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Black Girls Code and MOJO MediaWorks partner to offer a weekend of mobile and web-based training at this year’s SXSW festival (Image: Source)

Black Girls Code and MOJO MediaWorks Host SXSW Workshop to Teach Girls to Code, Create Mobile Media

Award-winning African-American women in tech partner to host iPod Film School & Web Design Workshop for Black girls at SXSW 2013

Kimberly Bryant, founder and CEO of Black Girls Code, and Allissa Richardson of MOJO MediaWorks…

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Ask and You Shall Receive: 5 Ways to Ask Your LinkedIn Connections for Help

Abide by the rules when asking an online connection for a favor

Five ways to ask for a favor from a LinkedIn connection.

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

8 Google Reader Replacements

With the application shutting down on July 1, try these alternatives when aggregating content

While there is no replacing Google Reader, here’s a list of platform alternatives that will…

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

How to Create an Effective LinkedIn Group

Step-by-step guide to setting up a valuable LinkedIn Group

BlackEnterprise.com maps out how brands can manage a niche group on LinkedIn.

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5 Social Media Pitfalls Brands Need to Avoid

Avoid these social media offenses

BlackEnterprise.com highlights five tricks of the trade to help you steer clear of common social…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Black Church Moves Into the Digital Age

The web is the new frontier for Black church

Blacks in Technology’s “The Black Church in Cyberspace” panel at SXSW Interactive on Sunday had…

By Mike Street

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Internet Sensation Sweet Brown Sues Apple, Others for $15 Million

Viral celebrity sues parties for using her likeness without consent.

The Bob Rivers radio show is making profit from a song sold on iTunes with…

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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LeVar Burton chats with BlackEnterprise.com SXSW correspondents, Mary Pryor and Mike Street, at SXSW (Image: Mary Pryor)

LeVar Burton Brings ‘Reading Rainbow’ Brand Into 21st-Century

Actor talks iPad app, entrepreneurship and education

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Burton for an exclusive interview at South by Southwest (SXSW) to…

By Mary Pryor

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SXSW panelists on “Cultivating the New Minority Entrepreneur” discuss the changing Gen Y minority entrepreneurship paradigm (Image: Mike Street)

Developing the ‘New Minority Entrepreneur’

SXSW panel examines what it takes to support minorities in entrepreneurship

The “Cultivating the New Minority Entrepreneur” panelists at South by Southwest (SXSW) discussed the changing…

By Mary Pryor

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Panelists talk fitness at "Food, Faith & Fitness: The Digital Holy Trinity” at SXSW (Image: Mike Street)

How Tech and Fitness Drives Innovative Choices Toward Health

SXSW panelists talk the ins and outs of digital health

Panelists Andia Winslow, founder of The Fit Cycle; Dionne Ross, wellness and fitness trainer; personal…

By Mary Pryor

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Shaquille O'Neal unveils his inner geek at South by Southwest (Image: Mike Street)

Former NBA Great Shaquille O’Neal Trades in Sneaks for Gadgets at SXSW

Shaq speaks on his inner geek, investing in tech and startup success

Shaquille O'Neal unveils his inner geek at at “Shaq Goes Social: The Big Interview” at…

By Mary Pryor

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Facebook “Like” Patterns Reveal Trove of Personal Information

Study finds Facebook likes can reveal things like one's race or sexual orientation.

Researchers analyzed 58,000 Facebook users and matched their guesses with a personality test.

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Panelists (l-r) Franchesca Ramsey, Lovette Ajayi, and Allison Peters pose with moderator Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D at 'Scandal: How Television's Hottest Show Is Fueled by Social Media' (Image: Mike Street)

The ‘Scandal’ Influence: How Social TV and Engagement Can Drive Audience Viewership

Panelists discuss how 'Scandal' has become the social show of the season

Kerry Washington and the dynamic cast of ABC’s Scandal have taken over Thursday nights on…

By Mary Pryor

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker drops into South by Southwest for one-on-one conversation with Time.com Assistant Managing Editor Steven James Snyder (Image: Mike Street)

‘Social Mayor’ Cory Booker Talks Waywire, Civic Engagement and the Power of Twitter at SXSW

The Newark mayor ventures to SXSW for one-on-one conversation

“Cory Booker: The New Media Politician” on Sunday, discussing his social media site Waywire and…

By Mike Street

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Lupe Fiasco Named Creative Director of Health Start-Up

Chicago rapper takes stab at tech start-up called Higi.

Higi tracks metrics of caloric intake and suggests ways to burn fat.

