Showing posts with label Social News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Social News. Show all posts

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Twitter acquires Tweetie and drops the $2.99 price tag

Twitter announced on their blog that they have acquired Atebits (AKA Loren Britcher) to acquire Tweetie the leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie therefore will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and will be made free. Prior to the acquisition the app for available in the Apple App store for about $3 and will now be available for free.

"We're thrilled to announce that we've entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world. Loren's work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help.

As we work to provide the best possible Twitter experience on all of the major mobile platforms, momentum will increase dramatically. Millions more active, engaged, mobile users means more opportunities for all of us. Developers, services, and publishers will be able to leverage the Twitter iPhone and iPad applications to create additional innovative tools and integrations for users. We'll have more specific information on this once Loren is officially on board. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Loren to the Twitter team."

Twitter for the iPad will also be launched with the help of Lauren. Other Twitter mobile clients need to see red as they may be soon out if business with Twitter now official moving into the mobile landscape and pushing it's service free of any costs to people who depend on mobile applications to use Twitter.

Loren had this to say about his experience and he seems to be more than happy to be a part of Twitter from the inside

"Now I’ll be working with them on the inside. I’m happy to say that as of today Twitter is the proud owner of Tweetie - and I’m joining their mobile team and starting work on turning into, for iPhone and iPad."

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Jim Carey shows his support for Tiger Woods on Twitter.

Jim Carrey who announced his split from Jenny McCarthy this week on Twitter has posted several tweets defending Tiger Woods and criticizing Wood's wife Elin. Jim has since toned down his tweets but here are the Tweets he posted regarding the Tiger Woods episode.

Tiger Woods owes nothing 2 anyone but himself. 2 please his father he gave up his childhood and his freedom in the world. That's enough!--->

No wife is blind enough to miss that much infidelity. Elin had 2 b a willing participant on the ride 4 whatever reason. kids/lifestyle ;^)

Whenever we form a consensus about some1 we envy, who's stumbling, our collective ego LOVES to flex it's unified muscle! S'ugly! }%^O

RT I want 2 make it CLEAR that I do not condone infidelity at all, but 2 some degree the responsibilty 4 it is shared by both people! ;^)

In any event, infidelity has never been an issue 4 me. If I tried to keep a secret like that, I would grow a tumor and devil horns! }:^<-

My people called and said I might have to tame my tweets a little. So here goes...I'm going to make a sandwich now. peanut butter.(sigh) ;^

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Twitter turns 4

Yes it's Happy Birthday Twitter once again. March 21st 2006 was when Twitter saw it's first Tweet. Jack Dorsey sent the first Tweet " Just Setting up my Twttr". 4 years on and Twitter is totally becoming a global phenomena averaging 50 millions Tweets a day.

Hated by some loved my many Twitter attracts some sort of response. Being lukewarm towards Twitter is not something you see.  Twitter has changed the world 140 characters at a time.

Happy Birthday Twitter.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Facebook starts sending Facebook Page weekly updates

Facebook has now started sending Facebook page updates for people who have created their own Facebook pages. Of course your page needs to have some traction before you get these updates. It is also a good way for Page creators to get the updates on how well or not so well their page is doing and your encouraged to work on it some more. This new feature of Facebook has been launched more aggressively ever since their became the most visited site in the US. Yes, for a whole week Facebook had beaten even Google to become the No1 most visited site. The whole of last week Facebook held the number one spot.

Facebook now seems to want to set the importance of their service in terms of driving traffic to your page and even your websites. It become more and more important to make sure your websites are optimized for Facebook as their importance in generating traffic grows.

People who own pages on Facebook can now get weekly updates of their pages on Facebook and think of ways to make it better and get more followers. There is no underestimating the importance of social networks like Facebook and Twitter in generating traffic to your site.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

#OMGFacts Twitter Trend and Controversy.

16 year old Adorion Deck who started the @omgfacts page located here. in September of 2009 and amassed more that 300k+ followers spoke with ABC news. 

Deck mined the internet and started posting little know facts about everything from celebs to electronics and just about everything. He was followed by all kinds of people who enjoyed his daily dose of #OMGFacts

But on Monday, Twitter taught the high school junior a lesson he'll never forget. After he posted a controversial Tweet on Dr. martin Luther King

MLK Post Creates 'Firestorm' of Criticism

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his last night on Earth having sex with two women," he posted.

