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Facebook vs Twitter

The phenomenon of social networking is still in its infancy and it remains to be seen exactly which network might become the 800-pound gorilla in the space. It is reminiscent of the dotcom 90s, when I worked in the search industry; dozens of venture-backed search firms battled for dominance and search appeared to become a commodity, with limited monetization potential, or so we all thought at the time.

The Evolution of Social Networking Compared to Search


In the now-infamous dotcom era, Yahoo, Lycos, Excite and others evolved into portals in a desperate attempt to find ways to make money, since nobody had really found effective ways to monetize search. That was, until companies like Goto.com (which became Overture and was eventually bought by Yahoo) and Google invented the concept of paid search and contextual, pay-to-click advertising models. The rest is history and we all knew who won the war.

So it seems today that applications like Twitter and Facebook, while attracting new users at astounding rates have not fully defined their business models and the 800-pound gorilla has yet to emerge. It is still early in the game and, as with search in the mid 90s, the eventual winners in the social networking space may not even yet exist, but I would argue that Twitter and Facebook are emerging as potential contenders to dominate.

The differences between the two networks are substantial and in some ways a direct comparison between the two is actually difficult to make. Twitter is simple and feels like Google did in 1998, while Facebook offers a portal-like interface somewhat reminiscent of Yahoo.

Key Elements of Facebook and Twitter

Facebook appeals to people looking to reconnect with old friends and family members or find new friends online; the mashup of features like email, instant messaging, image and video sharing, etc. feels familiar, while Twitter is a bit harder to get your arms around at first.

Most people can very quickly grasp how to use Facebook to connect to friends and family, using it to share thoughts, images, etc. Like MySpace but more geared to adults than teens, Facebook is a social networking Portal; beckoning you not to leave but rather to stick around and communicate within the network.

Twitter on the other hand, encourages you grab ideals in byte-size chunks and use your updates as jumping off points to other places or just let others know what you’re up to at any given moment.

Why People Love Facebook


Facebook appeals to social animals and can be very addicting to people who have an insatiable appetite to stay connected with friends and make new acquaintances. In fact, some people report they rarely use email or IM tools anymore in their online social communications anymore, relying almost entirely on Facebook for email, chat, image and video sharing.

Facebook addicts prefer the social portal model versus having to log into AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Gmail, Hotmail, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, etc. Instead, Facebook gives them a single alternative to all these applications, with one login and interface to manage their online social interaction needs. This largely explains the explosive growth Facebook continues to experience and why the company reportedly invested $200 million in data center upgrades last year to keep up with demand!

Why People Love Twitter

The usefulness of Twitter is not readily as obvious to some people as Facebook; although it may be more addictive once you get the hang of Tweeting; you get more immediate responses and it seems to live somewhere between the worlds of email, instant messaging and blogging. Twitter encourages constant “linking out” to anywhere and, in that respect, is more analogous to a pure search engine; another way to find people and content all over the Net.

Twitter has quickly built brand awareness and a loyal following, especially among the technically adept; bloggers, online marketers, evangelists, basically anyone with something to promote seem to find Twitter extremely valuable.

When asked why they love Twitter, users say like “I can ask a question and get an instantaneous response”. They crave the ability to “tap into the collective consciousness” of others on the network, bouncing ideas off others with whom they would otherwise have no means of connecting. Twitter addicts claim it’s like the old fashioned water cooler, where people can gather to shoot the breeze on whatever topic is on their minds. Twitter is like a communications stream you dive into for an invigorating swim.

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Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

The collaborative online encyclopedia Wikipedia has banned the Church of Scientology from editing the site. The Register reports Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee, or ArbCom, voted 10 to 0 in favor of the ban, which takes effect immediately.

Wikipedia’s innovative free-encyclopedia draws upon the knowledge of millions of users to create and edit articles on every conceivable topic. Edits appear immediately and do not undergo any formal peer-review process.

