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World Cup's Vuvuzela Is The Sound Heard Round The World

Vuvuzela (pronouced voo-voo-ZAY-lah) is the horn of plenty. Its name in Zulu roughly translates to "making a lot of noise" — and it sure does. This year's World Cup in South Africa is distinguished by a sound not found in too many other destinations. At best, it's been compared to the sound of a herd of elephants - at worst perhaps, "the traffic jam from hell."

Social Media Journalism By Wikileaks' Whistleblower Unfolds In Real-Time

Worthy of a George Clooney spy movie (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, comes to mind), the intrigue of this story is riveting. Unraveling across continents, high levels of government, potential treason and investigative journalism are all intertwined and unfolding in real-time through social media channels that might eventually expose cover-ups in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Vocus Acquires Crowdsourcing HARO's Free Social Media News Service

Today, Peter Shankman, the hard-working matchmaker of reporters and sources, and self-proclaimed 'adventurist' sold his company HARO (Help A Reporter Out) to Vocus, an on-demand software company. A true success story - what outgrew its confines as a small Facebook group, HARO's Web site and newsletter service has expanded exponentially to a mailing list of 100k+ journalists and experts.

One Drink Too Many For Kevin Rose At Diggnation's Bar & Grill

Techcrunch just broke the news that Digg's Kevin Rose is calling its quits with Diggnation, his weekly Web show about picking a topic and then drinking yourself silly trying to explain it. We don't know if this move will lead to Rehab or AA meetings, but it's certainly sending up one more red flag about a company that has been unsuccessfully trying to reinvent itself for quite some time.

Wacky Jelly Bean Company Promises Scented Farts

A company that's currently keeping its name under a guise of secrecy is one that's promising to offer a solution to one of the world's biggest issues. No, we're not talking about the Gulf oil spill, so perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration, but we are talking about another type of gas!

Here You Go: Free Umbrella Giveaways For Acts of Kindness

Some businesses aren't about turning a profit, at least not solely, and that's a business concept that's becoming increasingly more popular around the world. The latest makes an appearance right on time for the Spring season, right when it's needed most, and it's all about kindness!

Inventor Success Stories That Inspire: The Slinky

Every Kid Wanted One: Ever heard of the Slinky? The fun toy that sold more than 250 million units worldwide!The creators of the Slinky were just ordinary people that came up with a simple product idea. And that simple product idea produced more wealth then they could have ever possibly imagined!


Titillating Turbans: Charitable Business Makes Fashion For Cancer Survivors

Some of the most inspiring businesses out there derive from a personal need, and there's one business that provides a great example of this. One entrepreneur decided to start a business based on her own personal demands that she couldn't quite fulfill and has decided to give back to others with more than just her inventory.

UC Berkeley Chemical Biologist Wins 'Oscar For Inventors'

An internationally known chemical biologist, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, researcher, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor, from the University of California at Berkeley, has won the most prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for $500,000, dubbed the 'Oscar for Inventors.'  This award recognizes individuals who translate their inventions and innovations into technologies that improve our world.

 

Network Buddies Turning Facebook Into 'Facebucks' For Social Network Users

Barclays Business has just launched a competition for UK entrepreneurs with 'brilliant' ideas, titled, "Take One Small Step." Its goal is to surface Britain's best new business innovations whether it's a new start-up or existing business looking to bust out with a new idea. Entrants can win one of 10 prizes worth £50,000, and Network Buddies with its new twist on an old Web 2.0 format has just thrown it's social networking hat in the ring!

Amiya's Mobile Dance Academy: Brilliant Business Run By Bright Tween

A unique business concept gets enough notice on its own, but when there's a CEO behind it of a unique demographic who proves that brilliance can beat the odds, you've just got to give it some recognition.

MiWorld: Where The Virtual World And Online Dining Experiences Collide

When you join a virtual world online, like the Facebook games Farmville or Cafe World you've got to register to enter, and then you've got access to everything the environment. You can feed cows, yourself or your diners; and while that's all fine and well, virtually, there are those who would like to see the online structure go offline.

Dogfish Head Beer Soap Company: Smell Like A Brewery All Day Long

The morning  after a long night of drinking, the memories of the alcohol consumed that night come back to haunt you as the creep out of your pores in an unpleasant sweat. If that weren't bad enough, you become more nauseous because that permeating smell doesn't do much to help a hangover. Bet you've never thought about replicating that experience, minus the alcohol; have you? Well, apparently you should because you can now thanks to one business.

One Noffs: Charity Clothing Store That Gives New Life To Donations

There are many businesses all about upcycling these days, giving new life to clothing and other reusable items. Well, sometimes all it takes for a new concept to get noticed is a little twist on an old idea, and the word "charity" helps, too!

British Company Urges Investors To 'Bond' With Chocolate

Here's a new twist for investors... An upmarket British chocolate grower and maker of fine chocolates, Hotel Chocolat, wants to expand its store chain from 42 to 72 shops, develop a new cocoa plantation in St. Lucia, and expand overseas development.  So, guess what sweet deal they've cooked up for investors?

Social Media Radio Gives Real Meaning To Socialized Medicine: BUDDY

"Do more for less" in public services is the motto for Sidekick Studios, a British innovator in social innovations that spins out social businesses.  Sidekick's latest invention, Buddy, is a social media radio that allows persons with long term health conditions to communicate how they are feeling to their family and friends in real-time, through email, SMS, Facebook, IM, Twitter and other social networks without digital support.

 


Give Me A Tap: Eco-Friendly Drinking Options That Supports The Water Crisis

A new business concept that has been more commonly appearing in cities around the world as a public water sharing program. In order to encourage tourists and city dwellers to stop purchasing bottled water and help the environment, these programs offer convenience. 

Gold Vending Machines: Gold ATMs For International Currency

Who doesn't like a little bit of gold? In North America we might only dream about seeing gold bars coming out of a vending machine, but in one exotic international location, it is a reality.

Swedes 4G’ing Ahead With New And Improved Wi-Fi

On May 13th, 2010, a small Swedish tech company by the name of Anyfi decided to go and mess up the status quo in the world of Wi-Fi Internet technology by announcing a new form of Wi-Fi that will apparently provide 4G service to home and mobile customers alike.

Compost Cab: Business Offers Weekly Curbside Compost Pickup!

Not all cities and states are fortunate enough to have curbside compost pickup for compostable items along with their weekly garbage retrieval. Perhaps this is a trend that will spread further someday, but until then, there are businesses ready to step up and fill in the gaps!