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A Child Shall Lead Them: Facebook Considers Lowering User Age

If Facebook decides to lower their user age, will this be the catalyst needed for adults to better understand the social network's privacy and security policies?

Regardless of how many countermeasures and safety nets Facebook bakes into its new-age policy, if…

By Terrance Gaines

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Two Weeks Later, What Mark Zuckerberg’s IPO Move Means for the Future of Tech

How will the social network’s IPO impact the tech startup space?

Facebook has 901 million users, a value estimated at $111 billion per user. With reported…

By Hajj Flemings

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Venture Capital Access Program Seeks Minority Tech Startups

The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York and the National Association of Investment Companies launched VCAP© to provide entrepreneurs nationwide with access to venture capital

The Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP©) seeks entrepreneurs across the traditional and digital business spectrum.…

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Dimension U Introduces Video Games as an Educational Tool

NT Etuk gets students engaged in learning by teaching them in a language they get

NT Etuk, CEO and founder of Dimension U, revolutionizes the education system by introducing video…

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5 Tech Moves to Watch This Week

With talks of Facebook setting up shop to create a smartphone and Google Glass resurfacing…

By Janel Martinez

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Facebook Looking to Acquire Facial Recognition Tech Company Face.com

Recent reports indicate the social networking giant is in talks to acquire Face.com

Facebook might be interested in acquiring facial recognition technology company Face.com, according to recent reports.

By Janel Martinez

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Liquid Soul Media CEO Tirrell Whittley and CMO Nick Nelson

Liquid Soul Media Brings Mainstream & Black Hollywood Together

Mastering integrated multicultural marketing campaigns, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson help introduce niche films to wider audiences

With Liquid Soul Media, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson have found a way to market…

By Souleo

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WATCH: Issa Rae on Building an Online Audience

The star of "Awkward Black Girl" talks audience engagement, raising capital and establishing a brand online

Issa Rae, star of “Awkward Black Girl,” talks audience engagement, raising capital and establishing a…

By Janel Martinez

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Platinum League Introduces First-Ever Interactive Trading Cards

While most people collect sports collectible cards as a pastime, The Platinum League is bringing music to life with interactive trading cards

Combining his love and experience for music and sports, William Green, CEO of The Platinum…

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At the 2012 International CTIA Wireless Conference in New Orleans, Black Enterprise presented its first-ever Best in Show Awards to nine device and software manufacturers, including companies like Samsung, Western Digital, and Novatel. 

The winners were picked with the help of the Black Enterprise Tech Advisory Board, which includes Mario Armstrong, Ramon Ray, K.T. Bradford, Sherry L. Smith, Jeffrey L. Wilson, and Terrance Gaines. Winners had to be an exhibitor at the show or nominated for a CTIA Emerging Technology award. 

Tell us in the comments below, and on our Facebook page, if you agree or disagree with our choices, and let us know who you think is the best in show among all of our choices. Congratulations to our winners!

PHOTOS: Black Enterprise’s Best in Show Awards at CTIA Wireless 2012

Nine software and device manufacturers recognized for their innovation and creativity

At the 2012 International CTIA Wireless Conference in New Orleans, Black Enterprise presented its first…

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Facebook IPO: Shares Start at $42

The social network’s monetary value jumped from $38 per share to $42 on Friday

Facebook shares started trading at $42.05 per share on Friday around 11:30am EST on the…

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

3 Reasons You Should Use Separate Twitter Accounts

Tech columnist Hajj Flemings answers the new-age question of whether or not employees should have more than one social media account

With lines being blurred far too many times than people would like to admit, BlackEnterprise.com…

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The Nextbook Premium 8SE doesn't have all the capabilities of a more expensive tablet, but it does give those devices a run for their money (Image: E Fun Inc.)

Nextbook Premium 8SE: Low Cost Doesn’t Have to Mean Cheap

Smaller than an iPad, bigger than a Kindle (and cheaper than both), the Nextbook Premium 8SE is an example of what today’s budget Android tablets can and can’t do

The Nextbook Premium 8SE from E-FUN Inc. comes with Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich),…

By Robert S. Anthony

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Black Blogger Month: She Geeks, The Digital Diva

Revolutionizing the way technology is understood, Corvida Raven decodes social media, mobile gadgets and applications for the average consumer

Tech expert Corvida Raven has carved out her own space online with She Geeks, a…

By Janel Martinez

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Virgin Atlantic to Allow In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

Virgin Atlantic is set to become the first airline to offer in-flight mobile calls, texts and web access in the air

Virgin Atlantic is redefining long-distance calling, allowing customers flying between New York and London to…

By Janel Martinez

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Celebrated Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Receive Spirit of Africa Award at Gala Event

Marcus Samuelsson Spreads Food Politics Through Digital Platforms

You’ve seen the chef/philanthropist on the Web and shows like "Top Chef Masters," catch him at the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

Marcus Samuelsson’s social media footprint is sizzling—his verified Twitter account boasts over 51,000 followers; Facebook…

By Janel Martinez

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Every year bottles of perfume, scarves, and restaurant dinner outings are the go-to picks for Mother's Day gifts. But have you noticed how your mom is texting a bit more, checking email and that she even has a Facebook page? Maybe she is ready for the next frontier. It is time to take a leap of faith and support in adding more tech gadgets to her life. Here are 6 gadgets that Moms will surely appreciate. –Yoli Ouiya

6 Gadgets for the Tech Savvy Mom

Don’t scramble to decide what to get your mom for Mother’s Day, check out these…

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Boxing champ Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr., center, poses with pop singer Justin Bieber and Cuban boxer Yuriyorkis Gamboa (Image: File)

Money, Power and Technology: How Floyd Mayweather Became a Social Media Heavyweight

The famed boxer has spread his brand beyond the boxing ring, amassing an online following that rivals tech heavyweights and influencers

With accounts on various social media platforms, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has spread his brand…

By Hajj Flemings

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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.