And with that, the barbs started to fly.

"Unfollow @OMGFacts for their crude tweet about Martin Luther King Jr yesterday!," posted one tweeter.

"What a disrespectful way to dishonor MLK," posted another.

After realizing what he had done he deleted the Tweet and temporarily deleted his twitter account. It is now back up but no updates #OMGFacts will be an a hiatus he said.

He later said that all this success had got to his head and had started saying things to the public without thinking about things first. Twitter has taught him a lesson if you have people following you you better be aware of what you say and make sense of it too. You just don't throw things at people and think it will all be in good humor or anything close to it. 

This is a lesson for all Twitter users I guess. Twitter gives you success and you had better handle it with care. 

Source: ABC News

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The first Tweet from Space has arrived.

Oh yes this is definitely a first. Made possible by NASA who gave space station astronauts direct access to the web. Called by NASA as the ultimate wireless connection. T J Creamer an astronaut working on the Space Station sent out this Tweet.Previously Astronauts had to send an e-mail back to earth before news could spread. Now the just access Twitter and make the best use of it

Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station -- the 1st live tweet from Space! :) More soon, send your ?s

T J Creamer can be found at @Astro_TJ

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Facebook's Building a new $180 Million Custom Data Center.

Facebook announced via Jonathan Heiliger that Facebook is building a new custom built data center, at the cost price of $180 million.

"When Facebook first began with a small group of people using it and no photos or videos to display, the entire service could run on a single server. However, as the site expanded to different colleges around the U.S., we needed to add more servers and data center capacity to keep up with the increasing number of people who were joining every day.

Initially, as most Internet startups do, we leased data center space alongside other companies in the same building. As our user base continued to grow and we developed Facebook into a much richer service, we reached the point where it was more efficient to lease entire buildings on our own. We are now ready to build our own."

Jonathan also spoke about energy efficient technologies that would be used

"Energy-Efficient Technologies
Along with making sure Facebook operates quickly for you, we wanted to minimize the environmental impact of our new facility and its energy costs. To best achieve those goals, we will use several energy-efficiency technologies, including:

  • Evaporative cooling system: This system evaporates water to cool the incoming air, as opposed to traditional chiller systems that require more energy intensive equipment. This process is highly energy efficient and minimizes water consumption by using outside air.
  • Airside economizer: The facility will be cooled by simply bringing in colder air from the outside. This feature will operate for between 60 percent and 70 percent of the year. The remainder of the year requires the use of the evaporative cooling system to meet temperature and humidity requirements.
  • Re-use of server heat: A portion of the excess heat created by the computer servers will be captured and used to heat office space in the facility during the colder months.
  • Proprietary Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) technology: All data centers must have an uninterruptible power supply to continuously provide power to servers. The Prineville data center will use a new, patent-pending UPS system that reduces electricity usage by as much as 12 percent."

Facebook is definitely taking a tighter control of all their users data and would like to handel everything in-house. The New Data Center will also allow them to better protect their servers and therefore better protect their users. Facebook was a small websites without any videos and photos, users by a few people. Now it has more than 350 million users woprld wide and shows no signs or letting up in it's growth. People are shoring photos, videos, openions, playing games and helping each other. This means that the are tons of data on FB servers. All of this data is what is converting the website into gold and this needs to be protected.

Facebook looks like it is taking everything seriously. They are also cutting out Ads from Microsoft as they would like to handel their Ads by themselves. As you will know FB ads are very different and creative. Soemthing not to be seen on other sites.

Facebook has a lot of creativity and technology to come up with and implement. All for the good of it's users. They have been active all the time better trying to understand their users and implem,ent such things as are relevent.

Here's a link the their new Data Center Page

Prineville Data Center - architectural rendering

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Want to know what Bill Gates is thinking?

Yes after joining Twitter and Facebook Bill Gates has now launched a website to share his thoughts. On his website you see the sections What I'm thinking about, What I'm learning, Curious Classroom, My travels, Conversations and Infrequently asked questions.

The website is filled with info on what Bill is on about these days. There is also a lot of learning to be had from the website. Where he does try to answer as best the problems of poverty and energy and what he things is the way these issues need to be addressed.

