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China's Quieter, Gentler 'Great Firewall' Or Social Media Ploy?

Today, China released a white paper titled, "The Internet in China," that in Western parlance could be considered a public relations make-over for a brand that has long been associated with censorship and government control. Is there a crack in the Great Firewall, or has China been dogged into corner by its netizens crying for their right to free speech on the Internet?

Will "Bending It Like Beckham" Make Yahoo! Relevant Again?

Today, it was announced that Yahoo! would differentiate itself from competitors such as Google by offering 'exclusive content' only available through their Yahoo! channel. For those that would like  to 'Bend It Like Beckham,' Yahoo!'s 600 million global users will have exclusive access to interact with football great David Beckham and activities pertaining to the World Cup games in Capetown, South Africa.

Titillating Turbans: Charitable Business Makes Fashion For Cancer Survivors

Some of the most inspiring businesses out there derive from a personal need, and there's one business that provides a great example of this. One entrepreneur decided to start a business based on her own personal demands that she couldn't quite fulfill and has decided to give back to others with more than just her inventory.

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.