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Social media maven Mary Pryor displays her go-to gadgets at SXSW (Image: Mary Pryor)

5 Tips to Surviving SXSW

How to roll in Austin

BlackEnterprise.com SXSW correspondent Mary Pryor gives her tips to surviving the festivals in Austin.

By Mary Pryor

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How to Manage the Investor Relationship

Entrepreneurs, see how to have a mutually beneficial relationship with your investor

BlackEnterprise.com outlines 5 tips to managing the investor relationship.

By Mary Pryor

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Austin-Based Travel Startup Localeur Expands to Add Houston

Joah Spearman’s New Startup Localeur Launches in Time for SXSW

Crowdsourced travel review site aims to help Millennials explore SXSW

Joah Spearman’s new travel review site Localeur hopes to give travelers the real deal on…

By C. Daniel Baker

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5 Ways to Get Familiar With SoLoMo Marketing

How to leverage social-local-mobile

BlackEnterprise.com points out 5 ways you can get your business up and running with SoLoMo…

By Mike Street

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Think Your Startup Is Ready to Pivot? Entrepreneurs Weigh In at SXSW

Pointers from the “Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em” panel

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with moderator Lisa Nicole Bell and the featured panelists— serial entrepreneur Clarence…

By Mike Street

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How to Code: SXSW Interactive Panelists Provide Tips to Achieve Coding Dreams

Best tips straight from “The Learn to Code Movement” panel

SXSW Interactive panelists give provide tips to achieve coding dreams.

By Mary Pryor

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Ninja Innovation

Warriors? Yes. Turtles? No. Changing the World? One Gigabyte at a time

Black Enterprise highlights a few digital mavens from the Bay Area to Brooklyn in industries…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Blacks in Technology Celebrates the Contribution of African-American Tech Leaders at SXSW

BiT award top 10 tech leaders at welcome reception during SXSW Interactive

Blacks in Technology’s Welcome Reception and Top 10 Innovators Awards Ceremony recognizes African Americans making…

By Mary Pryor

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Top 8 Apps for SXSW Interactive Attendees

Want to network? Find the location of your panel? There are apps for that

From apps that let you build and view your entire SXSW schedule, to an app…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Tech Startup of the Week: Black Girls Code Puts the T Back in STEM

Founder Kimberly Bryant has helped more than 800 girls (and a few boys) develop a marketable skill

Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week is Kimberly Bryant’s Black Girls Code. Bryant has…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Get the New (and Improved) Facebook Newsfeed

Redesigned Facebook newsfeed rolls out today

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new look for the newsfeed on Thursday morning. The…

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6 TweetDeck Alternatives

With the social media dashboard dead, these other options help you socialize with ease

Popular social media platform TweetDeck is shifting gears, killing off its older mobile offerings like…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival, widely-known as a hub where ground-breaking technology, music, and independent film intersect, has come to a close. Both SXSW newbies and seasoned festival attendees descended upon Austin, Texas last week to get their interactive and multimedia fix, soaking up the latest trends and getting a sneak peek at some of the newest tech, music and film offerings. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com presents Faces of SXSW, a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended the annual gathering.

#BESXSW: Follow Black Enterprise at South by Southwest

Black Enterprise is among the festival-goers, reporting on the latest tech trends

Follow Black Enterprise as we bring you all the action live from Austin.

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

Google+ Unveils New Look a Day Before Facebook’s Newsfeed Announcement

Search giant's social networking site gets a redesign

Google announced on Wednesday that it will gradually start to roll out new features for…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival, widely-known as a hub where ground-breaking technology, music, and independent film intersect, has come to a close. Both SXSW newbies and seasoned festival attendees descended upon Austin, Texas last week to get their interactive and multimedia fix, soaking up the latest trends and getting a sneak peek at some of the newest tech, music and film offerings. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com presents Faces of SXSW, a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended the annual gathering.

4 Ways to Follow SXSW 2013 Online

For those not attending the conferences, see how you can still be a part of the action

BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of quick and easy ways you can follow SXSW from…

By Janel Martinez

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Overall Satisfaction among Small Business Banking Customers Drops

5 Apps That Will Simplify Tax Season

Keep calm and use one of these tax mobile apps

Tax apps that will simplify the filing process.

