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It's War, Baby! Cute Kewpie Doll 'Zero Fighter' Charm

Celebrate Imperial Japan's famous and feared wartime fighter plane, the Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero', with this dangerously cute kewpie doll Zero fighter charm.

Is the 'Net' Wall Of China The Next Iron Curtain?

An Internet maelstrom is brewing in China. Southeast Asia, predicted as one of the next hotbeds for social media in 2010 is seeing a test of wills being fought out on the world stage. Google acting as a quazi-secretary of state is threatening China that they will pull out of the country if the government doesn't address the cyber-attacks that violated some of its users' Gmail accounts.

Why She Lost: Obama's Social Media Playbook Ignored By Martha Coakley

Chris Hughes, sometimes referred to as the "Kingmaker" was largely responsible for Obama's victory over McCain in the last presidential election. Hughes, the wunderkind of social networking developed a social media campaign, the likes of which had never been seen before in modern politics. The digerati were the early adopters, followed by the goose-stepping queue of the Twitterati and the Facebookers. With such success why wouldn't Ted Kennedy's would-be successor have not followed suit?

Infinite Chocolate Bar Celebrates 84 years of Japan's Meiji Chocolate

Bandai's 'Infinite Chocolate' allows one to enjoy the sublime thrill of breaking off a piece of chocolate from the bar, again and again, sugar & calorie free. Sweet!

Google Is No Secretary Of State When It Comes To Diplomacy In China

International diplomacy is the fine art of negotiations that Hillary Clinton is learning as she goes. When Google announced last week it was purchasing a power plant to save on its utilities bill, I reported that their Energy Czar should be considered for the US cabinet post of Secretary of Energy. And while the Search Engine giant is ubiquitous and a jack of all trades, I don't think they have the finesse for resolving international debates.

Clock Art – Telling Time With Attitude

Steampunk clock-maker Roger Wood creates unique works of art with a variety of unusual materials.


Top Social Media IPO Contenders

With the economy rebounding, is there any surprise that the world of social media might be primed to take a run on the stock markets? While a 140 banks were forced to close in '09, 140 characters became the digerati's new mantra. Where were you when Google and Apple went public? Sitting on the sidelines? Might be time to keep your ear to ground and listen to the growing digital drumbeats signifying that IPOs could be right around the bend.

The Iranian Blogosphere Through The Looking Glass

Compared to other countries in the Middle East, the Iranian people have a high level of political maturity and an organized popular movement for democratic socio-political change. So why do Iranians continue to revolt on the blogosphere and the streets of Tehran?

Google's 'Fast Flip' & 'Living Stories' Court King Murdoch

Google and other search engines have been caught in the cross-hairs of Rupert Murdoch's vitriolic attacks regarding content control. In the age of citizen journalism that is slowly melding into semantic technology before our very eyes, Murdoch's posturing is pure theatrics and his business model is outdated. The era of legacy of newspapers is waning and the titan of the tabloids needs to take heed.

The Secret Wars of Google & Apple (and perhaps Kindle?)

Just as soon as secret rumors caught fire that Apple's soon-to-be released "tablet," will now be released under the new name, "iSlate," a fresh wave of rumors have hit the digital airwaves. Apparently,  Google has released RFPs (Request For Proposal) to several hardware companies including two prominent computer manufacturers in Asia to launch their new netbook. While these two titans battle it out for marketshare, will Kindle and other PDA (personal digital assistant) devices just sit on sidelines?

Crash Jewelry: Glitzy Jewelry Line Inspired By The Misery Of The Recession

2009 has been a hard year; you might not think it's a time period that would be memorialized in fashion but one designer has decided to take the economical situation of the year to inspire a line of accessories.


Iranian Activist Fights With Top Social Media Tool Of The Decade

A recent Mashable report couldn't have been more on target when it recognized YouTube as the top social media innovation of the decade. That social media tool in the able of hands of  Mohsen Sazegara, an opposition activist is being used as a military resource to rebel against Iranian tyranny that has swept the land since the disputed presidential elections held back in June. Like David versus Goliath, this is a classic tale of choosing the right weaponry.

A Seductive, Mysterious, So-Very-Retro But In-The-Moment Lamp... Named Cindy?

If ever there was a lamp that exuded sensuality, without of course being in human form, it is the Cindy Lamp, designed by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell.  Shiny, sleek, in decadent colors that reflect every object in subtle tones of themselves...  The Cindy Lamp would be slow, seductive, atonal, film noire... if it were music.

Kindle Outsells Sarah Palin & Dan Brown On Christmas Day!

The latest generation of Kindle was released in October. In November, Amazon’s Kindle broke sales records as the hottest item on holiday gift lists. My holiday blog titled "Kindle vs Nook & Sony e-Reader For The Holidays!" exceeded over 70,000 page-views. On Christmas day,  Amazon's Kindle hit an unprecedented milestone in the publishing history - it sold more Kindle books than physical books.

Social Media Makes "Mr.Splashypants" Internet Famous!

In a very humorous rapid-fire delivery on YouTube, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the popular social voting news Web site Reddit tells a story how one humpback whale became Internet famous. See how "Greenpeace," became the Captain Ahab in pursuit of a new name for Moby Dick on the Social Media High Seas!