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In Silicon Valley, Designers Emerge as Rock Stars

Five years ago, Justin Edmund arrived at Carnegie Mellon University, a floppy-haired freshman, with artistic talent and dreams of joining a venerable design firm like IDEO or Frog. But during his sophomore year, a recruiting pitch from a Facebook employee turned his head, and prompted a detour of his ambitions.

Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion

Facebook Inc., the world's biggest social network, said Monday it will buy Instagram, the photo-sharing application with over 30 million users, for $1 billion in cash and shares as it seeks to compete with other major technology firms.

The World’s Happiest Countries

On Monday, the Bhutanese government led a session in the UN called Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm, that highlighted the world's happiest countries and discussed how to put happiness on the global agenda.

What Is Viralism? An Inquiry Into Culture's Battle For Digital Space

As the digital age reaches the dormant stage of social adaptation, having left its mark on the daily process of culture at large, can we add viralism or another digitally referential marker to our collective art discourse? Moreover, is viral a relevant -- let alone acceptable -- aesthetic stance?

An App to Make Gift Giving Easier

Whether it's choosing the right present, selecting the proper size or style, or digging up a current mailing address, gift giving can be difficult.

'Jobs for Facebook Passwords' Row: Senators Call For Probe Into Violation of Job Seekers' Rights

Two US senators have called on the federal agencies to investigate whether employers are violating federal law by requesting Facebook passwords from interviewees. Senators Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, have asked the Department of Justice and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to commence investigations.

IBM Ramps up Data Analytics Offerings

International Business Machines launched on Tuesday three services to help companies sift and understand so-called big data, hoping to get some of the $120 billion or more that businesses are expected to invest in data analytics by 2015.

Britney Spears Joins Path: What's Path? [VIDEOS]

Path, one of the fastest growing social media platforms, snagged another major boost in credibility this week: Britney Spears has joined the network. The world-famous pop star tweeted out to her fans about her new Path account on Monday.

Konami Joins Zynga's New Games Service

Japan's Konami Corp (9766.T) and two other game makers have joined Zynga's new gaming network, potentially drawing players to the fledgling service that Zynga hopes will reduce its dependence on Facebook.

Hackers Winning Security War: Executives

Technology security professionals seeking wisdom from industry leaders in San Francisco this week saw more of the dark side than they had expected: a procession of CEO speakers whose companies have been hacked.

Who is KidRauhl? #HappyBirthdayKidrauhl Trending on Twitter For Justin Bieber’s Birthday

Pop sensation Justin Bieber turned 18 years old on Thursday, March 1, and received thousands if not millions of congratulatory messages in the form of tweets, driving the hashtag #HappyBirthdayKidrauhl to the coveted spot of top trending subject worldwide on Twitter. But who is KidRuahl and why have 'Beliebers' across the world chosen to celebrate their hero's birthday with this bizarre message? The answer can be traced back to a trilogy of novels written by Terry Goodkind called Th...

Why Mercedes Benz Picked Apple's Siri to Power 'Drive Kit Plus'

Mercedes Benz unveiled plans on Monday to use Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S, to power its electronics system called Drive Kit Plus, which will essentially let drivers access their iPhone apps while driving using voice commands.

Why LinkedIn Bought Rapportive: 'We Fell in Love'

Business networking site LinkedIn has acquired Rapportive, a Gmail add-on that provides information about your social contacts as you e-mail them. The deal was reportedly already in place by Dec. 8, but Rapportive confirmed the acquisition on Wednesday on its company blog.

When Will Temple Run be on Android: Release Date Unclear, Game Developer Imangi Says Wait for Online Announcement on Facebook

Android users are flat-out demanding the release of popular smart phone game Temple Run on the Android market, taking to online forums and social networks to pressure Imangi Studios into releasing the game. Imangi responded to their frenzied fans on Twitter with the unfortunate news that there was no scheduled release date as of yet, and that until one was posted on the company's Facebook page all other rumors should be ignored.