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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.   

Redesign The Average School Lunch Experience, Win Up To $4,000!

Do your part to reform the old, tired and frankly, unhealthy way that public schools operate and set up their lunch programs into health-focused cafeterias, and you could earn yourself a nice chunk of money for your efforts.

Adopt A Guy: Retail Store Offers A Modern Approach to Matchmaking

Choosing a mate isn't as simple as shopping for a new pair of jeans (which is a task that many women dread, so we can't underestimate the complexity of jean shopping). But one bold, international company wants women to select a man by browsing the available options in a store using a process that's not unlike shopping for denim. Except that you've got to try your selections on for size after you take them home.

Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is With Today's Dick Tracy & Knight Rider Smartwatches?

From Dick Tracy, to Star Trek, to Knight Rider, Samsung & Nissan's new smartwatches harken back to the fictional timepieces of our favorite entertainment of the past. While allowing us to dream about a future world of unbelievable gadgetry back then, TODAY-- Samsung and Nissan have melded the past with the future -- to provide us with super smart watches in the present.

Pumpkin Sports: 6 Crazy Ways To Have Halloween Fun

Pumpkin sports are becoming the trend in many parts of the country around Halloween time. Pumpkin Paddling, Bowling, and Aerial Bombing are but a few of the punkin sports faves. Take a look at some of the ways folks are having fun with pumkins...

Google's Hummingbird Algo Shifts Search From Keywords To Semantic Technology [Web 3.0]

What's a publisher to do? After being bruised and battered by Panda and Penguin updates, thousands of websites have gone from Google's first page of SERPs [search engine results pages] to having their keywords literally losing gravitas and sinking to the bottom of the heap. Like tumbleweeds rolling across the digital desert, in the wake of cotton mills [Google's original target] being expunged from SERPs, many reputable newsworthy sites also had to shutter their virtual doors due to an ever-evolving ALGO constantly reinventing itself.

Inventors No Longer Dime-A-Dozen: Million Dollar Man Takes Bite Out Of The Sharks

Charles Michael Yim took a very deep breath after scoring big time on the ABC TV show Shark Tank this past week to pitch his latest invention. And while he might have exhaled a whiff of champagne with that sigh of exhaltation, we're sure he drove off under the legal alcohol limit. Why? Because Yim is the creator and developer of the first breathalyzer that interfaces with a smartphone.

Twitter's IPO Shutdown, Result of Government Shutdown Or 17-Year Cycle?

While the Twitterati waited with heightened anticipation for its beloved social network to file its public offering (IPO) papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this past week, it appears the microblogging site just became additional collateral damage as a direct result of the Federal Government's shutdown.

New Innovation: Stop Texting And Driving At A Text Stop

The state of New York is taking the problem of texting and driving so seriously that they have created a new plan to deal with it. Governor Andrew Cuomo and highway officials unveiled a plan on Tuesday to place signs to direct drivers to 91 existing roadside rest areas where they can pull off to text. The plan is meant to encourage motorists to stop to text rather than to tempt fate by multitasking.

'One Lens, Many Frames' Sets New Trend For Eyewear: Frameri

I've got something really special for you today.  It's the first revolution in eyewear since the contact lens.  It's called Frameri, code for 'one lens, many frames.' That's right, one pair of removable lenses that fit several pairs of eyeglass frames.  Frameri lets you change your frames to fit your fashion, your mood, the weather, whatever...!

British Airways Pits Tweet-Fueled Plane Against Its Own Aircraft

On the heels of a promoted tweet purchased to criticize British Airways' luggage handling processes, the airline rallies back with an unprecedented social media marketing initiative to mark the launch of two of its newest aircraft. By converting a hypothetical into an actionable challenge, BA begs the question: Who would win in a race between a Tweetliner and a Dreamliner?

The "Selfie" Generation's Next Iteration: The FrontBack App

Is Justin Timberlake's top-forty hit tune "Mirrors" a soulful lullaby to his better half -- or indeed is that mirror-image really -- himself?  The more you analyze the lyrics with refrains such as "my mirror staring back at me", the more you realize the song could be considered this generation's anthem or mantra.

New Twitter Mastermind Unveils Plans For Social Media E-Commerce

While I typically share the more weird and wacky stories that pertain to business, when I read the news that Twitter might start offering online shopping a couple of weeks ago, I decided there's just no way that I can skip opening up the lines of discussion about such a business structure.