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4 Ways Brands Can Win With Facebook’s New Newsfeed

Tips to improving newsfeed, so that brands can succeed on the platform

BlackEnterprise.com outlines the various ways Facebook can win with brands with their soon-to-be unveiled newsfeed.…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Sports Tops Social TV Spots, Data Shows

NBA games dominated both cable and broadcast programming

According to data provided by Trendrr, NBA games were the most-discussed programs this week.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Code!: Congress Creates Congressional App Challenge for Students

Student coders urged to join programming competition

The US House of Representatives authorized the creation of the first annual Congressional App Challenge…

By Janel Martinez

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Google Celebrates Miriam Makeba on Her 81st Birthday

South Africa’s first lady of song honored in today’s Google Doodle

Google honors South African performer Miriam Makeba on what would’ve been her 81st birthday, March…

By Janel Martinez

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Michelle Obama Hangs Out With Kelly Ripa, Talks Child Health Initiatives

The First Lady participates in Let’s Move! Fireside Hangout on Google+

Michelle Obama hosts Google+ Hangout as part of a three-year anniversary celebration of the “Let’s…

By Janel Martinez

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

4 Tips to Choosing the Perfect Hashtag

How to pick the right hashtag for a social media marketing campaign

Four simple tips to choosing an effective hashtag.

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How to Use Social Media, Without Getting Sucked In

4 ways to avoid getting sucked in by social media

In honor of the National Day of Unplugging, here are 4 ways to avoid getting…

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Best Apps to Help You De-Stress After 5

Let loose for a few hours with these 8 apps

Eight apps that will help you unwind and de-stress.

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Whether you’re stateside or abroad, social media has made our world a  lot smaller. Last week’s Social Media Week (SMW) events and  conversations, many of which took place on Twitter, Facebook and  Instagram, to name a few platforms, are proof that geographic borders  can’t contain the flow of ideas in the digital age. 

With the dust slowly settling on SMW Lagos, which made its debut in Africa last Monday, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting power women in Africa who have made a sizeable social  impact. These women were selected for their influence and position in  their respective industry, relevance within their field or due to their  promising future. 

From socialites and politicians to actresses and technophiles, these 10 power women should be on your Twitter list: --Claudine Moore

International Influence: 10 Power Women in Africa to Follow on Twitter

From socialites and politicians to actresses and models, hese 10 power men should be on…

By Claudine Moore

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6 Ways to Keep Your Brand Hack-Free in Social Media

Stay safe in cyberspace with these helpful tips

BlackEnterprise.com highlights several tips to minimize your brand’s risk of being hacked.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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New Android App Helps You Create a ‘Harlem Shake’ Video

App offers step-by-step instructions on creating dance craze video

Harlem Shake Video Creator, a new Android app, is helping Harlem Shake enthusiasts create their…

By Janel Martinez

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

International Influence: 10 Power Men in Africa to Follow on Twitter

From executives to entertainers, these 10 power men should be on your Twitter list

BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting power men in Africa.

By Claudine Moore

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Tech Startup of the Week: Pathbrite Turns Educational Experiences Into Digital Data

Founder Heather Hiles uses digital portfolios for career and education assessment

Heather Hiles of Pathbrite uses digital portfolios for career and education assessment.

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5 Ways Your Website Is Driving Away Customers

Tips to keeping consumers engaged on your site

The most common website mistakes that drive your customers away.

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5 Ways to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader Online

Use your digital presence to brand yourself as an industry expert

BlackEnterprise.com provides five ways you can establish yourself as a credible expert within your industry.…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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App Addiction: Survey Shows 85% of Smartphone Users Would Rather Give Up Water Than Apps

Mobile app behavior survey sheds light on app appeal

API company Apingee released results from its 2013 Mobile App Behavior survey of smartphone owners,…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Google awards grants to boost innovation

Google Introduces Its Own Social Log-In Feature

Tech giant introduces new sign-in feature

Google announced Google+ sign-in on Tuesday, which allows the networking site’s users to sign into…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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10 #BlackTwitter Favorites

Whether they’re serving up controversy or thought-provoking tidbits, these notables will keep you stalking their Twitter feed

From politicians to celebrities, African Americans are making their mark through social media, garnering worldwide…

By Winston Ford

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This Job Market ‘Superpower’ Will Give You More Than a Leg Up

Advocacy group shines light on valuable job skill via tech stars like Mark Zuckerberg

You may think this skill is just for tech geeks, but in the job market,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Internet Raises $150K for Homeless Man Who Returned Woman’s Engagement Ring

Couple plans to give all the money raised to homeless man who helped them

Couple rewards homeless man for his good deed

By Makkada B. Selah

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Nokia Expands Its Smartphone Lineup

The Finnish company debuts four new phones

Nokia on Monday debuted four new phones: the Lumia 520, Lumia 720, Nokia 301 and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Teen Tech Bash Introduces Students to App, Game & Web Design

