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McDonalds Japan 'Big America' Burgers Are Back For Seconds

So nice, they had to eat 'em twice! McDonalds Japan has announced a new quartet of “Big America” burgers that supposedly capture the tastes of Texas, Idaho, Miami and Manhattan.

Can Location-Based Social Media Be Taken Serious When It Goes "GTL"?

I know MTV's hit reality show "The Jersey Shore" is the network's highest rated show ever and has become a "guilty pleasure" of many who won't ever admit to watching it. I know the Foursquare team have become masters at TV-partnership marketing. But can the leading location-based social network be taken seriously by aligning itself with a pop-cultural phenomenon  that offers little to no redeeming value for today's geo-location discourse?

The Links Between TV, Social Networks, And Eating Disorders

Researchers from Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine paid a visit to Fiji to study the effects of media, especially TV, on the rise of eating disorders among adolescent Fiji girls. You would think the answer would be obvious... It was not.

Social Media IPOs: Facebook Not To Steal LinkedIn's Thunder?

With Facebook's valuation scaling to $50 billion and Goldman Sachs anteing up $450 million for a private IPO with the social network, things are heating up as social media start testing the "Wall Street" waters. Book runners with the financial heft of Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JP Morgan are rumored to be squiring LinkedIn in an attempt to beat Facebook to the public offering punch.

Squawk-Activated Computer Games For Parrots: Robots Provide Treats

Nothing surprises me about parrots.  They are the most uncanny, confounded creatures that ever brought endless joy, humor, and destruction to a home.  Very smart, very demanding, and very active, you need to keep them very busy, or they find a way to keep themselves busy... You want to avoid the latter.

High Hopes For Anti-Addiction Vaccine

Thus far, vaccine technology has not been up to thwarting the effects of highly addictive drugs like cocaine.  But a study, pre-published online yesterday in Molecular Therapy, suggests that an anti-addiction vaccine may soon be on its way.

 


The Most Space Saving 'Split Sink' By PlaNit®

When it comes to space-saving bathroom sinks, the Split Sink, by the-head-of-the-pack Italian designer and manufacturer, PlaNit, wins the prize.  Perfect for apartment living, Split uses every inch of its design, can be placed atop a bookcase or other storage unit, and is about as unobtrusive as a sink can be.

 

'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.

The Faster You Walk, The Longer You'll Live, Says New Study

Walking fast doesn't just help you lose weight, it's a major factor in longevity.

3 Phenomenal Chandeliers Lead Lighting Design Product Wars

Power wars are not just about Wall Street. Designer Pages, an online source for manufacturers of design pieces for interior designers and the design-loving public, is sponsoring Product Wars of its own in several interior and industrial design categories. As lighting is one of my favorite design areas, I'll share with you the spectacular top 3 leaders in this category...

 

Social Media Traffic Shows StumbleUpon With Early 2011 Lead Over Facebook?

With Goldman Sachs obtaining a $450 million 'Private IPO' from Facebook this week, could things getting any rosier for the world's largest social network? But it seems that not even an award-winning movie, a graphic novel and Time's 'Person of the Year' can buy everything. Statistics are indicating that discovery engine StumbleUpon appears to be whooping FB's behind in generating more US social media traffic between December and January.

Diabetes Diagnosed With Breathalyzer Test

A new breakthrough in breathalyzer diagnostics has proven to be 100 times more powerful at detecting the biomarkers of disease than former technologies....

Will Quora, Social Media's New Shiny Thing Exist On A Quorum Of Users?

Well, we're already a few days into the new year, and the tech-savvy early adopters are already hailing the new shiny thing. While Quora's user base had only scaled to 55,000+ this past Fall, in late December it took a noticeable bump in followers with the help - some say - as the result of testimonials from uberblogger Robert Scoble and others. But is the new, slick social network for everyone?

Skype To Join China's Internet Graveyard Of Facebook, Flickr, YouTube & Google?

The Great Firewall of China is alive and well as companies like Google have been forced to relocate its operations to Hong Kong, and movers and shakers like Mark Zuckerberg while allowed to tour the country - is saddled with his social network being sequestered in "404 Not Found Territory" on China's Internet. But what about Skype - the Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) provider? Surely, China's Big Brother doesn't want to censor phone calls, as well?

China To Green Western Deserts With Seawater

A radical water-moving project seeks to green the sandy expanses of Western China using seawater piped in from the Bohai Sea, more than 2,200 kilometers (1,360 miles) to the east.