Day In The Shadow OF China's Firewall?

This month tweets and rumors have been mounting leading to the probability that Mark Zuckerberg might have struck a deal with the Chinese. (Looks his trip to China last December was more for business, than pleasure).  If so, conjecture has it that a Facebook-lite iteration might open in the nation known for some of the strictest Internet censorship regulations known on the planet.

What's In A Name? Real Names vs NickNames On Social Networks

Remember when the Internet first emerged in the late 90s and "email" was the new shiny thing? So new and so shiny that while we gravitated toward it's light, likes moths to a flame, we were leery of revealing our true identities. So what did we do? We invented nicknames to protect our anonymity. And while we soon realized that real names were not a threat, many of us followed suit when social networks surfaced a few years later.

Connecting The Synaptops - A Virtual Desktop You Can Take Anywhere

A new online operating system allows you to use your own workspace wherever you are, with whatever you're using, and collaborate with others too.

China's Social Media Microbloggers Wake Up To Weibo

What's in a name? China's nearly half-billion netizens are about to find out. Sina Corp., owner of the country's largest Internet portal, is seeking to put its own stamp on China's social media landscape by rebranding Sina Weibo with the new domain name "weibo.com"

Chicken Littles Decry "Facebook Down" - World Coming To An End!

More crucial than the U.S. government shutting down, Twitterville is cyberventilating over Facebook suddenly becoming unavailable this morning. Proclaiming "Facbook Down," Chicken Littles are taking to the tweets sounding alarms that the ominous event could be an apocalyptic ending to the world as we know it.

Journalists On Facebook Scale As News Becomes More Social & Semantic

On April 5, Facebook launched "Journalists on Facebook" Page in an attempt to capitalize on the growing trend of news becoming more and more social.In Facebook's words, "The JOF Page is to serve as an ongoing resource for the growing number of reporters using FB to find sources, interact with readers and advance stories."

Too Lazy To Read Those Tweets? Let Twimal Do It For You!

Do you find yourself getting too lazy to head on over to Twitter sometimes? Do you wish there was some gadget somewhere that can read those tweets out aloud for you so you can stay updated on your friends' and family's latest tweets? Well, your wish is toymaker Takara Tomy's command because they've released the cute and adorable Twimal that can do this for you.

Facebook's Event Check-Ins Attracting Spammy Hosts & Guests

Big news this week was Facebook's push for Places, it's geo-location answer to Foursquare, and its launch of "event check-ins" on mobile phones. Unfortunately. like an updated version of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," it's attracting the wrong crowd of people - namely, spammers! Now, I ask you, is that any way to run a location-based social network?

Foursquare & Twitter Rip "Pages" Out Of Facebook Playbook

Cross-pollination amongst social networks has been a trend ever since Facebook tried to replicate Twitter's tweets into its status updates and Foursquare's geo-location components into its Facebook Places. This week, it appears the shoe is on the other foot, as both Twitter and Foursquare are dipping their toes into "brand pages" that comes very close to Facebook's fan pages.