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Facebook rumored to buy facial recognition tech startup Face.com for up to $100 million

Facebook rumored to buy facial recognition tech startup Face.com for up to $100 million | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Ready for another post-IPO Facebook acquisition rumor?


Israeli business publication Calcalist reports (in Hebrew) that the social networking giant is eyeing a purchase of face recognition technology company Face.com.

Newsgeek reports that the deal size could be between $80 million and $100 million.

This is pure speculation at this point, and we currently don’t have any sources backing up the story, but it’s an acquisition that would make a ton of sense.

In fact, Face.com has long been rumored to be an acquisition target for Facebook, even way before there was talk about the social networking company going public.

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Forget About ROI, Start Thinking About 'ROE' | Social Media Today

Forget About ROI, Start Thinking About 'ROE' | Social Media Today | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it
Word-of-mouth is gold and social media is the vessel we use to promote it, but how exactly is it accomplished? As businesses we are always looking for ways to lower the cost of acquiring new customers.

Via Sam Wee
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What is Curation? Video by Percolate

This is the first in a series of videos explaining the shifts we're seeing in the world of content creation. Curation has exploded with the growth of Twitter, Tumblr and now Pinterest. In this video, we wanted to try to get into the heads of some of our favorite curators to understand what makes them tick.

Featured curators include:
Maria Popova (twitter.com/brainpicker)
Joanne McNeil (twitter.com/rhizomedotorg)
Peter Hopkins (twitter.com/bigthink)
Edith Zimmerman (thehairpin.com/)
Anthony De Rosa (soupsoup.tumblr.com)
Rex Sorgatz (twitter.com/fimoculous)
Piers Fawkes (psfk.com)
Tina Roth Eisenberg (swiss-miss.com)

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The Brain As A Network | The Artful Brain | Learn Science at Scitable

The Brain As A Network | The Artful Brain | Learn Science at Scitable | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Composed of over 1013 neurons, the human brain has been said to have more synapses than stars in the universe. How do you begin to understand all the madness compressed into the three pound ball of flesh? I have no idea, and I don't trust anyone who claims to know either. However, there are some clever approaches to chipping away at the problem.

At the systems-level, the brain distributes computation over multiple regions. A good analogy is a peer-to-peer network that distributes number crunching across multiple computers, where each computer is specialized to perform some specific aspect of the computation. Abstract this by simply calling the computers "nodes" (which can represent anything, for example, brain regions) and the connections "edges," and viola! you have reached the entry point of network theory, which is a quantitative and visual approach to understanding how nodes relate to one another and how networks function as a whole.

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New iPad Meta-Review: Are 4G and Retina Really That Great? Yes. They. Are.

New iPad Meta-Review: Are 4G and Retina Really That Great? Yes. They. Are. | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

What we have is a 9.7-inch stab of aluminum and glass that when illuminated, becomes an absolutely stunning display of light and color. At first glance, the new iPad is almost indistinguishable from the iPad 2. The same Smart Covers even fit on both. But it doesn't matter what the device looks like. What matters is what you're looking at: the screen.

Web pages look almost as if they're being displayed in a high-quality glossy magazine. Photos look like photos - the printed out kind. Text is razor sharp and crisp, just like print.

Yesterday, I clocked the new iPad using LTE at over 40 mbps down and 20 up on Verizon's network. That's about twice as fast as my current home cable broadband. For good measure, I tethered the new iPad to my iPhone 4S to compare it to Verizon's 3G speeds. It's about 40x faster for downloading.

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Death By Wikipedia: Encyclopedia Britannica Stops Printing

Death By Wikipedia: Encyclopedia Britannica Stops Printing | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

In a move that will surprise very few, Encyclopedia Britannica is expected to announce that it will no longer print its 32-volume set of printed encyclopedias, the New York Times reports. This comes 244 years after the iconic reference books first went to press.

The usefulness of such reference materials has been on the decline for years, especially since the advent of Wikipedia. Whatever flaws its open, crowd-sourced editorial model may invite, Wikipedia is generally regarded as a comprehensive and mostly-accurate source of information, which can be accessed for free.

It is also instinctively turned to by a new generation of students, as well as casual researchers around the globe. It now ranks as the sixth most-visited website in the world, according to Alexa.

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Social media is about social science not technology

Social media is about social science not technology | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

In 2007, I wrote a post entitled, “Social Media is About Sociology Not Technology.” It’s a statement that after five years, I thankfully continue to see shared every day on Twitter. As time passed and experience matured, I amended that statement to now read, “Social media is about social science not technology.”

Why did I change such a powerful statement?I believe that it is not only stronger now, it is also truer.

See, sociology is just one part of the equation. Social science is the study of society and human behaviors. As an umbrella term, we should think about social media and mobile behavior as it’s related to psychology, anthropology, communication, economics, human geography, et al. After all, everything comes down to people.

