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Lay's Potato Chips to Develop Snacks for the Chinese Market

Think globally, eat locally – that's PepsiCo's plan for world potato chip domination in a nutshell. The next battleground is China, where plans are afoot to tailor the multinational corporation's flagship Lay's potato chip brand to better reflect Chinese tastes.

No Need To Invent The Koch Brothers - They're The Real Thing!

If Charles Dickens was alive today, he might have been inclined to create a fictionalized version of the malevolent brothers the likes of Charles and David Koch (pronounced Coke). While these two modern-day rogues have deviously shown how elections can be manipulated, helped create a radical extremist group, despoiled a number of ecosystems and are hell-bent on demonizing the current leader of the free world -- the Koch brothers run one of the largest U.S.companies (bigger than Coke), but one that most folks never heard of.

McRib Gets a Reboot as Japanese Chain Rolls Out the “Ribusando”

McRib fans, get your appetites to Tokyo! McDonalds' iconic boneless barbecue pork sandwich makes the leap to competing fast food chain Lotteria, gaining lettuce & mayo along the way.

China's Spring Airlines Considers Installing Vertical Seats

Can't stand flying? Try flying standing! Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines has shown interest in SkyRider - semi-standing, saddle-style “vertical seats” that will allow the budget carrier to increase capacity by up to 40 percent.

SONY's New Cassette Tapes, Redesigned for the Old Generation

Dust off that Walkman, Daddy-O! SONY's new series of cassette tapes sports larger text and wider labels designed to appeal to a whole old generation of music fans!

Shark's Fin Soup to be Banished from Chinese Official Banquets

No soup for you! Shark's Fin Soup, a traditional yet controversial Chinese delicacy, is to be phased out of official reception menus. The decision banning shark's fin announced by China's State Council is a long-awaited response to the rising tide of revulsion against conspicuous consumption of a threatened group of species.

(Rumored) Winklevii's Social Network "Zurker" For The People & Of The People (Models too!)

Not content to sit on their laurels, nor the $65 million they pocketed from their lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their Facebook idea - the Winklevoss twins have launched their own network, named Zurker. Part investment opportunity, part chic-magnet, part-democratic social community, their innovative new wrinkle is to convince members they can become joint owners of their company.

China's “Ladies Only” Parking Spaces Put Female Shoppers in the Pink

Business owners in the Chinese municipality of Tianjin have found an attractive way to appeal to a distinct market demographic – women – hoping that preferred “pink” parking places convenient to store entrances & exits will keep their female customers satisfied... and, keep 'em coming back for more!

Can Nature's Forms And Sounds Help The Sleepless?

We know that art has been inspired by nature at least as far back as the Cave Man. Technology too has had a love affair with nature for thousands of years, though we are just recently experiencing a resurgence with a new 'biomimicry' movement.  But besides biomimetic art and technology, there are biomimetic exercises, such as those we find in certain yoga positions... and now, an NYU design student and insomniac, has employed the shapes and sounds of nature to help the sleepless sleep.

Pepsi EX Extra: All the Caffeine of Coffee in a Cool, Carbonated Can

Pepsi Japan's new workplace coffee alternative, Pepsi EX Extra, offers a hot coffee cup's worth of caffeine in a cool can of carbonated cola. As Pepsi puts it, “Enjoy the shot of cola with strong caffeine, for long working hours.”

Acer Releases Iconia Tab A700 – 10” Tablet with 1920x1200 Resolution

Acer has released a new Android tablet boasting a screen with far more pixels than the average laptop, with decent internal specs to match.


China's “A Blue Work Shirt” is Mass Market Retro Fashion

“A Blue Work Shirt” from OSPOP is an updated version of the no-nonsense, long-lasting tops that clothed Mao Zedong's China of the 1950s through 1970s. Proudly made in China but not just for Chinese anymore, A Blue Work Shirt salutes those who made the Great Leap Forward from shattered post-war China to today's economic powerhouse.

British Airways Uses Social Media & UK Addresses For Olympics' #HomeAdvantage

In an ingenious TV commercial that we're sure Don Draper would have approved, British Airways is utilizing the distribution channels of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to extend their rallying cry for a "Home Advantage" at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Biodegradable Portable & Reusable Drink Bottles Sport Can Camouflage

Can those cans and battle the bottles! Japan's ongoing “eco” movement for environmental friendliness and sustainable living seems to have even influenced the appearance of plastic water bottles... these ones look like cans.

Advantages of Having a Fully-Automated Home: Remote Security, Energy, and Home Management

How many times have you left your home, only to come running through the front door to check if the alarm has been set or if all of your appliances have been unplugged? Unfortunately, it's part of being human to be forgetful. One solution? Fully automating your home.