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Practice Gaming, Help Civilization

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In times of crisis, social media usage skyrockets. And while many of the posts are merely complaints about being inconvenienced, some contain information that could be useful to first responders. Unfortunately, due to the massive volume of posts, much of it gets lost. One organization wants to put a stop to it, but they’ll need your gaming skills to do it.  

Present Shock: Stuck in The Now

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Way back in 1970, futurist Alvin Toffler, the author of the best-selling Future Shock, warned us that “too much change in too short a period of time” was certain to cause both individuals and societies “shattering stress and disorientation.” No kidding. Today, however, we’re no longer obsessed with the future because the urgency of the present moment — everything from stock prices to texts to tweets — distracts us from both the lessons of the past and our plans for the… continue…

Incorporating Social Links into Your Dice Profile

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By Alicia Ouverson When creating or editing your profile on Dice, you can add links to your LinkedIn profile, Twitter feed, Facebook page and/or personal websites. To do this: Go into your active or inactive resume via the link in the My Resume section of your dashboard page, OR Hover over the MyDice link at the top of the page and click My Resumes in the dropdown menu, then click the Edit icon of the resume you wish to work… continue…

Zynga Layoffs to Hit 18 Percent of Workforce

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Zynga is planning to cut a whopping 18 percent of its workforce by August, the struggling social media game developer said Monday. The across-the-board cuts will hit “all functions” of the company and include closure of various office locations. Zynga expects to layoff approximately 520 employees worldwide and says the bulk of the cuts will occur by the end of the summer. “While our Farmville Franchise continues to perform well, other games are underperforming,” says Zynga, which has struggled to move… continue…

4 Ways to Stay Out of Trouble When You’re Multitasking

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Ever face an obnoxious co-worker texting during your killer presentation on your latest deep-dive data analysis? You’re likely not alone. It turns out that 64 percent of CIOs are encountering breaches in workplace etiquette because of cellphones, tablets and other mobile multitasking-enabling devices, up from 51 percent three years ago. The numbers come from Robert Half Technology. Though they make use more productive, mobile devices can also be a “round-the-clock distraction,” observed John Reed, a senior executive director with Robert… continue…

‘Future Perfect’ Sees Progress Through Peer Networks

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Long celebrated as one of the Internet’s deepest philosophical thinkers, Steven Johnson uses the publication of his eighth book, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, to make the case that a new model of political change is emerging, transforming every aspect of modern life along its way. Johnson is a huge fan of networks of all kinds, but especially distributed networks, the kind of decentralized peer-to-peer connections that pretty much define what the Internet is all about.… continue…

Facebook’s Wanna-Be Co-Owner Arrested for Fraud

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Remember Paul Ceglia, the New York businessman who claimed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave him a 50 percent stake in the social media behemoth? Well, it turns out federal prospectors didn’t buy it. Early Friday the 39-year-old Ceglia was arrested at his Wellsville, N.Y., home and charged with one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. Each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison – ouch! Last year Ceglia, in an amended lawsuit against Zuckerberg… continue…

Can Redesigned Myspace Get Back in the Game?

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Myspace, the social network giant of the late Jurassic, has finally changed its design. Though long overdue, the overhaul may make the service a player in the quicksilver social networking scene. There’s real magic to be had when you swipe into the right hand section of the Myspace app. Similar to the new Google+ Android app, its swipe carousel actually defines the new design. Users will find their recent activity stylishly grouped in landscape mode and all information can be… continue…

One Woman’s Views on Algorithms as Foreplay

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How successful has online dating been for you? Jen Friel, who blogs at Blogger of Talk Nerdy to Me Lover, says her experiment has been a combination of success and ultimate failure. I spoke with her at the TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Friel’s dating experiment outgrew from another where she bartered social media to live for a year. She took $10 and traveled to 12 states from May 2010 to May 2011. During that time she wanted a social… continue…

Embarrassing Moments in Social Media

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Whether publicly posting something that you meant to DM (Hello, Anthony Weiner) or letting photos of us drunk show up on Facebook, we’ve all done stupid things online. At TechCrunch Disrupt, I asked the socially savvy attendees, “What’s the most embarrassing thing either you or someone else has done in social media?” Even though they wanted to block out the past, many were able to come up with some embarrassing tales. Image: Surprised Girls Looking At A Laptop from Bigstock