Mashable: Latest 15 News Updates - including “50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed”

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Mashable: Latest 15 News Updates - including “50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed”

50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 03:59 PM PDT

Have you spent this week gearing up for the Summer Games? So have we. But in the midst of tacky opening ceremony apparel, broadcast faux pas and stalking Team USA's Instagram pics, we managed to round up this week's top digital media resources.

Among our favorites this week are 25 Twitter accounts to boost your brainpower, a guide to gamification in the workplace and a few apps that will help you discover new eateries in your area.

Though if you prefer keeping up with the Olympics, check out tons of Mashable stories that will keep your head in the Games, including hot Olympian Pinterest and Twitter accounts, apps, games and gadgets that will feed your fandom and a guide to watchin…
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Mysterious Billionaire Commissions World’s Largest Yacht [VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 03:27 PM PDT

The world's largest yacht has been commissioned by an anonymous billionaire. The 590-foot vessel will be called Azzam, which is Arabic for perseverance or determination. The builder, Lurssen, is not offering any further details of the commissioner, or the interior of the vessel.

The yacht is almost as large as a cruise ship, powered by water jets, and is capable of moving a time-and-half faster than an average cruise ship. It would cost an estimated $100,000 just to fill its fuel tank.

So do you think this boat is going to be big enough for one person and his closest friends?

More About: Newsy, trending, world's largest yacht

Boys Will Be Boys In This ‘Girls’ Parody [VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 03:20 PM PDT

(Note: video contains some profanity)

From the broke, self-important and relentlessly entertaining 20-somethings that brought you HBO's runaway hit show Girls comes a parody that will knock you right out of your unpaid intern's chair.

Even if you're not an unpaid intern moonlighting as an aspiring filmmaker, we think you'll find this Boys trailer uproariously funny. It pokes at Girls from every angle, swapping out Lena Dunham and her cohorts for their male counterparts as they take on that other "best city in the world," Los Angeles.

Boys was created by a group of Funny or Die mainstays. It hit YouTube on Friday and almost immediately got a nod from the man upstairs, Judd Apatow…
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More About: Social Media, Watercooler, YouTube, funny or die, hbo, judd apatow, lena dunham, parody

10 Brits Snubbed from the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 02:40 PM PDT

1. Ricky Gervais as "David Brent"

A middle management mentor for athletes. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

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London dazzled the world Friday night with opening ceremony festivities filled with whimsy, fireworks and all things British. Oscar-winning director and ceremony designer Danny Boyle created a trippy mashup of pop culture with readings from J.K. Rowling and Kenneth Branagh, along with a towering inflatable Voldemort surrounded by a wave of floating aerialists dressed like Mary Poppins.

While Boyle managed to cram in a slew of icons from the host nation into the Olympics kickoff bash, we can't help but notice he missed a few folks who could have added a little something to the event.

More About: Watercooler, london 2012, olympics, trending

You Have Upset The Tetris God [VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 02:09 PM PDT

College Humor addresses everyone's feelings regarding the curse of Tetris. How often have we played in arcades, on Nintendo and now our phones, and gotten stuck?

The Tetris God has spoken -- and he is going to ruin your day.

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Twitter Jokester’s ‘Bomb Threat’ Charges Dropped [VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 01:52 PM PDT

An English man was found guilty of sending a "menacing electronic communication" after joking in a tweet that he would blow up a nearby airport. After the airport had been closed due to a snowstorm, Paul Chambers took to Twitter to vent his frustrations and said that he wanted to "blow it sky high." He was charged under the UK's Communication Act of 2003, which imprisons and fines people for such offenses.

However, because the context was not of a serious nature, the judge dropped the charges, stating, "If the person or persons who receive or read it, (the message) or may reasonably be expected to receive, or read it, would brush it aside as a silly…
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Olympic Popularity: Starcount Reveals Which Olympic Athletes Are Trending

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 01:37 PM PDT

As you watch the Olympics, you can plainly see who wins at the various events, but who's #winning in the world of social media? That's where Starcount can help, showing you who are the most talked-about athletes on social media.

According to Starcount's Emma Wallace, "Starcount ranks the social media popularity of the most famous people from the top 11 global social networks," which she says provides "a well-rounded, unique global social perspective." She says the company is charting 9,000 Olympians this year.

We particularly like the way you can discover overall popularity and trending of athletes, or you can narrow it down to a country's Olympic team, or even a specific sport. If you…
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More About: Social Media, Starcount, london 2012, olympics

Amazon Sales Tax — What it Means for You

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 12:54 PM PDT

Amazon is backing a bill that would allow states to collect or remit sales tax on items purchased from a small number of large, out-of-state online retailers including Amazon and Overstock.

You already pay sales tax when you shop in brick-and-mortar stores, and now you might pay state and local taxes, too, when you shop online.

"It's going to feel like a new tax," Jonathan Johnson, president of told Mashable. "It's going to feel like businesses are reaching into the pockets of consumers."

