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Tasty Social Media Layer Added To The Mashable Cake?

Social layers are a tricky thing for online news site. Both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today have failed in their attempts, and Eric Schmidt, the now deposed CEO of Google may have lost his job because of it. Mark Zuckerberg back in December admonished Schmidt's attempt at socializing Google with the quip, "Social is not a layer you add- you have to design it from the ground up." Nonetheless, Mashable has thrown their hat into the social ring, complete with badges to boot!

Fight Childhood Obesity When They're Newborns

Childhood obesity ranged from 23 to 44 percent in 2007, depending on the state of residence.  Those rates were 10 percent higher than they were in 2003.  So, it is not surprising that public health and pediatricians, among others, are investigating many ways to control what has reached epidemic proportions.

 


Surround The Sound On An Elegant Docking Station: Acoustable

Belgian designers Jérôme Spriet and Wolfgang Bregentzer have a great concept for a combination coffee table, speaker system, and docking station. It's the Acoustable (acoustic table), where you surround the sound.  And, it's a giant docking system, so others can plug in too... provided they bring their own headphones.

How Italians Say 'I Love You' To Their Pets: Ciottoli Bowls

Italians don't create many products without style, and pet products are no exception, especially to IMAC, an Italian company with a mission to make pet products with artisan spirit, care, and passion.  I fell hard for Imac's Ciottoli dog and cat bowls....

Kindle's New Social Media Features Sends Message:'You Are What You Read'

Kindle owners, or those about to purchase, get ready for feature updates for the latest generation Kindle and Kindle 3G devices. The free 'Kindle Software Update Version 3.1' is promoting an early preview release. In an effort to stay current with the social media milieu we live in, some of the new features are targeted to our networked communities, within and outside of the Kindle book covers.

China's First Gated Community Erects 'Great Wall' Against Crime

A Great Wall of China, in my village? It's more likely than you think, especially if you live in the newly wealthy Chinese village of Aodi.

Spread Of Ovarian Cancer Contained By Certain RNA Genes

.... If this success is continued in subsequent studies, miR-429 could become the catalyst that literally reverses the fate of an ovarian cancer patient.

 

Purely Paper Interior Design By Woodnotes

How would you imagine your home to look if your walls, floors, window coverings, chairs, sofas, and interior accessories were made of paper?  Pretty shabby?  Well, get a glimpse here of what it would look like filled with designs made from Woodnotes' paper yarn textiles.

Sign Of The Times - The End of Neon Lights?

A woman in New York City is 'collecting' all the neon signs there.

Social Media Q & A Experiencing Growing Pains & Copycats

The resurgence in Q&A sites which heretofore were dominated by Yahoo Answers and WikiAnswers are due mainly to the popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Adding a social media component, Quora, Vyou, Stack Exchange and even Facebook are all testing the waters. However treading the fine line of scale to include a more broader, mainstream audience while maintaining a high quality of content is problematic. While more users attract advertisers - more users have a tendency to dummy down a service - and therein lies the dilemma.

Advance Planning: Burial With Your Pet

Americans are buried next to their cats, dogs... even iquanas, and more are preparing for their own inevitability by purchasing plots in advance, right next to their pets.

Inventor Of New Baby Pacifier Finally Gets To His Own 'Super Bowl'

Most inventors have to wait a long time to see their products on the market, if they ever get there.  That''s why two of the critical character traits of an inventor must be persistence and patience.  Dr. John Davis, a Roanoke, Virginia pediatric dentist, waited 10 years to see his PreVent pacifier on the shelves and online stores of Baby's R Us.  That was finally his Super Bowl.

 

Social Media's 'Death Becomes Her' Motivates Filmmaker To Star Dead Actress In New Film

"Living her life like a candle in the wind," may have ended her life at 36, but soon Norma Jean (aka Marilyn Monroe) might have a whole new career, some 49 years after her death. While many have tried to keep the iconic image of the 50s star alive through merchandising, no one will have gone as far as Jamie Salter  and his company AuthenticBrands Group. Encouraged by the number of MM's Facebook followers, now close to 400,000, Salter is working on creating a "Digital Monroe."

Social Media Slow To Define "Hiybbprqag" As Google's 'Bing Sting' Unfolds

If you were to search for the meaning of "Hiybbprqag" you might be surprised by the Google and Bing search results that appear. Top ranking SERPs (search engine result pages) might surface links like "How Google Tripped Up Microsoft" or "Did Google catch Bing Cheating." Even comedian Stephen Colbert has a definition for the word. However, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, often praised for their real-time results were slow on the uptake regarding what the heck "Hiybbprqag" actually means?

Miraphone Turns Up The Sound, Not The Volume, For Hearing Impaired

... Users seem to find the Miraphone a desirable solution to their telephone communication difficulties, as many hearing impaired persons cannot use a voice amplified phone at all.