He has also now got a lot of exposure in the field and is sharing all this with people who would like to know. All in all he sounds like a teacher and if your expecting to read anything personal forget it. This is all about Bill Gates and his charity work.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Staten Island man threatens suicide on Facebook and goes through with it.

Here is another sad ending Facebook story of a St. George man who hanged himself after posting on his wall his intentions. It seems he did not really give anyone time to react and when his friends started calling his cell phone there was no answer. 911 was also called and by the time they  reached he had gone through with his threat.

Found the below extract on silive and think they put everything down so clear into words I have pasted it below

A St. George man hanged himself this afternoon, sources say, moments after posting his intentions on his public profile.

William Rodriguez posted the following on the social networking site:

"fdny wants to fire me. I didn't do what they said I did. met an old friend at bhs said they want my job I should have listened to her. When I take my meds I'm manic when I don't I'm severly depressed like I am now. I see planes crashing into buildings in my dreams and I wake up in cold sweats. I can't go on anymore. I just hung myself"

The note sparked a series of panicked messages from his Facebook friends:

Joe DE Lucia Jr.:
Willie if u need to talk to someone pls call me. I will email u my cell number to your fb in box. Hang in guy. Your friend. Joe bags

Christina Frank:
what the [expletive]??? i don't like this!!! i'm calling you now

Richard Fox:
willie that's nothing to play with,

Richard Fox:
if you need somebody to talk to reach out

Christina Frank:
answer your cell!!!!!

Richard Fox:
don't screw around here, willie answer me!

Richard Fox:
[expletive] christina might you know where he is?

Richard Fox:
willie answer your cellphone now

Jerry Rosenthal:
will call me

Rocco Cassetta:
Willie dontyou [expletive] around like this. I worked with you 3 years and I know sometimes you say stuff you don't mean in anger and frustration. Please someone get over to this guys house fortwith!!!!!

Meril Trilling:
Willy pick up your phone.........this is not me ...we can talk.....i am here for you!!!!!!!

Christina Frank:
I already called 911, i'm not waiting around to see if this is a joke. I hope the address on his profile is correct.

Penina Scullion:
He's needed his broken into in the past. Take him SERIOUSLY.

Rocco Cassetta:
Someone call. 911 and knock his goddamned door down

Penina Scullion:
Did anyone call the tour commander...I have no phone numbers anymore, but I've gone through this with him many years NOT want to see him succeed this time.

Meril Trilling:
OMG WILLY WHAT DID U DO???????????????

Christina Frank:
pray for him now, dear God, i hope he's at peace now

Penina Scullion:
Willie, so sorry that you could not get through fought with this for so many years.

Rocco Cassetta:
What do you mean he's at peace!!!!!!!!!

Rocco Cassetta:
What happened!!!

Meril Trilling:
OMG I AM SO SICK........

Christina Frank:
i'm sorry, so sorry, he has passed.

Meril Trilling:
I called the tour commander as soon as i saw this.....they sent someone to his house and found him.....omg...i wish i got to him before he did this .......

Richard Fox:
we all wish that meril and christina, hang on tight!

Patti Gren Parra:
Rest now, Willie....

Richard Fox:
can we all give each other a lot of love ? i m so saddened, bless you all

Jim Scullion:

Lisa Lopez:
R I P Willie we'll miss you.

Suh San Aronberg:
RIP Willie...soo sorry this had to happen...

Meril Trilling:
R.I.P. Willie, I truly hope you are at peace now..I love you my Friend!

Tanya Moreau:
Omg this is crazy I'm so lost for words wth happened

Kevin Haugh:
On my God what terrible news, May he now be finally at peace. May the angels take you to your lofty and rightful place.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hello World, Bill Gates has joined Twitter and Facebook

Hello world, Bill Gates has joined twitter and is available @BillGates. He also launched a Facebook page located here

As this post is being written there are already 56,076 people following Bill Gates and it is increasing by the hour. His first post was 

"Hello World." Hard at work on my foundation letter - publishing on 1/25.


Just got a call from cnn. here are the final numbers raised from last nights show.. for unicef + american red cross $8,944,956 Thank You!


We've assembled a list of sources tweeting live from Haiti - follow it here:

@RyanSeacrest - thanks for your work on this, it will have a real impact for the people in Haiti who need it most.

Bill Gates also follows 40 people.

