Who does the gold medal go to in social media Olympics coverage? Why is Apple suing every Android maker in sight? What is the underground Twitterverse? After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more.

Social Olympics: Does The Gold Medal Go To Facebook, Twitter or Google+

Yesterday we looked at how online media is covering the London 2012 Olympics. We gave our virtual gold medal to the New York Times, for its sleek design and muscular content. Today we review the major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To continue the Olympics theme, we award each of the three a different colored medal. Which one gets the gold? More

The Number That Shows Why Apple is Suing Every Android Manufacturers

The eyes of the technology world are focused on the epic patent struggle between Apple and Samsung - the latest iteration of Apple’s frantic legal battle against everything Android. More

Charting the Underground Twitterverse [Infographic]

How bad is the underground Twitter economy? According to security vendor Barracuda Labs, pretty bad. More

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Defusing the Corporate Social Media Timebomb.

According to survey results from the Altimeter Group, nearly “two-thirds of companies surveyed say that social media is a significant or critical risk to their brand reputation.” More

Burn After Calling: Disposable Phone Numbers

There's always a pause after someone asks, "Can I have your number?" Someone's silently wondering if complying will mean trouble. What if you didn't have to worry about about that? More

Social Revolution: Crowdsourcing For Change

In the world of technology, we’re used to upheaval. In fact, we rely on it to drive innovation and improvements. So why can’t we use technology to solve some of the underlying problems we all agree need to change? More

Why Lenovo Believes in Windows 8 Tablets - Even if Acer Doesn’t

Just hours after Acer’s CEO complained that Microsoft’s Surface tablet would generate a “negative impact” on the tablet market, Lenovo announced its own entrant to the Surface market, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Clearly, Lenovo sees a market for a Windows 8 tablet that Acer does not. More

Amber Case's Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology

Humans, dogs, bees and even the computers themselves all use information technology to extend themselves. We’re all cyborgs. We may not realize it, but we are. More

Google Shows Off Its Latest "Baby Steps" Toward Becoming the Star Trek Computer

On Wednesday, Google announced new natural-language voice search on iOS, new, touch-friendly Web interfaces for its answers, and an ambitious, voluntary experiment to bring your Gmail messages into search results. Google wants to be like the Star Trek computer when it grows up, letting us ask questions naturally about anything and get a compelling answer right back. More

Microgrids and Solar Power, the Answer to India's Power Crisis

As India experienced its worst power failure ever last week, leaving 600 million people without electricity, disrupting the operation of hospitals and public services and shutting down transportation in key regions vital to the country’s economy, New Delhi will have to face up to some critical power realities. More

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