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Top Ten Google Doodles of 2009

Google long known for spicing up its home page with 'doodle' tributes for various events and famous people's birthdays has continually used humor to soften its often maligned brand persona of being a monopoly... or should I say a Googlopoly! In the spirit of a New Year approaching, I thought it befitting to look back at Google's TOP TEN 2009 artwork and congratulate the Grand-daddy of search engines for some doodles well done.

Google's Live Updates Will Be More Relevant Than Twitter?

The new Google search feature will address the needs of people who want the most updated information without having to scan multiple sources like Twitter and Facebook. In other words, Google, the Grand-daddy of search engines has found a way to obtain real-time search without the clutter...or so they say!

ClimateGate, Hot Air, Copenhagen Summit...Oh My!

Its almost as if a 'perfect storm' is about to hit Copenhagen on the eve of world leaders coming together to solve the age-old global issue that continues to pit science against politics.

Social Media Predictions For 2010

With the first decade of the new century and new millennium coming to a close, its time to look forward at some of the prognostications that several of today's visionaries have divined from their social media crystal balls.

Space Beer Goes Up To Orbit, Goes Down Easy

Japan's Sapporo Breweries has announced the limited availability of Space Barley, the blast-off brew with an exciting heritage and a very dull name.

Chocolate Cellphone Dials Up Style With Good Taste

The Melty Chocolate Cellphone is a sweet collaboration between one of Japan's biggest electronics companies (SHARP) and one of its most interesting designers (Q-Pot).

Twitter's 100,000 Twelephants Can Aid 100,000 Elephants

Twitter is home to many charities that are transforming a corner of the Internet into a market exchange for conducting good works. In a recent blog, titled, "The Good Web Uses Social Media To Advance Causes," a new genre of online sites have emerged that are utilizing social media for charitable endeavors. "Twelephants" is a unique campaign that seeks to provide a safe haven for 100,000 elephants in the Elephant Corridor of Africa.

Luxury Leica Camera Gets A Hermes Makeover

Let's be candid, the Leica M7 Limited Edition 'Hermes' Camera isn't for armchair photographers. For 200 lucky buyers with money to burn, however, it's much more than a mere flash in the pan.

Erbert And Gerbert: Surprise Subs Come Gift-Wrapped

A niche business is one thing, but Erbert and Gerbert has found a new niche within a niche business concept to start with, and it's perfect for the holiday season.

Will Social Networkers Flip For 'The Flip' This Holiday Season?

Anyone can be a filmmaker these days, and social networkers are learning more and more why it's important to include video as a major component of one's social media plan. This holiday season, the 'Flip,' one of the most compact video camcorders on the market today is debuting just in time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Will it be this season's hot ticket item?

Sorry Day Is On The Way, Sorry To Say

The Japan Anniversary Association has designated December 10 as 'Sorry Day' so let's get ready to repent!

Kangaroo Liquor Goes Down Well In Japan's Outback

Kangaroos? In my Japan? It's more likely than you think and now it's inspired a drink! A flurry of 'roo views has inspired one local brewer to hop to it & jump start their sales.

$40K Awarded To The Best Social Networking Sleuths To Find Balloons

No, its not the return of Balloon Boy, nor a refrain from a 60s pop tune. Its a legitimate challenge to mark the the 40th anniversary of the Internet and it's open to all World Wide Webizens. Sponsored by DARPA, the competition requires participants to locate and submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States.

Buy Nike (RED) Laces For The Holidays And Save Lives

December 1 starts the launch of Nike (RED) in 13 countries around the world. Nike has created Nike (RED) laces specifically designed to fight AIDS in Africa. For holiday gift givers, this is an ideal gift to buy for the people on your Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa shopping list, as 100% of the profits go to the Global Fund.

Mattel's Avatar Toys Put Virtual Reality in the Palm of Your Hand

With $400 million at stake, you can bet the marketing blitz is going full-throttle for James Cameron's new film, Avatar.  And, of course, this means toys, toys, toys!

Are they cool?  Hell yeah, they are.  And they offer something I've never seen in a toy.