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Social Media Video Chat Advances With Web Site Widgets & Enhanced Security

Chatroulette, while adding to the growing interest in video chat technology has been unable to divest itself from some of human nature's baser instincts. However, it has inspired others to build out the video conferencing platform to develop business models that are now appealing to a much broader audience for business, special interests and branding purposes.

Social Media Holiday Gifting Goes Virtual With Facebook Gift Cards

With the online gift card industry reaching all time highs, according to a report released by Javelin Strategy & Research, gift card sales will rise from $1.6 billion in 2009 to $5.8 billion in 2014. With that kind of growth is it any wonder that Mark Zuckerberg wants a piece of that action for his social network Facebook?

Social Media Outraged By Amazon's Objectionable Titles

How does a book with the heinous title, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" make Amazon's Top 100 list for Kindle? How does Amazon accept pre-orders for the hardcover version of "I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons," or sell "RapeLay," a video game in which the protagonist stalks and rapes women?

WeGoLook: Business Offers Inspection Services For EBay Purchases

All EBay shoppers have been scorned at one time or another when they make a purchase from a seller that misrepresents a product. It's hard when you don't leave near someone and simply have to take their word on the quality of a purchase. Well, there's now a business that ensures you don't have to!

iPad Throws Legacy Newspapers & Deep Throat Reporter A Life Raft

This week, the Washington Post joins the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The New York Times as the latest newspaper app to be made available on Apple's iPad. Over the course of the last two years, legacy newspapers have been shuttering their doors due to failing ad sales and reduced readership. With the innovation of the iPad, the cream of the crop are successfully migrating to a paperless world.

Social Media's McRib Gets Raked Over The Coals

In the early days of Twitter, a major brand like McDonald's didn't have to spend a dime on the microblogging site to sell a few extra Big Macs. With their following of over 60,000+ folks, a few well-placed tweets with a link to a discount or coupon usually did the trick. Now, with this year's roll-out of Twitter's Promoted Trends, McD's has been said to spend as much as $80,000 with a less than desired return on its investment.

Social Media Goes Monster To Help White House Find Jobs

With the mid-term elections behind the administration, unemployment continues to be the paramount issue for most Americans - and the reason so many are frustrated with the the current policies in place to turn it around. Party affiliations take a back seat when it comes to issues that hit one's pocketbook.

Social Media Leaps The "Great Firewall" Of China With Kindle In Black Market

Amazon is once again in the news with its recent acquisition of Diaper.com for a cool $540 million. But the real story, somewhat overlooked in the States is the emergence of a black market (aka China's gray market) that's smuggling Kindle 3G's into the country for a specific purpose. Apparently, it's been discovered that Kindle is the only handheld device to date that can leap the "Great Firewall" of state Web censorship.

Social Media's Bully Gets Taste Of His Own Medicine

Mark Zuckerberg's 'bad boy' image rendered from a movie, an unauthorized biography and a graphic novel was known early on to call his Facebook followers "dumb f*cks." Of recent date, he has censored Proposition 19 (for the legalization of marijuana in California) from advertising on his network, in addition to filing a lawsuit against a Web site called 'Teachbook' for daring to use the word "book" in its title.

Social Media Data Wars Will Determine Semantic Web Leader

Social Media or Web 2.0 can be considered the battleground for Web 3.0's Semantic Web. The shift has been happening subtly but is picking up speed as Internet companies and nations vie for control of data. With 600 million users now on Facebook, Google's 1.3 billion visitors per week and China's 1.35 billion citizens, these three entities have the greatest opportunity to dominate the Web of the Future.