Facebook unveiled yet another ambitious plan this week, but the social network desperately needs a tuneup.
The British government’s plan to turn the Internet into a national intelligence cache that stores data on every U.K. Web surfer was frustrated Tuesday when Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, condemned such a move as a “destruction of human rights.”
The U.S. military bans FiveFingers shoes because they "detract from a professional military image"; Rupert Murdoch sells MySpace for a measly $35 million; and Google teams with the Getty Museum to create a smartphone application for art lovers. These discoveries and more after the jump.
The Supreme Court overturned California's ban on violent video games; social networking sites may be effectively enhancing our social lives; and a case of public urination in Oregon forces a city to flush its reservoir. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Google has been pretty successful at just about everything its engineers have attempted, with the glaring exception of social media. Still getting trounced by Facebook and losing buzzshare to upstarts like Twitter and Foursquare, the company plans to get aggressive, starting with new social features in Gmail. (continued)
It's kind of sweetly dorky, like your grandpa finally figuring out how to use his iPod or something, but the Vatican has apparently discovered the late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur and has gone so far as to include one of his songs, "Changes," among a lineup of eight tunes on "The Vatican's Playlist" (which has its own MySpace page!).
It's official: Movie marketers can no longer afford to ignore social networking sites. This may strike some as a foregone conclusion (i.e., duh), but those in the industry who are still resisting the all-consuming pull of online vortexes like Facebook and Twitter are doing so at their own peril, according to the new "Moviegoers 2010" report.
It's not entirely clear how the White House joining the cyber-ranks of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter will serve to make the American government more "transparent" and "efficient," but perhaps micro-blogging will save our democracy or maybe we'll get to hear about what Joe Biden had for lunch.
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