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Customer Returns 3-Legged Duck, Didn't Check the Bill

Buying the family dinner ain't all it's quacked up to be! A customer who bought a duck at a Chinese farm market was mighty angry when he noticed his purchase had a little extra 'kick' to it.

Did Google+ Beat Facebook To The First Social Media Water Closet?

You can't get any more social then taking care of bodily functions in public places. Whether it's men lined up at urinals or ladies collectively freshening up their make-up - water closets or restrooms are about as social as you get. Ironically, hanging out together privately in designated places might be the bull-eye that gives Google+ the competitive edge - heretofore dominated by Facebook.

Will The Social Media Wars Be Won By The 'Best Steward' Of Your Personal Data?

News of Google+ is cyberventilating on the blogosphere. While still in a beta test mode, more has been written about its impending launch than anything else they have done in the social media space - and to date that includes a number of starts-sputters-and-stops along the way (less we forget Orkut, Buzz, Google Me, Google+1, etc.) Facebook on the other hand continues to expand exponentially approaching the 3/4 billion mark milestone - leaving little room for others to play catch-up.

'Flying Piggy' Picks Up Where Angry Birds Leaves Off

Don't look now, Angry Birds lovers, but the pigs are on the wing in the downloadable new game “Flying Piggy”. Developed on the cheap by Taiwan's Softstar Entertainment for the Apple iPad (and soon, the iPhone), Flying Piggy is bringing home the bacon as the hottest online game for iPad users in 9 nations - and counting.

Pacific Ocean Mud Holds a Wealth of Suddenly Not-So-Rare Earth Minerals

If the recent discovery of vast deposits of rare earth minerals on the floor of the Pacific Ocean pans out, the use of the word “rare” to describe these essential high-tech elements may prove to be the mother of all misnomers.

Justin Timberlake Proves To Be Real VC-Man With Ownership Stake In MySpace

As life imitates art, Justin Timberlake who appeared in the award-winning movie "The Social Network" was also satirized in the graphic novel, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks." As VC-Man, the novel parodies the actor playing the real-life venture capitalist Sean Parker. Today, it was announced that JT will assume that role in real-life with a joint acquisition deal with Specific Media to buy MySpace from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Google's Social Media Hangouts Challenges Facebook's Friends

Google seems to be unshaken by all its missteps, lawsuits and flawed attempts at seeking social media's holy grail - as it makes yet another attempt at trying to beat Facebook at its own game. This time out, it's launching a social networking service called the Google+ project which while looking a lot like Zuckerberg's brain child - is in a lock-down beta mode, only accessible to a select group of testers, hand-picked by the Big G...

Golden Bus Adds Bling to Nanjing's Gritty City Streets

Old and busted: Drab, ordinary public transit vehicles. Gold and bussed: A very expensive promotion by a jewelry store in China that saw a Nanjing city bus covered in sheets of gold leaf.

Schick Japan Animates Your Shave with a 'One Piece' Anime Action Figure

Schick Japan and anime publisher Shueisha have teamed up for the "One Piece" collaboration and campaign running from July 1st through September 30th. The highlight for anime luvvin' shavers is a collectible Schick Hydro razor stand featuring  Monkey D Luffy, star of the immensely popular One Piece manga series.

It's No Bull, New 'Pepsi Energy Cola' Gives You a Buzz

Pepsi Japan just can't kick their habit of rolling out one new cola after another, and this time their seizing the Red Bull by the horns with Pepsi Energy Cola!

China's Facebook Launches Social Credit Card While It Slides On Stock Exchange

A paradox seems a foot when a Chinese social network pilots an innovative global initiative at the same time its stock price is plummeting. As Renren, China's Facebook teams up with China Merchants Bank to create a co-branded credit card with "social features" - in one week's time, the value of its stock fell from US$14 to an all time low of US$6.78 as of closing on June 16.

Black Market Human Milk Being Bought by the Bag in Beijing

White milk, black market: Chinese mothers, leery of powdered milk due to a series of well-publicized scandals, are increasingly turning to online human milk sources to help feed their babies.

Japanese Black Rind Watermelons Taste Sweet, Cost Plenty!

What better cure for melancholy than melons – expensive, black rind watermelons to be exact! Be prepared to pay dearly for these sweet black beauties, however, as the premium Densuke watermelons are only grown on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.

What I learned from the Inventors at the Minnesota Inventors Congress

I just came back from speaking at the Minnesota's Inventor's Congress (MIC). For those of you who don't know, the Minnesota Inventors Congress is one of the oldest and most established inventor trade shows in the country. And I have to say, I learned more from the inventors who attended MIC then I ever thought possible. It was so inspiring that I felt compelled to write this article and share.

Social Media Finds "F Word" Acceptable For Songs & Graphic Novel

From George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," and Harry Nilsson's "You're Breaking My Heart" back in the 70's, it's taken almost 40 years for one of the most taboo of curse words to make it into every day discourse via social media channels such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Slap Chop Chopper Hits Japan, Vince & Graty Not Included

Slap Chop, the handy-dandy food chopper frenetically promoted in TV infomercials by now-disgraced pitchman Vince Offer, has arrived in Japan with neither Vince or Graty in tow. How do you like his nuts now?

Wacky Fan Umbrella Combo Blow-Dries On the Go

Bad hair day? Get a Fanbrella! The unimaginatively named Fanbrella combines – you guessed it – a fan and an umbrella to keep Japanese commuters cool and dry during the hot, humid rainy season.

Zuckerberg Kills Those Who Do Not Follow, Including The Virtual

Since lobsters, goats and pigs have not fallen in line with homosapiens by joining the world's most ubiquitous social network, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to put a target on their backs. However, instead of becoming a serial killer just for sport, he's made a vow - this year - to only eat what he kills.

Social Media Meets Shangri-La: Tibet Tops One Million Internet Users

Online on top of the world! Nearly half of Tibet's population has come to embrace the Internet as an ideal way to find information, exchange ideas, play games and “yak” with far-away friends.

Peach Aviation to Take a Bite Out of the High Cost of Flying

Peach Aviation Ltd., Japan's first budget airline, is set to begin limited operations early next year. The new cost-cutting carrier will offer bargain-hunting travelers “surprisingly’’ low fares but the question remains, will penny-pinching fliers bite?