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Vancouver 'Social Media' Olympics To Outpace Beijing

The XXI Olympic Winter Olympics are euphemistically being called the "Social Games." Based on sponsors vying for the spotlight, more consumers will have their eyes glued to their smartphone screens than they will to TV. If Coca-Cola can motivate 500 million Internet transactions as a result of the Super Bowl (a one-day event), can you imagine what sponsors, apps, social networks and search engines stand to gain from sixteen days of events in Vancouver. Reaching out via social media, this Olympics may rival China in attention, if not in spectacle.

Send A 'Last Letter' From The Afterlife To Your Loved Ones

A free online service from Japan called 'Last Letter' lets you send your loved ones a final message... after you've drawn your final breath.

Gowalla Opens Doors For API Developers To Check-In

Location-based social networks was one of my social media predictions for 2010 and is now proving to be this year's next shiny thing. We are only into February, and we are already seeing Gowalla going toe to toe with Foursquare and encouraging API Developers to develop applications that will build onto their platform.

Hour Face iPhone App Ages You In Seconds

A disturbing new iPhone app called Hour Face is freaking out young and old... by making the young look old.

Attention Freelancers! Oronjo Is A New Way To Sell Your Work

Oronjo is a new platform for selling your content that has a lot of people excited about how it might be able to adapt to the changing face of online media.

Dine In Bed And Float On At Bedtaste Restaurant In Germany

Growing up, you were probably always told never to eat in bed. I mean, even Sesame Street featured the ongoing argument about whether Burt or Ernie was responsible for the cookie crumbs in bed, and it is true that there's nothing worse. So, for those dreaming of climbing into bed to dine, it's fortunate that it's a new trend.

TED-Heads vs TED-Feds

The Annual TED Conference taking place February 9-13 in Long Beach, California has an elitism about it.  If you have $6000 to spend on an event - If you are an expert in the field of technology, entertainment or design - if you know how to deliver information in a new and innovative fashion - and of course there is that little matter about being invited - you might be worthy of  being considered a TED-Head with TED-Cred. If not, join the rest of us -  the club of TED-Fed D-Listers who can only witness the affair from afar, like a kid with no funds peering into the window of a candy store.

International Cab Swapping as a New Business Concept?

Sometimes in order to stand out from the crowd, the business just needs to break out of the mould and shake things up a little. Unfortunately, sometimes an image revamp can come with substantial costs, unless you use the power of networking.

Job Seeker's Guide To Social Media Tools

The economy has made job stability more worrisome. Many of us are asking the same questions. Will I get laid off? Is my company going to downsize? Should I be updating my resume? As some who worry too much may be doing so unnecessarily, others who turn a blind eye might be at the greatest risk. To best prepare for the unknown, there are some new social media tools and apps now available that may alleviate some of this angst.

Learn About Wine: Pairing Wine With Fast Food Fare

Not everyone who likes the occasional glass of wine likes to indulge their senses with expensive cheese and aperitifs, so learning to taste wine with these foods on the palette just isn't practical. An educational wine tasting business in Los Angeles, with this in mind, has decided to do things a little bit differently.