His Facebook page at this time has 50,977 fans and set to increase. His latest post has his photos from India. where he did work on his Bill and Malinda Gates foundation. 

Gates had once said that he was on Facebook but said he gave up after he got 10,000 friend requests per day.

The Twitter account is verified and Facebook is yet to confirm his page. It seems to be genuine though and both accounts are quiet related to his foundation. He seems to be very serious about his efforts to make a huge impact with the foundation. On Twitter he follows a lot of charities and a few celebrities.

It's a start will Bill Gates now reaching out to the world. Now that he's on it would be interesting to see where it goes from here. Charitable Bill

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Facebook launches a Global Disaaster Relief Page. Help Haiti

Facebook has launched a page called Global Disaster Relief . The first task seems to be to mobilize support for the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. This page will help in the Haiti disaster and any other disasters that may occur in the future. 1000's of Dollars have already been raised through Facebook causes. So with the launching of this page Facebook will have one point of contact where users can come to to be a part of their global relief efforts. 

Facebook is serious about promoting this page. The social site as in the spirit of it's creators believe that a one stop shop will be good. Where people can come to find info and also help. It could become a globally coordinated effort. As of this time of writing this there are already 43, 036 fans of the page. Posted below we have a video found on the page of former president Bill Clinton and how we can all help haiti.

"The Global Disaster Relief on Facebook page will spotlight efforts on Facebook to help respond to disasters around the globe."

There are three URl's to reach their page

And this was found as their mission.

The devastating earthquake in Haiti has underscored the Internet's critical role in connecting the world's population in times of tragedy. In response to this, Facebook has launched the Disaster Relief on Facebook Page where the more than 350 million people on Facebook can educate themselves and find out how to help not only in Haiti but wherever disaster and misfortune may strike.

Moments after the ground shook in Port-au-Prince, people around the world immediately sought to help with relief efforts and express their solidarity with those in need. Every minute, people have been posting more than 1,500 status updates on Facebook that contained the word "Haiti." People have contributed thousands of dollars through the Causes application on Facebook, and groups including the American Red Cross, Oxfam America and Partners in Health have mobilized supporters through their Facebook Pages and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the last 24 hours alone.

We want Disaster Relief on Facebook to serve as a collaborative resource for individuals, non-profits, governments and industry to raise awareness for those in need around the world. We're inviting relief organizations to be part of this effort so they can further highlight the needs in Haiti and during times of future crises. Most importantly, we hope all of you will join us by becoming a fan of Disaster Relief on Facebook and by continuing to support relief efforts along with your friends.

By staying connecting, we can all make a difference no matter where we are in the world.

* * * *
Users should be aware that in times of tragedy, individuals with criminal intent may solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause. Be skeptical of any unsolicited appeals you receive or find on the Internet. For more info, visit:

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Teen gets grounded, starts Facebook group to get ungrounded, group membes tell her to stay grounded will do you good.

The Facebook group "1000 to get tess ungrounded" has now crossed the 1000 mark. The story so far. A teen goes out to a party gets drunk and misses her 11:30 deadline by an hour. Get's punished by her parents and is grounded for 5 weeks. Tess Chapman a starts a Facebook group to help her get ungrounded.

This is what she had to say on her group homepage 


so basically i was grounded for 5 weeks for a MISTAKE that i didnt fully know the outcome of. my parents flipped sh** and grounded me for 5 WEEKS. thats my childhood right there. please join so i can convice them to unground me. please please please. you guys all know what its like to be a teenager with (sometimes) difficult parents, so lets ban together as teenagers and proove something to my parents, there are actin a fool.

The surprising thing is that most people on the group agree that the punishment is good and she needs to go through it. Many are also surprised that she has access to a pc, internet and laptop. Talk about being grounded electronic style

So now everybody wants to know the magic answer. The group has crossed 1000 and as of writing this the number stands at 1,112. But think about it, her parents must be concerned over her future and now some popularity thing over Facebook. We think the answer will be no and the punishment will stand. 

Story first appeared in the New York Times.... Click here to read

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Twitpic turned down a 10 Million Dollar offer

TwitPic is generating $1.5 to $2 million in ad sales on an annual basis, with 70% profit margins, says its founder Noah Everett, in an interview with Mixergy.

Everett says that 70% is net profit, or "what we can put in the bank at the end of the day."

