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Save Power with Online Energy Conservation Game '#denkimeter'

Imagine being able to harness the collective power of the world's electronic gaming community to enact positive social change and effect energy conservation. Something like that is happening in Japan, where a game called “#denkimeter” has 'Net denizens tweeting their home electric meter readings and competing to see who can save the most power.

What Have You Been Up To? - Find Out With Daytum

Daytum charts everything and anything about your life.

One Plug, 10 Phones: Shanghai Donya's Multi-USB Charging Cable

Busy travelers not only take a variety of mobile phones, smartphones and Blackberry-style PDAs with them on business trips, they also need to lug along each device's specific charger. Shanghai Donya's Multi-USB Charging Cable changes all that while charging 10 different mobile devices.

Stars Shine Bright at the First Beijing International Film Festival

Lights, cameras, action! The stars are shining in China as the first Beijing International Film Festival gets rolling. The star-studded six-day event features over 100 Chinese and international film luminaries including actor Jackie Chan and director John Woo.

Chinese Car Theft Prevention Program Leaves Drivers Flat

Tired of waking up tired? An odd anti-theft program instituted by police in Chengdu, China, has both car thieves and drivers feeling more than a little deflated.

You Are Where You Eat - The Food Freedom Movement Gains Traction

Three towns in Maine have passed Food Freedom legislation that overrides federal government interference in local food production.

Japanese 'Power Lunch' Curry & Pizza Bars Add Spice to Your Busy Life

Healthy nutritional power bars? You're probably guessing fruit, nuts, granola, chocolate, honey – often in combination. Japan's House Foods has another, very different idea for their new “Power Lunch” bars.

Piano Stairs Play Soothing Sounds in Nanjing's Subway

An innovative set of Piano Stairs - steps that look and sound like a piano keyboard - has subway commuters in Nanjing, China, opting to take steps to physical fitness instead of riding the escalator. Who knew good health could sound so good?

A Winning Design Tor The Primorksiy Zoological Park In St. Petersburg

Two architects from Beckmann N'Thépé and two designers from TN Plus have teamed up to create a winning design for Russia's new Primorskiy Zoological Park in Saint Petersburg.  The layout of the zoo is reminiscent of a Paleolithic Pangea, wherin each continent is represented throughout the zoo.

Capybara-san Bag Hanger is Cute, Cool and Convenient

The cute, cool and convenient Capybara-san Bag Hanger provides those who carry purses with a clean, close storage place in crowded cafes, restaurants and bars. When you're ready to leave, just fold it up and pop it in your purse.

Social Media Showdown Saves 500 Doomed Chinese Dogs

China may not get the best press when it comes to animals – endangered or otherwise – but a dramatic highway showdown organized through social media will surely help change an unpleasant stereotype.

Fukushima Farmers' Online Sales Booming Thanks to Public Support

Though wholesale prices of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products grown in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture are heavily discounted, online sales are so strong farmers can barely cope with the demand.

Obama Booked Face Time With Facebook

In a first-time-ever town hall meeting at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and his team were given the honor of a visit by the leader of the free world. Yes, the number one social network in the land met with America's top dog, allowing Zuckerberg's staff the opportunity to field questions and solicit answers in a forum setting.

Peking Opera Gold and Silver Coins Won't Make You Yuan

The People's Bank of China is putting their peddle to the metal with this strikingly beautiful Chinese Peking Opera Facial Mask series of gold and silver commemorative coins.

Tina Fey Not Puttin' All Her Eggs In A Twitter Basket - Fears Heroin Addiction

Tina Fey, one of today's most prolific writers and comediennes will not becoming a resident of Twitterville any time soon. Even though she is actively engaged at present on a book tour for her latest retrospective titled, "Bossypants," Fey doesn't quite see the benefit of promoting her brand via the microblogging platform.

Coffee Joulies Temper Your Scorching Morning Brew

Keeping your coffee at the right temperature can be so difficult!  If it is too hot you burn your mouth and once it cools right down it just doesn’t taste the same.  It’s a juggling act, especially if you are busy doing something else while you are trying to drink your coffee.  This is where Coffee Joulies come in.

Earthquake Early Warning App for iPhone Will Rock Your World

Is that your iPhone vibrating or is it just another earthquake? Find out one way or another with Yurekuru Call for iPhone, a push notification app that just might save your life.

Twitter Seeks Uber Users For A Song From UberMedia's Tweetdeck

Just last month when I posted, "No More Tweetdeck, TwitPic, Twitter Apps Doing Their Own Shtick?" - it was becoming quite clear that Twitter wanted reestablish control of its own destiny. While Internet giants like Google and Facebook continue to grow with a lot of help from their friends (3rd party clients), Twitter halted APIs from integrating with their platform. This of course included Tweetdeck -which by most reports was one of the most successful.

Does Google's -1 Make Google's +1 Equal Zero?

With Google trying to go social and Larry Page displacing Eric Schmidt in the role of CEO, many inside and outside the Googleplex feel that the search giant is once again trying to cast its dominating shadow across the Internet. However the Big G's first quarterly returns coming in lower than forecasted might indicate otherwise.

This News Is Good News - Fellowships For Innovators In Journalism

The Knight Foundation and Mozilla Foundation are offering paid fellowships to journalism's future innovators.