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MTV Music Meter Tracks Social Media To Return To Roots

Who ever remembers the launch of MTV in the early 80s may wax nostalgic in learning that the network is returning to its roots. The slogan "I want my MTV" accompanied the latest Michael Jackson and Madonna music videos and certainly aided in the meteoric rise of these artists. This week with the release of the MTV Music Meter and its interface with social media, the parent company Viacom will showcase up-and-coming  artists and bands that are most buzzed about on social networks.

Quirky's Socially Developed Power Strip Has "Pivot Power"

Your power strip has six power outlets, but strangely, you cannot insert more than three or four power plugs at a time.  The outlets are all meant for the standard two or three pronged plug, but as we know there are any number of adapters that depend on electric power, and they take up a lot more room than a regular lamp plug. With 709 inventors contributing, Quirky's Pivot Power creates an elegant solution.


Social Media's Person Of The Year Vs. Time's Person Of The Year

While Time Magazine does conduct a user-generated poll each year to determine their "Person of the Year," it's not as democratic a process as a true social media survey might be. While the periodical's designation usually honors 'honorary' people, it has fallen out of favor with voters with selections such as Adolf Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1979) and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. This year, the same could hold true with this year's top three poll winners.

Social Media's Great Red Meat, A Mere Blip On The Silicon Valley Radar?

What could generate more page-views than a good old fashioned Deep-Throat-like scandal? And TechCrunch, one of the Internet's top blogs and its editor Michael Arrington are masters at this type of reporting. Whether they're lampooning Zynga and their online games as "Scamville," accusing Facebook of stealing from Google or suing Fusion Garage for false advertising regarding its ill-conceived "Crunchpad" project - this TMZ-type of journalism does whet the public's appetite for good story-telling.

Social Media Hackers, Heroes Or Villains?

Anyone who has seen the movie, The Social Network is familiar with how in the early years, Mark Zuckerberg pitted young students against each other in a heated competition as to who could "code" the fastest. The most savvy cognoscenti won a chance to join Facebook's start-up team back in 2004. On a recent installment of 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl noted that "Hacker" posters papered the walls of FB's HDQ. Which begs the question - what determines whether hackers are heroes or villains?

iPad Graphic Novels Feature Buddha & Social Media

Graphic novels on iPads make for great gifts as they are the perfect format for reading a genre presented in illustrative color. Kindles which continue to be one of the most popular eBook Readers fall short for graphic novel fans by only offering black and white text. This holiday season, two exciting iPad books hit digital shelves and can be purchased for as low as $4.99 a download.

Social Media Payback Can Be A B*tch Sometimes

With Julian Assange now under arrest, it's not enough for protesters to wield protest signs asking to "Free The Wikileaks Founder." No, in the digital age, you hit opposing forces where it hurts - their Web sites! To that end, a group of hackers under an initiative dubbed "Operation Payback" are in full throttle mode to take down Web sites of those that have denied service or accused Assange of illegal activities.

Social Media Twins Seek Greater Fortunes From Facebook Coffers Graphically

The Ivy League twins who accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for Facebook at Harvard back in 2004 have reengaged their legal battle with him on the heels of an award-winning movie, an unauthorized biopic and a graphic novel that have brought greater focus to a social network that has already attracted a half billion-plus followers.

Out Of All Social Media Shopping Deal Sites, Did Google Bet On The Wrong Horse?

After the smoke cleared and Google's all-time highest acquisition offer for Groupon went south, one has to ponder if the search giant should have gone after one of its competitors versus the market leader? And instead of spending $6 million they could have gotten away with a lot less - say, with a site like, LivingSocial.

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.