The week has passed, and people are yet to get over the shocking outcome of Casey Anthony Murder Trial. Space Shuttle Atlantis, Facebook's new video chat, President Obama's digital campaign for 2012 presidency run, hackers wrecking havoc with two official Twitter sites and rare-earth minerals on the floor of the Pacific Ocean- all generated a good amount of public debate this week. A quick roundup of this week's major headlines:
Casey Anthony: The tale of a tot mom's miraculous escape
Casey Anthony trial verdict has made a majority of those who have been following the trial gasp in shock. Casey Anthony, mother of the dead two-year-old Caylee Anthony, has been found not guilty of murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter, but guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
While millions are stunned at the verdict and allege that the verdict wasn't fair, the fundamentals of the American judicial system centered on the concept of innocent until proven guilty, required more evidence than what was obtained against Casey.
What next for NASA?
NASA launched the space shuttle Atlantis marking the end of the 30-year shuttle program. Its major missions have included launching numerous satellites and interplanetary probes, conducting space science experiments, and servicing and construction of space stations. The organization is now facing increased pressure to unveil the next innovation in U.S. spaceflight. President Obama sounded a hopeful about NASA's future. Rather than keep on doing the same thing, let's invest in basic research around new technologies that can get us places faster, allow human space flight to last longer.
Good for you, Facebook!
Mark Zuckerberg has a long way to go before he masters the art of presenting an awesome feature like a real surprise. Not only that Zuckerberg tipped off Seattle press with an awesome new product that the social network giant will introduce, but he also ended up introducing a feature which Google+ already have in place. And throughout announcement the shadow of Google+ loomed large.
Facebook launched a new video chat product, powered by Skype. The feature, Facebook Calling, will be available to Facebook's users in the coming weeks. The partnership is a win-win situation for both companies. Google's hot social networking venture, Google+, has a video chat under the name Hangout which gave them an edge over Facebook, initially. The new Skype powered chat will be a lucrative addition in the current scenario. Facebook's 750 million active users will substantially increase Skype's current user base of 170 million.
We will miss Obama Girl, but not Obama 2.0 social media campaign
Remember Obama Girl? The girl who rose to fame with the viral video Crush on Obama described by its makers Barely Political as The song that changed the world. When president Obama was the candidate who promised change, what social media did to make his victory easy was novel in politics. As Mr. President is looking forward to a second term, the campaign strategy is getting more digital.
As Joe Rospars, the 2012 campaign's chief digital strategist said in an interview, the campaign ...is going to be one that integrates all the various elements of the digital channel...
Obama 2.0 took the first shot with this new digital campaign, this week in a Twitter Town Hall event under the hash-tag #AskObama. The questions, including one from political rival John Boehner weren't easy. Paul Brandus, a White House Press Corp Twitter reporter jokingly tweeted, Next we have a question from 'Michelle' from Northwest Washington, who wants to know when you'll be home for dinner, and We also have a question from 'George' in Crawford, TX, who tweets 'It's not as easy as it looks, is it'?
Hackers gone wild
The US Secret Service announced a probe into the apparent hacking of the official Twitter account operated by Fox News which posted a series of tweets claiming President Barack Obama had been assassinated. But, the hackers seem nonchalant as one more official site was defaced to the miscreants. The PayPal UK site hackers began it all by changing the bio and wrote: The official Twitter account for the fail team at PayPal, and adding link to paypalsucks.com. The hacker then proceeded to tweet and retweet a stream of invective exposing the nightmare of doing business the Paypal way.
Thank God for the rare-earth minerals, Apple saved!
Japanese explorers have found large deposits of rare-earth minerals on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, according to British journal Nature Geoscience. The story, which normally would have evoked interest of geologists and researchers proved much more than that. The masses and tech enthusiasts expressed happiness over the discovery as these are minerals that are crucial for making electronic products like flat-screen televisions, iPads and other electronics.