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Wenyard, Empire Avenue On Steroids Or Pyramid Scheme?

Usually one learns of a new innovation, invention, social media breakthroughs from techie news sites like Spot, AllThingsDigital. Mashable, and others.  Word traveling fast in real-time is then amplified by all the major social networks (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, for starters) and if it's really 'disruptive' it will begin to blanket our zeitgeist. This is then followed by the business trades and legacy publishers elaborating on the shiny new thing's various iterations over time.

'Author Rank' Separating Small Business Bloggers vs Small Business Ghost Writers

While the blogosphere spawned thousands upon thousands of writers who in many instances lacked the opportunity to write for legacy publishers, ironically the major criticism levied against them came from those traditionalists. Traditionalists who critiqued bloggers as less worthy of acclaim because they were not vetted by the established press. Traditionalists, the likes of noted playwright Aaron Sorkin who agreed with Sarah Palin when their combined condescension labeled them, "pajama people."

Anti-Snooping Apps For When Everybody's Watching You

When the rock group, The Eagles first penned their iconic top-forty hit, "New Kid in Town," with lyrics that spoke to: "talk on the street. . . everybody's watching you," the year was 1976, predating the Internet by almost two decades. While spot-on prescient as to what was to come, surely Don Henley, Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh couldn't have known the level of surveillance that's blanketed the world we NOW live in...

Woof To Wash: Laundry Machines Controlled By Dogs

Those of us with pets are aware that they live pretty cushy lives. They spend their days basking in the sun, chasing squirrels while out for walks, and barking when someone comes to the door. The average dog has few responsibilities - all we expect of them is to be semi-obedient and do their business outside. One company believes that dogs should play bigger roles when it comes to the maintenance of their households than simply licking fallen crumbs off the floor.

Money & Betrayal Play Key Roles In Silicon Valley Tomes

It appears when Ben Mezrich penned his tell-all book about the early beginnings of Facebook and included the bon mots "money" and "betrayal" in its title, he had paved a path for another to follow. After all if one social network could be launched on greed and deception, couldn't others? Good ole Machiavellian ethics may be as old as time, but it appears to be the common denominator for both...

Abu Ghosh: Restaurant Takes Diners To A Time Before Cell Phones

In recent months, the internet has been running rampant with videos, articles, and photo memes that emphasize the importance of living in the moment. This is a message that has managed to withstand the tests of time, but now the emphasis is placed upon accomplishing this by disconnecting from technology. One savvy business has decided to embrace the "live in the moment" movement and has incorporated it as part of its branding initiative.

Who's on First? Competing Santa Trackers: NORAD vs Google

Perhaps not as funny as the classic 1938 comedy sketch "Who's on First?" popularized by Abbott and Costello, but it does bring a smile to one's face when anybody is able to give Google a run for their money. Such is the case when the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) backed by Microsoft and Bing take on the Granddaddy of search engines in a face-off that pits one Santa Tracker against another.

Need A Little Kabbage To Finance Your Small Business?

Even with the economy relaxing somewhat, bank loans are still a little tight and VC money is not always available for small businesses. So SME entrepreneurs today are seeking more creative ways to obtain capital to finance their business. One such new method to secure funds is from the appropriately named platform, Kabbage.

From Homeland To Home Deliveries, Drones Target Afghanistan & The Amazon

For those addicted to the HBO's hit series, Homeland, the writers have inserted drones into their plot lines almost as if they were dark villainous anti-heroes. Last season, lead character Sargeant Brody sought revenge for a drone attack gone sideways killing innocent Iraqi children. This season the unmanned aerial vehicle is now used as "eyes on the ground" allowing Brody to seek covert asylum in Afghanistan...

Emoya Hotel & Spa: Pay To Stay In Poverty

Many of us in North America are used to living in relative luxury compared to much of the world. For us, "roughing" it is camping where there's no plumbing or sleeping in European hostels with nothing but our back packs. I won't trivialize it, of course, many North Americans do know what it is like to struggle, but most of us won't have to live shanties for the bulk of our lives, with no electricity, heat, or running water.

Briggo Coffee Vending Machines: The Future Of Coffee Brewing?

Vending machines are among the most popular business concepts out there - at least according to our readers! And you know what else is incredibly popular with the masses? Coffee! Now these two things are being combined, there's a new concept that just might be the best in the world.

Need This New Innovation? Using Cheese To De-Ice Roads

There is something cheesy going on in Wisconsin these days and it isn't a bunch of rabid Packer fans in cheese hats. This winter it is the roads in Milwaukee  that are getting spread with Gouda and cheddar -- well, sort of. It is actually the waste product of the cheese-making process that is being tested for use as a road de-icer.

Annie Oakley's: Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Granted First Recreational License

The marijuana business is one that has been on the rise in states that have decriminalized the drug for some time. But up until now they've only been able to cater to an elite clientele - those with licenses to purchase medical marijuana. In Colorado where the drug has been legalized, that's all about to change.

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Need This New Invention? The Liberation Wrapper

Japan is deeply dyed in age-old traditions and beliefs. One of these old beliefs is that a woman's mouth should be small and discreet. That is why there is a cultural convention of women covering their mouths when they eat, especially in public and not eating anything that requires taking a big bite. For Freshness Burger, a Japanese fast food restaurant, this has created a huge challenge in marketing their biggest burger to women.

Nap Cafe Corne: The Business Of Snoozing In Public (With Scones)

Smart businesses focus on offering solutions to common problems and needs that everyone has - and there are a limited number of things that all people absolutely require. One of those basic primal needs is to sleep, and there are studies that have shown a nap during the day can greatly increase productivity. But where should you sleep when a nap just can't wait?

Fresh Moves Bus: A Farmer's Market On Wheels

As a major advocate for purchasing and consuming local foods, and a produce-loving vegetarian, farmer's markets are among my favorite things in the world.  The only problem is that farmer's markets aren't everywhere when you need them. While there's still a way to go before everyone has unlimited, easy access to locally grown produce, businesses like The Fresh Moves bus in Chicago aim to change that.

Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!

Does Snapchat's Sexting Lead To Boom, Bubble Or Just Disposable Pornography?

Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest all became hyper-valued tech companies in a short time span -- to the point that many doomsday prognosticators are today beginning to cry "chicken-little." Comparison to the Dot.com bubble of the late 90s is an easy analogy to draw, even though today's tech expansion differs markedly. Nonetheless, it's enough of a catalyst for the weak-at-heart to second-guess themselves. . .

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Is Now A Software Developer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is now open to the public. Well, sort of. The manufacturer this week announced that its cognitive computing system will very soon serve as a cloud-based development platform, helping programmers create software with its 'cognitive computing intelligence.'