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Social Media Blogger Crunching Start-Ups & Conflicts Of Interest

Traditional media has longed categorized bloggers as an unruly lot who choose to work outside of legitimate journalistic guidelines. Our editorial contributions have sometimes  been dismissed as pay-for-play fodder and at its worse - content farms - or "black hat" websites compiled for the sole purpose of stimulating Internet traffic versus publishing quality social discourse.

Winnipeg Jets 'Jerseygate' Shines Spotlight on Chinese Counterfeit Clothing

Talk about prematurely dropping the puck: the NHL's Winnipeg Jets haven't unveiled their new hockey jerseys to the public but that hasn't stopped Chinese counterfeiters from knocking off new Jets jerseys by the dozen.

Domino's Pizza Japan's Moon Branch Project: 30 Light Years or it's Free!

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's... just another delivery for Domino's Pizza! It could actually happen, someday, if the Domino's Pizza Japan Moon Branch Project ever gets off the ground.

Great Wall of Chinese SUVs Ready to Roll on American Roads?

Great Wall Motors has solidified its position as China's leading manufacturer of SUVs by rolling out the new Haval H6. GWM exports to over 120 countries & regions worldwide, so when will Sino-SUVs like the H6 hit the highways here?

Turning (Pages) Japanese: The USA's Top Ten Best-Selling Manga

One Piece? Yu-Gi-Oh!? Oh no, those and other manga titles may be loved in Japan, but they're not among the top ten in ICv2's ranking of American manga sales for the first half of 2011.

Social Media Makes Strange Bedfellows As MSN & Renren Begin An Affair

While China is the country everyone wants to get a piece of these days - the two major Internet giants in the world - namely, Google and Facebook - face major hurdles with the government's insidious "firewall" and its strict censorship regulations.

Japanese Restaurant Serves Super Sumo-Sized Sushi

A Japanese restaurant whose patrons' eyes must be WAY bigger than their stomachs is making a name for itself by serving up huge futomaki rolls and super-sized sushi sets. Of course, the prices are enormously inflated as well.

Elecom Introduces Bluetooth Folding Keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iTouch

Elecom's Bluetooth wireless folding keyboard for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch expands your mobile computing options while keeping components compact, lightweight and portable.

China's 'Most Awesome Wall of Air Conditioners' Building

The "coolest" building in China stands in the city of Fuzhou, though not for much longer if the force of gravity has anything to say about it. Tenants frustrated by the lack of central AC in the modern office tower have festooned the 25-story building's exterior with over 500 window AC units.

China's First Flying Drone Has Got its Robotic Eye on You

Watch out for the F50, China's first flying robotic drone. Small as a pizza pan and equipped with an HD video camera, you can be sure it'll be watching you!

LeBron James Takes His Talents to China

'The Chosen One' has chosen China – at least, for a few days. The 2011 LeBron James Basketball Tour was a promotional tour de force both for the NBA and for Nike, manufacturer of King James' new shoes.

Does Today's Income Tax Coddle An Endangered Species?

The idea of a personal income tax is a modern invention. Throughout most of history, the record keeping of tracking individual income would been a logistical nightmare. During the Civil War, however, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1861 which instituted an income tax for the first time. Today class warfare is more of a concern to American citizens versus whether or not you hail from the North or South. . .

China's Bucks Boost Bolivia into the Space Age

Bolivia's first orbiting communications satellite will be designed with the help of Chinese technicians and launched into space atop a Chinese rocket booster in late 2013.

Euglena Burgers: The Other Green Meat

The tiny, single-celled Euglena has a foot in both the Animal and Plant kingdoms. It could also have a hand in changing the world's meat-eating culture and vastly improving the environment.

Reptile Cafe: Something Newt in Yokohama!

Yokohama Subtropical Tea is Japan's first and only "reptile cafe", offering guests a respite from home and office stress along with the chance to warm up to the cold-blooded staff. What's more, the lounge lizards are real lizards.

Big Game Hunters Set Their Sights on China's Wildlife

International trophy hunters have formally applied to stalk Tibetan Gazelles and Himalayan Blue Sheep native to China's mountainous Qinghai province. If approved, it would be the first time in 5 years that sportsmen would be allowed to lock, load, and let the lead fly on Chinese soil.

Ghost Of Guy Fawkes Evoked To Destroy Facebook?

While the blogoshere is cyberventilating once again about the imminent demise of Facebook (anybody remember the "We're Quitting Facebook Day" scheduled for May 31, 2010?), the ghost of Guy Fawkes has been evoked to stir the conspiracy pot. Five hundred years to the day, the Hacker activist group known as Anonymous is claiming they will coincide their destruction of Facebook with Fawkes attempt to blow up the House of Parliament on November 5, 1605.

China's Experimental Fast Reactor Plugs Into the National Power Grid

The China Experimental Fast Reactor, or CEFR for short, has begun pumping power into China's national electric grid. By greatly increasing fuel efficiency and minimizing the discharge of long-lasting toxic waste, the CEFR pioneers the new direction nuclear power plants must take in a world where nuclear power is coming under increasing scrutiny.

Chinese Taxi Drivers Strike for Higher Fares, 'Gonna Get Organezized'

“You talkin' to me?” Thousands of taxi drivers in the Chinese city of Hangzhou are about ready to go all Travis Bickle on someone after deciding 10 years without a fare increase was a fair reason to go out on  strike.

Japanese Advertisers Save Electricity & Impress Consumers with 'Powerless Ads'

“Longer, Lower, Wider”, “New & Improved”, “Supersize It!”... in the world of advertising, bigger has always been better. Not any more, as the new Japanese trend towards conservation and frugality changes the country's marketing culture.