Code Academy Teaches Web Development to the Masses

The black-owned startup is schooling entrepreneurs on the art of coding from the ground floor of Chicago's new 50,000 sq. ft. coworking facility

In October 2011, tech co-founders Mike McGee and Neal Sales-Griffin started Code Academy, a 12-week…

By Terrance Gaines

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5th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference Hits Philly June 1-2

Get a special BE discount on registration for this year's annual blogger networking event

The Blogging While Brown conference 2012 hits Philadelphia, PA for two days of networking and…

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"Awkward Black Girl" creator Issa Rae

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Issa Rae on Shorty Award Win and Online Racism

The producer, director, writer and star of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” addresses the digital hate

“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about her Shorty Award win, the…

By Janel Martinez

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Ashton Kutcher’s Popchips Ad Sparks Controversy, Pulled After Online Outcry

The “Two and a Half Men” star’s latest commercial for the potato chip brand is being called “offensive” and “racist” across the web

Ashton Kutcher’s Popchips ad campaign released earlier this week has been removed from the snack…

By Janel Martinez

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RAISE ENOUGH MONEY BEFORE OPENING FOR BUSINESS

Redding opened up Amy Ruth’s in 1998 with a $73,000 investment and it went on to become a $3 million company. While that achievement is to be lauded, under further inspection it should also to be avoided because Redding launched his business undercapitalized, a trend that he believes is all too common for many African American-owned businesses. “As Black people we always end up opening businesses underfunded,” he notes. “Due to that we rob Peter to pay Paul and don’t pay taxes or purveyors or utilities. Redding knew that opening his latest restaurant would mean securing enough funding—$2 million to be exact. The only way he was able to achieve that round of fundraising was by revising his business plan, something that he recommends for every entrepreneur looking to start over. “You have to put your new business together with a solid business plan so that you can get proper funding.”

3 Tips for Raising Venture Capital Funding

With SendHub's recent $2 million seed funding score making headlines, the company's co-founder Garrett Johnson provides three tips for securing venture capital support

Garrett Johnson, co-founder of SendHub, discusses how he raised $2 million from venture capital firms,…

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Karen Civil, founder fo KarenCivil.com

Black Blogger Month: Karen Civil, The People’s Voice

With access to Lil Wayne and Dr. Dre, this trusted blogger is a every music lovers favorite source for all things music

With KarenCivil.com, this 26-year-old gives hip-hop fans all access to their favorite stars with a…

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Since its 2008 launch, Klout has been praised as a helpful tool for social influence, and criticized on score inconsistencies all in the same breath. Technology blogger Diego Basch summed it up best: “It’s simply a game that measures how good you are at it. Your Klout score measures how good you are at getting a high Klout score.” 

While Klout maintains that their "True Reach" metric is a work in progress, it’s hard not to view the number as the end-all, be-all of one’s digital influence.  It matters so much so that companies are using the scoring system to decide whether or not they’ll employ an individual. Sam Fiorella’s job interview was cut short when he admitted to not knowing about Klout. After the dismissal, Fiorella spent the next six months working to boost his Klout score, ultimately reaching 72. With interactive influence determining whether or not you’ll land your next job (or VIP status at an upcoming event), here are 5 tips to boosting your Klout score in 5 days.--Terrena Carriman

Clout vs. Klout: Why the Latter Doesn’t Measure True Influence

While some employers will check a prospective employee’s digital influence, it should not blow one’s chances of getting a job

BlackEnterprise.com columnist Hajj Flemings examines whether or not a job applicant’s Klout score outweighs his/her…

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Christen Rochon, founder of DivasAndDorks.com

Black Blogger Month: Divas & Dorks, Best of Both Blogs

Proving women excel in tech just a well as fashion, Christen Rochon is a successful diva and a dork in the digital space

Mixing technology with fashion, Christen Rochon’s Divas & Dorks is a unique online destination catering…

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Facebook Allows Users to Disclose Organ Donor Status

On average, 18 people each day die waiting for an organ transplant. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is trying to combat the discouraging figure with his latest feature

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief…

By Janel Martinez

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Smart Homes Save Money

Digital solutions that will lower the cost of your energy bill

Remote working is becoming more popular as companies strive to save money and become more…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tag, You’re Paid

Ex-music industry executive shows how to make a picture worth $1,000

“Every photo has a story behind it, but the Internet separates a photo from its…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Second Annual Black Blogger Month Launches May 1, 2012

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as we celebrate the 20 of the most impactful and successful voices online

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as BlackEnterprise.com celebrate the 20…

By Anslem Samuel

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OnLive Desktop Brings Microsoft Office to Your iPad

Forget your high-performance PC! OnLive lets users access essential documents straight from their mobile device

The OnLive Desktop mobile app has recently launched in Apple’s iTunes Store and the Google…

By Hajj Flemings

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Entrepreneurs Conference: Google Offers Free Services To Grow Your Business Online

Valuable consulting workshops at the Deal Makers Expo will empower attendees with custom SEO strategies, online training and tools, and more.

Google will conduct valuable consulting workshops at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference Deal Makers Expo,…

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THE PRESENT IS ALL THAT MATTERS 

Your Klout score is based on a rolling 90-day window. However, the most recent activity has more bearing on scoring than old activity. So, no matter how low your score is, what you do over the next week is all that matters in getting a higher score. Short-term lapses in social media presence also tend to have less of an effect, but beware of month-long drops. Your score will gradually decrease. 

Tip: Keep in mind that the higher your Klout score, the more difficult it becomes to increase your score exponentially. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t blow past 80 in the next week, just keep working at it.

