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Murdoch's New Digital News Format To Integrate With iPads But Not Social Media?

Rupert Murdoch, the cantankerous media mogul and iconoclast has long been known for his criticism of free access to news on the Internet. Going so far as to accuse Google and other search engines of being 'content kleptomaniacs,' the tabloid titan is continuing to seek new ways to charge for online news.

Social Media Lockdown In Advance Of A Facebook-Google Showdown

Social networks have locked horns in the past as Facebook wrangled its way from dormitory to dominating the Internet in six short years. Now at 500 million followers, its outstripped the competition and in some regards considers itself its own sovereign state, third in size to only India and China. So  how does Google with its lack of social networking savvy pose a threat?

Get Your Twitter Friends' Mugs On A Social Media Mug

CrowdedInk lets you raise your mug to the Twitter friends you're following - while raising your Twitter friends' mugs at the same time.

Social Media's Transition Into Semantic Web Will Be Led By China

For anyone who thinks China is a superpower in only the political arena, they are missing the larger geopolitical picture. The Internet is the 21st Century's newest battlefield where countries will fight for dominance over other nations.

Hot Potato Could Become Facebook's Location-Based Social Network Differentiator

"If you can't acquire them, squash them" - might be Facebook's new mantra in trying to create a foothold in the location-based social networking space. Since Foursquare spurned Facebook's advances for acquisition in favor of seeking more funding - the mighty social network of half a billion has put Plan B into motion...

Social Media Songs Are As Mad As Hell As An Ex-Flight Attendant

At last count there were over 4000 blogs and articles posted online detailing the now infamous tale of Steven Slater, the flight attendant who "went Postal" while flying the infriendly skies. Carrying too much baggage took on multiple meanings when working-class rage reached new heights.

Twitter's Official Retweet Button To Replace Tweetmeme Button?

It's still very "buttoned" up (pun intended), but its been announced that Twitter is taking control of the retweeting functionality for its microblogging platform. Ever since Twitter has moved into a monetization mode, its either acquired or competed head-on with apps designed by third-party developers.

Streetbank: Won't You Be My Neighbour?

Do you know where your neighbours? Many of us move in, keep to ourselves and never get to know each other until we cross paths by coincidence. In movies and TV, friendly neighbourhood people may drop by with cookies or casserole when someone new moves to the street, but that just doesn't happen enough in real life these days. One business has decided to put a stop to that by helping people connect.

Social Media Casting Call For Facebook Graphic Novel

"Win a Free Walk-On Part In A Graphic Novel" is a social media first for a graphic novel.  With the soon-to-be-published graphic novel, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," the authors are conducting an open casting call for anyone that knows how to tweet, update their Facebook status or produce a YouTube video - to be considered for a walk-on part.

Social Media Dilemma - Brainsourcing vs Crowdsourcing

Is the power of the unconscious more powerful than the power of the people? Is brainsourcing a better barometer in determining preferences than the wisdom of crowds, and if so, is there a new paradigm shift on the social media horizon?