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Is Rick Perry Gay? Googlers Want to Know

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 12 2011

The top search phrase for the query "Is Rick Perry..." is "Is Rick Perry Gay," Google Suggest tells us. It's fun to see how that question matches up against queries about Mitt Romney, courtesy of Web Seer: Read More

Barack Obama Gains 37,000+ Followers Since Friday's #Compromise Dip; Big Whoop

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 1 2011

It was big "news" on Friday in social media circles: "Obama Loses 36,000+ Followers in #Compromise Campaign," Mashable headlined it. Read More

A New Project to Score Politicians With Klout

BY Becky Kazansky | Thursday, July 28 2011

This week, Timothy Hathaway – CEO of political technology firm Activist Manager – pointed me to his company's nascent project to comprehensively track Klout scores for advocacy groups, senators, presidential ... Read More

The Republican Master of Offbeat Viral Video Strikes Again for Huntsman

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 22 2011

ClickZ's Kate Kaye talks with Jon Huntsman's media consultant, Fred Davis, about the short — and, frankly, odd — web videos that are the centerpiece of Huntsman's web presence: "Jon just talks in the videos ... Read More

Who's Talking About the Presidential Candidates On Twitter? And Why Should We Care?

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 19 2011

It's not hard to find people tracking what you might call the Twitter horse race: Which presidential candidate has the most followers, who gained the most followers recently, who racked up a lot of retweets. But what ... Read More

Facebook and NBC To Co-Host a Republican Primary Debate

BY Nick Judd | Monday, July 18 2011

NBC News and Facebook will co-host a Republican presidential debate in advance of the New Hampshire Republican primary in 2012, Meet the Press moderator David Gregory announced in a video on the Meet the Press Facebook ... Read More

Biden's Facebook Page Gets an Obama 2012 Makeover

BY Andrew Seo | Friday, July 15 2011

Vice President Joe Biden's Facebook page was updated today as the Obama 2012 campaign looks to keep fans in the loop on the team's re-election efforts. In addition to a new profile picture, the refreshed page has added ... Read More

Huntsman is In

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 21 2011

At an event held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, and that was streamed live on his still sparse website, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman officially announced he was joining the field of Republican presidential ... Read More

Jon Huntsman Spins Up Online Operation

BY Nick Judd | Monday, June 20 2011

With cryptic teaser videos and a web presence that says next to nothing about his presidential bid as of earlier this morning, Jon Huntsman's campaign kickoff is so far looking more like a marketing campaign for a ... Read More

Obama Campaign Now Recruiting 'Analysts and Data Geniuses,' Among Others

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 15 2011

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign recently sent an email to selected people on its lists, seeking paid staffers to bolster its new media and web development operations. From the email, signed by Obama's chief ... Read More

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In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law. GO

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The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality. GO

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