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My passion to understand the cognitive, psychological, and cultural forces that underpin social (viral) media exchange drove me to create a new page dedicated solely to it.
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Colleges Woo Tech Millionaires-in-Waiting

Colleges Woo Tech Millionaires-in-Waiting | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Jason Kapalka didn’t give his alma mater much thought after he finished his studies in 1994. The University of Alberta graduate, who has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English, moved to San Francisco and didn’t join the alumni association, donate money, or return for reunions. “If I’d stayed in Edmonton, I probably would have,” he says. The university didn’t forget him, though.
Kapalka went on to co-found PopCap Games, where he helped create such addictive games as Bejeweled, Bookworm, and Plants vs. Zombies that collectively have been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times. Electronic Arts (EA) bought the company last year for $750 million. Now the newly rich Kapalka is in talks with his old school about setting up a $100,000 endowment.
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5 Key Benefits of Cloud Mobility | Networking Exchange Blog

5 Key Benefits of Cloud Mobility | Networking Exchange Blog | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Maribel Lopez is the CEO and mobile market strategist for Lopez Research, a market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in communications technologies with a heavy emphasis on the disruptive nature of mobile technologies. AT&T has sponsored the following blog post.
Telecom providers are reporting record sales for smartphones and tablets. AT&T added almost 500,000 mobile devices in the last quarter (excluding connected device). With such compelling devices bought on a daily basis by consumers, there are countless articles discussing the consumerization of IT. Bring your own device (BYOD) is a hot topic with every IT leader. While some are fighting the tide, most companies are wrestling with the question of how to support and manage a wide variety of devices that will include both corporate and employee-owned devices.
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Maslow's Pyramid of Fatal Errors | Psychology Today

Maslow's Pyramid of Fatal Errors | Psychology Today | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Virtually all of the published evaluations showed Marlow's pyramid of needs is invalid, including studies conducted by Maslow's friends sympathetic to his ideas. To put it simply, the pyramid does not exist.

Maslow made these mistakes:

1. Maslow's categories are invalid. Maslow classified orderliness, for example, as a safety need, but it isn't. Orderliness is an intrinsic need for sameness; it is not an effort to manage anxiety. Maslow did not accurately identify nor scientifically validate a list of human needs. He had no idea how needs relate to each other because he conducted almost no relevant studies.

2. Maslow's sequence is invalid. There is no progression of human development in adults along the lines he suggested. Maslow's idea that esteem needs represent higher development than belonging needs, for example, is contradicted by scientific research. Achievement needs, for example, are evident in early adolescence and, if strong, tend to stay strong throughout adult life. They do not go up and down in priorization as the pyramid suggests.


3. Maslow erred in suggesting a one size fits all heriarchy of human needs. We now know each individual prioritizes needs differently from others. We have assessed the needs of more than 50,000 people on three continents using scientific tools. Everybody has their own heirarchy and it is stable from age 12 to age 60.
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Top 10 Common Mistakes Freelancers Make in an Interview They Don't Even Realize | UnderWorld Magazines

Top 10 Common Mistakes Freelancers Make in an Interview They Don't Even Realize | UnderWorld Magazines | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
There are a gazillion articles out there about interview mistakes, why should you read this?

Here are two reasons why: first, this is based on years of my personal experience freelancing. But unlike most other freelancers, I am also a marketing professional and a psychology enthusiast. That gives me a unique view into what’s working and what’s not.

Second, I’ve left out all repetitive advice. You know, things like “do your research”, “arrive on time” and “prepare for potential questions”. Seriously, do these “gurus” really think we don’t already know that?

All you’ll find in this post are uncommon advice. They can be controversial so not everyone would agree with everything I’m about to say.

And that’s OK. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

With that said, let’s get started on the first most common mistake freelancers make in an interview:
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Small Business Success Starts with You! | Networking Exchange Blog

Small Business Success Starts with You! | Networking Exchange Blog | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning entrepreneur and journalist, author of three best-selling books, multi-media personality and contributor to ABC News and other outlets, public speaker and attorney. AT&T has sponsored the following blog post.
Are you struggling with getting your business off the ground? That’s not uncommon. I bet you have a number of reasons. Not enough capital. Too few hours in the day. No time or money to market your business.
I hear these excuses every day. That’s right, I call them excuses because that’s what they are. They are the excuses you give yourself for not being as successful as you’d like. The real problem with your business is you. It’s your attitude and belief system.
Last week I was at a resort in Mexico. One afternoon the pool concierge stopped by to say hello and to see if I needed anything. Somehow our conversation turned philosophical and we began talking about people’s attitude toward success. Very astutely he said, “If you aren’t achieving what you want then it’s because you haven’t really committed to your idea or you don’t believe in yourself enough to make it happen.”
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JOB OF THE WEEK: Enterprise Technology Analyst

JOB OF THE WEEK: Enterprise Technology Analyst | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
SimplyHired.com, each week we'll feature one of the awesome jobs advertised on the Business Insider jobs board.

