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Legacy Newspapers + Foursquare = Location-Based News

Legacy newspapers have been struggling to come up with new business models for the last couple of years. Some, like Rupert Murdoch are fighting Google over search engines' access to their newspapers' content, while the New York Times is considering a metered system and a potential partnership multimedia devices like Apple's new tablet (yet to be launched).

Twitter Breathalyzer Tweets Your State Of Sobriety

Too drunk to tweet? Not a problem - the folks at Koress Project have crafted a retro-looking, Internet connected breath tester that broadcasts your BAC to your BFFs!

Pope Spreads The Word One Tweet At A Time?

When God said "go forth and spread the word," little did he know he would would be limited to 140 characters. Pope Benedict XVI, who at 82 just realized that 'you can teach an old dog new tricks,'  doesn't want the priests in his flock to miss out on a current opportunity to proselytize. After all, wasn't spreading the word an early precursor of Twitter?

Tasti D-Lite Loyalty Program Needs Geolocation To Sell Product

In this coming year, technology is going to make the greatest impact with tweets that are geotagged. A lot of excitement surfaced recently over Tasti D-Lite's new loyalty program that rewards its patrons while simultaneously promotes their product via automated tweets on Twitter and Foursquare. However, while appearing to put a whole new spin on CRM, is this new type of viral communication with the brand's end user going to sell more desserts, or does it need a location-based component to really make it successful?

The Dream Job: Human Bed Warmers Employed At Popular Hotels

There are many out there who wish they didn't have to get out of bed every day to go to work. That doesn't do much by way of earning an income - but wouldn't it be a dream job if you could get paid to climb in bed every day.


Little Passports: Educational Program Makes Children World Travellers From Their Homes!

Some children are fortunate enough to have a passport full of stamps before they're even old enough to go to school, but that's not the case for the majority. So it's important to give children that cultural, educational experience even if it's from their own homes and bring the excitement of travel to them.

The Jigg Is Up, Digg - Time to JerryRigg!

If you're like me and have become disenchanted with the social bookmarking site Digg, ever since they did away with their "shout" function last year, apparently we are not alone. While Digg's unique visitors ended 2009 at 27 million, his was a marked decline from its it 32 unique visitors in September.

Get Into A Music Video On Fan Video's New Site

Fan Video is letting users get close to their favorite artists by putting them in videos with artists such as 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, and Lost Prophets.

Is the 'Net' Wall Of China The Next Iron Curtain?

An Internet maelstrom is brewing in China. Southeast Asia, predicted as one of the next hotbeds for social media in 2010 is seeing a test of wills being fought out on the world stage. Google acting as a quazi-secretary of state is threatening China that they will pull out of the country if the government doesn't address the cyber-attacks that violated some of its users' Gmail accounts.

Casttoo: Business That Solves The Grunginess Of Casts

Broken bones happen, and when they do people of all ages are forced to tote around casts until the injury heals. At first, casts can be fun. People sign them, you get sympathy, and they're great defense mechanisms that are always there when you need them. But after a while they get grungy, and one company is ready to ensure that's a solvable problem.