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Trial By Twitter Over Occupy Wall Street Tweets Could Set Privacy Precedent

In a potential landmark case, Twitter was ordered by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino 73 days ago to turn over three month's of tweets from Malcolm Harris. Accounts under contention are related to two of Harris's profiles on the microblogging site are @destructuremal and @getsworse.

Tech 101: When and Why You Should Buy Refurbished Electronics

 A lot of people say that refurbished goods aren't for them. The reason for that is they have misconceptions on the quality, durability, and functionality of refurbished items. But the fact of the matter is this: just because it's been 'fixed up' or 'repaired' doesn't mean that it won't last long.

Foursquare's Magnetic Marketing Goes Mad Men With Promoted Updates

It was inevitable the game-like features of Foursquare's 'mayorships,' 'badges' and 'check-ins' would ultimately pave a path to paid advertising. Yes, that unassuming little geolocation-based app that launched three short years ago at South by Southwest and has amassed over 20 million registered users has decided to monetize. Finally slipping into their big boy pants, Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai's company have launched "Promoted Updates," with clients Madison Avenue ad agencies have been known to court over the years.

Is The Ubiquitous "Keep Calm" A Meme Or A Moan?

Ever wonder why the World War II British slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" has surfaced some 70 years later to become today's most ubiquitous meme? Not only has the Internet been cyberventillating variations on the theme  online for over a year now, one can find t-shirts and other memorabilia easily accessible for purchase in the real world.

Watermelon Knife is a Sweet Slicer that Cuts Cleanly

This colorful, Swiss-made Watermelon Knife from Japan's YO-KO was designed to cut large watermelons with a single slice. Your watermelon slices will look all the more appetizing thanks to the knife's clean cutting style.

From "Shock 'N Awe" to "I Was Here," World Humanitarian Day Evolves

World Humanitarian Day set annually for August 19th was originally designated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who had lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It's origin was a direct result of a massive bombing attack of Iraq by America and its allies, escalating on March 21, 2003. Known in military parlance as "Shock 'n Awe," and taken from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" (544-496 BC), it's a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power to paralyze an adversary's perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight back.

"Wannabe" Movie Debuts On Facebook vs Theaters Starring Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer?

"Wannabe" is a comedy film starring Craig Robert Young, Octavia Spencer, Matt Dallas, Tate Taylor, Adam Huss, written by Craig Robert Young and Richard Keith and directed by Richard Keith. It's being promoted as one of the only films to be released on Facebook. However, while that may be true, if one was to research the movie on the Internet, it is evident this flick was first produced back in 2005?

The World's Mucho Grande Tweet Flies The Amistoso Cielo

Yes, tweets are known for their brevity. 140 characters or less is the constraint Twitter imposes on the Twitterati's bon mots. However if you look closely at their terms of service, they've never restricted the actual size of a tweet, nor how far it could be thrust into space. And this summer, Iberia Airlines has used those loopholes to not only issue the world's biggest tweet but also to show to the world, the skies the limit as to how far a tweet can go.

Social Media Presence XeeMe.com Presents Life Across All Networks

XeeMe (pronounced "see me") in its simplest form is an aggregator of one's social networks. The service is an offshoot of Society3, a social media technology and service provider founded by serial entrepreneur Axel Schultze. As a social media solution, XeeMe helps brands and highly connected individuals to organize their social presence while they grow their networks and influence.

Social Media Solutions For Casinos Is Better Bet Than Traditional Marketing

Casinos need to up their game when it comes to rolling the dice on social media's 4 R's - Reputation, Relationships, Recommendations & Reach. While a tad behind the curve, casinos are catching up with the hospitality industry at large with their management of social media initiatives. Today, there are platforms, tools and marketing techniques that can help create a customer experience that can distinguish a casino brand from the pack, while far exceeding traditional marketing results.

Happy Face Camera Makes You Smile, Snaps Your Photo

Smile for the camera that smiles at you! Chobi Cam Smile from JTT Online Shop looks like a “Have a Nice Day” button from the 1970s but with a very modern twist: inside lurks a small, sophisticated spy-cam that can snap photos and record up to an hour of video.

Canned Bacon: Tasty Treat for Today, Tomorrow, and the Day After Tomorrow

Bacon in a can? Can do! A Japanese food company brings us cooked, thick-cut bacon in convenient, sardine-style cans. Choose from Plain or Honey-Mustard, and buy 'em by the case for your apocalypse shelter and/or zombie fortress.

What the World Would Be Like Without O-Rings

O-rings. They're those small, looped elastomers that mechanics and photography hobbyists always seem to say they need when they're in the middle of some project. I was pretty much blown away by how useful these little buggers were, which led me to think about what the world would be like without o-rings--and let me just say, it wasn't pretty.

No Need To Invent The Koch Brothers - They're The Real Thing!

If Charles Dickens was alive today, he might have been inclined to create a fictionalized version of the malevolent brothers the likes of Charles and David Koch (pronounced Coke). While these two modern-day rogues have deviously shown how elections can be manipulated, helped create a radical extremist group, despoiled a number of ecosystems and are hell-bent on demonizing the current leader of the free world -- the Koch brothers run one of the largest U.S.companies (bigger than Coke), but one that most folks never heard of.

Hamster Jeans Illustrate the Art of Wearing Expensive Pants

Is that a hamster on your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Both, of course, because Hamster Jeans from Japan's Ito Manufacturing feature not one, but two of the cuddly critters painted over the back pockets.

Digital Gold Rush: Gold Bullion Optical Mouse Exudes Luxury With Every Click

Now we aren't all millionaires, so we can't possibly afford having a couple hundred gold bars to put in our personal safes. As an alternative, we normal folks can get ones of these Gold Bullion Optical Mouse instead. You know, to show that we can keep up with the gold trend without going into debt.

Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover is Out of This World

Can't decide if you “want to believe” or just want to blow your nose? Don't just sit there crying to the sky. Thanks to the Alien Autopsy Tissue Box Cover from Japan's Village Vanguard you can believe and blow at the same time!

Orbitz Polishes Higher Hotel Rates For Its Apple Users

There's a reoccurring foreboding in many fairytales, that says: magic comes with a price. The Evil Queen that offered Snow White the poisonous apple received her comeuppance in the end, and hopefully Orbitz will be served a does of the same, when the traveling public learns that Mac users are charged more than those using Windows. Yes, in this case, you can think of Orbitz as the Evil Queen! And the 30 percent higher rates they are offering to Apple device owners, the fruits from their poisonous tree.

Father Of Obamacare's Signature Irony Not Lost On The Twittersphere

In an alternate universe somewhere, the Father of Obamacare might have actually had a shot at becoming the next president of the United States, had he just stuck to his guns. Because on Planet Earth, the candidate responsible for this accomplishment is not Obama. Obama cannot take credit for inventing the Affordable Care Act. It was ironically his opposition who laid the groundwork in Massachusetts, and then decided to take the wrong fork in the road to diminish its application for the nation.

Pepsi EX Extra: All the Caffeine of Coffee in a Cool, Carbonated Can

Pepsi Japan's new workplace coffee alternative, Pepsi EX Extra, offers a hot coffee cup's worth of caffeine in a cool can of carbonated cola. As Pepsi puts it, “Enjoy the shot of cola with strong caffeine, for long working hours.”