Enterprise Technology Analyst
Orange Silicon Valley
San Francisco, CA
Why it’s cool: Orange is one of the ten largest telecommunications companies in the world with 217 million customers across 5 continents and they're looking for an Enterprise Technology Analyst.
What they need: They need somebody to be responsible for identifying and testing new products and technologies in the telecommunications space. This person will be writing technical and business reports, articulating to upper management and customers through presentations and reports.
What you need: You'll need an MS in Computer Science or Engineering and an MBA with a minimum of 5-8 years of experience in enterprise software. You'll be responsible for interacting with the Silicon Valley Ecosystem and working with strategy, corporate devlopment, M&A, and product development teams to influence company strategy into their product lines.

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It's Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company

It's Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Last August, Google (GOOG) Chief Executive Officer Larry Page fulfilled a pledge made to one of his senior executives, a square-jawed former attorney named Dennis Woodside. Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook had been trying to poach Woodside to make him Apple’s head of sales; Google had persuaded him to stay, in part by promising him a bigger job, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, but who asked not to be named because the discussions were private. Now it was time to make good.
Woodside says he was speaking with board member K. Ram Shriram when Page asked him to run Motorola Mobility, the company Google had just announced it was acquiring for $12.5 billion. “He said, ‘I know you’ve been looking for a challenge,’ ” Woodside recalls. “ ‘I want you to run Motorola. I think you’d be great at it. Can you let me know by tonight?’ ”
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Elon Musk Is The Most Inspiring Entrepreneur In The World

Elon Musk Is The Most Inspiring Entrepreneur In The World | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
This morning, Elon Musk's other startup, SpaceX made history.
At 9:56 A.M. eastern time, the International Space Station successfully captured a SpaceX Dragon supply capsule.
In an era where the smartest, most celebrated entrepreneurs are working on photo sharing applications, or social networks, it is inspiring to see Musk tackling much bigger, truly world changing industries.
Years ago, it seemed ridiculous that an entrepreneur could successfully complete a space mission.
And yet, here we are.
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Top 10 Cloud Cases | Networking Exchange Blog

Top 10 Cloud Cases | Networking Exchange Blog | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of being a keynote speaker at the Chinese Institute of Engineers Spring Fair Technical Symposium at the University of Arlington recently. The energy and buzz of science competitions and experiments being conducted in the campus made it a very energizing experience.
Young minds, competing with robots, interesting projects made of aluminum, wood and all kinds of materials, gizmos, sharpening their skills and getting ready for the future took me back right to my Engineering days. Only this time I was on the other side of the lectern and addressing a mix of students and working professional all ears to hear about Cloud Computing.
The proceedings were kicked off by Dr. Hans-Joachim Adler, a Professor and Director in the School of Management at UT Dallas, who shared his views on Cloud Computing, its evolution in the technology landscape and drew parallels between an electric grid and a computing grid – and predicted utility computing was here to stay. He also commented how higher education is changing and remote learning would lend itself very well to Cloud Computing.
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Leap Motion

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward. Industries from gaming to surgery to architecture, engineering, and design may never be the same.
With the unveiling today of its Leap 3D motion control system, a San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has, well, leapfrogged the state of the art in this young field, giving users the ability to control what's on their computers with hundredth of a millimeter accuracy and introducing touch-free gestures like pinch-to-zoom.
Leap, which comprises both a small USB input device and a sophisticated software platform, is expected to cost $70. But while users will have to wait until early next year to get their hands on it, what the company is showing today seems likely to get developers and users in a wide range of industries very, very excited.
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Charlie Rose - Larry Page, Founder & CEO, Google

Charlie Rose - Larry Page, Founder & CEO, Google | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Larry Page, Founder & CEO, Google...


from Darin--an engaging interview by the best interviewer, Charlie Rose, and one of the best CEOs, Larry Page.

