The iPad Apps That Diplomats Will Use

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Earlier, we ran a story about the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky (UK) here in Lexington, launching an initiative to put iPads in the hands of students and faculty, with support for an 18-month trial from Apple. The idea is that future diplomats be well versed in current technology.  We reached out to …

Can Microsoft Compete with the iPad?

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Reports indicate that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to unveil some new slates from Samsung and Dell at CES next month that are designed to compete with Apple’s incredibly popular iPad.  The company has not confirmed, and the sources of the info are unnamed, but evidently trusted by the New York Times, which reports:  The Samsung device is described …

Google Has a New Social Experiment

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A new experiment has appeared in Google Labs. It’s called Google Shared Spaces.  It’s hard to provide too much info about it at this point, because when you try to access it (after signing in with your Google account, which it requests) it only gives you a 404. Several people commenting on the site indicate that they are experiencing the …

Social Media Advertisements Drive Purchase Intention

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The Faces of Social Media is a social media research jointly conducted by Knowledge Networks and MediaPost Communications. The intent of the ongoing study is to measure the social media landscape in the U.S and determine the influence of social media on products and services. After surveying 2,242 people from age 13 to 80-year-old, the research has […] Related posts: …

AOL Gets Big on Video

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AOL has launched a new AOL Video division, which the company says will aggregate its online video library assets under one "strategic umbrella." The company also says it delivers on the entire video value chain from creation through syndication to distribution, consumer experience and monetization.  YouTube has a new competitor. AOL’s video streams increased from 192 million in July to …

Should Gmail Be Worried About Facebook?

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You’ve no doubt heard or read about Facebook’s new messaging announcement this week. If not, the company announced a new messaging system to combine email, SMS, IM, Chat, and other forms of online communication, bringing them into one inbox. Along with this comes @facebook.com email addresses. CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the system as "starting from scratch" as opposed to being …

Betty White’s “Saturday Night Live” Gig Dominated Hulu

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The Betty White-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live led last week’s Hulu viewership stats — just one more sign of success for the episode that was NBC’s most-viewed on the air in 18 months. NewTeeVee reports that five clips related to the show and the full episode stream were among the top 20 videos between May 3 and 9, even …

Notetaking Tool Evernote Reaches 3 Million User Mark

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Demand for Evernote’s notetaking tool is growing at an ever increasing rate. The startup has just surpassed three million users, which means the company has attracted over one million new users in four months and that growth is rapidly accelerating. Evernote is now registering 8,000 new users per day — no doubt with the help of its fantastic iPad app. …

FRIDAY POLL: How Did You Celebrate Twestival?

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Yes, it’s that time once again, folks — time for the Weekly Poll! Yesterday, thousands of people in more than 175 cities got together to celebrate the second annual Twestival, an event that has (at the time of this posting) raised $311,696 for Concern Worldwide, an organization that works to provide an education to millions of children without access to …

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

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Justin Bieber remains an immutable force of Twitter trend power, taking the top slot again for the third week in a row. Tweeters also showed their love (and/or disdain) for a number of other pop singers, and celebrated a few holidays this past week. Thanks to our friends at What The Trend, we have yet another interesting stats-eye-view of the …

5 Brilliant iPhone Apps for Baseball Fans

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Attention baseball fans, the date that is no doubt etched in your brain — the start of the 2010 Major League Baseball Season — is fast approaching. To get you ready for April 4 (when the Boston Red Sox will take on the reigning World Series champion New York Yankees at Fenway Park) we’re pitching you five handpicked iPhone apps …

The Current State of Twitter [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Muhammad Saleem is a social media consultant and a top-ranked community member on multiple social news sites. Follow him on Twitter for more social media insights. There is no doubt that Twitter has been a runaway success. Add to their rapid growth the recently announced @anywhere platform, and plans for further international expansion, and it comes as no surprise that …

9 Ways to Geek Out Your T-Shirt Collection

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A t-shirt isn’t just a cotton garment, it’s a form of communication, a personal billboard that lets you get a message out to the world in a medium that offers the minimum of effort. Whether your geek tendencies lean towards gaming, Apple, space, film or social media, we’ve got a sassy selection of tees that will have you reaching for …

5 Must-See Google Easter Eggs

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There’s no doubt Google has a sense of humor — its excellent April Fools jokes are a testament to that. But there’s a wealth of funnies that can found any time of the year too. Here we pull together a handy list of Google “Easter eggs” that you can uncover right now. Bearing in mind we’re working up another list …