How to Increase Your Klout Score in 5 Days

With interactive influence determining whether or not you’ll land your next job (or VIP status…

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Entrepreneurs: Learn the Best (and Smartest!) Tech Tools & Gadgets for Your Business

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

Technology expert Mario Armstrong tells you the best gadgets for your business in the Black…

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Jay-Z Launches New Facebook Game, Empire

The innovative entrepreneur delivers a new way to enjoy everyone's favorite social network

Hip-hop mogul/entrepreneur Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter unveils Empire, a new Facebook game where users get to…

By Anslem Samuel

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Issa Rae, Creator of ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,’ Turns Quirkiness into Viral Sensation

The 26-year-old innovator on how she came up with ABG, turning awkward situations into material and what’s next on her horizon

With a Shorty Award under her belt and taping for season two well underway, BlackEnterprise.com…

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Create Your Own Experience 

Don’t wait for an internship to begin gaining experience in the gaming industry. If your passion is reporting or writing about video games, pen articles on your very own blog or website.  Aspiring public relations and marketing professionals: Volunteer to draft press releases for indie game developers or promote their content across the web. Game developers on the rise can create mods of their favorite video games, or take things a step further by drafting concept ideas for new games.  Visual artists can keep busy by testing their creative skills via poster designs and physical prototype models. 

Dan Amrich, social media manager at Activision, provided several helpful tips during the panel. “Challenge yourself. Go into an interview and always think about what you can exhibit. Show how you can help their company.”

4 Tips to Breaking into the Video Game Industry

You may not have sat through the “So You Want to Get into Gaming” panel…

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Entrepreneurs Conference: 5 Keys To Sourcing Capital for Your Tech Company

Black tech companies from the popular NewMe accelator program tell startups how to go after their fair share of equity financing

NewMe co-founder Angela Benton, CEO of Black Media Web, L.L.C., along with NewMe participants Hank…

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Will Tweet for Sneaks? Nike Launches Twitter RSVP System

The sportswear juggernaut launches Twitter-based reservation system

Nike’s newly-created reservation system invites sneaker enthusiasts to one of 12 participating Nike retail locations…

By Janel Martinez

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Students from Thriving Talents School in Kissi, Kenya show the power of the Nokero 200 light bulb (Image: Nokero/Cheyenne Ellis)

Nokero & ChildFund Partner to Create a Brighter Future for Underprivileged Children

The international organizations aim to break the cycle of energy poverty through the Global Light to Learn Challenge

ChildFund International and Nokero International Ltd join forces to distribute clean, eco-friendly lighting to kids…

By Janel Martinez

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Use Technology to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn the best technology tools to help grow your business!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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The Growth of Instagram: Your Picture Is Now Worth a Billion Dollars

The popular mobile application has experienced a surge in its user base

With Facebook’s Instagram acquisition still the topic of conversation in the tech space, here’s a…

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Whether you’re an adoring Tupac Shakur fan or not, the unexpected hologram appearance of the deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival performance on Sunday was nothing short of impressive. With his true to life mannerisms and virtual swag, if you will, this performance gave a glimmer of hope to those who desire to recapture the talent of artists gone too soon. Footage of the monumental performance emerged yesterday morning, generating over a million views on various YouTube videos, and producing a great deal of conversation about the constant evolution of technology. 

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 5 other "visual" entertainers.--Reginald Larkin

The Road to the Tupac Hologram: 5 Other ‘Visual’ Entertainers

The late rapper Tupac Shakur’s collaborative performance at Coachella joins the ranks of other innovative…

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5 Ways to Grow Your Brand’s Social Media Following

Five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating a strong social media presence.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn provides five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating…

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President & CEO of Tracen Technologies DeAnna Davidson Talks STEM and Tech Career

The software engineer discusses her tech career in Madame Noire’s “Behind the Click” series

In Madame Noire’s latest installment of “Behind the Click,” they profile Tracen Technologies co-founder DeAnna…

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Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

Digital Renaissance: 3 Signs Detroit Is the Next Tech Hub

The former automotive center is quickly becoming a go-to tech destination

Detroit is shaking things up a bit, taking its creative roots and recreating a space…

By Hajj Flemings

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BEST MUSIC SERVICE OR APP OF 2011: 

Spotify, which allows you to stream music over the Internet with its paid subscription model on any mobile device or on your desktop.

Spotify Launches Music Play Button for Websites

The European startup rolls out new embeddable button that can stream songs flawlessly on any webpage

Spotify is taking its offerings to the next level announcing Spotify Play on Wednesday. The…

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Steve Stoute, founder and CEO of Translation

  

After conquering music, and now advertising, could the tech sector be next for Steve Stoute? As an admirer of Jobs (as mentioned in his book The Tanning of America) and a person who isn’t shy about entering new and emerging markets, the seasoned entrepreneur and executive would be a natural fit to fill Jobs’ shoes—or, better yet, a flashy pair of kicks.

The Next Steve Jobs: 10 Black Innovators to Watch

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 10 innovators that have what it takes to be the next Steve Jobs.

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 10 innovators that have what it takes to be the…

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Hundreds of thousands of gamers flocked to Boston this past weekend to get a sneak peek at the latest in gaming technology. PAX East 2012 had a little something for every attendee, from freeplay areas where gamers played classic video games and tabletop games to sections where major video game publishers displayed the biggest soon-to-be-released titles; not to mention, there were tons of networking opportunities.  