Wikipedia officially prohibits use of the encyclopedia to advance personal agendas – such as advocacy or propaganda and philosophical, ideological or religious dispute – but the open format makes enforcing such policies difficult.
According to Wikipedia administrators speaking to The Register:

Multiple editors have been “openly editing [Scientology-related articles] from Church of Scientology equipment and apparently coordinating their activities.”

However, Karin Pouw, with the Church of Scientology’s public affairs office, told me she is unaware of any coordinated effort to alter Wikipedia. Instead, she described the edits as individual attempts to correct inaccurate information by impassioned Scientologists and interpreted the ban as a typical Wikipedia response to arguments over content. She noted that even the U.S. Department of Justice received a temporary ban after someone erased references to a controversial scandal from inside the government agency.

One Wikipedia contributor I spoke with that was involved in the Scientology arbitration agreed that some of the edits coming from the church were justifiable, but insisted the ban was necessary after the church refused to follow Wikipedia’s policies:

“The edits coming out of Church of Scientology servers were of the sort that made their organization look better. Up to a point that’s justifiable, when it comes to correcting inaccuracies or removing poorly sourced negative information. There were times when they went beyond that and deleted well sourced information that was unflattering, and there were times when they insulted other editors in a manner that would reflect poorly upon any religion.”

Some see Wikipedia’s decision as a setback to the Utopian goal of Web 2.0 in which every user is allowed to freely contribute.

How do you feel about the ban? Should Wikipedia actively suppress self-serving, misleading or inaccurate information? Or does every voice deserve to be heard?

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Mohamed Altoumaimi : Iraqi Boy in Sweden solves 300 year old math mystery

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300 years, Swedish media reported on Thursday.

In just four months, Mohamed Altoumaimi has found a formula to explain and simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli, the Dagens Nyheter daily said.

Altoumaimi, who came to Sweden six years ago, said teachers at his high school in Falun, central Sweden were not convinced about his work at first.

"When I first showed it to my teachers, none of them thought the formula I had written down really worked," Altoumaimi told the Falu Kuriren newspaper.

He then got in touch with professors at Uppsala University, one of Sweden's top institutions, to ask them to check his work.

After going through his notebooks, the professors found his work was indeed correct and offered him a place in Uppsala.

But for now, Altoumaimi is focusing on his school studies and plans to take summer classes in advanced mathematics and physics this year.

"I wanted to be a researcher in physics or mathematics; I really like those subjects. But I have to improve in English and social sciences," he told the Falu Kuriren.

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Lakers goes to Final !

DENVER, Colorado (Reuters) - Kobe Bryant scored 35 points to guide the Los Angeles Lakers back to the NBA Finals with a 119-92 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Friday, as the visitors closed out their Western Conference series in style.

Bryant added 10 assists while team mates Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom had 20 points apiece in one of the most complete post-season outings for the Lakers, who triumphed 4-2 in the best-of-seven series.

"We had the effort and the execution to match (tonight)," Bryant told reporters after clinching his sixth career NBA Finals appearance and second straight.

"It's been a physical march back to the finals. We're back to the place where we didn't finish our business last year.

"Hopefully we do it this year."

Los Angeles, who were beaten by the Boston Celtics in last year's title showdown, await the winner of the Eastern Conference finals series between the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Denver's Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 25 points while shooting just 6-for-17 from the field and J.R. Smith chipped in 24 points for the Nuggets, who struggled out of the gate and never recovered.

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USA Music Singles Top 40 (Updated Regularly)

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30. T.I. feat Justin "Dead and Gone"
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31. Lady Gaga "Just Dance"
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32. Britney Spears "If U Seek Amy"
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33. Pink "Please Don't Leave Me"
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34. Soulja Boy Tell'em "Turn My Swag On"
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35. Sugarland "It Happens"
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36. Jonas Brothers "Paranoid"
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37. Dave Matthews Band "Funny The Way It Is"
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40. Jesse McCartney "How Do You Sleep?"
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- A.R. Rahman feat The Pussycat Dolls & Nicole Scherzinger "Jai Ho!"
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- Tinchy Stryder Ft N-Dubz "Number 1"
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Enjoy FA Cup Final 2009 via Twitter

Match commentator of 20 years, Jon Champion will be ‘commentweeter’ when he simulcasts his match report of the final between Chelsea and Everton on the social network site during the game.

