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Groupon's Food Fail is a T-shirt Seller's Epic Win

Popular deal-of-the-day website Groupon's embarrassing New Year's 'Osechi Ryori' meal mess-up was about to fade from Japan's fast-moving pop culture radar. Not so fast - the phenomenal food fail has been spun - literally - into a t-shirt by an enterprising and opportunistic designer.

Social Media & Justin Bieber Selected As Presenters At The Oscars?

Was it any wonder, with 'The Social Network' movie nominated for 'best picture,' that social media would come center stage at the 83rd Academy Awards? At the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, February 27, big brands are attaching themselves to celebs and are capitalizing on their Facebook and Twitter pages to hype activities leading up to and at the event. 

To Everything (Churn, Churn, Churn) - Distinguishing Journalism From Churnalism

A new website promises to tell you whether what you read online has any substance.

Social Media Meets Marathon Man: Introducing the iRun

Joseph Tame is taking social media to the streets – literally – with something he likes to call 'iRun'. Tame intends to wear the 'World's Most Advanced Mobile Social Media Studio' on February 27, 2011, when he stands on the starting line of the Tokyo marathon. I just have one question... Is it safe?

Reference Tree: Buy College Textbooks Electronically By The Chapter

One of the worst things about going to college - not that there's a lot of bad in the whole experience - is the cost of textbooks. You know and I know that in college you dish out hundreds or thousands each year for books that you may only need a couple of chapters from, and that will no longer be required the next year. There are a number of businesses that have surfaced in the last couple of years that have been focused on capturing this market, but one has particularly taken advantage.

Social Media's Revolution 2.0 Crowdsources Street Protests & DDOS Attacks

First coined by the Egyptian Google marketing manager Wael Ghonim, the term "Revolution 2.0" is used to describe the new grass-roots strategies and tactics used by protesters initially in Egypt - but that which became pervasive throughout the entire Middle East Region. In fighting against despotic rule, people were demanding democracy, regime change and a voice in their respective governments.

BeeTV Turns Cell Phones Into Tiny TV Sets At A Price That Doesn't Sting

What's all the buzz about BeeTV? Ask the 1.5 million Japanese cell phone users who subscribe to BeeTV's monthly service and watch television on their smartphone screens.

Social Media Video Stars To Compete With Celebrity-Branded YouTube Channels

Internet stars have successfully used the YouTube platform to catapult their careers from oblivion to mega-super-stardom. In this category, Justin Bieber was probably the most successful. In return, YouTube's ad revenues have skyrocketed every time a new YouTube 'star was born.' However not content to just be an incubation tank for potential talent to go viral, YouTube has now chosen to go after established celebrities that have already made it and are wiling to offer them lucrative contracts to create their own celebrity-branded channels on their network.

Social Media Cyber Figure 'Sweeping Old Lady' Kicks Up Dust On China's Internet

A mysterious “Sweeping Old Lady” has stormed Chinese social media circles to become the first notable cyber figure of 2011. Quick to share her wisdom with those who work diligently, this virtual charwoman might seem lowly but, as in real life, appearances can be deceptive.

Social Media Summit When Obama Hit Silicon Valley To Poke Zuckerberg

This year has been a momentous one for the Facebook founder. Having been portrayed in an award-winning movie, satirized in a graphic novel and on SNL, in addition to being named Time's Person of the Year, he's entered a stratosphere most CEOs twice his age haven't been able to achieve. So it's no surprise, that President Obama might want to consider sitting down with the wunderkind to discuss tech innovation and potential job creation.