On the second day, panelists at “Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer, and Level Up” discussed new-age technology that will help gamers (and non-gamers alike) get fit in a fun way. Put the weights aside and pick up your controller or mobile device. Here are four health-focused tech tools that will keep you fit in a point and click:--Tamika Moultrie

4 Health Tools That Place Fitness in the Palm of Your Hand

Developers discuss health-conscious products that allow gamers to enhance their gaming skills and health comprehension

PAX East 2012 attendees listened to “Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer, and Level Up”…

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FACEBOOK:   I’m a pretty late bloomer on the Facebook-for-business bandwagon, as opposed to just family and friends. But a good friend recently educated me on how you can add layers of security and privacy for people you know casually, while allowing good friends total access to your page. Be sure to do this, and include business updates and links to any press or promotions you’re doing. Facebook is still the best way to spread a message virally.

Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

The social networking giant does it again. This time Facebook is flexing its market wealth to acquire Instagram

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, announced Monday that the company reached an…

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New Lessons to Learn

Increase your productivity with technology

As a digital lifestyle expert on the Today show, CNN, and on my daily talk…

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Blacks Blog More Than Whites. But Why?

UC Berkeley study shows blacks blog more than whites and Hispanics, but that the digital divide still exists in education and income

UC Berkeley study shows blacks blog more than whites and Hispanics, but that the digital…

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You’ve Been Warned: Prepare to Hand Over Your Facebook Password

Social media has blurred the line between personal and professional. Ask yourself: Are you ready to willingly turn over your username and password?

Some employers are taking it one step further; demanding candidates provide their Facebook login information.…

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Instagram for Android Now Available

The highly-popular mobile application is now available for download at Google Play Store

The photo-sharing mobile app Instagram is no longer exclusive to iOS devices. The free to…

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DiversiTech Provides Minority-Owned Tech Startups with Worthwhile Opportunities

The organization connects startups with funding and educational opportunities

The purpose of Christine Johnson’s organization, DiversiTech (short for Diversity in Technology), is not only…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Hide Stuff From Your Timeline

Timeline gives friends the ability to view your entire Facebook history. For this reason, we imagine the first thing most people will want to do is to "sanitize" their Timeline. The good news is, it's simple to hide what you don't want showing. When you see a post you'd like to nix, just hit the pencil icon at the top of the post and select "Hide from Timeline." This doesn't delete the content from your account, but it will keep it safe from prying eyes.

Why Asking For A Job Applicant’s Facebook Password Is Fair Game

Depending on the job, access to the social media communications of a potential hire may be in your company's best interest

Employers asking prospective hires for their Facebook password is a hot button topic but it’s…

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Out of the Doghouse

Failure to upgrade hardware can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance of antiquated…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Redesign Made Easy

How to build a better website

So you have a website—great. But so do your competitors. If you want your site…

By Ramon Ray

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Socialology

To keep people engaged in her company’s social media presence, Dawn Fitch spends one to…

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4 Apps to Boost Your Score

Michael Nolen was unhappy with his credit report. It was back in 2010 when the…

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A Closer Look at Trayvon Martin’s Social Media Footprint

The high school junior’s death sparked Twitter hashtags, Facebook statuses and YouTube tributes

Everyone from celebrities to everyday people began leveraging the power of social media to discuss…

By Hajj Flemings

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Founder of Gamer Fit Nation Talks Fitness and Gaming

Antwand Pearman, founder, president and editor in chief at Gamer Fit Nation, is infusing health into the gaming industry

Antwand Pearman, most commonly known online as “BlackBible,” talks being a black gamer, slimming down,…

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If you’ve attended a conference, you most certainly have experienced an elevator pitch. Whether you’re waiting in line for a cab, at a bar, or…yes, in an elevator, someone has most likely approached you to talk about their startup or latest venture. However, pitching is an art, and not everyone has nailed it. So not surprisingly, the ballroom at the Hilton Austin was packed with aspiring entrepreneurs at the “3 Steps to a Killer Elevator Pitch” panel during South by Southwest Interactive.  

The elevator pitch is a simple concept: If you were stuck in an elevator with someone, what would you say to promote your company in the time that the elevator closes until the time you get to your floor? In theory you have around 90 seconds to make a successful pitch, but how can you create a cohesive, effective pitch in that short amount of time?   

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three simple steps in effective pitching:--Winston Ford

3 Tips for Delivering a Killer Elevator Pitch

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three…

By Winston Ford

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Samsung Galaxy Note: Tiny Tablet or Supersized Smartphone?

Get the rundown on the tech company’s latest release

Tablet or smartphone? The Samsung Galaxy Note is enough of both to make it a…

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Cornel West Supports Millennial-Focused Blog

Millennials team up to create FWDnation.com, a youth-oriented online community

The historic election of President Obama in 2008 brought political activism among young adults to…

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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.

#BlacksInTech: Faces of SXSW

Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com…

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FACEBOOK:   I’m a pretty late bloomer on the Facebook-for-business bandwagon, as opposed to just family and friends. But a good friend recently educated me on how you can add layers of security and privacy for people you know casually, while allowing good friends total access to your page. Be sure to do this, and include business updates and links to any press or promotions you’re doing. Facebook is still the best way to spread a message virally.

5 Facebook Timeline Tips for Brands

Don’t get left behind! See how brands can shine with the platform’s latest feature

Instead of getting caught up in the last-minute rush, see how your brand can take…

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Apple Gives Cash Back to Shareholders

The tech conglomerate’s success has prompted a $10 billion stock buyback and a dividend for shareholders

Apple announced it will begin giving shareholders a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share in…

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Is PayPal Digital Wallet the Future of Money?

The online payment service moves beyond accepting payments via mobile devices

With the announcement of the PayPal Digital Wallet during SXSW Interactive, the tech world is…

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Apple Inc. Decoded: iPads, iPhones, iPods, MacBooks… Oh, My!