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At SXSW: Tech, pop culture, fun

At SXSW: Tech, pop culture, fun | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Hollywood stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Jack Black are making appearances in the Texas capital at the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) soiree. So are technology innovators such as America Online co-founder Steve Case and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

The festival, launched in 1989 to draw attention to this city's vibrant music scene, has morphed into a magnet for technology companies — start-ups and large corporations alike — and Hollywood, too. SXSW Interactive runs through Tuesday, giving way to the music festival that runs through Sunday; SXSW's film portion ends Saturday

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7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture

7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it
Blog post at Internet Billboards : 2 billion people are online. 85% of customers expect businesses to be active in social media. Word of mouse = word of mouth.
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Nike Releases FuelBand API at SXSW Music Hackathon

Nike Releases FuelBand API at SXSW Music Hackathon | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Nike will unleash the application programming interface (API) for NikeFuel — the company’s metric for tracking physical activity — during a music hackathon Sunday at South by Southwest.NikeFuel is the technology behind Nike’s FuelBand, a waterproof wristband introduced in January that measures a user’s movement and syncs with an iPod touch or iPhone.

The API will allow third-party music developers to infuse NikeFuel features into their apps or platforms

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Welcome to SXSW Interactive 2012

Welcome to SXSW Interactive 2012 | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Join Entrepreneur's Colleen DeBaise as she explores the annual South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, an annual convergence of startups and other web enthusiasts. She takes us on scene this weekend as the action goes into full swing. Take a peek inside to meet some of the attendees and see the crowded hallways, packed panel rooms and Startup America's Startup Village, a new showcase and learning center for entrepreneurs launching new businesses.

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GABBY iS ACTiVE™

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The Great Invocation
this is a mantra that invokes Light, Love and Power. you have to say each line in one breath. even if you run out of breath, just let the sentence die off and try to do better next time. do not just repeat these words, visualize them and mean them. imagine that with each breath and each line, you could make this come true. it’s 100% ok if you cry, it happens some time. its really just the breathing/speaking pattern making your eyes water :-)
1. from the point of light within the Mind of God
2. let light stream forth into the minds of us
3. let light descend upon the earth
4. from the point of Love within the Heart of God
5. let Love stream forth into the hearts of us.
6. may Christ return to the Earth.
7. from the center where the Will of God is known
8. let purpose guide the wills of us
9. the purpose which the Master know and serve
10. from the center which we call the race of man
11. let the plan of Love and Light work out
12. and may it seal the door where evil dwells.
12. let Light and Love and Power restore the plan on Earth.
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Top Prospect Connects with LinkedIn to Turn Your Talented Friends into Cash

Top Prospect Connects with LinkedIn to Turn Your Talented Friends into Cash | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it
Top Prospect Connects with Lin http://interesting.rssnewest.com/top-prospect-connects-with-linkedin-to-turn-your-talented-friends-into-cash/
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New Features That Make Google+ a No Brainer for Business Marketing

New Features That Make Google+ a No Brainer for Business Marketing | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

People ask me all the time why I’m so excited about Google+ as a marketing tool. After all, it doesn’t (yet) have anywhere near the user numbers of social media juggernauts like Facebook or Twitter. Doesn’t it just make sense to go where the numbers are?When I hear that I stop and wonder if it’s really 2012. Broadcasting to the big numbers was the way to go for the Mad Men of the 60s, but savvy marketers like Seth Godin realize that these days it’s all about the tribes we lead. In other words, if you can connect with a smaller group of people who are passionate about what you’re selling, you don’t need to fire a shotgun at big crowds.

This brings me back to why I’m such a Google+ evangelist. I haven’t seen anything anywhere any time so readily available to anyone and everyone that can help you find and connect to your tribe as powerfully as can G+.

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The Curation-Over-Creation Trend That Fueled Pinterest's Rapid Growth

The Curation-Over-Creation Trend That Fueled Pinterest's Rapid Growth | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Laura Paine has a simple answer when asked why Pinterest exploded in popularity at this particular juncture in Internet history. The former reporter watched her newspaper cut positions, go from being a daily to a weekly and focus more on creating short, Q&A pieces, video and photo galleries in an effort to cling to dwindling online traffic.

"People aren't really reading anymore," said Paine, who now works for the public relations firm InkHouse.

A new Engauge white paper breaks down the make-up of the average Pinterest user and shows that the end result of less reading is more of a focus on content curation than creation. The timing of that trend, combined with a stunning design when Internet users are focusing more on visual than text, has allowed Pinterest to explode in popularity.

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SXSWi Award Winners Include Pinterest, Storify and a Few Surprises [PICS]

SXSWi Award Winners Include Pinterest, Storify and a Few Surprises [PICS] | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

South by Southwest Interactive officially drew to a close Tuesday with the 15th Annual Interactive Awards. The awards honored not only well-known sites and services from the past year such as Pinterest and Storify, but also highlighted sites, services and apps that you may have never heard of.

While Highlight was certainly the most buzzed-about app at this year’s conference, the Facebook-stalker video-maker Take This Lollipop was the one walking away with the Best in Show award from SXSWi. It also took top honors in the Experimental category.