He's aiming for $3-$4 million in revenue by next year.

Everett never raised any financing.

TwitPic's success has turned heads. Everett says he's received offers of more than $10 million for the company, but turned them down.

Twitpic is a Photo sharing application built on Twitter. So in simple words it let's you share photos on Twitter via phone, computer or Apps.

Twitpic currently has 67 million photos uploaded.

He turned down the offer because he loves to run Twitpic and it's like his baby.

Business Tips via Mixergy, home of the ambitious upstart!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Facebook take down Defriended iPhone App for tracking friends who remove you

Most Social Netoworking sites will let you know when you have a friend request but few will let you know when you have been unfriended. If we can use that word. Being Defriended is one thing most users like to find out about. Unfortunately on Facebook if you want to know who has defriended you you need to browse through your list of friends and find the missing person.

An iPhone App launched about a week ago was able to do just that. Let you know when you've been defriended and by whome. The App Called Defriended created by  i-Doodz has unfortunalty been blocked by Facebook. As it violates Facebook's Developers platform policies which states " you must not notify a user that someone has removed the user as a friend." In other words, Facebook doesn't want you to know who doesn't want to be your friend ".

Today, a message on the i-Doodz site states:

Last week our developer was bored one evening, had an idea, and a few hours later uploaded the "defriended" iPhone app. it unexpectedly got a lot of attention, then subsequently Facebook blocked the app, causing it to stop working. We will be looking at how feasible it is to make the app work without a corresponding facebook app, but in the meantime if you've bought the app you should ask apple for a refund - and please do...we don't really want to get money for an app you paid for and that doesn't work. We apologise for the inconvenience.

If you really want to know which of your friends have removed you as a friend, you are better off using the Facebook friend checker greasemonkey script which Facebook can't block. Any service which attempts to use Facebook's API for the purpose of notifying users about those friends who've defriended them are typically banned. Yes, being unfriended is extremely commonplace.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Facebook partners with McAfee to offer it's users free antivirus software

Facebook has partnered with McAfee to offer free antivirus to it's 350 million users free for a period of 6 months. After which you can still use it provided you pay a discounted annual fee. This is helpful but a far cry from real protection. To make sure your account is not compromised it is really up to the user. User's need to be able to recognize security threats to their accounts. Facebook has listed a few things you need to be aware of.

  • Don't open attachments in emails that look suspicious or come from an unknown or untrustworthy source.

  • Don't open attachments unless you know what they are, even if they're from friends.

  • Delete chain mail and spam from your email and Facebook inboxes.

  • Be cautious when downloading files from the Internet.

  • Be cautious of any message, post or link you see on Facebook that looks suspicious, requires an additional login, or asks you to download or upgrade software.

  • Use an up-to-date browser that features an anti-phishing blacklist. Some examples include Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.0.10.

  • Choose unique logins and passwords for each of the websites you use.

  • Check to see that you're logging in from a legitimate Facebook page with the domain.

So if your computer gets infected Facebook will let you know and offer to help clean your system with the new deal with McAfee. Take a look at the screenshot below.

So how do you access this antivirus software. Log into your account Click on MaCfee in your search bar or simple follow this link here.  You need to then become a fan of the McAfee page and you can then download McAfee to yur PC free for a period of six months.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Facebook users try to Save the Woodland Park Nocturnal House

The nocturnal house of the woodland park zoo has announced that it is going to close due to budget constraints.

Zoo President and CEO Deborah Jensen said the zoo had to make tough financial decisions to cut $800,000. It plans to lay off 12 employees and close the Nocturnal House. The exhibit was one of the biggest energy users at the zoo and the animals will be easy to move when the exhibit closes. Some of the animals will remain at the zoo, and some will go to other zoos.

Closing the exhibit will save the zoo $300,000, said zoo officials. The zoo's operating budget is $30 million a year."It was a very hard decision to make," Jensen said. "None of us are happy about it."

Scot Gifford launched a Facebook group to help the Zoo change it's mind.

"It's not closed 'til it's closed," said Gifford, who hopes his organized effort will prompt the zoo to change its mind.