With the release of the New iPad, Black Enterprise breaks down the consumer electronic juggernaut’s biggest product launches

As one of the most successful brands ever, Apple Inc has revolutionized our world with…

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Establish a Google Plus Account

The online world is buzzing with new social networks updating almost every day and new ones being created just as fast. With that said, every entrepreneur should seriously consider Google Plus. It’s not just a source to create another social network profile but a great tool to engage your end customers with business-ready tools like, Google Hangout and Google Circles, among other things. Also, brand your Google Plus account by securing a customized URL at gplus.to (i.e. gplus.to/hajjflemings is my handle.)  Note:  This is just a branding tool that you can use to communicate your Google Plus URL in a neat fashion. In the future Google will enable customized URLs for Google Plus accounts.

SXSW 2012: Is Google+ Right for Your Business?

As one of the latest platforms to hit the social media scene, Google+ has the potential to take brands to the next level, but brands much choose if it’s a right fit for them

But with so many options to engage customers and fans, the question remains, is Google+…

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SXSW 2012: 4 Tips on Giving in the 21st Century

Social media makes philanthropy safe and easy

Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy’s 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival panel, “21st Century Giving: Social Philanthropy’s…

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

SXSW 2012: The Power of ‘Black Twitter’

Kimberly Ellis, commonly known as Dr. Goddess, explains why black people are more than mainstream’s view of “Black Twitter”

In her SXSW panel discussion, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter,” Kimberly C. Ellis set…

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"Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development" panelists discuss the role of women in Africa's tech space (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Women Influencing Africa’s Tech Scene

Panelists discuss the increasing role of women in technology across the continent

Led by Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge, Monday’s panel “Africa, Tech & Women: The New…

By Winston Ford

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Graphic Artists Earns High Score in Gaming Industry with New App

Cartoonist Andre Augustin launches his startup, Notion Games, and finds success with mobile game debut

A talented artist Andrew Augustin launches his video game startup Notion Games with the release…

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Illustrator/graphic artist Andrew Augustin, turned his natural talents into a business with his startup video game company, Notion Games. As the company's  owner, founder, and lead designer he's responsible for the release of their debut mobile game, Up Up Ubi, which is available now in the iTunes app store. Here are a few of Augustin's creative images then click here to read BlackEnterprise.com's recent interview with the video game guru.

A Preview of Notion Games’ Lineup of Mobile Apps

The startup gaming up reveals images of upcoming characters

Founded by Andrew Augustin, Notion Games is making a mark on the mobile game market…

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SXSW 2012: New Financial Tools Set to Create a Cashless Society

Financial transactions from mobile devices are becoming more and more popular, and the increase in cashless operations is opening doors for startups

As the world moves to digital platforms, the way we interact with our finances is…

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Gokit founder Hajj Flemings poses for a picture at his startup's launch party held at this year's SXSW Interactive Festival (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Hajj Flemings Officially Launches Tech Startup Gokit

A year after conceiving Gokit at South by Southwest, the founder officially launched his startup in front of a who’s who crowd of black digerati

Tech entrepreneurs and friends gathered at Copa Bar and Grill to mark the launch of…

By Winston Ford

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Texas-born rapper Paul Wall and wife Crystal Wall talk health and wellness in urban communities at 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Feel Rich Discusses Health and Wellness in the Hip-Hop Community

At the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, Quincy Jones III and his Feel Rich team talk about the health-conscious enterprise and promoting healthy living in urban communities

Producer and digital mogul Quincy Jones III has found a way to combine healthy living…

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Founder of Tech by Superwomen Cathryn Posey and panelists explore the keys to fostering a successful and worthwhile mentorship experience  (Image: Mary Pryor)

SXSW 2012: 13 Things Superwomen Need to Know About Mentorship

Female power players in tech provide tips for mentorship and career success at SXSW Interactive

Founder of Tech by Superwomen Cathryn Posey and panelists explore the keys to fostering a…

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How to Be Black author Baratunde Thurston delivers the keynote address at SXSW (Image: Mary Pryor)

SXSW 2012: Baratunde Thurston Delivers Keynote On Power of Satire

The 'How To Be Black' author's 2012 SXSW keynote address delivers jokes in defiance

Baratunde Thurston gave keynote address entitled “How to Read the World” at the 2012 South…

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SXSW 2012: What Brands Can Learn From Rappers

Advertising and marketing execs at 2012 South by Southwest Interactive were all ears at the “Y Rappers Are Better Marketers Than U” panel held on Saturday

The “Y Rappers Are Better Than You” panel held Saturday morning was packed with advertising…

By Winston Ford

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SXSW 2012: Blacks In Technology Award Top 10 Tech Leaders at Meetup

The coalition recognizes game changers in the technology space

The Blacks in Technology meetup, a networking event for African Americans at SXSW Interactive, has…

By Winston Ford

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Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how widely-recognized brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: How Brands Can Reach a Diverse Online Community

Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how big-name brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities and what you can learn from their techniques

“Mining Diversity: Developing a Community of Color” panelist Trevite Willis discusses best practices for businesses…

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BEST DOCUMENTARY OF 2011:

CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley. This documentary chronicles the journey of eight entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley in an industry where less than 1% of venture capital (VC) backed startups have African-American founders.

