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Dogfish Head Beer Soap Company: Smell Like A Brewery All Day Long

The morning  after a long night of drinking, the memories of the alcohol consumed that night come back to haunt you as the creep out of your pores in an unpleasant sweat. If that weren't bad enough, you become more nauseous because that permeating smell doesn't do much to help a hangover. Bet you've never thought about replicating that experience, minus the alcohol; have you? Well, apparently you should because you can now thanks to one business.

Digg Goes From "Don't Digg Your Own Posts" To "RSS Feed Your Own Posts"

Digg in its overarching-drawn-out hype about the site re-inventing itself seems to be ready for the big reveal according to a sneak-peak video release secured this week by TechCrunch. Long considered the preeminent social bookmarking service, Digg lost favor this last year based on its control by a handful of top users called "power diggers" and an unwritten golden rule that "you don't digg your own posts."

"Terry & The BP Pirates" Dig 10 Times Deeper Than Oil Giant In Gulf Of Twitterville

Impostors are infamous in the Twittersphere - from celebrities to politicians - to even the Dalai Lama.  And while most of us find nothing funny about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, America's not-so-favorite oil company is being impersonated by a Twitter account that obviously feels that parody and satire are necessary tools in continually exposing the source of this disaster … namely, BP America.

Social Media Upstarts, AllMyBiz & Pip.io Challenge Facebook

More than 30 days have passed since Mark Zuckerberg launched his first Open Graph salvo across the bow of the USS Facebook at the F8 Developers Conference. During that time over 30 million search topics relating to "facebook privacy concerns" are now registered on Google. 

Mr. Zuckerberg Goes To Washington -Shouldn't Facebook's Privacy Briefing Be …errh Public?

Facebook has invited members of the House and Senate to attend a special privacy-centric briefing. Based on the ongoing backlash from its user-base and the blogosphere, Facebook will be facing off with perhaps its toughest critics, namely Senators Begich, Bennet, Franken and Schumer.

One Noffs: Charity Clothing Store That Gives New Life To Donations

There are many businesses all about upcycling these days, giving new life to clothing and other reusable items. Well, sometimes all it takes for a new concept to get noticed is a little twist on an old idea, and the word "charity" helps, too!

Browser Tool Aims To Let Internet Flow Again By Removing Bieber Dams

In a world seemingly obsessed with celebrities and celebrity "culture", avoiding mention of them on the Internet seems almost an impossibility. In a stunning display of rage-induced creativity, web designer Greg Leuch of the Free Art and Technology collective has created a browser tool that actively blocks all mention of newest teen scourge, Justin Bieber. From text to photos, all things Bieber are blocked out, theoretically resulting in a more streamlined, teen-idol-free surfing experience.

The Coolest Computer that You May Never Be Able to Buy

The Nextep wrist computer is a beautful concept that makes one wish the future was the present.

Social Media Radio Gives Real Meaning To Socialized Medicine: BUDDY

"Do more for less" in public services is the motto for Sidekick Studios, a British innovator in social innovations that spins out social businesses.  Sidekick's latest invention, Buddy, is a social media radio that allows persons with long term health conditions to communicate how they are feeling to their family and friends in real-time, through email, SMS, Facebook, IM, Twitter and other social networks without digital support.

 


Target Ads Not 'Lost' In Translation

While Lost's finale was the final chapter completing a six-year metaphysical journey, it was also a helluva moneymaker for ABC. Those constant commercial interruptions during the episode titled, "The End" were not 'lost' on me.  Assuming that Target's 15-second spots exhausted the majority of its 2010 ad budget, when all was said and done...