Teenagers spend one Friday night each month learning to code and develop apps

Teen Tech Bash, which began in January 2013, is an overnight event staffed with educators,…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Future Leaders in Technology

These innovators are making a name for themselves in the tech space

BlackEnterprise.com features 5 future leaders in tech are not only creating a path, but defying…

By Winston Ford

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NYC iPhone Theft On the Rise, NYPD Creates Task Force

Task force developed to track stolen iPhones, iPads

The recent spike in iPhone theft in New York City has caused the New York…

By Janel Martinez

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Square introduces a “one-stop startup kit”

Square Introduces a One Stop Point-of-Sale Kit

All items work wirelessly and seamlessly with Square's software

While traditional POS software can run into the thousands, Square’s POS is $299

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Tech Startup of The Week: Around The Way Ranks Teamwork #1 for Success

Janine Hausif chose to build a company with experts who could add value and benefit the bottomline

Around The Way App is The Tech Startup of the Week for February 17-23. Co-founder…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5 Common Social Media Myths for Business Debunked

Social networking myths exposed

BlackEnterprise.com debunks 5 common social media myths.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Sony Teases Gamers At PlayStation 4 Reveal

Electronics giant announces PS4, promising cloud capabilities and social interaction

Nine years after PlayStation hit the gaming industry, Sony has gifted gamers with PlayStation 4.

By Anthony Frasier

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

18 Notable (Black) Social Media Moments

From Whitney's passing to #hoodiesforTrayvon, see the top social media moments

With Blacks at the helm of social conversations, BlackEnterprise.com takes a closer look at the…

By Winston Ford

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New media has changed the way businesses function, increasing the amount of power consumers hold. This shift is evident in the way consumers use, socialize and interact with brands on the Web. Let’s face it: We are now, all—like it or not—immersed in a socially driven society, where the need to share every move, want, or purchase is apparent via our Google+ circles, Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, and instantaneous Twitter updates. 

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform brands how they can take advantage of social media at the opening of Social Media Week, showcasing some top consumer trends and the various ways customers interact with them. See what four trends brands should pay close attention to this year--and beyond. --Noni Cavaliere

History in the Making: Social Media Week Expands to Africa

First-ever Social Media Week Lagos debuts with much success

Social Media Week Lagos made its debut on Monday. Attendees have the opportunity to sit…

By Claudine Moore

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Quincy Jones Launches Music Education App, Playground Sessions

Famed music producer co-created music version of Rosetta Stone

Music legend Quincy Jones launched a new music education app Tuesday called Playground Sessions.

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4 Tips for Vending with Square From Conventions and Festivals

Repeat Square user provides best practices for using electronic payment service

Business owner Karla Spencer-George provides fellow vendors with tips for using Square.

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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10 Apps to Improve Your Morning Commute

These apps will save you—and your morning travel routine

Ten apps that will make commuting life a bit easier.

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Black Girls Hack Changes Name to Blerdology

Founders of #BlackHack unveil new name and website

In an effort to reach a wider audience of budding innovators, entrepreneurs and tech professionals,…

By Janel Martinez

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Burger King’s Twitter Account Hacked and Suspended

Hackers referenced Lil Reese, Chief Keef and other rappers

Already dealing with a horsemeat scandal, now Burger King faces a social media crisis

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3 Tips for Managing Your Business’ Reputation on the Web

How to stay on top of your online presence

BlackEnterprise.com outlines how you can manage your business’ online reputation.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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1 in 2 Parents Join Facebook to Snoop on Their Kids

41% of parents are highly interested in their children’s Facebook updates

Forty-three percent of parents check out their children’s profile daily.

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What is the “Harlem Shake” Viral Dance Craze?

New dance Internet meme sweeps nation

Can you do the Harlem Shake?

By Makkada B. Selah

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First Grader Zora Ball Becomes Youngest Person to Create Mobile App Video Game

Pint-size programmer develops app

Inventive first grader Zora Bell took technology into her own hands, becoming the youngest person…

By Janel Martinez

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Not a Morning Person? 6 Apps That Make Mornings a Little Brighter

Applications that make the am grind a bit easier

Six apps that will make your morning more manageable.

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Tech Startup of the Week: Boomdizzle Gives Aspiring Artists a Platform for Collaboration

Renaissance man LL Cool J co-founds an online community

Black Enterprise chose LL Cool J as this week’s Tech Startup of the Week because…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Love & Tech: State of Love Report Reveals Social Media Users’ Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Top most romantic states include California, Texas and Hawaii

State of Love Report, which examined 2.1 million conversation threads regarding thoughts on Valentine’s Day…

By Janel Martinez

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10 Apps to Boost Customer Loyalty

Reward your customers electronically

Ten of the most popular apps that boost customer loyalty.

