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Don't Drive Noisy: Shanghai Authorities To Expand Ban On Horn Honking

“Honk If You Don't Mind Being Fined,” a Shanghai bumper sticker might read. Indeed, horn-honking has been banned on some city streets since 2007 and plans are afoot to expand the “no honking” zone in an ongoing effort to ease noise pollution.

When You're Only As Good As Your Last Tweet, Voycee Your Opinion

The paradigm of ephemeral messaging that was ushered into the social media space by apps such as Snapchat appears to have influenced others who want a piece of the "now-you-see-it-now-you-don't" action. Like a modern-version of the messages received by Mr. Phelps on the popular hit TV series of the 60s Mission Impossible. . .

Gory Gourmet: Zombie Food Truck Serves Braaaaiiinnss

Zombie food trucks are a trendy concept. Most American cities have one, playing on people's love for all things undead. While a zombie food truck is a unique concept in itself, when a business trend is overused, it takes away from the innovation. Standing out from the pack therefore needs a super creative approach to something that already falls into the realm of imagination.

Snapchat, Facebook, Brogrammers & The Art Of Tech Hubris

The profile of the techie founder that's evolved over the course of last decade seems to have become a parody onto itself. It's a psychographic composite blend of youthful arrogance, a belief that coding takes precedence over formal education and a lust for unobtainable women. It's a geek's revenge against childhood harassment and their ultimate desire to be rewarded with as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

Social Media's Soft Shoe (Sock) Send-off To Mad Men's Bert Cooper

The Mad Men finale of season seven, part one bid a fond farewell in grand style, to the last of Sterling Cooper's founding partners.  Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes, he also knows how to tug at our heartstrings when sending off memorable TV characters. Bearing in mind, producer, director, writer Matthew Weiner is no stranger to goodbyes. . .

From Slender Man To Widbook: Internet Myth Influences Writers' Social Network?

They say writing is a very lonely business. Some of our greats have gone mad searching for the perfect plot line or bon mot. Edgar Allen Poe is a cautionary tales as to how genius led to an ignominious ending. With the advent of Web 2.0 and crowd-sourcing, an increasing number of services are looking to dispel the myth of the lonely writer by offering up social media options.

So Smart Car Tipping Is A Thing Now

Smart Car owners in the San Francisco area are feeling slightly less smug these days thanks to a spate of car tipping incidents. That's CAR tipping, not COW tipping.

Yammer: Tower Of Babble For Private vs Public Engagement?

In the world of Web 2.0, while corporations have struggled with just how much social media their employees should be allowed to engage in, opinions differ widely as to its usage. From strict guidelines that prohibit using Facebook, Twitter, G+ or even LinkedIn at all in the workplace, to companies like Zappos that encourage their employees to become company advocates and engage to their heart's content, there a wide range . . .

Cisco Leads The Charge In The Application Economy

It's hard to believe that mobile devices while a couple of decades in the making didn't achieve mass adoption until Apple launched their first iPhone in 2007. With it's customer-pleasing multi-touch interface and application distribution platforms, a number of competing mobile operating systems joined the fray quickly to meet the burgeoning demand. Smarphones, tablet computers and other hand-held devices ushered in tech advancement . . .

How Instagrammable Is Instagram For Your Small Business?

While it's often been said, "a picture's worth a 1000 words," none of the current crop of social networks have given as much credence to that sentiment as Instagram. Yet, on the same token, can a platform (which is almost 100-percent mobile-based) really benefit those in small businesses saddled to their computers, working on the 'cube farms'?

Small Business Advertisers: Facebook Wants You!

If you question Facebook's motives as to their current push to bring on SMB (small and medium-sized business) advertisers, you're not alone. Small business operators with small marketing budgets should be cautious about investing in a social network that up till now favored big brands over the little guy. So, questioning whether this current shift in focus is advantageous to your needs or theirs is a legitimate one.

Thank You Ninjas: Distributing Random Acts Of Thanks Anonymously

Giving back with no strings attached doesn't happen enough in this world. Even charitable donations aren't always a result of intent to do good; the tax break can be a persuasive perk, after all. It's easy to become jaded about people and society, all things considered. That is, until you hear about businesses like this one that have the single goal of giving gratitude.

'Small Business Book Awards' Ceremony Goes Virtual This Year

As a result of the burgeoning digital age, the recent eBook explosion and the opportunity for authors to by-pass the traditional publishing route, a number of Book Awards programs have grown up over the course of the last decade. The 'Small Business Book Awards' is one such platform

Chinese High School Holds Exams In A Forest To Prevent Cheating

Teachers at Chengfeng School in Jingzhou, China have come up with an innovative way to prevent plagiarism by students taking important mid-term exams: moving the students' desks outside and widely separating them within a nearby forest.

Small Business LinkedIn For 21st Century Customer Engagement

As foreword-thinking folks who've been in business for a number of years will attest, 20th Century business practices no longer cut the mustard. Ushered in by a hockey-stick uptick of Internet usage, small business operators saw the need to seek out new strategies and tactics to achieve more of a competitive edge in the new century. From 'cold calling' to 'glad-handing,' to '3-martini lunches' and other Mad Men type of . . .

Will The Exit Of Google's Don Quixote Be The Demise Of G+?

With the departure of G+'s head honcho Vic Gundotra, the blogosphere is cyberventilating as to what kind of a future lies ahead for that little social-network-that-could? It wasn't so long ago, the critics opined Google's DNA lacked the social media gene, as every time they got up on the horse, it appeared they were battling one windmill after another. Now, they're saying the burden of keeping the successful G+ well and alive was. . .

Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!

If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .

U.S. Fights Terrorism One Tweet At A Time

We've seen how Twitter has motivated grass-roots movements such as the Arab Spring, when dissenters took to the streets to protest and unseat governments. This skillful use of social media proved so successful over the years, jihadists have taken this lead to use Twitter to recruit and add sympathizers to their ranks. In turn, the U.S. government followed suit.

Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.

Despite Doomed Predictions, Facebook Is Not Dying Out – It Just Has Google-Like Aspirations

Every time Facebook acquires a new app or drops billions of dollars on someone else's work, the internet becomes abuzz with criticisms, claiming that these moves are a harbinger of the end for the billion-dollar company.  However, the cunning Mark Zuckerberg actually has been planning his next move with these new toys all along; something that goes beyond that big blue social giant that propelled him to success.