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America's Most Promising Companies: The Top 20 - Forbes

America's Most Promising Companies: The Top 20 - Forbes | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

 

What if someone told you the most promising company in America aimed to compete with multiple multibillion-dollar giants in a traditional industry with un-software-like profit margins? Then what if they told you that the same company had clocked explosive growth through the deepest recession in recent memory—and it was just getting started?

Meet Smashburger, tops on our new list of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies–privately held up-and-comers with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital. Since 2007, the Denver-headquartered patty chain will have grown to 143 locations (half company-owned, half franchised) and $54 million in annual revenue by the end of 2011. Another 450 franchise agreements are already on the books. 

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Social Media Marketing Kit

Social Media Marketing Kit | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Grab HubSpot's free Social Media Marketing Kit to harness the power of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to get found by more potential customers.

 

from Darin--Brief registration form to receive 3 free, useful guides.

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Mobile Payments Coming to a Loyalty/Deals App Near You

Mobile Payments Coming to a Loyalty/Deals App Near You | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Groupon is reportedly testing out its own Square rival, a mobile payments system for merchants that will undercut Square and other competitors’ transaction fees, according to a report by Rocky Agrawal at VentureBeat. Agrawal said he’s heard from a business that has been approached by Groupon about the payments system that would work with iOS devices. That system, apparently already being tested in the Bay Area, would offer a 1.8 percent transaction fee plus a 15¢ per transaction charge. That would be, in many cases, cheaper than Square, which has a flat 2.75 percent transaction fee, and PayPal Here and VeriFone’s SAIL, which have 2.7 percent transaction fees.
The report is interesting, and we’ll have to see if the tests lead to a widespread product. It could put more pressure on existing payments players and potentially cut into the growth prospects of Square and others if it can find traction. Groupon is reportedly offering merchants a free iPod Touch, not just a credit-card reader, to process transactions.
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The gender gap and the digital divide

The gender gap and the digital divide | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
ScienceDaily (May 24, 2012) — Researchers in Spain have developed a new analytical system that allows them to assess the gender gap in the adoption of information and communications technology (ICT). They have used their approach to publish a ranking of 31 European nations in the International Journal of Society Systems Science.

Juan Martín Fernández and José Luis Martínez Cantos of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, explain that while policies aimed at improved gender equality have moved forward in recent years, little research exists as to whether there is a gender gap to coincide with the digital divide between those who use and benefit from ICT and those who do not. With this in mind, the team has developed the Gender & ICT Indicators System, GICTIS, to allow a quantitative and a qualitative assessment of ICT use to be made and so reveal any gender inequalities that might be addressed by new policy at the national and European level.
The well-known Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) developed by the World Economic Forum highlights four specific areas for assessing and addressing gender inequality: economic participation and opportunities, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. There are various other indices that add and combine many other factors to put a figure on inequality, even in the area of ICT, but the latter has not been seriously considered in the context of gender until now.
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Social cognition

Social cognition | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Social cognition is the study of how people process social information, especially its encoding, storage, retrieval, and application to social situations.

There has been much recent interest in the links between social cognition and brain function, particularly as neuropsychological studies have shown that brain injury (particularly to the frontal lobes) can adversely affect social judgements and interaction.
People diagnosed with certain mental illnesses are also known to show differences in how they process social information.
There is now an expanding research field examining how such conditions may bias cognitive processes involved in social interaction, or conversely, how such biases may lead to the symptoms associated with the condition. It is also becoming clear that some aspects of psychological processes that promote social behaviour (such as face recognition) may be innate.
Studies have shown that newborn babies, younger than one hour old can selectively recognize and respond to faces, while people with some developmental disorders such as autism or Williams syndrome may show differences in social interaction and social communication when compared to their unaffected peers.

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First video sample from Google's Project Glass

First video sample from Google's Project Glass | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Although we're still not sure exactly how Google's Project Glass wearable glasses work, the company has been testing them in very public ways over the past couple of months. Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed off the glasses at a charity event in April and a bunch of Google employees have published a series of photos from an even more recent "Google Glass Walk" this week. The photos show Sergey Brin, Colby Brown, Peter Hurley, and other Google employees using the prototype glasses in public — something that appears to be more common as the project moves out of the lab with its first batch of prototype test designs.
In a separate gallery, posted to Google+, the company has also included a sample video from its Project Glass device — providing an early look at how the glasses can capture video and photos. The video, just 15 seconds long and shot in 720P, shows what it's like to be on a trampoline while using Project Glass. Although it doesn't offer any additional clues to the exact technology behind Project Glass, it's another key example of how Google's vision to "let technology get out of your way" is slowly becoming a reality. When we spoke to Google's Sergey Brin in early April he declined to say whether the prototypes were self-powered. With rumours of a market debut by the end of the year, Brin simply said "give us time."
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Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Reggie Watts’ beats defy boxes. Unplug your logic board and watch as he blends poetry and crosses musical genres in this larger-than-life performance.
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Report: 7-inch Google tablet coming in July