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Love & Tech: Just You and the Web This V-Day

4 ways to spend Valentine’s Day alone online

Four ways to spend Valentine’s Day alone (sort of) on the web.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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How Poland Spring Failed to Capitalize on Marco Rubio’s Sip

How Poland Spring Failed to Capitalize on Marco Rubio’s Sip

Lesson's on the need for a pro-active social strategy

Marco Rubio took a sip from a mini bottle and created a social media opportunity…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Love & Tech: Heal Your Heartbreak (on Social Media) with KillSwitch

Your Facebook timeline will be forever free of any reminders of your ex

A soon-to-be released mobile app, KillSwitch, allows Facebook users to eliminate their exes.

By Sasha King

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

Dos and Don’ts of LinkedIn Leads

Ways to generate leads on the professional network

To digitally network and generate leads on LinkedIn, BlackEnterprise.com detailed what you need to do…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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All-Star to Tech Star: Why Black Athletes Need to Get in the Startup Game

Athletes-turned-startup founders call for a transition from the stadium to the Valley

Startup founders, Ryan Nece and Garrett Johnson, make a case for African-American athletes and their…

By Garrett Johnson

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Love & Tech: Social Turkers Keeps the Conversation Flowing

The app helps daters generate conversation

New app Social Turkers helps daters generate conversation.

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3 Ways to Weigh In During the State of the Union Address

The State of the Union goes interactive, let your voice be heard

BlackEnterprise.com highlights 3 ways you can make your State of the Union much more interactive.…

By Janel Martinez

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Dr. Dre Sues Yamaha for Infringing Beats by Dre Headphone Design

Legendary hip-hop producer taking Yamaha to court for what he calls a "rip-off"

Superstar producer Dr. Dre is taking the Yamaha Corporation of America to court over headphone…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Facebook Sued for Allegedly Stealing ‘Like’ Button

Lawsuit says Facebook knew the 'Like' button was patented

Allegations of stealing others’ work has reared it’s ugly head again at the world’s most…

By Makkada B. Selah

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President Obama to Host Second Google Hangout

The president to hold a Fireside Hangout on Thursday

Two days after delivering the State of the Union address to Congress, the president will…

By Janel Martinez

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Tablets Better Than Books When It Comes to Older Eyes

Study shows reading on tablets is easier for those 60-77

A study released last week revealed that reading on tablets is easier for older eyes.

By Janel Martinez

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

Social Media Networks Are Not Created Equal: How to Choose the Right Platform for Your Brand

How to choose the best social network

BlackEnterprise.com outlines how to choose the best social networking platform for your brand.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Zuhairah Scott Washington founded Kahnoodle, an iPhone/iPod app to help couples have fun while working on their relationship.

Tech Startup of the Week: Kahnoodle, An App to Keep Love Alive

Zuhairah Scott Washington employs gamification to teach couples how to make each other happy

Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week is Kahnoodle, an iPhone/iPod app that uses gamification…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos On Social Media’s Role in Creating Grammy Buzz

The chief executive outlines the social impact on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards

CEO of Freshwire Shawn Amos discusse how the Grammy Awards embrace of social and digital…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Are We Tiring of Apple?

According to Wall Street, possibly

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Apple’s reign?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Black Founders’ HBCU Hackathon Tour Exposes Students to the Art of Hacking

Organization hosts first-ever hackathon for HBCU community in Atlanta

The first HBCUHacks event took place in Atlanta at Hypepotamus, an entrepreneurial startup and collaboration…

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Facebook Refuses to Remove Racist “Black Baby as Chimp” Post

Facebook said the photo doesn't violate their policies

Users petition Facebook to remove a racist photo

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The Historic Rise of the Blerd

From Crispus Attucks to Ellen Craft, there’s a rich history of Black nerds

Taking a closer look at the blerd through history.

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Create a Platform for your Business

The Internet is run primarily by four platforms: Amazon, iTunes, Google, and Facebook.  The valuable lesson that I’ve learned about this is that owning a platform is critical in developing a sustainable business strategy.  What is a platform? According to Phil Simon (author of The Age of Platform), a platform is defined as “an extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that […] scales, morphs, and incorporates new features, users, customers, vendors, and partners.”   A platform gives entrepreneurs a greater opportunity to scale their business for sustainable growth. For example the NewMe Accelerator (Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton), TechStars (Brad Feld and David Cohen) and The Lean Startup (Eric Ries) are great examples of platforms that were developed by entrepreneurs.

