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Social Networking And Infections Have Core Mechanic In Common

Researchers at the City College of New York (CCNY) have found a way to identify just who is the most likely to spread a disease or generate the most-read status updates in a human network.

Social Media's Bully Allows His Reputation To Proceed Him

Just when you thought the furor over Facebook's infringement of users' privacy rights was beginning to settle down somewhat, within the last week Mark Zuckerberg's social network stirs the pot once again, both figuratively and literally.

Where's My Tip: The Business Of Tipping In A Cashless Society

Today most people travel without cash, relying on their debit/Interac cards and credit cards to cover all of their expenses. It's just easier than constantly having to hit the ATM to increase cashflow for every little purchase. Unfortunately, there is one thing that you do need cash for, and that's leaving tips for the staff that you meet while you're on your travels. Fortunately, a new website makes it possible to travel cashless and leave a tip!

Social Media Kettle Calling The Pot Black

In this last week, both Condé Nast and Mark Zuckerberg have censored "Just Say Now' marijuana ads for both the Reddit and Facebook social networks. The ads support the passage of California's Proposition 19, which would largely legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

Social Media Billboards Scale Times Square Skyline

A year ago, Quick Response (QR) codes and location-based social networks as a means for social interaction were only shared in limited techie circles.  During the summer of 2010 - however, based on augmented reality and geolocation becoming the latest and hottest tools in our social media toolbox, even one of the largest cities in the world is cozying up to this new technology.

Slant Shack Jerky: DIY...Beef Jerky?

Well, you're able to order just about anything online and customize it and businesses are coming up with just about any DIY structure to jump on the bandwagon and offer people the chance to create things without going through the labor! Now, there's a new business that I bet you never would have searched for online, because it's a whole new concept!

Is Social Media Still In Search Of The Holy Grail Of Privacy?

What can the underdog or new social network to do to compete with Facebook? Just a few short months ago there seemed to be an opening when FB went all 'Open Graph' on us. Privacy became the primary issue and un-Facebook-like networks emerged.

Social Media Coupons Is The Cautionary Tale Of "Be Careful What You Wish For"

Groupon is the number one social media discount program online today. Expected to reach $400 million in revenue this year, it sends retail offers to about 13 million registered users by email. Retailers that are accepted into the program are willing to pay the firm 50% of an item's retail price to be featured. So why are so many merchant griping about the related boost in sales?

Name Your Number: Vanity Phone Numbers for UK Cell Phones

You can get vanity license plates for your car, but that's something that's a lot less visible than a phone number that you plaster over your business cards and websites and it shows up each and every time you send out a text message. So, good news people; there's a company in the UK that can help you get a vanity phone number!

Oliver's Labels: Business Offers Lost & Found To Top Off Their Kid's Labels!

Businesses that create fun and funky labels to stick on your kid's clothes, or just about anything, aren't new. But the problem is when your children actually lose something, a label saying "this belongs to Sally" just doesn't do much to reunite the product with its owner. One business has come up with the ideal solution to make sure that it's possible for children to get back their stuff!