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KFC Japan Serves Beer & Booze Beside the Bucket

Forget that Happy Meal, at KFC Japan it's Happy Hour! Want a double with that Double Down? Perhaps a cocktail with your cock-a-doodle-doo? Tokyo's newly opened KFC Route 25 restaurant has begun serving beer & booze by (or at least, beside) the bucket.

China's Taobao Internet Mall Offers Beautiful Girl Delivery Service

Special delivery indeed: China's Taobao internet mall is boosting their business with the aid of “beautiful girls” who personally deliver customers' orders for a small extra fee.

Singapore Coke Machines Give Out Cold Drinks for Warm Hugs

If you think machines have no compassion, you've either been watching too many Terminator movies or you haven't visited Singapore lately. The Southeast Asian city-state is where you'll find The Coca-Cola Hug Machine: you supply the hugs, it provides the Coke.

Starbucks To Phase Out Crushed Bugs From Pink Drinks & Pastries

Just as I was introduced to Starbucks coffee-free Strawberries and Creme Frappachino, I learn that its lovely ballet pink color is not from the mix of deep ripe strawberries and luscious thick cream.  Darn that I had to find out that a cactus feeding bug found in Central and South America is the mother of the color in Starbuck's pink drinks and desserts. Yum. Chopped cochineals.

 

Helen Keller Sunglasses: Insensitive Insult or Respectful Tribute?

When you wear Helen Keller sunglasses, “You see the world, the world sees you.” One wonders what the real Helen Keller, blinded by illness at an early age, would think of the Chinese company who came up with that jarringly inappropriate motto.

Burger King Japan's Bakin' Up a Big Bacon Bargain

Got a yen for bacon? Got a hundred yen? Then get your appetite to Burger King Japan! For a limited time only, the popular fast food chain is offering customers a whopper of a deal: 15 strips of bacon on almost any Burger King Whopper for just 100 yen.

Social Media's Dark Side "Is Anyone Up" Is No Longer Up!

The number of followers who had joined "Is Anyone Up" might not have been in the hundreds of millions like some of the more popular social networks, but it sure was capitalizing on the profiles that were registered on Facebook and Twitter, nonetheless. Entrepreneur Hunter Moore had taken Chatroulette to a whole 'nother level to what some were defining as "revenge" or "identity" porn.

“Fat Guy” Underwear from China Pounds Home the Message

Stout men considering moving to China should be prepared some very direct critiques from the country's ad agencies. You may think you're just slightly overweight but that package of “Fat Guy Briefs” in your shopping cart dares to accuse otherwise by pulling no punches.

Calling All Inventors! Casting Call For INVENTION USA!

Good news for all of you who've been sitting on your brilliant inventions! National casting calls have just been announced for the second season of Invention USA which airs on The History Channel.  There are just a few, but important steps, to apply for an interview by the show casting directors and the hosts of Invention USA, Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Garrett Lisi.

 


Social Media Finds Room At The Inn

Hotel commerce, branding, online reputation management, guest feedback, reviews, and customer satisfaction are no longer disconnected or disjunctive focus areas for hoteliers. Today, social media's tetra-like tentacles reaches out to all of these touch points, and the more forward-thinking hoteliers are embracing 21st century technology to get the job done comprehensively, from decision-making to check-out.

Baked Apple: China's iPhone Branded Gas Stoves

You'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones are kinda big in China but consider this: put your hand on an iPhone branded gas stove while it's cooking and we guarantee you it will really, really smart!

Unhappy Meals: China's Top 8 Fake Foods

China's 1.3 billion people are hungry for wealth and riches. Too often, however, making a buck means taking a buck by foisting imitation nutrition on the unwary. These top 8 Chinese fake foods and drinks may leave a bad taste in your mouth but consider yourself lucky you're just reading, not eating.

Toxic Glue Puts Chinese Migrant Workers in Sticky Situation

If you thought toxic glue was a “first world problem” whose only victims were women engaged to marry George Costanza, think again. A major scandal brewing in China's southern city of Guangzhou has shone the spotlight on a vast, unlicensed leather-goods trade that exposes tens of thousands of migrant worker employees to high levels of dangerous chemicals.

China's First Homegrown Anti-Cancer Drug to be Handed out Free of Charge

A working group of Chinese associations has agreed that Conmana, China's first independently developed small molecule-targeted anti-cancer drug, will be distributed to those needing it free of charge. It's about the last thing you'd expect to hear in today's big business friendly, entrepreneurial China but in this case at least, profits are taking a back seat to national pride.

Chinese-made Cars are Coming to Canada. Beauty, eh?

In fact, they're already here... but you wouldn't know it just from looking. Japanese automaker Honda has begun importing the subcompact Honda Fit into Canada from Guangqi Honda Automobile Co. Ltd., in China. The move may pave the way for the long-awaited next step: Chinese-made cars from Chinese automakers.

Pinterest: Latest Social Media Experiment Pinned With Skimming Charges?

With record-breaking pageviews and generating more traffic than Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube combined, social media's latest shiny thing has ridden into our zeitgeist quicker than Superman's speeding bullet. Pinterest's ability to scale to 7.2 million visitors in the U.S. alone, with other reports stating its tallied 11 million total visits during one week in December sounds like Facebook's early ascendancy during its 2004 debut.

Social Media Marketing Platform Flip.to Integrates With Hotel Management System

The Flip.to social media marketing platform just launched direct integration with the Hotel Concept's RezExchange channel management and distribution system for hotels. The service is a new means for the hospitality industry to convert guests and website visitors into engaged advocates while extending a brand's reach exponentially and finally providing hotels with a means to push past basic social media engagement, to a definable ROI.

Twittamentary, First Documentary Screenings Dedicated To The Twitterverse, Go Global

With a movie project that has virtually taken years to "wrap," Twittamentary, is a film about communities that is now available for communities around the world. Having received numerous request from folks and organizations across the globe, the film's producer is thrilled to announce an "open call" for community screenings to take place between February 1 and May 1, 2012. That's right, if you have a suitable venue and meet the screening requirements, all you need is 20 of your closest friends or fans to put on a show - for free!

Blind Followers Or Meaningful Dissenters: Facebook vs Occupy Wall Street?

Whenever a new movement consumes the hearts and minds of a large percentage of the populace, its time to take stock in what really moves these folks to act? The zeitgeist that emanated from Facebook and Occupy Wall Street couldn't be any more different from each other, yet there is an undercurrent that threads the two together. Both attract those that have an overwhelming desire to band together within loosely-knit organizations that welcome all.

Is Gmail Smarter Than You?

Gmail has revamped itself with an all New Look with many great new features.  The new look brings the ability for more customization and a myriad of improvements such as better search filters, automatic adaption to screen size, ability to change the size of your text, new themes, easier to follow conversations, the addition of profile pictures and, one of my favorites, drag and drop attachments.