The Marketplace Fairness Act, as it's called, is backed by Senators Mike Enzi, Lamar Alexander, and Dick Durbin. Amazon is a proponent of the bill, although the company initially…
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The Beginner’s Guide to Socialcam

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 12:29 PM PDT

1. Getting Started

First, you'll need to download Socialcam's mobile app. You can also create an account at, but since you'll be using your smartphone to take and upload videos, you may as well start there.

Once you have the app, registration is simple. You just need to decide how you'd like to sign up: through Facebook, Twitter or email.

If you'd like to get the most social experience out of the platform, you'll probably want to choose Facebook. Don't worry -- you can set privacy controls later.

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To participate in the digital age requires a certain kind of visual thinking. Whether creating a snazzy website layout, capturing artsy pics with Instagram or even choosing the perfect Facebook cover photo, interesting images and videos enhance social engagement .

Social video sharing platforms, such as YouTube, Viddy and Socialcam, have recognized (and propagated) this shift away from plain text. Users can express their personalities and interests in videos and share them with friends and followers.

Socialcam has specifically worked to streamline mobile video sharing. Spun from in March 2011, the quick and easy platform allows you to upload and customize videos that you capt…
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More About: Mobile, Social Media, Video, YouTube, android, features, iphone, socialcam

Trioh! The Flashlight You Can See When The Power Goes Out

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 11:43 AM PDT

If you've ever lost power and fumbled around your junk drawers trying to find your flashlight, look no further. Trioh!'s clever design keeps charging when the power is on, and knows when the power goes out. The sensor automatically turns the Trioh! on when it detects a power outage, making finding your way in the dark a whole lot easier and safer.

The Kickstarter campaign has twenty days left, but has already reached two thirds of its $90,000 goal. At this rate, Trioh! will surely make it to market.

Would you purchase a Trioh! instead of a conventional flashlight? Tell us in the comments.

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On Reddit, Rapists Say They’re Sorry

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 11:23 AM PDT

A Reddit thread circulating the Internet on Friday tells the "other side of the story" with accounts from rapists.

On Thursday, a Redditor started a thread soliciting comments from rapists by writing, "Reddit's had a few threads about sexual assault victims, but are there any Redditors from the other side of the story?" According to a Jezebel report, the original Redditor also asked, "What were your motivations? Do you regret it?"

More than 11,000 people have commented on the thread, with votes up and down split nearly even. One of Friday's top comments came from a self-identified "post-college aged male" who admitted to raping "several women through use of coercion, alcohol, and oth…
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Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 10:59 AM PDT

Narrowing down thousands of gadgets, inventions, concepts and ideas, we found the best for this week's Top 10 Tech.

More About: Mountain Lion, Razer, Top 10 Tech, google fiber, iPhone 6, trending, usain bolt

Latest Apple Ads Take a Turn for the Worse

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 10:19 AM PDT


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Apple's latest ads premiered Friday in support of the Olympics. The three commercials show a "Genius," someone you would encounter at your Genius Bar appointment, in other settings where his savvy comes to the rescue.

The Genius helps technologically inept acquaintances understand how simple it is to use the product they've recently purchased -- but the humor misses the mark.

Instead of showing the simplicity of the operating system, they seem to be emphasizing the ineptitude of those who do not know how to use the machine.

While Mac fanboys can often make Apple seem exclusive, these ads play on that ineffectively by furthering that stereotype. This may have been inadvertent, but…
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More About: 2012 Olympics, Advertising, apple, trending

Sneak Peek: Justin Bieber Teases ‘As Long As You Love Me’ Video

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 10:01 AM PDT

Justin Bieber's new video debuts next Wednesday, but in the meantime, he's teasing us with this intriguing clip. Check out how the Beebs gets into a scrape with his girlfriend's dad in this 95-second clip, setting up a possible Romeo and Juliet scenario in the video of "As Long As You Love Me." That'll be the second single and video from Bieber's hit album, Believe.

The video's director, Anthony Mandler, tweeted a still photo of a beaten-up Bieber from the video, shot earlier in July. That tweet has since been deleted, but not before published it:

Will the heartthrob be the victim of some kind of smackdown during the video? From the looks of that pic, probably, but t…
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Why the London 2012 Olympics Is the First Real-Time Games

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 09:18 AM PDT

Whether London 2012 is the first "social" Games has sparked much debate in news media and on the social web. While compelling arguments have been made for both sides, social media's role in the Olympics isn't the most exciting conversation about this year's competition.

It's about timing.

The London 2012 Olympics are undoubtedly the first real-time Games. It differs from any other Olympic event in how fans and viewers can experience all competitions while they're taking place.

Though Friday's Opening Ceremonies weren't broadcast live in the United States, all 32 sporting events will be live streamed for the first time ever.

This year's event is a culmination of media consumptio…
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4 Reasons Why Recruiters Should Stop Accepting Traditional Resumes

Posted: 28 Jul 2012 08:08 AM PDT

Social networking is replacing many traditional tools of the job search trade, like the resume.

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