NewME Accelerator Announces Pop-Up Tour Schedule

Starting in our nation’s capital, the pop-up tour will hit 8 cities

Kicking off in Washington, DC, NewME Accelerator announced its eight-city tour on Wednesday.

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New Mailbox App for iPhone Helps You Better Manage Your Gmail Inbox

Free app helps keep your messages in order

Mailbox, a free iPhone app, is designed to fix email clutter by organizing your Gmail.…

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Privacy Policy: Is Gmail Reading Your Emails?

Microsoft claims Google is snooping in your email

Microsoft is making waves with their website Scroogled.com. The website focuses on dissuading Gmail users…

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Swizz Beatz Announces Co-Ownership Of A “Monster” Headphone Company

Swizz Beatz adds his vision to Monster

A week after his wife Alicia Keys joined BlackBerry, Swizz Beats announced his own “Monster”…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Facebook Fatigue: Most Americans Take a Break From the Site

Survey finds 61% of Facebook users have taken a break from the service

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project revealed that…

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Study Finds Google Search Ads Are Racially Biased

Harvard University researchers make disturbing discovery

Study reveals that personalized ads posted next to search results for African-American names were more…

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4 Lessons From Successful Social Media Ninjas

Tips to tackling social media like a pro

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to several social media savvy folks to get their take on the precision…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Love & Tech: 48% of Single Women Research Dates on Facebook

Recent Match.com survey shows women engage in pre-date research--and Facebook is their source of choice

Match.com, which asked over 5,000 single and married people about their dating habits, revealed 48%…

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All Hail Queen Bey! Beyonce Announces ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ World Tour On YouTube

The “Crazy in Love” songstress serves up the royal treatment in video teaser

Beyonce released a video teaser for her tour titled “The Mrs. Carter Show” on YouTube.…

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By the Numbers: Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show A Social Media Success

“The Queen of Pop” blazed the stage and the social networking scene with her electric performance

A by-the-numbers social media breakdown of Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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In 2011, tech co-founders Mike McGee and Neal Sales-Griffin started Code Academy, a 12 week program to teach people how to build websites and mobile apps.

The Starter League to Train Chicago Teachers on Web Development Curriculum

Chicago-based startup partners with Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago

The Starter League (formerly Code Academy), a Chicago-based beginner-focused software school that teaches people how…

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Fill it out NO matter what 	Never second-guess your decision to fill out the FAFSA. Regardless of your family’s income, filing out the document qualifies you to receive various forms of financial assistance. According to a Minnesota Office of Higher Education report, in 2007-2008, of the 8.4 million students who did not file a FAFSA, an estimated 2.3 million students were estimated to have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC)—the amount of money one’s family is expected to pay toward his/her college education per year—that would have made them eligible for a federal Pell Grant, with 1.1 million potentially qualifying for a full Pell Grant.

White House Tech Inclusion Summit Unveils Private-Sector Initiatives to Bridge Gap in STEM

Follow up to the Tech Inclusion Roundtable sets foundation for change

The White House Tech Inclusion Summit, which took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building…

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Tea Party Republicans Leave Facebook, Launch Own Community

Members of new site say they were "bullied by liberals" on Facebook

Tea Party Repubs defect to a new conservative alternative to Facebook

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‘Boondocks’ Creator Launches Kickstarter Campaign

McGruder's 'Uncle Ruckus' movie would be an R-rated comedy

Aaron McGruder hopes to bring the “Boondocks” to a theater near you

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Social Media Impact on Super Bowl Advertisements

The chief executive delves into crowdsourced content

CEO of Freshwire Shawn Amos talks about the rise in crowdsourcing content and what viewers…

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‘If You Are What You Say You Are’…4 Useful Verification Tools Online

Use these tools to prevent from getting Manti Te’o-d in business

Take precaution by using these reliable business/identification verification tools online.

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Viewers Choice: 5 Super Bowl Moments You Helped Create

Social media users help brands pick Super Bowl spots

Here, BlackEnterprise.com take a look at how several well-known brands are building interactive social campaigns…

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Tech Startup of the Week: Stipple Brings Photos to Life Through Tagging

Rey Flemings found a way to see past the limitations of computer vision

Image-based advertising and e-commerce company Stipple is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week.

