Social Media Lobbyists - Facebook Fights Big Brother?

During this past summer, Facebook reportedly spent more than $6,600 lobbying California state officials to kill the "Social Networking Privacy Act." While that doesn't seem like a lot of money, especially for Facebook, it does mark the first push-back by a social network in an attempt to quash state legislature from imposing regulations over social networking terms of service.

8 Philips Products Receive 2010 Industrial Design Awards

This year, six of Philips' eight Good Industrial Designs just happen to make great holiday gifts, if they can be found for sale. Most of them are so new, that they haven't reached all of Philips many markets. But if you know an infant, a mother, an elderly person, someone who loves to cook, watch TV, or needs motivation to exercise, you'll find a new gift here.


Toxins Present In Newborns Reach New Heights, While IQs Drop

In one study, the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies had an average of 232 toxic chemicals already present at birth. The greater the concentration of toxic chemicals in the blood, unfortunately, the greater the drop in IQ scores.

3D Poster Paint Markers Open A New Dimension In Drawing

Move over, Crayola, 3D magic markers are here! Posca 3D markers come in 8 vivid colors and include a pair of stereoscopic 3D glasses that make your creations really stand out.

A Cheap Social Media Shopping Network (Just In Time) For The Holidays!

With the holidays fast approaching, the team at has developed a new social shopping network, with a few extra bells and whistles than some of the others noted in my previous post  titled, "Top Ten Social Shopping Networks (Just In Time) For The Holidays." A great tool for not only comparison shopping but also an opportunity to share your shopping experiences with like-minded shoppers in the Cheep community.

What A Physicist Might Do In The Name Of Biomimicry

A physics grad student at Georgia Tech, Andrew Dickerson, conducted an interesting animal experiment in the hopes of it leading to a new design for a washing machine or something, perhaps, that had not been invented yet.  He studied the number of shakes it takes for various animals to dry off.


Sexually Agressive Men Not As Likely To Notice If You're Interested...

The study, undertaken at the University of Iowa and Indiana University, not only reinforces what we've already learned in behavioral psychology, that we notice what we are primed to notice, but also that we don't notice what we are not primed to notice.


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

Did you ever think about becoming Editor-in-Chief of your own newspaper? Well, 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 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.