SXSW 2012: Revisiting CNN’s ‘Black in America: The Promised Land – Silicon Valley’

Participants from Summer 2011 class of NewMe describe their experience and provide updates on their progress

CNN’s Black in America / Silicon Valley: Aftermath was one of SXSW’s most anticipated panels…

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Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley discusses brand awareness and digital content monetization at her panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” at SXSW 2012 (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: ‘Social Media Sharecropping’ Encourages African Americans to Monetize Digital Content

Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley talks digital content monetization and brand awareness at her panel during 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

The SXSW 2012 panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” focused on creating an online…

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Baratunde Thurston on How to be Black…and Tech Savvy

On the eve of his keynote address to techies at the annual South by Southwest conference, the author/comedian talks politics, technology and blackness

On the eve of his keynote address to techies at the annual South by Southwest…

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Austin Locals Welcome Black Startups to SXSW

Dell and Austin's Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC) host pre-SXSW welcome reception to kickoff the annual festival

The Capital City African American Chamber of Congress kicked off a pre-South by South West…

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SXSW Interactive is one of the largest interactive conferences in the country and from March 9-13, 2012 there will be 20,000 people converging on Austin, Texas. SXSW is a gathering of techies, entrepreneurs, journalist, startups, social media advocates and marketers. The discussion will include the latest mobile apps, tech startups launching, new technology products/gadgets being released and authors releasing new books. To help you maximize your experience at SXSW Interactive here are six tips to get the most out of your trip. —Hajj Flemings

6 Tips to Maximize Your SXSW Interactive Experience

Before heading out to the annual festival here are a few things you should know

As techies converge on Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive here are a few key points…

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Apple Announces iPad 3 Details

The tech giant’s third-gen iPad boasts a sharper display screen, higher wireless speed and crisp new camera

Apple CEO Tim Cook set the record straight about the iPad 3 during today’s announcement,…

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Playd Co-Founder Anthony Frasier Talks About Minorities in Gaming

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the NewMe Accelerator participant at a minorities in gaming event hosted by BIT, NewME Community NYC and EA Games

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with the NewMe Accelerator participant about life after Black in America, the importance…

By Janel Martinez

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New iPad App Square Register Turns Tablet Into Cash Register

Square Register lets business owners process payments from their iPad

Mobile payment company Square released a new iPad app on Monday, which allows brick-and-mortar merchants…

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Will Social Media Determine the 2012 Presidential Campaign?

Exploring the impact of Twitter and Facebook on how voters will cast their ballot

Social media is so engrained into our society that it may be a determining factor…

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Facebook Picks the Pocket: Ads Coming to Smartphones

Facebook rolls out new Timeline for business pages and debuts new ad services which lets advertisers embed ads into personal news feeds and push ads—for the first time—to mobile phones

At a special marketing conference in New York Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a new business page…

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

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Pocket-sized Payroll

Payroll leader ADP has gone mobile—servicing more than 8,000 of its clients with the ADP…

By Janel Martinez

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The GPS of the Supermarket

AisleFinder CEO and Founder Curtiss Pope helps the world navigate its local grocery stores

Curtiss Pope’s bright idea came to him while shopping in his local Safeway grocery store,…

By Bridget McCrea

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Can Social Media Save Your Business?

Join us on Facebook for a Power Lunch with entrepreneur and cover subject Dawn Fitch

Imagine growing your revenue by 35% or more this year. On Friday, March 16, 2012,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5 Ways to Deal with Google’s New Privacy Settings

See what you can do to circumvent the tech conglomerate’s new privacy policies and terms

BlackEnterprise.com has a few quick pointers on tip toeing around Google’s privacy policy (or at…

By Janel Martinez

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Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. It's the popular kid on the social media block, showing enormous growth and attracting the interest---and usage--of big brands including Nike, Kraft, Whole Foods, and HGTV. From boards centering on arts & crafts to interior decor and jobs boards, Pinterest can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.


Check out five ways you can utilize Pinterest for professional development and advancement. ---Sirita Wright

5 Ways You Can Get a Job Using Pinterest

Find professional development and career leads via Web boards

This fast-growing social media platform can be a vital resource for professional development, job leads…

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Reveal of iPad 3 Expected March 7

Fans are eager to get a faster processor, wireless network, and a larger camera on Apple's iPad 3

Apple sent out email invitations for an event on March 7, which blogosphere rumors predict…

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I've been exploring social media's latest runaway site – Pinterest*, a  virtual bulletin board that allows users to share images, objects, and  links they find interesting or inspiring. While, personally, I enjoy  pinning photos of stylish outfits, chic MacBook and iPad cases, and  outtakes from home décor magazines, I see the value this platform has  for brands. When it comes to my brand, I’ve taken a thought leadership  approach— just check my "Essential Books" board to see what branding,  social media and marketing books I’m reading.  This user-friendly  platform is already proving to be valuable for businesses.  
There’s serious potential to drive sales for business owners. Getting  images of your products pinned and repinned can literally drive  customers to your door step. At the very least, it will drive traffic to  your website where customers can request your service.  

Here are 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using Pinterest:

6 Ways to Boost Your Business with Pinterest

BlackEnterprise.com notes 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using…

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FREE!!! Sprint LG Optimus S

The Sprint LG Optimus S is the newest NO Contract phone in the Sprint line.…

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IRS2Go 2.0 Places Tax Help at Your Fingertips

The Internal Revenue Service app now offers a YouTube feature, news feed and tax transcript service for Android and iPhone (iOS) users

The latest version of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax app IRS2Go 2.0 is available…

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6 Ways Female Execs Can Master Social Media

Women can enhance their presence across various platforms by following these easy-to-follow pointers

Moderator Mo Krochmal of Social Media News NY and panelists discussed ways females can excel…

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BlackPlanet Revamps as Social Aggregator

The once popular social network gets a fresh design and new features

BlackPlanet Next, the new iteration of the 12-year-old mainstay, has been redesigned into a social…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Harnessing the power of social for social good was a major trend and point of discussion among conscious techies and seasoned panelists during Social Media Week 2012.  We’ve seen how quickly platforms can be used to mobilize reform efforts thanks to social media’s influence in the Arab Spring and recent Occupy Movement.  Digital thought leaders have no doubt that, when used properly, social media can be a significant cultural unifier, connecting people and efforts despite location.   
Moderated by Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting LLC, "Social Media for Social Good"—an hour-long panel discussing best practices to use when furthering a cause in the digital space—wasn’t short of generating great ideas. The panelists included Cheryl Heller, board chair at PopTech; Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Project; President and COO of Digitaria Doug Hecht and Carmel Hagan of Common. Here’s how social media enthusiasts can use various platforms for social good:--–Noni Cavaliere

How to Become a Digital Do-gooder

Here’s what you should consider when perfecting your social good campaign

Moderated by Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting LLC, “Social Media for Social Good”—an hour-long panel…

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Will Two Billion Jobs Disappear by 2030?