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Mark Zuckerberg Ends Facebook Phone Rumors

While the social network continues to grow with mobile, there’s no sign of a smartphone in its future

On the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Wednesday Mark Zuckerberg ended all the speculation by dismissing…

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IncubateNYC: Entrepreneurs Teaching Entrepreneurs

Former Wall Streeters follow passion and create a startup incubator

BlackEnterprise.com speak with IncubateNYC founders Brian Shields and Marcus Mayo on quitting their jobs on…

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Stereo Bluetooth for Business and Pleasure: Plantronics BackBeat Go and Able Planet High Fidelity BT400B

Two stereo Bluetooth headset options that offer road warriors high-fidelity sound and style

For executives on the go, see whether the Plantronics BackBeat Go or Able Planet High…

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BlackBerry Unveils Revamped OS, New Devices and First-Ever Global Creative Director Alicia Keys

The company puts emphasis on integration and productivity with new operating system and hardware

BlackEnterprise.com breaks down BlackBerry’s big announcement, emphasizing integration and productivity with the new operating system…

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Foursquare for Business Gives Small Business Owners Their Own App

Access Foursquare data without a computer

Gives busy managers a way to keep up with Foursquare without being tied to a…

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Back to Basics: All You Need to Know About Facebook Lists

Explore the options you have with the social networking site's Lists function

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In an effort to manage privacy, Facebook’s Lists functionality was born.  Since the…

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PayAnywhere


No cash, no problem. Whether you're a street vendor hawking your wares in the middle of the urban jungle or the only friend with cash after a lunch date and you need to split a check, the free PayAnywhere device and app will let you turn your smartphone into a cash register. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can link to a cash drawer and an AirPrint-enabled or Star thermal printer to transform PayAnywhere into a POS-lite interface. PayAnywhere adheres to the strictest standards of PCI compliance ensuring your customer’s data remains safe and secure. For the convenience, you'll only pay 2.69% per swiped transaction or 3.49% + $0.19 per keyed transaction.

Apple Unveils 128GB iPad 4

The revamped iPad 4 will cost consumers a pretty penny

Apple announced on Tuesday it’s launching a 128GB iPad. The new device is virtually identical…

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Socialcam Founder Michael Seibel On Giving (Video) Power to the People

Former CEO of Justin.tv gives us the latest post-acquisition

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Socialcam CEO and co-founder Michael Seibel to talk about the nearly…

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

Want Free Theater Seating? Just Request ‘Tweet Seats’

For some theaters, tweeting during the show gives attendees free seats

Providence Performing Arts Center, Connecticut’s Norma Terris Theater, Raleigh’s Carolina Ballet, the Indianapolis Symphony, the…

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5 Tips to Improve Engagement With Video-Sharing App Vine

With the recent release of the Twitter-owned service, see how your brand can create engaging content

Five ways you can use Vine to increase online engagement.

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5 Tech Inventions We’d Like To See From Nas, Mark Zuckerberg and Ben Horowitz

Some are calling the recent dinner-date a “Meeting of the Dons”

BlackEnterprise.com explores 5 tech inventions that could’ve come from this weekend’s “meeting of the dons”…

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Petitioners Demand that Unlocking Cellphones Remain Legal

Unlocking your cellphone is now illegal

A new petition opposes the Library of Congress’ recent decision making unlocking cellphones illegal

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Offering Wifi at Your Small Business May be Illegal

Offering free Wifi at your small business may cost you

You may be breaking the law by offering your customers and employees free Wifi

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos on User Reviews Giving Power to the People

The chief executive explores consumers growing trust in user reviews

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses the influence of online reviews.

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Keith Clinkscales Launches Sports Website TheShadowLeague.com

Former ESPN executive launches a site with the intersection of sports, pop culture and race

Have you checked out the site?

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SBA Introduces Online Marketplace for Federal Jobs and Contracts

RFP-EZ, is an exciting partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows.

RFP-EZ helps small businesses search for government jobs and contracts

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Google Apps no longer free for new small business accounts

Google Possibly Experimenting with National Wireless Network

The tech company has filed an application with the FCC for wireless spectrum

Google has reportedly applied for an experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission that would…

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Twitter Launches Video-Sharing Service Vine

After acquiring Vine last fall, the social network unveiled the free iOS app

Social network Twitter unveils free iOS app, Vine.

