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Apple supplier report: 88% are in Asia, 44% in China, 11% in America

Everyone Is Going Nuts Over A 'Leaked' Video Of A Secret Google Product - But It's Probably A Publicity Stunt (GOOG)

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Here's a really neat commercial for a Google product that hasn't been released yet. Cool, right? Problem is: it's probably not real.  It's the product of a marketing firm called Slinky.Me, and as ComputerWorld points out, Slinky.me has a history of making fake Google commercials. It's pretty obviously a way...
Everyone Is Going Nuts Over A 'Leaked' Video Of A Secret Google Product - But It's Probably A Publicity Stunt (GOOG)
Curiosity Rover Joins Foursquare, Checks in From Mars

Facebook's Timeline Gets Copied - And Accused of Copying - in China

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Facebook likely won’t get into China any time soon, but its presence is still being felt in the Middle Kingdom. This week, we have seen the Giant of Hacker Way be accused of copying a Chinese company, and we have also seen it blatantly copied by a Chinese company. Such...
Facebook's Timeline Gets Copied - And Accused of Copying - in China
Photos: This might just be the world's largest piece of handmade recycled paper

Author Strips Naked To Protest Book Piracy; Probably Works As Well As Anything Else

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Not quite sure what to make of this, but ZDNet has the story of Brazilian author Vanessa de Oliveira stripping naked in public to protest infringing copies of her books, both printed and digital, in Peru. She wrote "NO TO PIRACY" (or, rather, "NO A LA PIRATERIA") in red ink...
Author Strips Naked To Protest Book Piracy; Probably Works As Well As Anything Else

Amazon's Key to Beating Groupon in the Daily Deals Space is Its 164 Million Paying Customers

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Amazon’s online catalog offers millions of everyday items for sale, but how many consumers think of visiting Amazon to buy a meal in a restaurant or a haircut at the local salon? Over the past year, Amazon has slowly been entering that space, too, to go up against industry-leading Groupon....
Amazon's Key to Beating Groupon in the Daily Deals Space is Its 164 Million Paying Customers

The Depressing Lives Of China's Porn Inspectors

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Despite China's ongoing sexual revolution, pornography is still illegal. Under Chinese law, anyone found to be producing and distributing obscene material can get three years in jail. The country requires many pornography censors to find and censor content considered obscene, and it's not always easy work. 70-year-old Liu Xiaozhen is...
The Depressing Lives Of China's Porn Inspectors

U.S. censorship lawsuit against Baidu dismissed

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A U.S. judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to punish Chinese Internet company Baidu for blocking pro-democracy works on its search engine. One legal expert said the case was more of a publicity stunt than an actual legal challenge to China's online censorship....
U.S. censorship lawsuit against Baidu dismissed

Watch Fashion Week, Through Lens of Google Glass

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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker tries on Google Glass, assisted by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. On Sunday, Google cleverly outfitted models with its high-tech eyewear during Diane von Furstenberg's show for New York Fashion Week. The publicity stunt was a hit even beyond the catwalk, as celebrities like Sarah Jessica...
Watch Fashion Week, Through Lens of Google Glass

Julian Assange's Ultimate Publicity Stunt: Running For Australian Senate?

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Even for supporters of Wikileaks and what it tried to achieve, Julian Assange is a polarizing figure -- often accused of letting his ego get in the way of good judgment. So, to be honest, it comes as little surprise that he's announced plans to run for the Australian Senate,...
Julian Assange's Ultimate Publicity Stunt: Running For Australian Senate?

TV Broadcasters Sue Alki David's TV Streaming Service Once Again, To Establish More Bad Precedents

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For many years we've pointed out that the self-promoting Alki David seems to get engaged in a variety of ridiculous lawsuits partly as a publicity stunt to build up his own brand. Nearly everything he does seems to be focused on the publicity value of it -- such as renaming...
TV Broadcasters Sue Alki David's TV Streaming Service Once Again, To Establish More Bad Precedents

Dead Phone Battery? Just Burn Something

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After Hurricane Sandy knocked out power in the Northeast, a New York start-up called BioLite came up with a good publicity stunt: Light a fire so people could charge their dead cellphones. Read more »...
Dead Phone Battery? Just Burn Something

