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Social Media Virtual Currency: Does Facebook Or Zynga Hold The Purse Strings?

After Target became the first retailer to sell Facebook Credits gift cards in its stores last month, this week Walmart and Best Buy jumped into the fray selling $5, $10 and $25 denominations of FB Credits just in time for the holiday season. At the same time, Zynga filed a patent for "Virtual Playing Chips in a Multiuser Online Game Network." Are these tactics separate issues or the first signs of a strategic battle of wills between the two Internet powerhouses?

Honda Japan Rolls Out Low-Tech Way To Reduce Auto Accidents

Japan's Honda Motor Co. is using testing a new and unusual passive safety technology intended to help drivers judge side distances on narrow roads: a pair of small black triangles on the windshield.

Social Media's Web 2.0 Merges Into Semantic Web With Paper.li

Did you ever think about becoming Editor-in-Chief of your own newspaper? Well, Paper.li can score you that gig. In an automated process, those you follow on Twitter and the links included in their tweets, can essentially become the subject matter of your own daily online newspaper that you can create in less than 5 minutes. As social media generates real-time news, it can now interface with Paper.li to not only publish this news onto a micro-site, it will also tweet it out to all of one's Twitter followers daily.

Ergonomic & Electric: A Student Designs A 'Scooter' For Seniors

Thank heavens for grandchildren.  If we didn't have them, there wouldn't be many designers bothering about how new technologies can be applied to the needs of seniors.  Patrick Leyendecker is just one of the many young designers who are trying to moderate the pain and stress that comes with aging and having to adjust one's ways to so many of life's daily needs.

 


Weaving As Architecture: David Garcia Creates Another First

David Garcia and his gang (aka Studio) have been up to their new tricks again, this time creating the first facade, roof, column and foundation to be built without nails, screws, or even glue!

Social Media Skewered By DFW FOX Station Amidst Gunfire & Mayhem!

A satire of social media worthy of a spot on Saturday Night Live is spoofing its way across the Internet. Titled, "The Fox 4 DFW Roast of Social Media," it takes Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Skype amongst others to task on a YouTube video. Following a hostage situation and a gunman on the loose, it spots field news reporters capturing the day's tragic events while overly obsessed with their social medial channels of distribution.

Creepy Cosplay Halloween Costume Channels Your Inner Panda

Japanese Halloween costumes range from silly to strange to bizarre. This one, however, is so out there it's off the scale. At least it comes with an inflatable panda bear.

Social Media Shopping Deals Space Goes Self-Serve With Groupon?

On the heels of posting "Social Media Deals Space Goes Ape with JungleCents" and the already crowded space of online shopping deal sites, Groupon is said to be launching its latest feature called Groupon Stores - an option that will allow businesses to created Facebook-like self-serve pages where fans and friends can follow and access discounted deals from a specific brand.

Ultimate Designer Yo-Yo Is Wheel Expensive

The made-to-order Nostalgia ultimate yo-yo by Japanese artist and designer Shinobu Konmoto is a replica of the 2007 world championship winner, so you know it can roll with the best.

Social Media's Shopping Deals Space Goes Ape With JungleCents

In an already crowded space that includes major players like Groupon, Woot, Gilt Groupe and RetailMeNot, JungleCents enters the field with an inverted affiliate scheme and seed money from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Just Lie Back And Leave Your Body To The Zerona® LipoLaser

Exercise and a healthy diet are regimes everyone should follow, but face it, they don't always shape your body the way you'd like it. That's why we have cosmetic surgery! Here is a cosmetic procedure that can sculpt and tone your figure without even one little incision - it's totally non-invasive!

Apple Gets Presidential: Obama Signs The First iPad Into History

While iPads still don't support Adobe Flash - another Adobe product- the "Ideas App" appears to have received a presidential promotional push on October 21, when President signed the first iPad ever. Sylvester Cann IV came up with the idea to use the Idea App in such a fashion, and scored some major geeky street cred as a result.

Invention Through The Eyes Of The Dean, On Planet Green

Dean Kamen, best known for the invention of the Segway personal transporter, will co-host an 8-part series on invention starting tomorrow, October 22, 2010, for Planet Green on the Discovery Channel.  The series, titled Dean of Invention, was named for and after Kamen, as he is now holds more than 400 patents himself.   Though inspiring for all, Dean of Invention is intended to inspire young persons to enter science and math so that they can be a part of shaping their own futures.

 


Reproductive Hormones Target Cancerous Tumors Like Magnets In Mice

This discovery raises hopes that a targeted follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) injection can not only identify human tumors, but can deliver cancer killing drugs to the identified tumors.

Starbuck's Social Media Menu Adds Exclusive Content & Happy Hours?

Powered by the free Starbucks WiFi and with the intent of building a round-the-clock patronage, Starbucks announced the launch of two new services this week. Starbucks Digital Network will offer exclusive content to all of its in-store customers and a barista bar is being tested in Seattle where regional wines and beers will be added to its beverage offerings.