By Janel Martinez

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Tech Startup of the Week: OnceLogix Provides Innovative Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

Entrepreneurial trio provides healthcare solutions...the tech way

BlackEnterprise.com’s Tech Startup of the Week highlights different tech entrepreneurs and the innovative companies they’ve…

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Annual Survey Ranks Technology As the World’s Most-Trusted Industry

Edelman’s Trust Barometer places tech industry at the top for seventh straight year

According to the Edelman Trust Barometer findings, technology is the most-trusted industry, beating out the…

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Got the Flu? There’s an App For That

Flu Defender lets users monitor the influenza epidemic and get tips on treatments

Flu Defender, an iPhone application, provides users with flu-prevention strategies and a quiz people can…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Hackers Involved in National Day of Civic Hacking

White House announces National Day of Civic Hacking

The White House announced on Tuesday the National Day of Civic Hacking, which is scheduled…

By Janel Martinez

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Top Compact Entry-Level Luxury Cars Heat Up Auto Industry

Take luxury for a spin with these vehicles

The best of the best in entry-level luxury cars.

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Social Media Envy: Study Shows Facebook May Make You Envious

Popular social networking site causing discomfort among one in three people

According to researchers from two German universities, Facebook may cause you to feel envious. The…

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4 Social Media Strategies From Martin Luther King Jr.

What would MLK be like if he had social media?

Which social network do you think he would use?

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos Talks Facebook Graph Search

The chief executive explores Facebook’s latest feature in weekly video segment

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses Facebook Graph Search in the latest episode of “60 Seconds…

By Janel Martinez

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Is NastyClient.com Business Owners’ Answer to Yelp and Angie’s List?

Nastyclient.com's slogan: 'Because the customer is not always right.'

Business owner launches website in which business owners can complain about their customers

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What is Facebook’s New “Graph Search?”

Facebook has devised a new way to mine the interests and preferences of your friends

Facebook introduces a new search engine

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Instagram Is Still Hot, Reports 90 Million Monthly Active Users

The photo-sharing mobile app’s users post 40 million photos per day

Instagram reported on Thursday that it now has 90 million monthly active users, 40 million…

By Janel Martinez

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10 Tech Moguls to Watch in 2013

Who's next in tech?

Highlight of the top 10 Blacks in technology.

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Companies Join Forces to Help Small Businesses go Digital

Customers can now buy domain names and hosting in-store

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly seventy-five percent of businesses don’t have a website.…

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Engineer Asmau Ahmed Launches App That Matches Beauty Products To Your Skin Tone

The mobile and web-based application serves as a personal shopper

Asmau Ahmed talks about her mobile and web-based beauty app Plum Perfect.

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Foursquare & Presidential Inaugural Committee to Release Community Service Badge

National Day of Service is going “social”

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Wednesday that it would partner with social networking site…

By Janel Martinez

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held every January in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcases technology from all over the world in every category imaginable from kitchen appliances to automotive technology. With the deluge of reviews and recommendations that surface in the wake of the event, it is difficult for consumers to choose the hardware, software, and accessories that reliably meet their needs. As such,  Black Enterprise Magazine  would like to take the opportunity to step in as your technology advisers. Here, we've chosen products in 17 categories, which we believe have achieved success in their commitment to excellence in innovation. Congratulations to our 2013 CES Best in Show Award winners!

Black Enterprise Presents: The International CES 2013 Best in Show Awards

These 17 Products represent the Cream of the Crop for electronics, software, and accessories

Black Enterprise’s first annual International CES Best in Show Awards includes 17 categories for business,…

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Luggage Tracker Trakdot Ensures Travelers Never Lose Their Suitcase Again

Pint-sized device helps you keep track of your suitcase

GlobaTrac, LLC debuted a tracking device, Trakdot, at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The…

By Janel Martinez

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6 Easy Ways to Increase Your Blog’s Traffic

Tips on getting month-over-month traffic growth

If you’re looking to increase traffic to your blog, here are six surefire ways to…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Watch Out! New Jersey Walmart Sells Customer Fake iPad

Is your iPad real or fake?

A New Jersey Walmart sells a customer a counterfeit iPad

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TaskRabbit Adds Ex-Googler Stacy Brown-Philpot to COO Position

The former Google employee is the first COO at the startup.

Stacy Brown-Philpot brings her considerable international and strategic experience to the San Francisco Startup.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Tech Platform Qubeey Announces Partnership with Director Bill Duke

The filmmaker will produce an interactive web series that allows viewers to change the storyline

Black-owned tech company, Qubeey, Inc. will partner with Bill Duke to create a web series…

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iPhone 5 Demand Falling Sharply, Samsung Galaxy Sales Jump

Demand for the iPhone is quickly waning, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal this morning.

Wall Street Journal reports iPhone demand is quickly falling short of company’s expectations.

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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