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Truth Stranger Than Fiction: Facebook Calls Google's 'Social Circle' Kettle Black

Facebook, whose user privacy infractions have been widely criticized by the press, the blogosphere and the government is turning the tables on one its primary Internet rivals. Apparently what's good for the golden goose is not good for Google - as Facebook is involved in an alleged smear campaign to expose the search giant's attempts at infringing on netizens' privacy rights.

Converse Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Collaboration Gives Gamers a Kick

Converse and Nintendo have teamed up to create the ultimate gamer's shoe: the Super Mario Bros Chuck Taylor Hi. Available in black or white, these super Super Mario shoes are due to be released this July, only in Japan.

Picasso Pad? - Living In A Cube

You really can live in comfort in a small space. The Cube Project is proof.

World's Largest 3D Street Painting Requires No Glasses

"Lions Gate Canyon", a gigantic 3D street painting certified by Guinness World Records as the world's largest, is delighting crowds at Wanda Square in Jinan, China. Viewers don't need to wear special eyeglasses in order to experience the striking three-dimensional effect of the 892 sq/m (31,500 sq/ft) painting.

Give As Good As You Get With GiftFlow

GiftFlow aims to create an economy of giving, which means there will be plenty to receive as well.

Collagen Beer Foam Can Give You a Beauty of a Buzz

Who knew drinking beer could be a beauty treatment for your face, hair, nails and skin? Japan did, that's who, so throw away those beer goggles and raise a toast to feeling good & looking great!

China's Upcoming Moon Mission to Seek Out Helium-3 Fusion Fuel

Is the Moon a fuel's paradise? China seems to think so, and one of the main objectives of the country's first lunar landing mission scheduled for 2017 will be an assessment of the moon's stockpile of Helium-3.

Panda Shorts Bring Up the Rear When it Comes to Environmental Fashion

Panda Shorts seen lately on the streets of Shanghai, China, are cute, comfortable, and might just be this spring's wildest new fashion trend. What do you say, ladies, do you dare to go bear?

Act Loqly - An App That Gives You Instant Local Knowledge

Loqly makes local knowledge available to anyone who needs it, whenever they want it.

China's V750 Pilotless Helicopter is One Cool Terminator Eggbeater

The first successful test flight of China's innovative new V750 pilotless helicopter has Terminator fans' hearts aflutter. How long until Predator drones and V750 choppers duke it out high over Central Asia?

Polaroid iPhone Dock Concept Instantly Prints Photos

The Polaroid iPhone Dock Concept from Japanese designer Mac Funamizu combines the Apple iPhone's built-in camera with the instant print function that made Polaroid cameras famous.

Too Many Pandas & Not Enough ZooKeepers

While "Panda" is only a code name for Google's recent algorithmic re-engineering of search results, one has to wonder if too many Pandas are spoiling the soup? I'm sure software engineer Navneet Panda never imagined that his name would become associated with striking fear in the hearts and minds of publishing sites - when he first began the process of targeting so-called "content farms."

Keep Your Brush Fresh with Yumaki Subscription Toothbrushes

Maybe you can't handle the tooth, but Yumaki can. This stylish Scandinavian-Japanese collaboration offers 18 cool colorful toothbrush models and by signing up for an annual subscription, Yumaki will send you a new one every 3 months.

Barack Obama Lookalike Campaigns for a Better Tasting KFC Sandwich

'Mmm, change is good!,' exclaims a Barack Obama lookalike and soundalike on a recent KFC commercial aired in Hong Kong. If campaigning for voters' stomachs instead of their minds is a new trend, then I for one wholeheartedly agree!

Facebook.cn Forges Past Firewall To Access China's Ad Dollars & World Domination?

A lot has been written about Facebook's potential expansion on the international digital horizon. To date, being blocked in China by the Great Firewall is not where Mr. Zuckerberg would like to remain. There's over 1.3 billion citizens that reside in this authoritarian state where over a third are active netizens. As these numbers correlate to potential new ad revenue dollars, Facebook.cn could scale exponentially with the right deal. World domination - on the other hand -might be the ultimate goal.

Is That A PC In Your Pocket? - The PC That's The Size Of A Flash Drive

You will soon be able to buy a PC that fits in your pocket - for under $25!

Apple iPad 2 Goes on Sale in Mainland China Today

The Apple iPad 2 tablet officially goes on sale in mainland China today and for Apple fans who've been lined up all night the wait will be well worth it. The same goes for Apple Inc., for whom pictures of huge lineups for the iPad 2 tablet aren't just worth a thousand words, they're worth millions of dollars!

Part Of The Process - Participatory Budgeting And You

People all over the world are deciding how their tax dollars are spent. Why aren't you?

Cab or Cube? Meet the Nissan NV200, New York's Next-Generation Taxi

New York City's iconic yellow taxicabs are about to get an extreme makeover of the Soccer Mom kind. According to Big Apple mayor Michael Bloomberg, the NV200 minivan from Japanese automaker Nissan has been selected to be the next anchor of the 13,000-strong NYC taxi fleet.

Beijing Women's Prison Hosts Mother's Day Meet & Greet

China may have a reputation for meting out swift and harsh justice to those who run afoul of its legal system but a Mother's Day event held at the Beijing Women's Prison proves it's not all 'Midnight Express'.