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Ghost Of Guy Fawkes Evoked To Destroy Facebook?

While the blogoshere is cyberventilating once again about the imminent demise of Facebook (anybody remember the "We're Quitting Facebook Day" scheduled for May 31, 2010?), the ghost of Guy Fawkes has been evoked to stir the conspiracy pot. Five hundred years to the day, the Hacker activist group known as Anonymous is claiming they will coincide their destruction of Facebook with Fawkes attempt to blow up the House of Parliament on November 5, 1605.

Will Hipsters Can PBR For The 'New' Budweiser?

Bud has fallen 204 slots down to number 220 in consumer loyalty among America's top brands during the last quarter century. But a big new campaign - not a new taste, but some new marketing efforts and a newly designed can geared toward attracting young, but legal-age, drinkers - is underway for Budweiser beer.

 

Japanese Advertisers Save Electricity & Impress Consumers with 'Powerless Ads'

“Longer, Lower, Wider”, “New & Improved”, “Supersize It!”... in the world of advertising, bigger has always been better. Not any more, as the new Japanese trend towards conservation and frugality changes the country's marketing culture.

China Or Facebook Loser Or Winner In Debt Ceiling Resolution?

During the recent Debt Ceiling debate, U.S. diplomats were vigilant in trying to convince China they had nothing to worry about: the debt ceiling will be raised and America will not default on its foreign-held loans. This should have been reassuring news for the Chinese, which by some estimates hold hundreds of billions, if not trillions in U.S. loans.  But was it, and how could Facebook possibliy fit into this equation?

Debt Ceiling Debate May Have Been Won Or Lost In Twitterville

In a town of 200 million folks, Twitterville is more than twice the size of Canada and two-thirds the size of the U.S. The difference being, members of the the microblogging site speak their minds daily to a global audience, while American citizens can only grumble amongst a handful of friends and family, at best.

China's Xinhua News Agency to Shine Out from Times Square Sign

Call it a sign of the times: China's Xinhua news agency has leased a 60 by 40 ft space at 2 Times Square, the most prominent advertising spot in New York City. Landing the prestigious LED-lit block, called a “spectacular”, signifies China's arrival at the crossroads of the world.

Pepsi Caribbean Gold: A Cooler Summer Kola, Mon!

Pepsi Japan has just released Pepsi Caribbean Gold, the perfect drink (next to rum) to enjoy while watching 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. Look past the rather ganja-esque name and you'll find a cool & fruity concoction that channels the flavor of exotic White Sapote.

Too Hot to Trot, or Work? Beat the Heat - Take Your Pants Off!

A Salt Lake City-based ad agency has figured out a way to make work more exciting, and cool: Make it illegal for employees to wear pants to work. The conversation in the photo, "What d'ya say we head to that meeting, Boss?"

China Balks at Requiring Graphic Health Warning Labels on Cigarette Packs

Cigarette packs bearing graphic health warning labels are an increasingly common sight around the world... though not in mainland China. Now health advocacy groups and even the UN are asking why China continues to huff, puff and hold its breath about applying these visually shocking smoking deterrent labels.

Burger King Japan Serves Up Mini Burgers with Spam

And now for something completely different: Spam burgers! Burger King Japan's latest fast food selection slips a sizzling slab of Spam into one of their new BK Bites burger pairs. The horror... actually, the Hormel.

Hello Kitty & Shokotan Cell Phone Charms: A 'Dream Collaboration'?

Japanese otaku idol, singer and comedienne Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan) is teaming up with icon of cuteness Hello Kitty in a new line of netsuke cell phone charms. Has a “dream collaboration finally become reality,” or is the nightmare of celebrity = commodity about to begin?

Internet of Things Exceeds The Internet of People [Infographic]

While we were asleep at the switch learning to "plus one" on Google, the Internet of Things (IOT) just exceeded the number of people that reside on the planet. Beyond just smartphones and tablets, that number of "things" that connect to the Internet will only continue to scale as the growing number of connected gizmos, appliances - and even cows - are coded and catalogued to send messages to the Web.

Is Tulalip Microsoft's Seward Folly?

When a god-forsaken parcel of frozen tundra was put up for sale by the Russians back in the mid-1800s, many saw the $7.2 million dollar acquisition as a frivolous venture that would reap no rewards for the U.S. History indicated otherwise. The same might be said about Microsoft and the recently leaked news of its covert social network under development.

Customer Returns 3-Legged Duck, Didn't Check the Bill

Buying the family dinner ain't all it's quacked up to be! A customer who bought a duck at a Chinese farm market was mighty angry when he noticed his purchase had a little extra 'kick' to it.

Melon Cream Soda Sandwich Drives Kids to Drink

Summer sandwiches don't get much cooler than the Melon Cream Soda Sandwich, one of 4 limited edition 'lunch pack' sandwiches seemingly designed by pre-teen chefs.

Did Google+ Beat Facebook To The First Social Media Water Closet?

You can't get any more social then taking care of bodily functions in public places. Whether it's men lined up at urinals or ladies collectively freshening up their make-up - water closets or restrooms are about as social as you get. Ironically, hanging out together privately in designated places might be the bull-eye that gives Google+ the competitive edge - heretofore dominated by Facebook.

Will The Social Media Wars Be Won By The 'Best Steward' Of Your Personal Data?

News of Google+ is cyberventilating on the blogosphere. While still in a beta test mode, more has been written about its impending launch than anything else they have done in the social media space - and to date that includes a number of starts-sputters-and-stops along the way (less we forget Orkut, Buzz, Google Me, Google+1, etc.) Facebook on the other hand continues to expand exponentially approaching the 3/4 billion mark milestone - leaving little room for others to play catch-up.

'Flying Piggy' Picks Up Where Angry Birds Leaves Off

Don't look now, Angry Birds lovers, but the pigs are on the wing in the downloadable new game “Flying Piggy”. Developed on the cheap by Taiwan's Softstar Entertainment for the Apple iPad (and soon, the iPhone), Flying Piggy is bringing home the bacon as the hottest online game for iPad users in 9 nations - and counting.

Justin Timberlake Proves To Be Real VC-Man With Ownership Stake In MySpace

As life imitates art, Justin Timberlake who appeared in the award-winning movie "The Social Network" was also satirized in the graphic novel, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks." As VC-Man, the novel parodies the actor playing the real-life venture capitalist Sean Parker. Today, it was announced that JT will assume that role in real-life with a joint acquisition deal with Specific Media to buy MySpace from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Google's Social Media Hangouts Challenges Facebook's Friends

Google seems to be unshaken by all its missteps, lawsuits and flawed attempts at seeking social media's holy grail - as it makes yet another attempt at trying to beat Facebook at its own game. This time out, it's launching a social networking service called the Google+ project which while looking a lot like Zuckerberg's brain child - is in a lock-down beta mode, only accessible to a select group of testers, hand-picked by the Big G...