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The Ultimate DIY Inventor Success Story!

Since founding her company, Sara Blakely has donated more than $10 million dollars, employs 100+ people, has been on Oprah, was featured in a reality show with Sir Richard Branson, and met former President Nelson Mandela!

How did Sara Blakely reach such success? The story goes like this…


Will Social Media Leaks Or Pokes Win Nobel Peace Prize?

Two years ago, the world wondered how a newly-elected president like Barack Obama could qualify and win the Nobel Peace Prize. Even the president questioned the honor. This year, that same president might also question why WikiLeaks is now a candidate for that same distinction. Moreover, in a year that couldn't get enough of Facebook, could that honor go to a dark horse, like the world's largest social network?

Social Media's Whistleblowing In The Wind To Become Decentralized

Ever since WikiLeaks came under global scrutiny, whistleblowing has taken a somewhat negative turn. Daniel Domscheit-Berg who had a falling out with its founder, Julian Assange believes its due to whistleblowers not having control over the secrets they want to spill. To remedy the situation, he and his team are building OpenLeaks, a new platform that will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to submit documents to anonymously.

Social Media Goes Dark In Egypt Amidst Protests

Unfortunately the news coming out of Egypt is all too familiar to countries like the U.S. that have watched other totalitarian governments censor social media, particularly during country-wide protests. However, during the 2009 Iranian Election protests, citizens were still able to access their hand-held devices and connect to global social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is not the case in Egypt where mobile phone texting, Blackberry messaging and the Internet were silenced by the government.

Could Social Media Currency Replace the Dollar, Euro or Yuan?

When Mark Zuckerberg first launched his Open Graph API at the last Facebook F8 Conference in 2010, it was clear that a paradigm shift was set in motion- one that would revolutionize advertising - but more importantly one that would transform monetary transactions across the Web.  But could it possibly replace the dollar, euro or yuan?

6 New Designs For Australia's "Grown Up" Flag

More than fifty years after the current Australian flag was adopted, many prominent Australians, including a dozen former Australians of the Year, are saying its time for a new one - a flag that does not pay homage to Great Britain by including the Union Jack.  Here are some of the proposed designs....

Social Media Helps Promote Persian Version Of Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

With Facebook friends scaling past a quarter-million and a YouTube account that has attracted over 15,000 views since January 21, the Iranian TV show, Parazit is using social media channels to promote its answer to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Co-created by Iranian ex-pats Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, the popular Voice of America's Persian-language program is produced in Washington, DC, where the founders can lampoon their parent country, without fear of reprisal.

Social Media Drops Another "P" Bomb On TGIF

Who releases a major privacy change to its social network on a Friday evening prior to a holiday weekend? Well, if you're the social network that has rebuffed privacy issues in the past, and believes that online privacy is no longer a "social media norm," I guess it's your world to dictate, and we are still the "dumb f*cks" you so aptly named some six years ago.

Pac-Man Pastry From Circle K Japan Celebrates 30 Years Of Video Gaming

Hungry for some hot arcade game action? You're 30 years too late on the latter but Japan's Circle K Sunkus convenience stores have got a little something to satisfy the former.

Social Media's Dark Side Casts Long Shadow Beyond Tucson Shopping Mall

Much has been written in an attempt to make some sense out of the shootings involving U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona and the subsequent deaths of her aid, a judge and four others. Suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner's social media footprints are being examined for clues as to his motives. But perhaps we are following the wrong trail of evidence. Political extremists who are effective in radicalizing certain segments of society are also using social networks to rally support for their causes.

Social Media Under The Gavel When WikiLeaks' Twitter DMs Were Demanded

Once again the popular microblogging site of Twitter is caught at the vortex of a political maelstrom where human rights are at issue. Differing from the Iranian election protests of 2009, this time the U.S. is appearing to be the heavy-handed oppressor. On December 14, the government's Department of Justice issued a court order to Twitter to the attention of its "Trust & Safety" department.

Social Media IPOs: Facebook Not To Steal LinkedIn's Thunder?

With Facebook's valuation scaling to $50 billion and Goldman Sachs anteing up $450 million for a private IPO with the social network, things are heating up as social media start testing the "Wall Street" waters. Book runners with the financial heft of Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JP Morgan are rumored to be squiring LinkedIn in an attempt to beat Facebook to the public offering punch.

'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.

Social Media Traffic Shows StumbleUpon With Early 2011 Lead Over Facebook?

With Goldman Sachs obtaining a $450 million 'Private IPO' from Facebook this week, could things getting any rosier for the world's largest social network? But it seems that not even an award-winning movie, a graphic novel and Time's 'Person of the Year' can buy everything. Statistics are indicating that discovery engine StumbleUpon appears to be whooping FB's behind in generating more US social media traffic between December and January.

Archeology Find Indicates Original Cretans May Have Been Shipped In

In an “old gadget” find of the day, US and Greek archeologists have found evidence that humanity may have been tooling around the ocean earlier than imagined.

Skype To Join China's Internet Graveyard Of Facebook, Flickr, YouTube & Google?

The Great Firewall of China is alive and well as companies like Google have been forced to relocate its operations to Hong Kong, and movers and shakers like Mark Zuckerberg while allowed to tour the country - is saddled with his social network being sequestered in "404 Not Found Territory" on China's Internet. But what about Skype - the Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) provider? Surely, China's Big Brother doesn't want to censor phone calls, as well?

China To Green Western Deserts With Seawater

A radical water-moving project seeks to green the sandy expanses of Western China using seawater piped in from the Bohai Sea, more than 2,200 kilometers (1,360 miles) to the east.

2010's Disruptive Technologies At Odds: Ipad vs WikiLeaks

The game-changing technology of the iPad and WikiLeaks fast became part of the world zeitgeist this year. Under normal circumstances disruptive technology is a stand-alone innovation setting a new path for technology that went before. If iPad disrupted the laptop and eReader industries, and WikiLeaks was a political game-changer in the world of journalism - how did they cross paths to motivate one to reject the other?

Google Digests Travel Software To Fatten Its Travel Search Portal

Back in April, I speculated that Google would acquire ITA Software, the meta-search technology that drives online travel agents (OTAs) in addition to Bing Travel, and could throw a monkey-wrench into how online search would function going forward. In my post, titled, "Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changers for OTAs. . ." I noted industry sources that predicted the buying price could go as high as US $1 billion.

Social Media's Person Of The Year Networks In '404 Not Found' Territory

Chinese netizens poke fun at the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg being greeted in a country that bans his Web site. The government's welcoming banner auspiciously reads: Warm welcome to China - the founder of the website '404 Not found.' For a man lauded recently by Time Magazine and whose life is portrayed in an award-winning movie, what motivated the CEO of Facebook to visit the land of the dragon?