Sunday, 19 August 2012

Mashable: Latest 7 News Updates - including “New Twitter Rules Spur Online Protests”

Mashable: Latest 7 News Updates - including “New Twitter Rules Spur Online Protests”

New Twitter Rules Spur Online Protests

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 02:36 PM PDT

Shortly after Twitter announced a stricter set of rules for its application programming interface (API), developers and engineers turned to platform to use the #OccupyTwitter hashtag in protest.

"Twitter's API has more rules than North Korea," said Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.

Nova Spivack, CEO of, started a petition to urge Twitter to keep its developer API ecosystem open. He said, "Twitter, what kind of bird are you becoming? Are you still that cute little bird that everyone loved, or are you becoming a scary bird of prey?"

"Blind people use special third party Twitter apps," Spivack added on Twitter. "If Twitter c…
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10 Infectious YouTube Clips of Babies Laughing at Dogs [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 01:39 PM PDT

1. Laughing Baby and Bubble Eating Dog

We're not sure what's funnier -- the dog, or the baby's bubble helmet.

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Is there anything more contagious than the sound of a baby in fits of giggles? We think not. To put a smile on your face we have collated 10 awesome clips of adorable rugrats laughing at their furry friends.

From babies to toddlers and from wiener dogs to rottweilers, the one thing these great YouTube videos all have in common is lots and lots of cute.

SEE ALSO: 10 Epic Trick Shot Stunts on YouTube [VIDEOS]

If you need cheering up, take a look through the gallery above. Link us in the comments below to any other amazing videos you've seen of babies getting their giggle on.

More About: Children, babies, dogs, features, gallery, videos, viral videos

5 Ways to Pay for Dinner With Your Phone

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 12:41 PM PDT

Mobile payment transactions are predicted to reach $1.3 trillion per year by 2017, and the restaurant industry appears ripe to scarf down a hefty chunk of that money flying around electronically.

But while news about the mobile payments space has intensified lately -- Square's deal with Starbucks, Discover's nod to Google Wallet and Dunkin' Donuts's new gifting/payment app -- pay-by-phone services have yet to hit mainstream status as many consumers are still confused about their options.

To help clear confusion, here are five ways you may start paying for your next dinner with your phone.

Order Meals With Digital Delivery and Takeout Services

Food delivery apps and websites su…
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More About: Food, Google, Pay With Square, Payment Services, Seamless, Squar, TheLevelUp, dwolla, eccomerce, google wallet, grubhub, levelup, mobile apps, mobile payments, paypal, venmo

10 Gchat Tricks and Tips for Power Users

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 11:36 AM PDT

1. Assign a Picture to Your Contacts

If your contacts have Google accounts, the profile photos they've uploaded automatically attach to their emails and chats. However, you can change how those photos appear to you. Head to your Gmail "Contacts" page, where you can search for a user. Hover over the user's photo field to "change picture," then upload anything you choose. Keep in mind, this person never has to know! Then, enable the following lab to see contacts' pictures in chat.

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If you're one of the 425 million people who uses Gmail, chances are you've also experienced Google Talk, the company's peer-to-peer chat program. Specifically, millions of people rely on Google Talk's email chat, fondly known as Gchat.

SEE ALSO: 10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail Power Users

If you log time on Gchat, you should know about a few tips to make the experience more rewarding. We've gathered 10 such features to share with you, including picture hacks and hidden emoticons.

Please share your own Google Talk and Gmail knowledge in the comments below.

Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, mrPliskin

More About: Google, email, features, gchat, gmail, tips and tricks

The Social Media Recruitment Survival Guide

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 10:38 AM PDT

At least 90% of recruiters are already using social media to find, source and connect with talented candidates. With Facebook at 901 million members and Twitter with 500 million accounts, an increasing number of employment-eligible people spend a good part of their day on one or more of these popular social platforms. It's easy to see why these networks are becoming key sources for employers and recruiters to find potential employees. When used effectively, social media can give an unprecedented boost to a company's recruiting capabilities.

Social media activity rose rapidly in recent years and the bigger platforms touch people's lives multiple times everyday, but using soci…
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More About: Facebook, Google, Jobs, Recruiting, Social Media, Twitter, features, job search series, mashable

Online Petition Urges NBC to Cancel ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ for Glorifying War

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 09:40 AM PDT

An online petition urges NBC to cancel Stars Earn Stripes, a reality television show in which celebrities compete in military training exercises to win money for charities.

"This show makes war a game, and war is anything but a game," the petition on iPetitions says. "In real war there are no prizes only the hope that you survive to come home to one's family and friends."

Stars Earn Stripes premiered Aug. 13 and attracted immediate criticism from Nobel Peace Prize winners, satirical news show host Stephen Colbert, archbishop Desmond Tutu and veterans. They argue the show glamorizes war and does not honor troops.

NBC responded to the uproar: "Stars Earn Stripes is about thankin…
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More About: Entertainment, TV, U.S., celebrities, military

Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 07:38 AM PDT

1. Steve

Master of emotions.

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O, humble GIF. What joy you bring the Tumbling masses with your looping hijinks and grainy disposition.

A wisp from simpler online days? Nay -- a rebirth! The art of GIF springs eternal from a font of unceasing jest.

Rejoice, Internet, in our weekly offering.

More About: GIFs, features, humor

Bloombox Amplifies Your Phone Sound and Holds Your Plants

Posted: 18 Aug 2012 06:39 AM PDT

The Bloombox is an innovative way to listen to music from your smartphone. The ceramic box amplifies sound naturally while also serving as a beautiful planter. The box is small enough to fit elegantly in most settings throughout a home.

The dock sits on top and is large enough for most smartphones, but works better with phones that have a USB dock on the bottom rather than the top or side. It's also large enough to accommodate most cases. It operates with your charger and is not electronic in any way.

The simple design was developed with Mudshark Studios and all Kickstarter funding will go toward creating a master mold for the Bloombox. They've…
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