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10 Of The Best Business Of 2009: The Innovative, The Unusual, The Hilarious (Part One)

In 2009, some pretty great businesses came across our radar. We've seen the strange, the unique, the hilarious, and the truly innovative that have reshaped our thoughts of what constitutes a business! This list recaps some of the best businesses of 2009. This is part one, stay tuned for part 2 as well!

Brightkite's Augmented Reality Adds New Dimension To Your Holiday Shopping!

A new wrinkle in Holiday Shopping. One the hottest location-based social networks on the market today just added Augmented Reality to one's holiday shopping experience. Just point your smartphone's camera toward any shopping area and view more than you bargained for.

Drive Through Fashion Shopping: Target To Go Sells Rodarte Line

The holiday shopping crunch is on, and shoppers no longer have time to dwell on the purchases that they're planning to make. That's why shops that feature a drive through, fast food style of shopping environment ideal because they allow shoppers to get in and get out!

O’Noir Toronto: Dine In The Dark In The New Year

It's about time to start considering what your New Year's resolutions will be this time around, and instead of pledging to start going to the gym or eating better (which you'll do, until February arrives); vow instead to try new experiences. If you're in Toronto, here's one great new thing to check out, but make sure you go with an appetite!

Will Google Purchase Yelp To Create Its Own Foursquare?

Rumors are running rampant that Google is closing in on a potential acquisition of Yelp. Why would the Search Engine Giant consider such a move? Might a small savvy start-up like Foursquare be in its cross-hairs?

Sprize : Service Notifies Shoppers When Their Purchase Drops In Price!

With all the holiday shopping each and every one of us are doing, be it online or while braving the crowds at the malls, there's a good chance that one of those purchases is going to be subject of a price cut. A deal is great, but there's no time to comparison shop after a purchase has been made, which is why Sprize is offering a solution.

Facebook May Thwart Location-Based Social Network Growth

There is so much activity in the location-based social network space with even Facebook and Twitter jumping into the fray. Companies like Foursquare, Gowalla and Brightkite are getting a lot of attention with successful rounds of funding added to their coffers.

Philly Kitchen Share: Rent A Professional Kitchen For Holiday Cooking

There are businesses renting just about everything these days, including workspaces like offices, product testing areas and more. Now, a new company is offering a different type of space for people to work in when they don't have their own, and it's something that could come in handy this holiday season.


Top Ten Companies Harnessing "The Wisdom Of The Clouds"

Companies and research firms may eventually transition most of their high-level computing tasks to a global network of servers known as "clouds." This top ten list notes the pioneers who are positioned to dominate that field.

The Omnipotent, Omniscient & Ubiquitous Google Continues To Up The Ante

'To Google' has become the universal generic term, meaning "to search." In the last 70 days there has been 38 new products added to the Search King's arsenal of tools. Even with Bing's 100 million advertising campaign, nothing seems to be able to impede the Google machine or crack a chink in its fortified armor. Today, with approximately 70 percent domination of the global search market, the omnipotent, omniscient, omnivorous and ubiquitous Google keeps upping the ante to stay on top of the search engine game. And here is why...

Twitsnaps APP Contest Awards $20 To First 100 Users

[Editor -- The contest is closed.

The first 100 users to download the Twitsnaps iPhone application will win $20. Anyone can participate. All you have to do is download the iPhone app and upload 5 or more photographs on Twitsnaps.


Office Kit: Helping Employees Use Fake Parenthood As An Excuse For Missing Work

We've all had days where hauling our butts out of bed, into the freezing cold to sit in traffic just doesn't feel like a desirable options. But, eventually office workers run out of excuses that they can use when they don't feel like they want to come in. Those with kids automatically have a foolproof escape plan, which is why one company has created a product that allows even the childless to cry "sick child" when they want to stay home.

Tweets of Shame Can Taint Real-Time Search

Before social networking, hacking was confined to one's personal computer. Now in addition to having your hardware violated, social media hacking is attacking one's personal dignity and broadcasting it to the world. And apparently the perpetrators are equal-opportunity hackers as anyone can find themselves at risk, whether you're a celebrity or a first time tweeter! But can this latest hacking tactic affect real-time search as well?

Can You Bank On Location-Based Social Networks,The Next $hiny Thing?

Is the new shiny thing - Location-Based Social Networks (LBS)? A new wave of startups taking advantage of GPS technology,the ubiquity of smart phones and location-based attributes are growing exponentially and are gaining popularity not only with users but also with angel investors. Is banking on a LBS a sure bet?

Are Facebook Fan Pages, 'The Emperor Has No Clothes'?

I'm told daily that its imperative that I set up a fan page on Facebook. Brands of all sizes have done so. Like Twitter, I know the number of one's followers can assist in spreading one's message virally. But isn't a fan page really just a puffed-up outlet for ego gratification and an opportunity to dupe ourselves and the public into believing that we get something out of renting a billboard on Facebook?