Setanta is also running a Cup Final event centre on Setanta.com featuring action roundups, fan blogspots, behind-the-scenes videos, Flickr photo galleries and Twitter feeds from presenters, fans and celebrities.

It’s the first time the broadcaster has provided live tweeting of a sporting event.

Timothy Ryan, marketing director at Setanta, said the commentweeter aimed to provide fans with the full experience of the FA Cup Final by combining traditional TV viewing with a modern twist.

Jon Champion said: “As a commentator you want to communicate with people in a way that helps them enjoy the game as much as possible. If becoming a ‘commentweeter’ is going to help do that, then I think this is a great idea.”

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Gisele Bundchen tops Forbes model earners with $25 million

Forbes has ranked the world's top earning models and Gisele Bundchen is the highest-earning model in the world.

The Brazilian beauty has topped the list compiled by Forbes.com for the third year running after making an impressive $25 million from June 2008 to June 2009.

Despite raking in a fortune, Gisele - who married American football star Tom Brady in February - has been hit by the global economic crisis, making $10 million less than in the previous financial year.

However, the 28-year-old catwalk queen still has lucrative campaigns with Versace, Dior, True Religion jeans and Ebel watches. She also has her own successful shoe line.

Heidi Klum finished in second place with $16 million, earning $2 million more than the previous financial year.

The 35-year-old German-born star’s career has continued to prove lucrative thanks to her ongoing TV and product endorsement deals.

Heidi hosts ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’ and ‘Project Runway’ and is a model for Victoria’s Secret lingerie company. She also promotes Diet Coke, Volkswagen, LG, a range of Birkenstock sandals and her own skincare line In An Instant.

Kate Moss has retained third place with $8.5 million, earning £1 million more than the previous financial year.

Forbes.com highest earning models June 2008-June 2009, top 10:
1. Gisele Bundchen - $25 million
2. Heidi Klum - $16 million
3. Kate Moss - $8.5 million
4. Adriana Lima - $8 million
5. Doutzen Kroes - $6 million
6. Alessandra Ambrosio - $6 million
7. Natalia Vodianova - $5.5 million
8. Daria Werbowy - $4.5 million
9. Miranda Kerr - $3 million
10. Carolyn Murphy - $3 million

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Former Olympic champion Ruby dies in climbing fall

CHAMONIX, France – Karine Ruby, a former Olympic snowboarding champion, died Friday in a climbing accident on France's famed Mont Blanc. She was 31.

Ruby was roped to other climbers when she fell into a deep crack, police said. Lt. Col. Pierre Bouquin said other climbers fell into the crevasse but provided no further details.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon called Ruby an "exceptional sportswoman."

"Karine incarnated the emergence of snowboarding in France," Fillon said in a statement. "The people of France will hold on to the memory of her talent and her joie de vivre."

Ruby won a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and a silver in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. She was a six-time world champion with 65 snowboard World Cup victories.

She retired after the 2006 Turin Olympics, where she was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the snowboardcross event.

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Jenson Button takes a romantic dip with girlfriend Jessica Michibata

After winning his fifth Grand Prix in Monaco last week, Jenson Button is taking a well-earned break with his stunning girlfriend Jessica Michibata.

The Brawn racing ace, 29, and Jessica, 24, put on a passionate display in a hotel pool in Portofino, Italy yesterday.
But he's managed to squeeze in a few days holiday in the north west Italian seaside town.

The warm weather gave Jessica the chance to show off the fabulous figure which secured her many lingerie modelling deals as she opted for a leopard-print bikini top and black bottoms.

As the couple strolled around the grounds of their hotel, Jenson couldn't take his eye of his girlfriend's slender physique.

Following his win on Sunday, Jessica squeezed into a glamorous Herve Leger bandage dress and Christian Louboutin heels to join Jenson at the F1 gala dinner to celebrate his triumph. The couple appeared to be getting serious since the started dating in January. Jessica is the latest beauty in Jenson's high-profile love life.

