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Amazing Race Finalists Visit Virtual Worlds & Darth Vader In Finale

On the Amazing Race's 16th Season Finale scheduled to air May 9th (8:00PM-9:00PM ET), the last three teams travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in hopes of winning the million-dollar prize. They've circumnavigated the globe and now they're heading home.

The Terminator thinks different in China

Here's one of the latest viral videos making the rounds on the Chinese internets. 'Secret Mission of the Terminator' is a fun video created by Leon Wang. It starts out with a shot of a terminator robot begging for change outside the Apple store in Beijing. After receiving a coin from a generous passer-by, he uses it to charge up from a nearby vending machine and then all heck breaks loose. Apple fanboys, please close your eyes. This isn't pretty.

Has Digg Finally Dugg Its Own Grave?

Perhaps a sign of the times. Perhaps a social media tool that's outlived its usefulness. Perhaps it couldn't compete with the major power players in the social media space. But with nervous investors, the exodus of Jay Adelson, a recent 10% layoff of its staff and a lot of talk-but-no-action on a redesign of their site, with the red flags rising - they might as well be flying at half mast.

Urine Sample Drinking Cups Put The P in Party

Planning a party? Emphasize the P with these authentic Japanese urine sample collection cups. Every time your guests take a "sip", they'll want to, er, spell it backwards.

Facebook & McDonald's App Tests Foursquare-like Location-based Social Networking

Location-based service networks have been nervously anticipating Facebook moving into their space in 2010, but when nothing was announced regarding geolocation technology at the company's F8 Developers Conference last month, many thought it was a back-burner issue. Not the case. With over 400 million users compared to Foursquare's one million, this David and Goliath scenario could prove to be the LBS death knell.

Top Ten Social Media Aggregators

As the popularity of social media has grown, so have the number of networks to update and track across platforms. What is right for you?  How can you better manage all your content and networks under one umbrella service?

Design In This Risky Environment? Tom Dixon Likes The Metals

There's apparently even more stability in the design world where everything must be new every season, than there is in the stock market.  And today, when everyone is thinking where should I hide my money, I thought I'd let you know that Tom Dixon still likes 'the metals.'

TinyChat (Chatroulette With Clothes) Adds Twitter Chatrooms

When 140 characters are just not enough to get your point across, you can now actually square off with your Twitter followers face-to-face, with the launch of a new service by TinyChat. Twitter Chatrooms allows for instant video chat conferencing where any Twitter member can immediately engage after registration.

Facebook Moms Meet Hallmark's 'Instant Personalization' on Mothers Day!

With Facebook facing one's of its most critical hurdles - probably since its inception - brands like Hallmark are upping their game in marketing their products and services via the social network. While the term 'instant personalization' has been tainted with the launch of Facebook's Open Graph, Hallmark is using "personalization" in a way that takes some of the sting out of that privacy issue.

Geek House, Where Tokyo Techies Play More, Pay Less

Nerds of a feather, flock together... at least they do in Japan, where 'Geek Houses' are springing up like Mario's mushrooms.

Real Books Are Reborn In David Garcia's Archive Series

The old fashioned kind of books with the hard backs and the paper pages one turns, generally by hand, are still important to Danish architect David Garcia, at least as subject matter.  In his Archive Series, Garcia gives books new life by placing them in different surroundings - four vastly different Archives that strike us as three-dimensional poems.  Fortunately, we have all the photos, even those representing the mysterious Archive III.

 

Cupidtino, Apple's Social Networking iJoke?

Could Dell, Kindle or Android ever pull this off? Apple aficionados have such an affinity for the company's products, an Apple dating service will launch next month to match up like-minded Machearts. Is it true that those that own iPhone, MacPros, iPods and iPads are all cut from the same cloth?

Workstations For The Web 3.0 Crowd Are Not Your Father's Cubicle!

Even though we are still immersed in the Web 2.0 milieu of social media, we are heading full-throttle ahead to the semantic world of Web 3.0 - where we will need workstations to better reflect our Brave New World.  Similar in design to spaceship modules, the workstations of the future have arrived, and suffice it say, they're not your father's cubicle.

You Can Run But You Can't Hide - Face.com & Face-Recognition Will Find You

Face.com has developed technology that will let you find photos of yourself, friends and followers that are not tagged or identified with a name. While questionable on the privacy front, Face.com has scanned over 7 billion photos and indexed more than 52 million faces with its Photo Finder & Tagger apps.

Plagiarism Is Alive & Well In The Blogosphere - What's A Blogger To Do?

While the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" is more about adapting to "change" in the workplace, "Who Moved My Blog" could be about the "copy and paste" mentality that unfortunately taints the Blogosphere and those who attempt to make a living working in that very crowded space.