Futurist Thomas Frey makes bold prediction about technology's impact on the job market

According to futurist Thomas Frey, technological advancements will impact over 2 billion jobs worldwide by…

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Diddy and ‘Magic’ Johnson Set to Run New Comcast Networks

Comcast announced Tuesday it will carry new networks run by music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Comcast announced Tuesday that four-minority owned networks will be launched on its cable TV systems…

By Janel Martinez

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Facebook Criticized Over Lack of Board Diversity

Social network site develops urban talent through Year Up program, but is that enough when it comes to diversity initiatives?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming under fire for not inviting any women or minorities…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Twitter Brand Pages Roll Out to All Advertisers

Brands will be able to promote a tweet to the top of the profile timeline

Last week Twitter launched brand pages to all active advertisers on their social media platform.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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White House Conducts 2nd Annual Science Fair

It's not too late for your child to participate virtually

More than 100 students from over 45 states attended sharing their latest inventions — from…

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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

Top Trends Shaping Social Media in 2012 and Beyond

Certain trends are dominating social media this year and entrepreneurs stand to benefit if they can keep up

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform…

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The Future of Black History: Web Entrepreneur Angela Benton

The serial entrepreneur dishes on what inspires her, and the future of NewMe and Silicon Valley

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Black Web Media Founder Angela Benton about her success in tech, who…

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TOUR DE FORCE

Houston’s first album tour grossed nearly $4.8 million in ticket sales. Her second tour was almost as successful, grossing $4.1 million in ticket sales. Her Bodyguard tour was a huge success helping her earn a spot on Forbes' "Richest Entertainers" list. Between 1993 and 1994, Houston grossed $33 million. My Love is Your Love tour did exceptionally well internationally as the highest grossing arena concert of that year. Her last and final tour, Nothing But Love World Tour made her $36 million.

#WhitneyHouston’s Impact on Twitter

Looking at how trusted news breaks in the age of social media

Following the death of Whitney Houston Twitter exploded with RIP tweets, we explore how breaking…

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Social Media Week 2012: Jermaine Dupri Discusses Global 14

The music mogul-turned-social network creator discusses the power and influence of social media

Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, rapper, and producer, believes that his high profile and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Rebelle Unveils Speak Chic Mobile App

The recently released app gives fashion enthusiasts the power of pronunciation

Just in time for fashion’s busiest season, as designers from New York, London, Paris and…

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Apple iPads Seized Over Trademark Dispute

The tech giant is battling over the rights to use the name “iPad”

Chinese authorities are pulling dozens of iPads from shelves in Northern China because Shenzhen…

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Intel’s Ultrabooks Take World Tour with Will.i.am

The Black Eyed Peas frontman helps market super-thin devices for mobile use

Intel has enlisted the help of Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am to work as their…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: NPD Group Analyst Ben Arnold Talks High-Tech Headphones, Tablets and Ultrabooks

The industry analyst discusses what tech enthusiasts should expect to see this year

Ben Arnold, a consumer technology industry analyst, sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to discuss trends at…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Will Going Public Change the Culture of Facebook?

The popular social network could put pressure to perform on the billion-dollar brand

Facebook going public could present just as many challenges as it does financial gains for…

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WATCH: AndroidTapp.com Founder Antonio Wells Talks Apps

The chief editor discusses Android app potential for products unveiled at 2012 CES

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Antonio Wells at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in January.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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I talk to stressed out business owners and non-profit leaders almost every day who are just plain overwhelmed with social media. Not because they don't know how to use it and not because they don't understand its value. They're stressed because the space changes at such a rapid pace---the ground is always shifting under their feet so they never really feel like they're gotten a foothold.

So what do you do to keep up with social media while running your business?  It's impossible to get on every platform and more importantly, it's just not smart. You can't do that, so don't even try. Instead of focusing on quantity of social connections and sites, focus more on quality control. Here are 6 ways to do it.---Amanda Miller Littlejohn

6 Ways to Manage Social Media Overload

Don't get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how to manage and master social media

Don’t get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how…

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Amazon Reportedly Plans to Open Retail Store in Seattle

Amazon.com is looking to expand by opening a brick-and-mortar retail store, according to sources

Online retailer Amazon is planning to open a physical store located in the Seattle area…

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WATCH: Lenovo Brings Portability to Business

New tablets, laptops, and mobile monitors provide great tools for busy professionals on the go

This year, Lenovo’s new products are making a great impression. See exactly how these recently…

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Since word surfaced that producer and television host Don Cornelius died early Wednesday, everyone—from celebrities and tastemakers to music moguls and influencers—have expressed their sentiments on the loss, namely on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Nowadays, the digital space is one of the first places people go to sound off on what's happening in real time. BlackEnterprise.com perused the Twitterverse, aggregating tweets that touched on the legacy of the Soul Train creator. Check out the touching tweets left by Cornelius’ adoring fans, friends and colleagues. –Janel Martinez

Twitterverse Remembers ‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius

See what these 11 notables had to say about the loss of the cultural icon

BlackEnterprise.com perused the Twitterverse, aggregating tweets that touched on the legacy of the Soul Train…

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Super Bowl XLVI: Is the Real Game Online or On the Field?