Jessica owes her exotic looks to her Japanese mother and an Argentine father with Spanish and Italian origins.

She regularly appears in underwear and swimwear adverts in her native Japan and has modelled for Evian, Lux, Uniqlo and Reebok.

She also writes a film column for monthly magazine Soup.

Following his win in Monte Carlo on Sunday, Jenson is now preparing for the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul next weekend.

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Katie Price shows the strain of split with Peter Andre with her gaunt figure on the catwalk

Katie Price's marriage split from husband Peter Andre appears to be taking its toll physically, given the model's super skinny appearance today.

The glamour model made her catwalk debut in a white bikini at the Clothes Show Live at London's ExCel Centre - her first public appearance since the couple's announcement on May 11.

While the mother-of-three declined to discuss her personal life, fans were stunned by her concave stomach and visible rib-cage as she strutted down the catwalk.

The model has regularly attracted headlines over the last year with her skinny figure, but it appears she has lost even more weight since the split.

Her estranged husband Peter admitted this week he had lost a stone in weight since their relationship broke down.

Showcasing her latest collection of KP Equestrian clothing, Katie also took part in the UK Beauty Awards beauty pageant as 'Miss London', despite coming from Brighton.

Katie was in full-on glamour mode with her skimpy bikini, gold platforms and bouffant hairstyle.

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Man fathers 21 children by 11 different women... and he's only 29

A man aged 29 has fathered 21 children with 11 different women, it emerged yesterday.

Desmond Hatchett's brood came to light after authorities in Tennessee in the U.S. took him to court for non-payment of child support.

He has apparently set a U.S. record but said: 'It just happened.'

He added that he would not have any more children. 'I'm done. I'll say I'm done,' he said.

Hatchett, who earns a minimal wage, told TV reporters he knows the names and ages of all his offspring.

Their ages range from newborn to 11 years old.

Authorities in Knoxville said they plan to take half of his monthly salary to pay for the youngsters but officials said that would work out to just over £1 a week for each.

His lawyer Keith Pope said: 'The children can't all be supported by Desmond, so the state of Tennessee has had to step in.'

Many Knoxville residents called for him to be castrated.

He even boasted of fathering four children by different women in the same year.

Hatchett's name appeared on court documents 11 times representing 15 of his 21 children.

U.S. authorities are now braced for more women coming forward to claim Hatchett is the father of their children after he appeared on local TV.

He said the women he was involved with all knew he had other children.

One mother, who has two children with Hatchett, said she should get £44 a month but rarely receives any child support.

'It's frustrating, but usually, when I ask he gives it to me,' she said.

Authorities in Knoxville ordered Hatchett to court to explain how he intends to pay child support.

He arrived for the hearing with just over £300.

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Lady Gaga: Nude in Rolling Stone

Lady Gaga frequently channels her inner Britney Spears and walks the street in no pants. Now she’s achieved another Britney feat: the cover of Rolling Stone!

And Britney's covers, while sexy, have nothing on Lady Gaga nude.

She tells Rolling Stone she’s bisexual, but her attraction to women is purely physical. It’s an aspect of her sexuality that makes boyfriends “uncomfortable.”

Watch out, Katy Perry: there’s a new tabloid staple who kisses girls, has Marilyn Manson and Madonna for fans and is on the verge of becoming a pop icon.
While some observers look at Lady Gaga fashion and wild paparazzi shots of her and conclude she must be insane, the 23-year-old singer, born Stefani Joanna Angelina Germanotta, reveals the only thing that drives her nuts is being idle.

Lady Gaga’s slavish devotion to be the best (and fashion) drove her to order bags of cocaine and spend hours perfecting her hair and makeup in a tiny Lower East Side apartment after she dropped out of NYU several years ago.

The savvy Gaga reveals that her real musical goals are quite serious, though: “My true legacy will be the test of time, and whether I can sustain a space in pop culture and really make stuff that will have a genuine impact.”