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Amazing Photos by Michael Poliza

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Let us show amazing photos created by German photographer Michael Poliza. Michael Poliza is a photographer based in Cape Town and a pioneer in the use of digital photography for illustrated books. Looking at one of Michael Poliza’s photographs, you would never say that he has only been a practicing photographer for the past five years. Before that, Poliza was a businessman in the IT sector. His love of nature and travel was rooted in the expedition he led on the Starship Millenium Voyage, a 75 000 nautical mile voyage around the world that investigated ecological issues in areas too remote to be reached any other way. All photos were taking from his book “Antarctic: A Tribute to Life in the Polar Regions”. Take a look!
Source: http://www.beautifullife.info/art-works/amazing-photos-by-michael-poliza/#ixzz1pBUEGgkl

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Set Up Your Home Theater Like a THX Master

Set Up Your Home Theater Like a THX Master | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Building a killer home theater involves more than just throwing a big wad of cash at your local electronics dealer. It requires planning, finesse, and scientific acoustic manipulation. The engineers at THX pioneered a lot of the methods and technologies used in today's top systems. So we took a trip to their San Rafael, California, headquarters to get a lesson from the masters. Here's what we learned.

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How to Tell Your Brand Story through the New Facebook Timeline

How to Tell Your Brand Story through the New Facebook Timeline | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

The new Facebook Timeline format will officially be applied to all business pages as of March 30, 2012, but some businesses are already experimenting with the feature. Reactions are mixed, but as content marketers, we are thrilled.We think the timeline format offers a great opportunity for brands and companies to tell their story in a more authentic, visually compelling, and streamlined way. The new format offers businesses a bigger canvas on which to paint a picture — and lots of great new storytelling features.

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Facebook Timeline For Fan Pages: 21 Key Points For Marketers

Facebook Timeline For Fan Pages: 21 Key Points For Marketers | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

If you have not yet converted your Facebook fan page over to the new Timeline design, your page will automatically convert on March 30th, 2012 which is coming up fast. This post covers the majority of basic settings and features you need to know. Even if you’ve upgraded, you’ll find some tips here!

First, review this marked up screenshot for a tour of most of the features — click the image to view full size (you may need to click again on the image on the next page):

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Sneak Preview: Oprah Interviews Lady Gaga and Her Mother - Video - OWN TV

Sneak Preview: Oprah Interviews Lady Gaga and Her Mother - Video - OWN TV | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

Oprah travels to New York for an exclusive look inside the apartment Lady Gaga grew up in and still calls home. For the first time ever, Gaga's mother, Cynthia, breaks her silence on what it's like to be the mom of the world's most famous pop star. Tune in for the two-hour event Sunday, March 18, at 9/8c—only on OWN.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/Sneak-Preview-Oprah-Interviews-Lady-Gaga-and-Her-Mother-Video#ixzz1ouvyB9JH

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The 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2012 (Categorized)

The 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2012 (Categorized) | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly running into so many cool websites I want to remember or recommend to people but I don’t always have time to make a note of them, add them to Evernote, bookmark them in Delicious, etc. So this is a good example of a post I created as a personal (and completely unscientific) resource that other people will probably benefit from as well. Some of these sites are pretty new while others have been around for a while now, but they are all awesome right now in 2012.

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The Workouts Behind Hollywood's Hottest Bodies

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Get the workout routines behind some of Hollywood's hottest bodies.

Harley Pasternak: 5-Factor Plan

As a renowned fitness and nutritional expert, international best-selling author, and trainer to the stars, Harley Pasternak is responsible for getting celebs like Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Jennifer Hudson, and Ashley Greene into killer shape. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to look and feel like one with his killer routine!

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How Much is One Facebook Fan Worth?

How Much is One Facebook Fan Worth? | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it
Acquiring Facebook "likes" has become the major goal of many social media marketing efforts.


The equation for on-line stores in essence is quite simple – “more traffic equals more sales“! The reality for other brands is that it is not so easy to measure that sales benefit so directly but more traffic is where you have to start. If no one is finding your website or blog it is very hard to start engaging with your prospects and begin the process of selling them any products or services.
The ongoing challenge is how to drive that traffic to the website. Traffic can be generated through many means, it might be from search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, Google Adwords or even a social media marketing program on Facebook.
Why Acquire Facebook Likes?
Acquiring Facebook “likes” has become the major goal of many social media marketing efforts. There is very good reason for this because after a fan has liked your company’s page any information or links posted will be placed into the users and friends Facebook streams increasing traffic and brand awareness.
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Egyptian couple names baby "Facebook"

Egyptian couple names baby "Facebook" | Social Media, Curation, Content Today | Scoop.it
Johnny Cash sang about a Boy Named Sue, but a couple in Egypt have chosen to call their first born "Facebook".The baby girl was named after Facebook in tribute to the part it played in the Egyptian revolution where Mubarak was eventually topp (Egyptian couple names baby "Facebook" - Revolution tribute http://bit.ly/hzRd5g #internet via @thetecheye #FB #TFB)
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