Report: 7-inch Google tablet coming in July | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Last December, Google chairman Eric Schmidt told an Italian publication that the company would ship an Android-powered tablet "of the highest quality" within the next six months. Now a report suggests that a 7-inch tablet, co-developed by Google and Asus, will be hitting shelves in July.

The report comes from DigiTimes — a tech industry site known for vaguely sourced reports which don't always pan out — so we're taking things with a hefty serving of salt, of course.

But where there's smoke, there's often fire — and there are certainly several signs pointing to a summer release for the mysterious Google tablet. NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim previously told CNET that this mobile device was in the works and that a production run was "slated for April" (which would put a shipping date into the early summer).

There aren't many details about the tablet though. Shim suggested that it "will have a 1280x800 resolution 7-inch display," previous reports explained that it will be priced between $149 and $249.
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David Holz's Leap Motion Wants to Kill the Mouse

David Holz's Leap Motion Wants to Kill the Mouse | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Growing up in southern Florida, David Holz was a tinkerer. “I had a large pile of all sorts of electronics,” he says. “I was trying to figure out how things worked.” In high school, he built a system that uses several microphones to pinpoint where a noise originates; the U.S. military now uses similar tools to locate snipers. Holz’s project took him to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, but he didn’t win a prize. “I lost to somebody who cured a disease,” he says.
Holz, now 23, has moved on from sound-mapping. His new startup, Leap Motion, is dedicated to changing the way people interact with computers. Holz and his co-founder, Michael Buckwald, have built a device about the size of a cigarette lighter that contains three tiny cameras inside. It attaches to a computer and turns any PC or Mac into a gesture-recognition device. The idea is similar to the one behind Microsoft’s (MSFT) Kinect, an Xbox add-on that lets people play games just by moving their hands and body. At $70, the Leap Motion is about half the price of a Kinect. It’s also far more accurate, says Holz. The software that analyzes the images from the three cameras can track all 10 of a user’s fingers and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimeter. “It’s so precise that it tracks down to the tendon,” says Andy Miller, a former Apple (AAPL) executive and now a partner at Highland Capital Partners, which has contributed to Leap Motion’s $14.5 million in funding.
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Meta Widget Turns Nearly Any Web Page Into a Widget on Android

Meta Widget Turns Nearly Any Web Page Into a Widget on Android | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Android: Widgets are awesome, but if you're keeping your eye on a service or web site that doesn't have a widget in the Play Store, you can make your own with Meta Widget.
To get started, just open up Meta Widget and navigate to the site you want to "widgetize". Then, when you get to the page you want, check the box in the lower left corner and tap somewhere on the page. It'll surround that element in an orange box, after which you can move the selection tool around with the arrows at the bottom of the screen. When you find the element you want to put on your home screen, tap the plus sign and go to town configuring text colors, widget alignment, and more to make it look just right.
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Social Media Marketing Strategy: Starts with Who | Networking Exchange Blog

Social Media Marketing Strategy: Starts with Who | Networking Exchange Blog | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
What is Strategy?

In its most basic form, strategy is the process of determining the best way to get from Point A to Point B. As a business, your challenge is to overcome the obstacles that stand between you and where you want to be. Taking the right actions helps to create a connection between your brand and your audience. The more your content sparks the needs of your audience the greater the likelihood you will create real brand loyalty.
A Short Course in Social Media Marketing

A good social media marketing plan usually involves these 12 vital steps. Among those steps, here are a few that are particularly crucial to driving your marketing efforts:
Set goals and objectives
Identify your audience (think personas)
Focus on your offer and create killer content
Execute flawlessly with social media tools with the highest potential for return
Set metrics, evaluate, and fine-tune...

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David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few.
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A Primer on How to Create A Sound Social Media Policy - Forbes

A Primer on How to  Create A Sound Social Media Policy - Forbes | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Creating a sound social media policy now will allow companies to gain the value social media can provide now while minimizing the legal headaches social media can create later.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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