SXSW 2012: Is social media a music-industry savior?

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Can social media save the music industry? I’ve got a three-word rhetorical question in response: Are you crazy? A panel of tech-savvy executives tried to frame a more nuanced answer Tuesday on the closing day of the South by Southwest …Find out more from Chicago Tribune

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CNN in talks to buy social media news site Mashable: source

(Reuters) – CNN is in talks to buy social media news site Mashable for more than $200 million, according to a source familiar with the discussion. Reuters’ blogger Felix Salmon said the deal could be announced as soon as Tuesday, although another …Find out more from Reuters

Yahoo Sues Facebook In A Web Patent Shakedown

Yahoo has taken aim at Facebook, pitting a former internet titan against the social network behemoth over what has become the biggest open-fire range in the tech industry: patent infringement. Yahoo’s lawsuit against Facebook alleges that the social …Find out more from Wired News

Social-media savvy grows, even as coaches, schools try to keep up

Holmes, though, isn’t just active on social-networking — he is actually getting a master’s degree in it. The 22-year-old, who also happens to be Southern California’s starting center and an all-American candidate, is pursuing his graduate degree in …Find out more from

Yahoo’s Patent Suit Against Facebook is Business as Usual

“Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profile for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo’s patented social networking technology,” the suit said.Find out more from Forbes

New social network gets under your skin

Surely the social-networking bandwagon is already full to tipping. But hold on–the Photos section here seems tailor-made for this community. And beyond. I pity the fool who says social networking has jumped the shark. Sure, Mark Zuckerberg has a …Find out more from CNET

What Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 Shares With Obama’s 2008 Social Media …

I, for one, reveled in the beauty of simplicity of Obama’s “Yes We Can” speech and would be a hypocrite if I trashed Invisible Children for its artful use of social media to keep people engaged in a matter of genuine humanitarian concern.Find out more from Huffington Post (blog)

Do Social Media Campaigns Like Kony 2012 Stunt or Stimulate Real Change?

The takeaway for me is that social media is a powerful tool for flattening the conversational landscape. It is imperative that we don’t hijack the voice and agency of the actors we are trying to help. Instead we should use our social clout to help them …Find out more from New York Times (blog)

Community Beyond Facebook: Making Every Brand Social

While it’s by far the largest social network, the company’s rise to its current valuation is directly correlated with how it has become a media powerhouse. Instead of having to pay for content, users are the content. That’s great for Facebook, …Find out more from Forbes

Madonna Plays Social-Media Game Just Right To Promote MDNA

By John Mitchell Madonna may not be on Twitter, but she’s got her social-media game face on in the lead-up to the release of her 12th studio album, MDNA — and we think she’s doing a savvier job of promoting her album than most stars better known for …Find out more from

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Meet the Social Media Disconnect Challenge Finalists

We asked our readers if they would be able to turn off social media for two weeks. Here are the five people that are up to the task.More By Keith Kaplan

Mashable Acquisition Rumor: CNN to Purchase Social Media News …

The mainstream news giant CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Inc, is reportedly involved in advanced negotiations to purchase …More By David Angotti

The Social MEDia Course: Revolution in Medical Education Soon …

Social media is changing how medicine is practised and healthcare is delivered. … And now this course, as The Social MEDia Course, goes global as the online format with flash Prezis and gamification will launch on the 21st of March.More By Dr. Bertalan Meskó

Reminder: Why Social Media Alone Won’t Do the Trick | Social …

Image By Shannon Cohn | Contrary to popular belief, you cannot get by with social media alone. It is possible to make it in the world of business without social media, but it doesn’t work the other way around.More By Sarah Mohr

Paige Bradley Frost: Women and Social Media: The Power of …

The pen — or in this case, the keyboard — must be paired with a sharp economic sword.More By Paige Bradley Frost