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A New Social Network for Marijuana Users

So stoked on that joint that you just have to share it with the world? There’s an app for that.

“Hash” tag illustration by Tyler Hoehne

The social-networking world is fraught with danger for marijuana consumers. Facebook won’t let you use a fake name, your mom follows you on Instagram and your Twitter account is strictly professional. Where’s a cannabis connoisseur to go when he or she wants to post photos of their other best buds? A nation turns its lonely, reddened eyes to MassRoots, the social network billing itself as a safe place for the cannabis community.

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Join the Social Network for Beer Lovers

New mobile app lets you share your favorite beers and bars with friends online.

Mixing social networking with alcohol can be a recipe for a regretful morning-after, with poorly-worded wall posts and oversharing tweets littering the news feeds of friends and coworkers. But that's no reason to ignore a new mobile app that invites users to share favorite beers with friends and “drink socially” online.

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Thai College Students Design App to Help Rescue Disaster Survivors

A new student-designed mobile app could make finding disaster survivors much easier.


In the aftermath of every disaster—from Haiti's devastating earthquake to Japan's earthquake and tsunami—one of the challenges rescue workers always face is pinpointing the exact location of survivors. In 2010, four college students from Thailand's Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok—Kriangkrai Pipatvilaikul, 20; Wannapon Suraworachet, 21; Tanon Sirawan, 20; and Jirapat Yaovatsakul, 20—witnessed first-hand the impact of devastating floods on their homeland. So, they came up with a tech-based solution to connect disaster victims with help.

Their effort, Terra Project, uses mobile phones to let survivors "broadcast their location through social networks such as Facebook with one click in the event of a disaster." This week the four students, who call themselves Team NewKrean, headed to New York City for Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a technology competition for socially conscious high school and college students. (we've covered several of the other young finalists here, here, here and here). They shared with us what first got them interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and what's next for their project.

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