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Social Media Game That Rewards You For Playing Social Media Games

It was bound to happen. Zynga, the number one game developer on Facebook is not happy just to release another "Ville" game, they had to find yet another way to make online gaming even more addictive than they already are - and in the process add yet more "green" to their coffers. This week, rumors logged by a number  of the techie blog sites indicated the firm will be launching RewardVille.

Taobao Trip Travel Website Spreads Its Pink Piggy Wings

Chinese New Year is fast approaching and the year's busiest travel season is about to begin. Taobao Trip is reaching out to millions of would-be travelers with an offbeat video ad featuring flying pigs.

Are Your Genes Choosing Your Friends?

... Instances have been found where individuals 'instinctively' do not couple with others that carry the same diseases. Are their genetic markers being expressed environmentally?  Or socially, perhaps?

Starting Early: Inventor Gets His First Patent At 15

Thirteen when he applied for his first patent, Kansan Zachary Smith just received it at the age of 15.  His invention? A sports chair that comes with its own blanket and carrying case that apparently no one had thought of before.  Now, with patent in hand, Smith is looking to make the most of it.

Orange Peel Origami Gets Paper Folding Foodies Juiced

Origami with taste: that's what Japanese author Yoshihiro Okada is getting at with his new book, 'New Way To Peel An Orange.'

Innovative Water Turbine Inspired by Sharks

A double-blade, basking shark inspired, water turbine developed by Anthony Reale, former product-design student, promises to increase turbine efficiency by 40%.  Follow Reale's progress as he goes from undergrad student to ground breaking innovator.

Alzheimer's Patients Could Be Diagnosed Much Earlier

The presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients has generally been assessed by autopsy.  But a new contrast agent from Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, called florbetapir, has recently proved successful in helping radiologists identify the plaques in living patients through PET scans.

Distilled Innovation: Whiskey In A Can

Scottish Spirits Ltd., a Glasgow Scotch whiskey distiller, has been around since 1896, distilling and exporting blended whiskeys.  Now, with a new distribution center in Panama, Scottish Spirits is bottling booze that's a little more at home in Latin America and the Carribean - rum, vodka, tequila, and... whiskey in a can?

ECOtality Teams Up With Sprint to Combine Connectivity and Electric Vehicle Charging

ECOtality, leader in clean transportation and storage technologies, will be collaborating with Sprint Nextel to merge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and connectivity.  The Sprint Command Center available at charging stations will allow effective monitoring of car charging and payments as well as user-friendly charging station locator services for motorists along with advertising on screen displays.

Repurposing For Inspiration: Book Origami By Isaac Salazar

We give away old clothes, old furniture, old toys... but old books... they get to stay.  They're on the bookshelves or packed away in our garages.  They represent our formative selves; they announce, "This was once important to me."

Is Social Media Stocks An End-Run Around The Securities Exchange Commission?

Social media stock that you can purchase before a social network goes public has become the hot ticket in social media circles. In my post, "Social Media Stock Market Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs," I noted several financial vehicles that sell these types of stocks direct to pubic, while they are still private companies. However none have caught as much flack as the Goldman-Sachs-Facebook deal.

Headlines Attack Anti-Inflammatory Drugs But Data Is 'Homogenized'

Last week's reports about Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) creating higher risks for stroke and heart disease might have been a bit more balanced.

Social Media Drops Another "P" Bomb On TGIF

Who releases a major privacy change to its social network on a Friday evening prior to a holiday weekend? Well, if you're the social network that has rebuffed privacy issues in the past, and believes that online privacy is no longer a "social media norm," I guess it's your world to dictate, and we are still the "dumb f*cks" you so aptly named some six years ago.

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.