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Social Media Copy Cat Renren Could Beat Facebook To IPO

One of the world's least known social networks could go public prior to Facebook, or even LinkedIn or Twitter - and in the most unlikely country of China. Six year-old Renren - often referred to as the Chinese Facebook due its the many similarities is one of the major default social networks in its country of origin - as Facebook has been blocked by the "Great Fire Wall" since 2009.

Car Phone: Aston Martin's Slick, Sexy Concept Phone

Aston Martin is known best for its cars, but if this concept ever gets produced, it may be known more for cell phones.

Google's Quest For Social Media Holy Grail Redux

A lot has been written about Google and its unshakable pursuit of a means to integrate with social media. The blogosphere is especially cyberventilating this week due a FTC penalty ruling - ironically due to privacy infractions from Google's Buzz debacle last year - and its launch of a "+1 button" that operates uncannily like. . . well, a LIKE button a la Facebook.

Doggies Do The Chew - Dog Food Promotion Goes Viral

You can now use your smartphone to feed your pet.

From Social Media To Semantic Web, LinkedIn Caffeinates NYC & San Fran

Extra, Extra. . . read all about it, LinkedIn offers free coffee to residents and commuters in New York City and San Francisco with the launch of its latest product. Holy Cappuccino, Starbucks. . . you deserve a break today...

Get Fixed - An Addiction Site That Gets Real

A new website helps you recover from addiction, by being real about it.

Brain Does Not Distinquish Between Emotional Rejection & Physical Pain

fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging, allows researchers to follow what's happening in the brain as it is happening, literally, in real time.  Psychologists at the University of Michigan and Columbia University utilized fMRI technology to compare the brain's activity during physical pain and simulated emotional pain.

Social Media Booty Calls By Virtual Cloud Girlfriends

In 'Lars and the Real Girl' - as delusional as the lead character was in the movie, at least he had something "real" to hold onto. With the beta launch of a site called "Cloud Girlfriend," the goal is to offer virtual love affairs to male users in the form of what they might conjuring up as perfect mates. Giving a whole new meaning to the sexual innuendo "faking it," this new Internet startup wants to help guys move their status from "single" to "in a relationship" on Facebook.

Social Media's Impact On Kids: Pediatricians Weigh In

In today's online edition of Pediatrics, a new clinical report on The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families, presents the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of social media on the lives of our kids.

Color Your Social Network With Complete Strangers

Like Blanche DuBois' famous line in Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire," sometimes you just "have to depend on the kindness of strangers." Not to be lumped together with anti-social networks such as Avoidr, does however have the ability to allow its users to connect with strangers. And on the heels of coming off a $41 million round of funding, apparently investors feel that 'people you don't know' do have something in common - if only being at the same place, at the same time.