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Drug Detox Center For Internet Addicts Gives Rise To Small Business Start-up?

Remember that ole Amy Winehouse refrain: "they tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no!"? While there's drug detox centers for those addicted to drugs, do centers for Internet addiction exist? The answer is yes, and they've been around for a while. In my 2009 post, "Internet Rehab For NetAddicts" post, I researched one such center located in SE Fall City, Washington that followed the same principles as drug rehab centers.

Aghast, When The GAP's GIF On Facebook Proved To Be A Gaffe

Now, say that ten times fast. Why? Because when a venerable social media site the likes of Mashable gets it wrong, based on an assertion made by the venerable American clothier, the GAP - it's fun to call them out on a bonefide gaffe that went public.

Online Car Insurance's Mascots Flo & The Gecko Are Social Media SuperStars

There's a lively debate as to whether an intangible service as mundane as online car insurance could possibly benefit from the value of social media. However, when these marketers realized that the marketing and selling of auto insurance is no different than the marketing and selling of another intangible product such as hotel accommodations, they quickly seized the opportunity with vigor - and with mascots to boot!

What Lucky Frame's Gentlemen! Can Teach Us About Piracy And Game Development

Today, I'm going to explore something a lot of pirates don't seem aware of - the marked impact piracy can actually have on developers, particularly if they're independent. Sit back, ladies and gents, and let me tell you the long, sad tale of Gentlemen!

There'll also be some stuff in there for all you developers, as well. Sit tight. 

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.

Vote For Your Favorites Via Made In America – Hot Product Contest

This contest is all about American innovation and throwing your support behind really cool stuff so that it might be sold in stores, so be a patriot and vote for the best products!

Curt Schilling On The Failure Of 38 Studios

Anyone who's been following industry news remembers the disastrous tale of Curt Schilling and his game development firm, 38 Studios, and how it went catastrophically bankrupt shortly after releasing its only game. According to Schilling, it's the most devastating thing he's ever been through...yet he's still here, and he's got some advice for other entrepreneurs...and inventors. 

The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth, So Sayeth YouTube

Chances are if you're meek, a dweeb or scored low on your most recent IQ Test, you are oblivious to YouTube Geek Week. However, with over 9 million subscribers, obviously being geek isn't for the weak of heart any more (for those who remember when Charles Atlas use to get sand kicked in his face).

Several TOR Services Shut Down

A single arrest and site shut down brought half of the TOR hidden services down. While TOR is a good way to anonymize yourself while on the Internet, be wary of hidden services right now.

Google Introduces Chromecast For Your TV

Chromecast promises to provide a very low cost option to bring your online media to your TV, regardless of the device you use, from a PC, Mac, tablet or phone. Available for $35, it makes a strong competitor to current offerings.

Quality Crowdfunding Your Idea Via Seedinvest

Crowdfunding big ideas and small businesses online is a concept that quickly became a mainstream idea, but if your high-quality startup needs a big-name investment, check out Seedinvest.

Supercharge Your Creativity At Google+’s Maker Camp!

No inventor can complain that “there’s nothing to do” when Google+ has partnered with Make Magazine and Radio Shack to host six weeks of creative DIY projects via Maker Camp!

Google Releases Correlate Tool

Google Correlate allows you to match data sets with search terms. You can draw a curve over time and find search terms that match, or enter your data and find the same matches. This can give you insights on what people look for over a particular time frame or season.

Restore The Fourth

This year, the Fourth of July celebrations take a special importance for those who care about privacy and want to protest the NSA surveillance exposed in recent leaks.

Walmart Hosts New Contest To Get Your Awesome Product On Their Shelves!

Do you have a truly innovative product, but need to grab the attention of America’s consumer base? Walmart is ready to give a few talented innovators a leg up on the competition!

From STEM To STEAM, Cloud Filmmaker Joined British Airways' Innovators In The Clouds

Traveling with top-flight innovators is a heady experience under normal circumstances. However, when you conduct a think-tank 30,000 feet above terra firma, it's a whole new ballgame. Such was the case when award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Webbie Awards, Tiffany Shlain took to the creative skies with 130 techie-elite from the Silicon Valley. In fact, there was so much to absorb, it will take her a couple of months to document her experience on film.

Going Viral Prior To Hitting Newsstands, Bert & Ernie Outed In 'The New Yorker'

On the heels of the Supreme Court's landmark decision rulings that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, Sesame Street's romantic relationship between Bert and Ernie was graphically outed on The New Yorker's magazine cover. One week prior to the official date this issue will hit newsstands, the sexual orientation of the puppets which has long been the fodder for late-night TV hosts exploded on social media channels.

Google Penguin 2.0, Why'd You Turn My White Hat Black?

Google's algorithms have hopscotched their way across the Internet for years, always trying to keep one step ahead of those so-called Black Hat SEO mavericks. Those are the digital CSI technicians whose forensics are used to investigate the crime scene of websites whose Page Ranks (PR) have taken a a brutal beating. This occurs usually after a Google algo shift, the likes of a Panda or Penguin update.

Taking A Look At The New AOL Reader

If you were one of those loyal Google Reader users, you may still be looking for a good replacement. AOL Reader is a web based option that is elegant and well designed. You may want to give it a try while it's still in beta.

Super Social Media For 'The Man Of Steel' In Webcomics

Granted, now that Superman is turning 75 this year, the chances of him taking to social media this late in the game is probably slim. However, a recent Pew Survey statistic did indicate that 32% of online seniors over 65 are using social networking sites -- so, it's not inconceivable that the Man of Steel just might have some social media skills in his arsenal of super powers.