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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...

British Airways Conducts Intimate Strike Negotiations With 75 Million in Twitterville

Social media has been a catalyst for censorship battles, shifting political elections, class action lawsuits, customer service resolutions, protests on the streets of Tehran and various and sundry public debates on a variety of topics. Inappropriate tweeting has been witnessed at this year's State of the Union address. Celebrities have been known to share their sexapades in tweets. 

Give Me A Tap: Eco-Friendly Drinking Options That Supports The Water Crisis

A new business concept that has been more commonly appearing in cities around the world as a public water sharing program. In order to encourage tourists and city dwellers to stop purchasing bottled water and help the environment, these programs offer convenience. 

Super Social Media Activity Kicks Off South Africa's World Cup

Kicking off on June 11 - described as the largest sporting event on the planet  - said to exceed the success of the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics - the 2010 FIFA World Cup looks to be one of world's largest social media gatherings ever. In comparison to the tournaments of the past, this year's games are the first since the explosive expansion of Social Media marketing - and by all signs, brands and marketers seem to be using all the tools that space has to offer.

Twitter vs Facebook On TIME Mag, 'Open Conversation' vs 'Open Graph'

What makes the cover of a Time Magazine have longed been a cherished tradition of speculation by readers the world over. Like the old refrain from the song "New York":  "if you can make it there - you can make it anywhere."  Of recent date, the two major social networks of the day have taken center stage on those covers -one lauded for how it changed the way we communicate, while the other critiqued for perhaps pushing that communication too far.

Vietnamese Social Network Says 'Good Morning Vietnam,' Goodbye Facebook

When the pilot version of the go.vn site (www.goonline) was launched this week, it caused a bit of an international dust-up with one major social network and the netizens of Vietnam. Seems like Facebook can't cut a break any where in the world these days!