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Follow Internet Investor Yuri Milner's Lead To Invest In Small Social Media Businesses

Hindsight is 20/20. Had we known to follow Yuri Milner's lead back in 2009 when he and his company Digital Sky Technologies (DST) invested $200 million in what was a small busines at the time called, Facebook, for a 1.95% stake -- we may all have been a lot wealthier today. That early bet made this previously-unknown Russian investor, a billionaire.

Redesign Tikves Chardonnay Label, Win 500 Euros!

This international contest, presented by Tikves winery and Skopje Design Week, will test product packaging pros to revamp the label for Tikves Chardonnay for a chance to win 500 euros!

Beijing Bets 1,000 New Electric Taxis Are An Idea Worth Hailing

The next cab you take in Beijing just might be electrified... in a good way, mind you. If the 50 electric taxis “currently” cruising the Chinese capital's streets on a trial basis are deemed successful, 1,000 more will be rolled out before the end of 2013. Shocking news indeed!

Hey DJ! Amazing Vinyl Portraits

Movie stars and the Gods of Rock 'n' Roll are used to seeing their faces plastered all over the world, but Alejandro de Antonio has put their faces somewhere they have probably never been. Depending on their particular artistic field, this talented Spanish artist creates their likeness on a canvas that makes sense, including old-school vinyl records and the metal canisters that film reels used to be stored in. His work is about as close to art imitating life as you can get!

Google Glass To Make Visionaries Out Of Small Business Owners

While Google hopes to launch Google Glass by Christmas, there's a lot of speculation as to its acceptance in the business world. Surely with an anticipated price tag of slightly under $1500, at first glance (pun intended), one would think only larger brands would be able to afford this innovative new device.

It's All Melty: Why Innovative Building Structure Matters To Brits

We all love innovative building design, right? And those all-glass skyscrapers that reflect the amazing colors of sky and clouds, those are just great. Martin Lindsay and his car no longer like any of that rot.

Japanese Kanjani Eight Boy Band Alarm Clock Sings You Awake

If waking up to the sweet singing sounds of one of Japan's best-loved boy bands makes your day, then the limited-edition Kanjani Eight Special Alarm Clock will make you very, very happy.

New Chinese Law Prompts Sale Of “Pee-Straight” Funnels

China's public toilets are no fun but at least now there'll be funnels, thanks to an enterprising pair of migrant workers selling colorful “pee straight” plastic cones. The funky funnels appeared on the streets of Shenzhen shortly after a new law came into effect threatening fines for those who "failed to urinate accurately."

Is Shanghai's Roast Duck Ferry Boat In Poor Taste?

Damn the torpedoes and pass the hoisin sauce, it's The Shanghai Duck! This deliciously decorated passenger version of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s huge (and hugely popular) inflatable yellow rubber ducks is making waves, though for some they're waves of nausea.

Build A Better Bike & Win The 2014 International Bicycle Design Competition!

If you have a way to make the globally appreciated sport of biking safer, more popular, exciting or fun than it is in its current form, you could win a huge pile of money for your idea!

Trucking Cool: PATTON SUVs Invade Chengdu Motor Show

Look out China, here comes PATTON! The 2013 Chengdu Motor Show features a couple of ominously modified Ford trucks proudly bearing the Patton nameplate. Could Pittsburgh PA's Allegheny Ford Isuzu Truck Sales be channeling Old Blood & Guts for a Far East sales offensive?

WTF? Super-Expensive Designer Toilet Paper?

Evidently rich people don't have enough things on which to spend their money. Now we have entered the land of designer toilet paper.Do you think this toilet paper is worth the hefty price tag?

Create A Modern Library & Win The Fenn Young Designers Award 2013!

If you’re between 18 and 33, and you know exactly how to reimagine the concept of a library for “Millennials,” share your designs for a chance to win up to $1,500!

Chocotowel Is The Best Hand Towel Bar None!

Chocotowel from Japanese design house OTTAIPNU may be sweet but it's also calorie-free. Why design a hand towel to look like a chocolate bar? Why not... just the thought of chocolate is enough to boost one's mood and provoke a smile.

Tawki's DIY Videos To Feature ‘One-Click, Animate’ Functionality

Adding video production to your social media tool box is essential today for both business and pleasure. According to the web tracking-and-measurement firm ComScore, 89 million people in the United States are going to watch 1.2 billion online videos today alone. And, 76 percent of marketers plan to add video to their websites, making it a higher priority than Facebook, Twitter and even blog integration.

Chinese Carmaker Licenses “Snowden” Name For New Electric Vehicle

Haima Snowden and you're not! Hainan-based Haima Auto has contracted with the Chinese trademark owner of the “Snowden” name and are planning to use the American asylum-seeking secret-spiller's monniker for a yet-to-be-released EV (electric vehicle). One would hope the upcoming Snowden sedan won't leak as much as its notorious namesake.

Silver Gel Sucks Bacteria Out of Dirty Water in Seconds

In the aftermath of disasters, clean drinking water may be impossible to find. Now, a porous gel infused with silver nanoparticles is in development. The invention may change the way water purification happens. The gel sucks in contaminated water and squeezes out purified water in mere seconds.

Raining Champions: Japan's 10 Cutest, Cleverest & Coolest Umbrellas

If your umbrella succeeds in keeping you dry in the rain and/or shaded from the sun, then everything else is just gravy. Well, it must be raining gravy in Japan 'cause the country's umbrellas take effective rain & sun protection as their starting point and run with it. Where they end up is anyone's guess... but be sure to bring your umbrella with, just in case.

The Art of Advertising

The world of art and business have been crossing paths and overlapping for hundreds of years, and from Parisian Absinthe Art to Wall Street Warhol crazes, there has been a powerful connection between art and marketing. Although this ad campaign by Guido Daniele is a few years old, it exemplifies the change in that relationship which has occurred in recent years. Our hyperconnected, light-speed generation, coupled with our throw away culture, might render certain forms of art as nothing more than a disposable tool to sell a product, rather than a lasting statement about the world at the moment of its conception.

Win 17,000 Euros For Using Ceramic Via Tile Of Spain Awards 2013!

If you’re an architect or interior designer with a preference for ceramic tiles made in Spain, you could win big for your handiwork!