Music aside, she's certainly having an impact as far as her fashion sense is concerned.

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Paris Hilton Has Never Seen The Hills ... But it's Lame

Paris Hilton says her boyfriend, Doug Reinhardt, won't be appearing on MTV's The Hills again. She also thinks the reality series pretty much sucks, and knows a lot about it despite claiming she has never actually watched it.

"The show is, like, so lame and fake. He doesn't even want to be a part of it," the ho-tel heiress told Us Weekly at the Fifi Awards in New York.

Not that he had much of a choice, after The Hills' star, Lauren Conrad, dumped him on the show for being so effing boring. Details, right?

Doug Reinhardt then pursued Stephanie Pratt for reasons unknown to any straight male with a pulse, which pissed off LC and viewers alike.

But Hilton says the show portrayed Doug "in a way he's not."

Mmm. We give this statement about as much credence as Paris' tear-filled recollection of how her most "intimate moments" of night vision sex with Rick Salomon while on the phone were released to the public (making her rich and famous, natch).
"They make up relationships when they’re not there, and he just thinks it's lame," Hilton continued. "I've never seen the show in my entire life. I have no idea what it's about. But he just thought it was cheesy."

True ... it's not nearly hard core enough for Doug. The man likes public bathroom sex, for crying out loud. Dinner and drinks with LC ain't cutting it.

Reinhardt's reality days aren't entirely over, though. He will appear on the second season of Paris Hilton's My New BFF, which debuts June 2 on MTV.

"It was great," the tramp said. "He was always on set every single day, giving fun ideas. With him there, he always gave the most amazing ideas."

They actually hired him as a producer to be on BFF Dubai [Hilton filmed a version of her reality show there]. They loved his ideas so much."

We're not surprised. Doug Reinhardt's charm is quite breathtaking ... according to Doug Reinhardt, on the official website of Doug Reinhardt.

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Special BlackBerry Storm packages from Indosat

Gadget freaks wanting to get their hands on the latest BlackBerry Storm are probably screaming in agony now as Indosat’s recent event called BlackBerry Touch Experience has just ended.

It’s painful because at this event, held in Promenade Senayan City from May 18 to 24, Indosat was offering a 50 percent discount on various applications developed specifically for this gadget, including Quick Dial, Anti-Theft Software, i-Berry themes, digital Koran and hadith, IDX Mobile for stock, Arena Games and Arena Music.

Even so, the good news has yet to turn sour, as Indosat is also giving out Storm packages until June. For those intending to purchase a BlackBerry Storm, do so between May 18 and June 30. The price tag during this period is only Rp 8,550,000 and without cash, its one year credit payment program is just as intriguing.

Included in the promo is a price reduction to Rp 1 per month for all BlackBerry services, 100 minutes worth of free calls to Indosat numbers for a month and 100 free SMSes every month for a year. Don’t you just love being geeky? Read More...

Gene for glowing passed along to monkey offspring

This composite photo, provided by Nature magazine, shows newborn transgenic marmoset Kei, left, and Kou. Insets show their feet under ultraviolet light. Under UV light the skin on the soles of the feet glow green.

Scientists gave marmosets a gene that made their feet glow green, and one of the animals passed it along to its offspring - the first time that an added gene has been inherited by a monkey. It was a milestone, experts said, that should make it easier to produce animals with versions of human disease for medical research.

Animals that get added genetic material are called transgenic. While researchers have long created transgenic mice and other animals by giving them extra genetic material, monkeys offer a promising avenue for medical studies because of their similarity to humans.

Researchers have added genes to rhesus macaques before by injecting embryos, but the new work is the first documentation that such genes can be passed along to future generations of monkeys. That's important because it opens the door to creating colonies of transgenic monkeys by breeding, which would be far simpler than the cumbersome process of making each animal from scratch by injecting a gene into an embryo.

The researchers plan to use transgenic marmosets to study such conditions as Parkinson's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS. The work is reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature by scientists at the Central Institute for Experimental Animals in Kawasaki, Japan, and elsewhere in that country.

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