Royal Engagement Ring Replicas Are China's Latest Booming Export

The April 2011 wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is proving to be a bonanza for Chinese jewelers, manufacturers and exporters. Want a royal wedding engagement ring for as little as 45 cents? Just say “I do!”

Hotel Guests Check In To Social Media Services For Recommendations & Meet-Ups

Over time, hotels have learned to embrace social media by assigning staff or hiring agencies to manage both the tactical and strategical aspects of an effective campaign. In the "Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest," I noted some of the best 'social media' hotel chains' campaigns. But in addition, hoteliers are also utilizing some of the new social media services popping up online and on mobile apps that connect guests and hotels in some unique ways prior to arrival and during their stays.

Social Media Stock Markets Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs

While rumors abound as to which social network will jump onto the IPO band wagon first - and with the dot-com bubble of the 90s still fresh in our memory - there appears to be an alternate route for Mom & Pop investors to invest in social media and start trading NOW, before any bell sounds on Wall Street. IPOs? We don't need no stinkin' IPOs!

Google's Fare Search For Travel Challenged by FairSearch For Travel

Google's acquisitions of AdMob Inc. and DoubleClick boosted the search giant's online services while the government held back from challenging its encroachment on competition. But with Google's recent acquisition of ITA Software, online travel agencies (OTAs) are pressuring the US Justice Department to support an anti-trust suit against Google to block the purchase.

Lights At Night Increase Risks For Disease

Melatonin is a hormone that has many functions.  Produced at night by the pineal gland, it regulates the sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, blood pressure, and glucose tolerance; lack of melatonin can create serious medical problems.


China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter Quietly Makes First Flight

When China's homegrown J-20 stealth fighter took to the air on its first test flight, it let the world know – albeit quietly – that China's air force won't take an ejection seat to anyone.

Would Social Media's Bubble Burst If Facebook Were To Cash Out?

Scaling to 600+ million users in six years is a monumental task for any social network. Ask MySpace which is scheduled to layoff 500 workers this week? But with a Time's Person of the Year nod, an award winning movie, a graphic novel and financial book-makers lining up to seed billions more in investment, one wonders if the Internet bubble we are currently experiencing will eventually burst when and if Facebook cashes out?

Social Media's Magnetic Marketing Replacing Mass Marketing

The future of Web site content is on tract to become hyper-personalized, as Internet searches and commercial transactions become linked to people's preferences,versus Google's keywords and hyperlinks. As a result, 'Magnetic Marketing' will replace mass marketing where consumers and brands will form stronger and stronger bonds. and the UK Independent are two examples of this emerging trend.

Don't Mess With Cats; They Pay You Back

Bring home a new cat, or put yours on a diet, restrict his outings... What will your cat do?

Jesus Tablet: Savior Of The News Industry? Or In Need Of A Resurrection?

Euphemistically called the "Jesus Tablet," Apple's iPad seemed to be the answer to ever newspaper man's dream, including Rupert Murdoch's. It was the first portable device with a large enough screen to make computing and reading convenient and expeditious. Apple finally produced a product that out-did the Kindle. Why wouldn't people pay for newspaper and magazine subscriptions with a tablet that was so handy?

Social Media Bankrolls Users' Klout & Ability To Influence Others

When Twitter acquired Smallthought Systems' analytics application Trendly back in June, it was thought that other analytic software would take a back-seat or fall off the map entirely. This is not the case with Klout, a start-up that helps people measure their influence across a variety of social media sites - at least according to Kleiner Perkins Caulfied & Byers.

Social Media's Dark Side Casts Long Shadow Beyond Tucson Shopping Mall

Much has been written in an attempt to make some sense out of the shootings involving U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona and the subsequent deaths of her aid, a judge and four others. Suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner's social media footprints are being examined for clues as to his motives. But perhaps we are following the wrong trail of evidence. Political extremists who are effective in radicalizing certain segments of society are also using social networks to rally support for their causes.

Subaye Launches China's First 3D Online Mall

What's eBay in Chinese? It just might be Subaye, the company behind the country's first 3D online mall. No glasses are required but you might want to have your wallet handy.

Smartfish ErgoMotion™ Mouse & Keyboard: It's The Motion, Stupid!

Stupid.  That's what you say to yourself when you read about Smartfish's patented ErgoMotion technology. Then you say, 'Of course! It's so obvious that for designs to be really ergonomic, they have to move with your body.


Social Media Geek Squad Gets Critical As 'The Social Network' Gains Traction

Mark Zuckerberg might criticize the movie folks that produced the unauthorized flick of the birthing of Facebook, but movie critics think otherwise. The National Society of Film Critics went 'social' this week bestowing top prizes to The Social Network in four of its major categories. Director David Fincher, lead actor Jesse Eisenberg and screen writer Aaron Sorkin took home the honors for Best Picture of the Year.