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Need This New Innovation? Community For The Homeless In Texas

Community First! is a faith-based concept to address homelessness in Austin, Texas. The idea is to create a small community for people who are homeless. This community will consist of a wide variety of small homes, as well as help finding jobs, and medical, dental, and other services. Of course, there will also be a community church as well.

Anti-Snooping Apps For When Everybody's Watching You

When the rock group, The Eagles first penned their iconic top-forty hit, "New Kid in Town," with lyrics that spoke to: "talk on the street. . . everybody's watching you," the year was 1976, predating the Internet by almost two decades. While spot-on prescient as to what was to come, surely Don Henley, Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh couldn't have known the level of surveillance that's blanketed the world we NOW live in...

Need This New Innovation? Modamily: Co-Parenting Without Strings

So you have decided that it is time to start a family but your relationships have not been falling in line. You also aren't exactly enamored with the idea of being a single parent. You want your child to grow up with two parents and role models. So maybe it is time for a new family model to emerge. Enter Modamily -- a website that matches people ready to have children without the issues brought on by romantic entanglement.

Money & Betrayal Play Key Roles In Silicon Valley Tomes

It appears when Ben Mezrich penned his tell-all book about the early beginnings of Facebook and included the bon mots "money" and "betrayal" in its title, he had paved a path for another to follow. After all if one social network could be launched on greed and deception, couldn't others? Good ole Machiavellian ethics may be as old as time, but it appears to be the common denominator for both...

Abu Ghosh: Restaurant Takes Diners To A Time Before Cell Phones

In recent months, the internet has been running rampant with videos, articles, and photo memes that emphasize the importance of living in the moment. This is a message that has managed to withstand the tests of time, but now the emphasis is placed upon accomplishing this by disconnecting from technology. One savvy business has decided to embrace the "live in the moment" movement and has incorporated it as part of its branding initiative.

Nelson Mandela Apps: An Icon's Footprints Across The Digital Landscape

It's difficult to say good-bye to a man as formidable as Nelson Mandela. TV, Radio and the blogosphere have been flooded with updates, and I suspect this will continue for some time. Living in the digital age, as mankind moves forward, it's apparent that we will all be memorialized when the time comes with what we leave behind on the Internet.

Who's on First? Competing Santa Trackers: NORAD vs Google

Perhaps not as funny as the classic 1938 comedy sketch "Who's on First?" popularized by Abbott and Costello, but it does bring a smile to one's face when anybody is able to give Google a run for their money. Such is the case when the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) backed by Microsoft and Bing take on the Granddaddy of search engines in a face-off that pits one Santa Tracker against another.

Need A Little Kabbage To Finance Your Small Business?

Even with the economy relaxing somewhat, bank loans are still a little tight and VC money is not always available for small businesses. So SME entrepreneurs today are seeking more creative ways to obtain capital to finance their business. One such new method to secure funds is from the appropriately named platform, Kabbage.

Invent Six-Ringed Wearable Art, Win $4,000!

The Origomu Master & Protégé Contest is challenging inventors and an underprivileged female friend of theirs to design and share an empowering accessory using those plastic six-pack rings that end up killing marine life when they hit the ocean for a chance to win thousands of dollars.

Need This New Innovation? DIY Death

Okay, it's not as gruesome as the title makes it sound. It  is about a growing movement that believesit is time for many of our funeral customs to change. Much of the pomp and circumstance date back to an earlier age. These days, at a time when we are at our most vulnerable we feel expected to go heavily into debt to provide funeral arrangements, obituaries, and cremations or interments. It can ruin a family financially.

Duck The Halls With Duck Dynasty Dog Clothes & Toys

There's no more timely holiday gift for a dog this year than a Duck Dynasty t-shirt or jacket and a toy.  Quaker Pet Group, one of my favorite dog toy makers, licensed the A&E Duck Dynasty name and has gone absolutely quacky creating some really great high-quality shirts, jackets, duck toys, and even realistic Duck Dynasty hats and beards for your special dog - Family Certified. Redneck Approved!

 

Annie Oakley's: Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Granted First Recreational License

The marijuana business is one that has been on the rise in states that have decriminalized the drug for some time. But up until now they've only been able to cater to an elite clientele - those with licenses to purchase medical marijuana. In Colorado where the drug has been legalized, that's all about to change.

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Does Snapchat's Sexting Lead To Boom, Bubble Or Just Disposable Pornography?

Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest all became hyper-valued tech companies in a short time span -- to the point that many doomsday prognosticators are today beginning to cry "chicken-little." Comparison to the Dot.com bubble of the late 90s is an easy analogy to draw, even though today's tech expansion differs markedly. Nonetheless, it's enough of a catalyst for the weak-at-heart to second-guess themselves. . .

Taiwan's Riot Police Are Back In Black

Thinking of rioting in Taiwan? Better think again... Taiwan's black-clad official stormtroopers are ready, willing and able to snuff out destructive groups of protesters faster than Darth Vader can snuff out an irritating planet.

Stick It! The Top 10 Antisocial Stick Figure Family Decals

Stick figure family decals have been around since 2006, if you can believe it, and though their 15 minutes of fame has LONG expired... they unfortunately haven't. These 10 antisocial stick figure family decals cleverly mock, belittle, shame and otherwise skewer those who would advertise their oh-so-perfect socioeconomic status to those stuck in traffic behind them.

Lord Of The Spies Afoot On The Island Of Web 2.0

Lord of the Flies is a dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys cast-offs on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. Published in 1954 when McCarthyism and the "Red Scare" of the Soviet Union was at its height. Flash forward almost 60 years to the day, and American are anxious once again  - but this time it's not the Russians, it's our own government.

Awarding Those Under The Influence Of Small Business

Small Business Trends was a start-up launched by founder and CEO Anita Campbell back in 2003. Over the course of the last ten years, SMT as an online publisher focusing on small business issues now serves over 6 million small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually throughout North America.

The Day That Facebook Went Down - A Breaking News 'Chicken Little' Story! [UPDATE: It's Baaaccck!!!]

This news story is breaking so as soon as you read it, this issue may have been resolved or might still be an ongoing "Chicken Little" morality tale. Our blog will keep you posted with updates throughout the day.

5 Digital Seeds To Grow 'Small Business' Facebook Audiences

Large brands have taken to Facebook like a fish to water, but small-to-medium size B2B and B2C companies have a tougher row to hoe. While multi-nationals like Coca-cola or Apple can attract millions of followers overnight with give-aways, discounts and promotional campaigns, smaller firms feel like the proverbial tree falling in the forest.