Below is description found on his group. As of writing this article there are already over 14,000 members. All the best Scot

The Zoo is planning on shutting down the Nocturnal House and that is not good. It is by far the best exhibit at the zoo and is pretty unique. While times are tough, we need to not lose the things that make the Zoo so great. For many this is their only chance to actually see the wonderful creatures that inhabit the nighttime world. What better way to turn fear into fascination and apathy to respect then to show creatures, many of whom live right under our noses, in a great approximation of their natural habitat doing what they do.

Please join this group and show support for finding alternatives to closing down this important and fascinating exhibit.

You could also make a donation to the zoo and state that it is for saving the Nocturnal House. A monthly one even that you will stop if they do shut it down. Show them that we not only love the Nocturnal House, but are willing to step up and help with the cost of maintaining it.

Please also contact the Zoo and let them know how much the Nocturnal House means to you. Tell the person who sells you tickets, tell the staff, send an email, make a phone call, send them a letter, anything that lets them know that this is a big part of why you love and visit the zoo.

Save the vampire bats!!!

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Facebook founder says privacy no longer a Social Norm

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking at the crunchie awards in San Francisco this weekend said that online privacy is no longer the 'social norm'. With more and more people getting connected online and sharing information it is no longer something to be worried about. With the rise of blogs and other social mediums people are sharing all kinds of things. A lot of the information being shared is also quiet personal.

Reflecting the state of the companies privacy outlook. Their recent change sparked a lot of angry protests online. But we did not see people leaving the site in their 1,000. It looks like everyone stayed and got on with things. These changes initiated on Facebook reflect the social norms as it is today and as Facebook see it.

"People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people," he said. "That social norm is just something that has evolved over time."

Zuckerberg said that the rise of social media reflected changing attitudes among ordinary people, adding that this radical change has happened in just a few years.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

A new flavor called Facebook. Launches competition to meet 50 Cent.

VitaminWater's new flavor will now be called 'Connect' complete with a Facebook logo and all. Based and created on feedback from their Facebook fans. A Facebook drink.

Found on a post on their Facebook page

 unlike the never-ending debate over whether it's rock-paper-scissors or paper-rock-scissors, based on your votes and your designs, the latest flavor of vitaminwater has FINALLY been decided... introducing the black cherry-lime flavored vitaminwater named... connect! check out this new package- flavor & ingredients, name & label design- all inspired by you- our fans. it's got 8 key nutrients plus caffeine. thanks for all your help- especially to the grand prize winner Sarah from Illinois and the four other finalist vitaminwater connect will be available in stores nationwide in march this year- so until then, stay hydrated- and keep your eyes here for news, updates and special offers for connect, including a possible sneak tasting opportunity. and btw... it's rochambeau!..

Also check out their promotional video below by Steve Nash. Pick your vitamins and your favorite flavor, design your bottle and  

You can also enter a competition to meet 50. Use iTunes of head over to his lab

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Facebook launches Fellowship program for PhD students

Another silicon valley company following the tested and tried method of offering fellowships to Ph.D students doing computer science has just gotten underway. Facebook has announced their fellowship program. How does the industry keep up with new ideas originating out of academia.Companies really want to tap into this source and keep their fingers on the pulse. Get involved, that's how. Facebook with this new program applicable to students doing their Ph.D does not want to be left out of some great ideas and latest know-how.

The program was created to support graduate programs for the year 2010 -2011

Award Details.

  • Tuition and fees will be paid for the academic year.

  • $30K stipend (paid over 9 months of the academic year).

  • $5K per year toward conference attendance and travel.

  • $5K toward a personal computer.

  • Opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship.

  • Recipients are responsible for the taxation on any funds.

  • Internet Economics: auction theory and algorithmic game theory relevant to online advertising auctions.

  • Cloud Computing: storage, databases, and optimization for computing in a massively distributed environment.

  • Social Computing: models, algorithms and systems around social networks, social media, social search and collaborative environments.

  • Data Mining and Machine Learning: learning algorithms, feature generation, and evaluation methods to produce effective online and offline models of behavioral signals.

  • Systems: Hardware, operating system, runtime, and language support for fast, scalable, efficient data centers.

  • Information Retrieval: search algorithms, information extraction, question answering, cross-lingual retrieval and multimedia retrieval

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time Ph.D. students in topical areas represented by these fellowships who are currently involved in on-going research.

  • Students must be in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, System Architecture, or a related area.

  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year that the Fellowship is awarded.

  • Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

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