An examination of social media's influence on the business of the big game

In addition to the commercials, food and finances associated with Super Bowl Sunday, social media…

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Salesforce for Quickbooks

Salesforce for QuickBooks (www.quickbooks.intuit.com; $28 (group version) /$70 (professional) per user/per month) is an accounting…

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Why There Are Few Women & African Americans in STEM

A recent study says while 84% of STEM department chairs at leading universities say recruiting…

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Tablets to the Rescue

How one small business benefited from using mobile technology

Stacey Scott, CEO of Elgia Inc., began using iPads in 2011 to save time and…

By Janel Martinez

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First Diversity Mixer Held at CES 2012

An event for minorities sheds light on the dearth of blacks with jobs in technology

January 12 marked the first diversity mixer to be held during the International Consumer…

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‘Hang Out’ with Obama on Google+ Tonight

The president’s Google+ hangout will be the first all-digital interview from the White House

President Barack Obama is no stranger to interacting in the digital space, conducting town hall…

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$100 Billion Facebook IPO Filing Could Come Next Week

The six-year old social networking service is preparing to file paperwork for an initial public offering next Wednesday

Facebook, the iconic social network, will file for an initial public offering on Wednesday, according…

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Comcast to Launch Music –Themed Cable Network with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Revolt will officially launch on Dec. 12, 2012

Brand baron Sean “Diddy” Combs is adding yet another venture onto his extensive, multi-million dollar…

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Hadiyah Mujhid, Nnena Ukuku, Monique Woodard, and Chris Bennett started Black Founders to increase the numbers of successful black entrepreneurs in technology

Black Founders Ring in the Year With Hack Day

With entrepreneurship at its core, BF serves as a resource for black technology startups

Sponsored by Black Founders, an organization dedicated to making black startups a common occurrence, Hack…

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Can Apple Change Education With the New iTunes U?

The computer giant'slatest re-imagines how educators work in the classroom

The introduction of Apple’s iTunes U opens the door for a teachers and students to…

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

Twitter Acquires Internet Security Startup Dasient

In an effort to beef up security, the popular microblogging site purchased the three-year-old Internet security firm

On Monday, Twitter attained Dasient, a security startup offering malware protection for businesses.

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Supreme Court Says GPS Tracker Violated Rights

The high court ruled collectively that the police's actions violated the Constitution

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that law enforcement authorities violated the Constitution when…

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The Mystery of the Swizz Beatz-Megaupload Connection

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with news about file-sharing Megaupload. First there was the…

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How to Get a $10,000 Scholarship from Google

The tech giant offers scholarships to college-bound students studying computer science

Google offering Generation Google scholarships to support college-bound students in their study of computer science.

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The workplace is changing fast. Technology is changing even faster. Are universities keeping pace with either one? Is the U.S. moving fast enough to train and educate a workforce to compete in a global economy? The pressure to innovate within corporations and in small businesses has never been greater. The shift from industrial age thinking to an adaptive, digital, innovative culture will not just be the responsibility of the employer but the employee as well. The real question is: How fast are you changing?

In the U.S. workforce we are trained to think methodically with antiquated processes and tremendous uncertainty in the economy. We have experienced decades of success in industrial thinking and an education system that has been out paced by its foreign competitors. Are we now victims of our own success? What does this mean for the U.S. workforce? Here are four changes in the new economy workplace. —Hajj Flemings

4 Changes in the Workplace That Effect How You Do Business

Being tech savvy is no longer a choice but a means of survival in the workplace

Today’s workplace is all about being tech savvy, if you plan to be successful in…

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Top Trends and Highlights from the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show

With thousands of new products on the showroom floor at CES, here's what takeaways matter the most

With thousands of new products on the showroom floor at CES, here’s what takeaways matter…

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Blackout: Web Sites Go Dark to Protest SOPA

Brands and businesses stand up to the Stop Online Piracy Act

Today, social media is abuzz with the #BlackoutSOPA campaigns of people, big brands and web…

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WIN!!! Apple iPad 2

Get down to business with the iPad 2

BlackEnterprise.com is giving YOU the chance to WIN an Apple iPad 2. The iPad 2…

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Swizz Beatz’ File-Sharing Site Gets His Celeb Friends In Trouble

Swizz Beatz  is a music producer, artist and a multifaceted mogul-in-the-making but is he also…

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Sony Surprises with Big Names and Big News at CES

Will Smith makes a surprise appearance for Sony as they introduce new products and services.

Will Smith makes a surprise appearance for Sony as they introduce new products and services…

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Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) Joins Twitter

The first lady has launched a twitter account, personalizing her tweets with her initials “mo”

Michelle Obama joined Twitter Thursday and, in less than 24 hours, gained well over 100,000…

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"Trust me, Baby. I'm an expert on EVERY platform. Let me show you how its done."

12 Tools to Manage Social Media Like the Pros

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social media for your business

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social…

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Why Anyone Who Uses the Web Should be Concerned About SOPA

What the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could mean to the way you do business online

Web users beware of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which will strip people worldwide…

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Monster presented their latest audio accessories and gadgets Monday morning during the first full press day at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. Keeping both fashion and functionality in mind, the premium headphones and audio device manufacturer is launching a new headset line alongside multiple new earphone designs. Take a look at the new, innovative headphones Monster launched at their 2012 CES press conference. —Janel Martinez

Monster Unveils Series of Hi-Tech Headphones at CES 2012

Monster merges high-performance technology with style at 2012 International CES

Monster unveils a variety of headphones, as well as other innovative lifestyle products, at the…

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Author and Motivator Lisa Nichols Inspires During Social Media Event

Lisa Nichols inspired participant during her tweet chat with Black Enterprise, detailing her latest business…

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Susan L. Taylor Talks Mentorship and Passing on a Legacy via CARES

Sharing tips on passing on a legacy and the need for mentorship, Susan L. Taylor…

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