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Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.

Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .

'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.

Pause Custom Sound Systems: Business Offers Music From Beyond The Grave

Death is a big business, and if you're a regular reader, you know this already. It is a highly competitive market, with many people hoping to profit off of a service category that is needed by everyone (except for the immortal, like vampires - but for you skeptics, we can overlook this fact). Because of the stiff competition, many businesses are forced to get creative with their products and services. The latest one will be music to your forever at rest audiophile ears.

Unbox Love: Romantic, Surprise Date Delivery Service

Relationships are hard work, whether you have been part of a couple for a couple of months, or a couple of decades. Keeping the spark alive is easier said than done, and as two people get to know each other completely, managing to surprise each other is tough. Of course, with effort, a relationship does not need to fizzle and lose what it had during its early days.

Should Your Hobby Invention Idea Become A Business?

You had a “light bulb” moment, and since you haven’t been able to shake the idea – in fact this genius thought has even begun to interfere with your daily routine. You think this is the invention idea that you could turn into a business. So what should you do?

Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .

April Fools Businesses: 10 Places To Fool A Friend On April 1st

April Fool's Day might be an under-rated holiday, or one that's universally dreaded. Whatever it is, there are some great businesses that will help you make a friend of yours into an April Fool to ring in the 1st of the month!

Technically It's A 'Cold War' For Google & Facebook In Era Of Disruption

It's hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.

Chinese Sourcing Can Save You Money, If You Follow These Rules

Chinese products at one time were known as cheap and poorly made, today’s Chinese manufacturing can produce goods from low value mass produced items to highest quality handcrafted items.There are several factors that are critical  for effectively sourcing products from overseas manufacturers.

Drizly: Liquor Delivery Business Hopes To Go Mainstream

How many times have you found yourself sitting by the fire on a cold winter's night, wishing you had Bailey's to put in your hot chocolate, but dismiss the idea since you have already changed into your favorite cow pajamas? Liquor, like coffee, is one of those things that we all proclaim we wish would appear through a delivery service, and a new concept has been introduced to Boston and New York residents.

Restaurant Mon Petit: Dine Like A Feline At Purina's Exclusive & Unusual Eatery

It was only a matter of time, considering the internet has made the world's obsession with all things feline rise to new levels. Cat-themed businesses aren't a new trend, and perhaps that's why the latest business might make even the craziest of cat ladies shudder with dismay.

WhatsApp With Facebook's Stock? A Case Of If You Can't Beat'em, Buy'em

For all those naysayers out there who couldn't help but caterwaul over Facebook's demise before the ink was even dry on it IPO opening, May 19, 2012 -- including myself [see "How Many Dumb F*cks Rocked Facebook's IPO Like It's 1999?"] -- our subesquent rude awakening was the world's largest social network fooled a good many of us.

Linkify Harnesses Semantic Technology For On-The-Go Small Businesses & Smartphones

Time is of the essence when running a small business -- particularly when each staff member [whether he or she is the founder or its sales agent] is often required to wear many hats, juggle multiple disciplines and multi-task on an ongoing-basis. Add travel and out-of-the-office business engagements to the mix...

EXIT: Scary Business Has Visitors Escape From 'Saw' Inspired Situations

There is a big business in scaring people, and it is a concept that doesn't just find people knocking down its haunted doors for Halloween. Many major tourist areas across North America feature haunted houses and mazes that have people lining up to pee their pants as people jump out of the shadows. While the more traditional scare providers are still successfully operating, there is a new type of terror in town competing in the market, and it creates a unique and scary experience that rivals some popular, nightmare inducing movies.

Beer Vending Machines In Sochi Spread Canadian Generosity

You don't have to look to far past television sitcoms, or big-screen comedies to see Canadians presented as generous, polite, and friendly human-beings. As an actual Canadian, won't burst your bubble and imply that these social perspectives aren't universal norms. Instead, I will further promote that ideology by showing you what Canadian is doing to encourage global connections in Sochi - through beer.

Binge Busting Bra Monitors Stress And Unhealthy Eating

Stress is closely linked to unhealthy eating habits. For some Americans, that can mean binge eating;  and for others, that can mean going days without eating a bite. Disordered eating habits can occur on a regular basis when people fail to recognize or acknowledge their stress, or their resulting behavior. Stress monitoring devices are available but they're neither discreet nor fashionable traditionally.

The Street Store: Non-Profit Pop-Up Boutiques For The Homeless

The best businesses don't always prove themselves by turning a profit. Some are simply out to make a difference in the world. I rarely feature non-profits, but a Cape Town, South Africa business is far too cool to overlook with its mission to help the homeless in a unique way.

Ziferblat Pay To Stay Coffee Shops

Coffee shops aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time, coffee shops were just an establishment to enjoy a delicious caffeinated beverage and perhaps even a sinful desert. Today, coffee shops are social meeting spots, office spaces (for those that work virtually), and even a place to hold corporate functions. How we use coffee shops has changed, but the way coffee shops serve us still remains in its traditional format. Which is why some innovators are taking a new approach to the coffee shop business.

Farmer's Fridge: Innovative Vending Machines For The Health Conscious

Over the years, vending machines have really changed dramatically, in part due to ever-evolving technology that makes it possible for them to break away from the norm. Even movies and television shows have poked fun at traditional vending machines for their lackluster selection (chocolate raisins just aren't a meal substitute), and their disappointing trend of taking your money without actually making your selection accessible to you. Fortunately, vending machines are much more than that, but for health food enthusiasts, most leave something to be desired. At least, that was true until now.