International

China Says Goodbye to Google With Cartoons

Since Google announced that they would no longer continue to censor in China, pretty much everybody has assumed that they won't be able to remain in the country. That may turn out to be the case. I'm not going to speculate too much on the issue, because there's way more than enough being said already. 

In the midst of all that headache, I do want to point out a few humorous tributes to Google that some Chinese netizens have published online.

The Jigg Is Up, Digg - Time to JerryRigg!

If you're like me and have become disenchanted with the social bookmarking site Digg, ever since they did away with their "shout" function last year, apparently we are not alone. While Digg's unique visitors ended 2009 at 27 million, his was a marked decline from its it 32 unique visitors in September.

BMW Unveiling Very Green Plans for the Recently Introduced 1-Series

After failing in their first attempt to introduce a model smaller than the 3-Series, BMW successfully introduced the both the 128i and 135i to American soil in 2008. Since then, the 1-Series has been able to collect a substantial fan-base, thanks in large part to the sporty 135i. Now, BMW is planning on expanding even more on the 1-Series lineup, both by improving performance and fuel economy.

Crying Girl DVD Helps Men Feel Strong

If the Crying Girl DVD isn't your average chick flick, it's because the intended audience doesn't consist of chicks.

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.

Yakuza Gangster Kewpie Doll Charms Display Dangerously Cute Tattoos

These kewpie dolls may look cute but beware - their gorgeous tattoos signify membership in one of Japan's legendary Yakuza gangster gangs!

Shorter Names & Vanity Twitter Profile Names Up For Grabs?

Did you join Twitter thinking that a clever profile name was the way to distinguish yourself? Or perhaps you felt more people would find you if you simply registered with your given name and surname? In both of these instances, you may be like me with a Twitter name that is 10 characters or longer.

"Pocket God's" 2 Million App Milestone Solves Retention Challenge

In today's world, apps are a dime a dozen, and most are free. By the end of 2009, while iPhone apps reached its '3 billion app download' milestone, studies have indicated that the retention rates of returning to apps after the initial download was a major hurdle for developers.

Recycle Your Phones For Haiti Thanks To ReCellular

On January 14, 2010, shortly after the terrible earthquake in Haiti, ReCellular announced their disaster relief program and partnership with the American Red Cross. Not only will this innovative program fund help to thousands of people in Haiti, it will also keep old cell phones out of the landfill. It's an easy, eco-friendly and inexpensive way for anyone to help.

Look Kindly On Your Health Insurer With An Apple Calendar

You get them every year.  Your dentist sends one, a local realtor sends one, maybe you get a pretty decent one from a charitable organization... They arrive in November or December and they send their best wishes for the upcoming new year.  You rarely hang them up or use them for anything; they hit the recycle bin on the way to your front door. Advertising calendars.

Ruby Slippers: Contemporary And Safe Home Modification Biz For Seniors

The senior care industry is a growing rapidly to accommodate the aging baby boomers, and there are all sorts of businesses trying to break into the niche. With all of the competition, it's important that new businesses find a concept that allows them to stand out from the crowd, and Ruby Slippers is one that's done just that.

Toyota Reveals MR2 Based Hybrid Sports Car

After the obligatory waiting period since first being mentioned, Toyota has finally taken the cover off of their upcoming MR2 based Hybrid Sports Car. While the design seems to make perfect sense with what consumers are asking for, the name currently being used leave something to be desired.

Will NY Times Charge For Content & Bundle Delivery With New Apple iPad?

Speculation is circulating from reputable sources such as Mashable  that the New York Times is contemplating charging for content. While legacy newspapers have struggled to develop new business models to address dwindling subscriptions and ad revenue, it's apparent that a metered system is on the table for consideration.

Plum Pink Rice Wine Is A Sweet Romantic Treat

"Plum Pink" sake, a pleasingly pink alcoholic drink from Japanese distiller Nakano Shuzo is now available, just in time for Valentine's Day.

'Old School' SEO Can Address Google's 'New School' Real-Time Search

Seems odd to call SEO (search engine optimization) 'old school,' but given the fact it's been around for over tens years, that's considered dog years online for "ancient." Now how does that 'old school' religion work with today's real-time tweets?  Will the old axiom apply - if it ain't broke, it don't need to be fixed?