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Chinese Restaurant Saves on Staff by Using iPads for Menus

These aren't your father's TV dinners. At one forward-thinking Chinese restaurant in Guangzhou, Apple iPads aren't ON the menu, they ARE the menu!

Fake License Plates Spied on an Army of Chinese Cars

An intrepid Chinese photographer has snapped photos of 8 different cars, all having the same military license plate. It would seem harmony in today's China manifests itself in some very unexpected ways.

Cup Noodle Celebrates 40 Years of Quick & Easy Meals

Amen to ramen! You don't have to be a Flying Spaghetti Monster to appreciate the impact Japan's iconic Cup Noodle has had on the world's eating habits over the past 40 years. Now an "election" organized by Nissin, manufacturer of Cup Noodle, is being held to find ramen-lovers' fave Cup Noodle flavor.

Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome Makes Google Street View

Nothing interesting on your street? Google begs to differ... if you live on a certain street in Hiroshima, that is. The Japanese city's iconic 'Atomic Dome' is the latest well-known address to make the leap to Google Street View.

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.

Philanthropy To Go - Philanthroper Makes Giving Easy

Giving has never been as easy or as painless as it is with Philanthroper.

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.

Samsung's RF4289 Refrigerator Is Smarter Than Your Average Fridge

The refrigerator of the future has seemingly arrived today, carrying with it a lofty price tag of $3,499. The Samsung RF 4289 has the functionalities and features of any refrigerator in the market today, but it can do a whole lot more than just keep your groceries and leftovers chilled.

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.

Talking TED - Spread Your Own Ideas Through TED

TED wants to know if you have ideas worth spreading.