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Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .

'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.

ZunZuneo,The Covert Twittersphere Of Cuba That Was, Until It Wasn't!

Mainstream media has been slow on the uptick in covering the U.S. government's current investigation of ZunZuneo by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy. If you are unfamiliar with the name, it's most likely because of the covert actions that led to the rise and fall of this enterprise. . .

Cat/Dog Lady Fashion For Charity: Vans Sneakers For The ASPCA

If you are working on your transformation into full-blown crazy cat lady, simply having a dozen or two felines just isn't good enough. Instead, you've got to embrace the fashion so the whole world can see just how much you love kittens. You know, beyond the pet hair that is adhered to your clothing permanently (trust me, I know). With a second design for dog lovers, these pet happy fashions also work double duty; supporting the lives of felines and canines alike. 

Breaking Up With Facebook Ain't So Hard To Do According To Eat24

Ever consider leaving Facebook? Heck, the Millennials are bailing in droves. But when push comes to shove and it's time to put the pedal to the metal, how many of us would actually pull the trigger? Well, there is one brave band of renegades who have not only set the bar fairly high as to how to cut those ties - but also how to read the riot act to the founding fathers while walking out of the door.

Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .

Technically It's A 'Cold War' For Google & Facebook In Era Of Disruption

It's hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.

Taking Stock In Facebook May Virtually Have Nothing To Do With Facebook

Facebook's unprecedented recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp helped bolster the social networks' stock price 158% over the past year. In my recent blog post, "WhatsApp With Facebook's Stock?…" FB moved from $25 in February, 2013 to $70 one year later on February 26, 2014. However in acquiring the virtual reality software startup Oculus Rift this week for $2 billion, not all analysts agree that the stock market is pleased with. . .

Happy Birthday World Wide Web: The Gift That Keeps On Giving, Until It Doesn't?

We have Tim Berners-Lee to thank for the World Wide Web - an accessible bank of knowledge that's hyperlinked content across the globe bestowing upon "us mere mortals a real chance to learn as much as our brains can store." And guess what? He did it all before digital monetization. . .

Silicon Valley's Journey From Reality To Scripted TV

Ever since the award-winning film "Social Network" caused a stir about the digerati drawn to the Silicon Valley like moths to a flame, other would-be producers have tried to capture the zeitgeist of this lifestyle in various forms - books, movies and TV.

Leica Camera Celebrates Hello Kitty's 40th And Playboy's 60th Birthdays

Hello Kitty and Playboy, two of the late twentieth century's most iconic brands, are both celebrating milestones this year and when the cat & bunny get together it's a Kodak, er, Leica moment.

Is Bitcoin's Founder 'Satoshi Nakamoto' Keyser Söze? [UPDATED]

've been fascinated with the idea of a Satoshi Nakamoto ever since I began researching the Deep Web where Bitcoin's alleged illegal transactions have run rampant. In my post, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bitcoins But Were Too Broke To Ask," I compared his anonymity to the villainous fictional character Keyser Söze from the hit movie, "The Ususal Suspects."

WhatsApp With Facebook's Stock? A Case Of If You Can't Beat'em, Buy'em

For all those naysayers out there who couldn't help but caterwaul over Facebook's demise before the ink was even dry on it IPO opening, May 19, 2012 -- including myself [see "How Many Dumb F*cks Rocked Facebook's IPO Like It's 1999?"] -- our subesquent rude awakening was the world's largest social network fooled a good many of us.

Linkify Harnesses Semantic Technology For On-The-Go Small Businesses & Smartphones

Time is of the essence when running a small business -- particularly when each staff member [whether he or she is the founder or its sales agent] is often required to wear many hats, juggle multiple disciplines and multi-task on an ongoing-basis. Add travel and out-of-the-office business engagements to the mix...

Looking For Novel Ideas: 26th DuPont Awards For Packaging Innovation

Once again, DuPont is looking throughout the packaging industry for the year’s most innovative, environmentally responsible and overall fantastic designs. If you’ve recently helped to design a consumer friendly bag, box, wrapper, container or other piece of professional packaging, it’s your time to shine!

Mutt Collars? Just For Dogs, At Mutt Couture

Think dog collars and leashes are boring?  Then you haven't seen the designer "mutt wear" from Mutt Couture....

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bitcoins But Were Too Broke To Ask!

Despite the fact Bitcoins were found to be the currency of choice for one online kingpin to conduct drug deals on the Deep Web, and despite the fact the current market rate for ONE Bitcoin has risen from $0.75 in 2011 to an astronomical $1000 today - does not mean you shouldn't know as much as possible about this decentralized virtual currency.

What is the Leia Display System? Well, it's... Cool.

Within the next five years we may have holographic telephone systems akin to the Dejarik game in Star Wars (you know... the one with the little monsters... "Let the Wookiee win").  I don't know about you, but I can't wait!

Lotteria's French Fries With Chocolate Dipping Sauce: A Salty & Sweet Valentine's Day Treat

Valentine's Day is on the way and Japan's Lotteria fast food restaurants have got an extra-special unexpected sweet treat for you and your nom-nom-nomming significant other: fries with a side of chocolate dipping sauce!

Will The Real Sherlock Holmes App Please Stand Up?

Little did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle realize when he first introduced "Sherlock Holmes" to the world in 1887, that some 125+ years later, the world would still not be able to get enough of this irascible literary character. Not only has there been over 100+ actors who have stepped into this famous detective's shoes on stage, screen, radio and TV since the early 1900s --  in just this past few years --  21st Century actors, the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. . .