social media

Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

A lot of the discussion about the rise in social networking tends to shift toward the subject of users being divorced from real life, sitting at home instead of going out and actually meeting people. One would assume this would lead to a society where vanity and looks don't seem as important, but in fact it's exactly the opposite that seems to be true.

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Oracle continues social media binge with Involver buyout

Oracle continues social media binge with Involver buyout

Cloud-based software company Oracle is apparently serious about hitting the social media scene hard, announcing today that it has purchased Involver, a company that specializes in the development of customized social media campaigns. This marks Oracle's third social media acquisition in the past two months, so Oracle will soon be ready to offer its customers a range of social media services alongside the cloud-based software services it already provides. The price Oracle paid to acquire Involver is still unknown.

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Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Waze has passed the 20 million user mark. If you haven’t heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It’s a unique ‘social GPS’ platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features.

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Chirpify takes political donations to Twitter

Chirpify takes political donations to Twitter

We hear expressions like "if everyone just gave a few dollars..." all the time for things like charitable donations, reducing the poverty level, etc. But in reality the one place where that mindset probably makes the most profound difference is in political elections. There's been a paradigm shift in fundraising such that candidates now truly care about those $10 or $20 donations made by average voters. And the less friction there is, the better.

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Facebook not acceptable place to serve legal papers judge rules

Facebook not acceptable place to serve legal papers judge rules

"You've been served." Those are three words that usually carry with them a rather weighty tone. But don't expect to see them creeping into your Facebook message inbox any time soon. A judge has ruled that serving defendants with legal papers notifying them that they're being sued is not acceptable. The case in question revolves around a measly $1,243 credit card debt.

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YouTube gets new short film series from CSI creator

YouTube gets new short film series from CSI creator

One would think that the man who was responsible for one of the greatest serial dramas in modern television could pretty much take on any project he wants. Yet the platform that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation creator Anthony Zuiker has chosen is YouTube, because of its low friction and creative freedom, two factors that anyone who works in the entertainment space can most certainly appreciate.

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LulzSec Reborn grabs and leaked 10,000 Twitter accounts

LulzSec Reborn grabs and leaked 10,000 Twitter accounts

If you needed another reason to be cautious about providing log-in credentials from your most personal and sacred accounts into an unconfirmed third-party app, here's one. An app called TweetGif, which allowed users to share animated .gif images but only if they provided their Twitter username and password, has been revealed to be nothing more than a phishing scheme.

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Facebook offers carrier billing for Credits

Facebook offers carrier billing for Credits

When it comes to Facebook's social commerce platform, the site has managed to create an amazing system of monetization. People are buying premium items in games, paying for bonus features, and spending money to increase the amount of time they can spend in the game. In other words, Facebook Credits is bringing in huge amounts of money for the social networking site, but it wants to go further.

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Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

If there was ever a testament to how even the most hardcore gaming enthusiasts are in jeopardy of being overtaken by the uprise in the casual, social fare that the industry is beginning to see, it would be this story. A man with a seemingly top-of-the-line job in the video game industry for one of the biggest hardcore franchises has just left that job to work for Zynga.

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Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

If you're the kind of person that lines the pockets of Zynga by spending a lot of money in so-called "free" online social games? Specifically, Zynga's most popular game Farmville? If so, then this is a rewards program tailored specifically for you. If not, then this is a rewards program tailored to make you start thinking about spending more money on your virtual farm. And in all cases, this is a rewards program to help teach you about American Express's Serve platform.

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