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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.

Eterni.Me - Online Communication With Loved Ones From Beyond The Grave

It might be morbid and upsetting, but the death industry has always been killing the competition (pun intended) because of the simple fact that everyone on the planet will die. There is no other industry that caters to a basic need of the entire world population. Admittedly, some of the businesses in the industry, and the services that they offer, won't appeal to everyone; but they do demonstrate that creativity in business isn't dead. The latest business in the industry is futuristic, and takes memorializing to a whole new level.

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...

3 Questions To See If Outsourcing Is Right For Your Small Business?

Outsourcing has a reputation for saving time and money, but is that accurate? Just because someone else can do your work, does that mean they should? Is it really beneficial to every busines owner? Here are a few tips to understanding outsourcing and making a qualified decision on whether or not to use it!

How Candid Can You Get? New Apps For Cat Selfies!

Two clever apps have recently been released that encourage cats to take selfies.... if you can keep your cats interested in the moving object long enough to snap the photo.  After all, they're cats!

'Ukrainian Spring' Is Just Around The Corner - Wait, It's Here!

As many northern climes are still reeling from the harsh snowstorms of 2014 - the Ukraine is no exception. Yet, today's report has more to do with a climactic versus climate change. Like the Arab Spring that also commenced in the dead of winter [December 18, 2010] and spawned dozens of revolutions throughout Africa and the Middle East, similarly, news of the Ukrainian uprisings are now being conveyed by digital technology, social networks and citizen journalism.

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.

Beer Vending Machines In Sochi Spread Canadian Generosity

You don't have to look to far past television sitcoms, or big-screen comedies to see Canadians presented as generous, polite, and friendly human-beings. As an actual Canadian, won't burst your bubble and imply that these social perspectives aren't universal norms. Instead, I will further promote that ideology by showing you what Canadian is doing to encourage global connections in Sochi - through beer.

The Street Store: Non-Profit Pop-Up Boutiques For The Homeless

The best businesses don't always prove themselves by turning a profit. Some are simply out to make a difference in the world. I rarely feature non-profits, but a Cape Town, South Africa business is far too cool to overlook with its mission to help the homeless in a unique way.

Real-Life 'Breaking Bad' Kingpin Captured In The Deep Web Running eBay Of Vice

Life became stranger than fiction when federal authorities arrested the notorious hacker Ross Ulbricht [aka 'Dread Pirate Roberts'] for crimes mirroring the fictional character of Walter White in the award-winning TV drama, "Breaking Bad." Drug trafficking, money-laundering and cold-blooded murder transformed a mild-mannered physics student into an underworld kingpin, just as it had for a chemistry teacher in that five-season AMC thriller.

Ziferblat Pay To Stay Coffee Shops

Coffee shops aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time, coffee shops were just an establishment to enjoy a delicious caffeinated beverage and perhaps even a sinful desert. Today, coffee shops are social meeting spots, office spaces (for those that work virtually), and even a place to hold corporate functions. How we use coffee shops has changed, but the way coffee shops serve us still remains in its traditional format. Which is why some innovators are taking a new approach to the coffee shop business.

Why YouTube's '301 Freeze Rule' Might Restrict Your Videos From Going Viral

For all those social media addicts out there who constantly chase the "numbers -- whether it be followers, friends or page views -- Google, in its inimical wisdom is here to tell you, popular videos are no longer a guarantee you will go viral on YouTube. In case you're not aware, with the 301 Freeze Rule, your video could be frozen in time, never to see any additional add-on ever again.

Internet Of Things & Rise Of The Machines: Obsolescence Without A Plan?

What's that buzz . . . tell me what's happening? While the Internet of Thing's clarion call has awakened the early adopters, many of us still have it on snooze alarm. We may have seen bits and pieces of it, like those that have popped up as apps on our mobile devices. Perhaps we've recently purchased a Smart TV -- or have recently been intrigued by Nest's Thermostat [after Google plopped down a hefty $3.2 billion to acquire it].

Google Diversifies From Androids Phones To Android Armies

Over the last ten years, Google's foray into the smartphone market has established its Android phones as a viable competitor to Apple's iPhones. However, in the years to come, mobile revenues will be more or less chump change in comparison to the returns Google will be able to derive from robots and artificial intelligence.

Confide, The Grownup Version Of Snapchat For Governor Christie's Inner Circle

What comes to mind when one talks about disappearing text messaging? You know, the "now you see it, now you don't" type of communique that might have saved the career of one "what was he thinking" politician with the unfortunate name of Weiner.

There Will Be (A) Blood App, O, B & AB As Well

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you shed some LBs while improving your overall health. That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet spawned by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo.

What Nest Is Google Feathering - The Internet Of Things,' Apple's or Nest Labs'?

OK, so a $3.2 billion acquisition is nothing to sneeze at! However, when your current stock price on the Nasdaq exchange is trading at $1148 per share, and your coffers are overflowing in excess of $57 billion in cash and marketable securities - $3.2 is more or less chump change. . .

Bibliotech: World's First Bookless Library

When you think about paying a visit to a library, you think about shelves upon shelves of books, a library catalog, and sometimes even a male or female librarian dressed in tweed and glasses so nerdy that they're the coolest fashion statements ever. What you do not expect to find is a business that is chock full of emptiness. But that's exactly what the world's newest library offers to patrons.

Christie's Scapegoat [Bridget Anne Kelly] Faced Light Traffic On Twitter Trail

It's been said that in today's socially connected world, it's almost impossible to completely remove your digital footprint from the Web. As hard as you try, traces of your bon mots, bio clips and tweets seem to remain sticky enough for others to find.

Get Paid To Lose Weight, Work Out, And Eat Veggies

Earn up to 5 dollars per week for working out or eating healthy with Pact, an awesome new smartphone app that helps you earn money for living healthy. It is designed to help you stick to your commitments to stay in shape, eat more veggies, or log your meals, perfect for those New Years Resolutions. Integrates with RunKeeper, Jawbone UP, Fitbit, Moves, MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal.