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Tweets of Shame Can Taint Real-Time Search

Before social networking, hacking was confined to one's personal computer. Now in addition to having your hardware violated, social media hacking is attacking one's personal dignity and broadcasting it to the world. And apparently the perpetrators are equal-opportunity hackers as anyone can find themselves at risk, whether you're a celebrity or a first time tweeter! But can this latest hacking tactic affect real-time search as well?

Can You Bank On Location-Based Social Networks,The Next $hiny Thing?

Is the new shiny thing - Location-Based Social Networks (LBS)? A new wave of startups taking advantage of GPS technology,the ubiquity of smart phones and location-based attributes are growing exponentially and are gaining popularity not only with users but also with angel investors. Is banking on a LBS a sure bet?

Are Facebook Fan Pages, 'The Emperor Has No Clothes'?

I'm told daily that its imperative that I set up a fan page on Facebook. Brands of all sizes have done so. Like Twitter, I know the number of one's followers can assist in spreading one's message virally. But isn't a fan page really just a puffed-up outlet for ego gratification and an opportunity to dupe ourselves and the public into believing that we get something out of renting a billboard on Facebook?

Breathalyzer Vending Machines: Business Comes Along On time For The Holidays

Right on time for the holiday season is a new, innovative vending machine that's designed to prevent drunk driving. Let's be realistic, in concept it's not entirely new, but its approach to the market is unique!


Death To Facebook By Seppukoo.com

Impress your friends. Disconnect yourself. You are more than your virtual identity. So says a site calling itself Seppukoo.com which allows you to check out of Facebook by assisting with your online suicide.

Lipbalm Labz: Create Your Own Flavored Lipbalm

You can't always judge a book by its cover. Lipbalm Labz is a business with a website that's extremely bland and almost verging on amateurish. But, the product they offer is high quality, and it's something that just about anyone will love since it features customization!


Social Middleware to Block Social Networking On-the-job!

Enterprise sites allow companies to establish micro social networks within their firms where employees can communicate with their peers, partners, clients and others selected. But what about access to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook in the workplace?

iPhone Orchestras Making Music For A New Millennium

New fad or sea change in orchestrated music? The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble at the University of Michigan is one of several university orchestras that have replaced traditional instruments with Apple's iPhones and their apps. Beethoven must be rolling over in his grave!

Top Ten Google Doodles of 2009

Google long known for spicing up its home page with 'doodle' tributes for various events and famous people's birthdays has continually used humor to soften its often maligned brand persona of being a monopoly... or should I say a Googlopoly! In the spirit of a New Year approaching, I thought it befitting to look back at Google's TOP TEN 2009 artwork and congratulate the Grand-daddy of search engines for some doodles well done.

Google's Live Updates Will Be More Relevant Than Twitter?

The new Google search feature will address the needs of people who want the most updated information without having to scan multiple sources like Twitter and Facebook. In other words, Google, the Grand-daddy of search engines has found a way to obtain real-time search without the clutter...or so they say!