Julian Assange Moves Forward Plans To Run For Senate And Start A Wikileaks Political Party

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It's been a while since we checked in on Julian Assange. Last we heard, the United States had just classified Wikileaks as an "enemy of the United States," but that was all the way back in September. This, of course, was after Assange had been granted asylum in the Ecuadorian...
Julian Assange Moves Forward Plans To Run For Senate And Start A Wikileaks Political Party

UK accelerator Springboard embraces crowdfunding: Startups will hit Kickstarter on demo day

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UK accelerator Springboard is taking an unusual direction with its forthcoming Internet of Things-focused program; crowdfunding is becoming a part of the fundraising available to startups taking part. Yes, all the teams will launch their products on Kickstarter to coincide with the traditional investor demo day. Kickstarter, which recently launched...
UK accelerator Springboard embraces crowdfunding: Startups will hit Kickstarter on demo day

Frank Ocean: Channel Orange - review

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Frank Ocean has got a lot of people talking about his sexuality - but his brilliant, beautiful new album is the real storyThe news that Frank Ocean had apparently outed himself as bisexual received a variety of reactions, but perhaps the most curious was the suggestion he was indulging in...
Frank Ocean: Channel Orange - review

this has to be the most awesome boycott publicity stunt ever: http://jty.me/03t flash mob declares boycott using "Bad Romance"

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this has to be the most awesome boycott publicity stunt ever: http://jty.me/03t flash mob declares boycott using "Bad Romance"

Customer Service Is Next Job for IBM's Watson

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Remember Watson? The supercomputer that in an elaborate but interesting publicity stunt beat humanity at the game show “Jeopardy” a few years back, and then for a follow-up went on to become a big shot doctor (sort of), and more recently has started to specialize in cancer research now has...
Customer Service Is Next Job for IBM's Watson

Serendip hopes to help you find your music soul mates with its free web app

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Serendip has launched a free web app called MyMusicSoulMates (MMSM), the Israeli startup has announced. As you may have guessed from its name, MMSM lets you find people who share your music tastes. You have three options to get started with MMSM: connect it to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, or simply...
Serendip hopes to help you find your music soul mates with its free web app

Labor activists hijack pie cutter product page to bite Amazon

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A pie cutter is being used to draw attention to working conditions at Amazon. The pro-labor group Working Washington is escalating its battle against Amazon.com, this time through an usual tool: A pie cutter. Members of the group have essentially hijacked the reviews section on a pie cutter product page on...
Labor activists hijack pie cutter product page to bite Amazon

Startup SalesCrunch Makes Unsolicited Bid for Cisco Unit WebEx

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For months the rumor mills have whispered here and there about WebEx, the remote meeting service owned by the networking giant Cisco Systems. As that company has gone through numerous contortions, shedding jobs and business units, WebEx has stood out as another acquisition that might find itself on the chopping...
Startup SalesCrunch Makes Unsolicited Bid for Cisco Unit WebEx

Publicity stunt done right: Thanks to Smore, you can add Microsoft’s Clippy to all your websites

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Alright, it’s a bit. Sure, Smore is looking to drum up publicity for their product in a way that is quickly becoming traditional: do something wonky, shareable, and fun. And, boom, articles. It works because such little stunts tend to entertain, and are often useful for pranks. Such is the...
Publicity stunt done right: Thanks to Smore, you can add Microsoft’s Clippy to all your websites

US censorship lawsuit against China's Baidu dismissed

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A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to punish Chinese Internet company Baidu for blocking pro-democracy works on its search engine, with one legal expert stating that the case was more of a publicity stunt than an actual legal challenge to China's online censorship. It is well...
US censorship lawsuit against China's Baidu dismissed

Cats beware, dogs can drive

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As a publicity stunt, the SPCA of New Zealand taught three of its canine charges to drive a Mini Cooper Countryman. [Read more]...
Cats beware, dogs can drive

Windows Phone’s real horse race, quitting the Internet, and other quotes of the week

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A few of the best quotes, tweets, comments and random zingers we heard this week. “Oh, Hanson’s hard to control!!!” — Kentucky Derby announcer Larry Collmus, referring to the 3-year-old colt sponsored by Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Combined with an earlier reference to the horse overheating, the sponsorship wasn’t exactly a...
Windows Phone’s real horse race, quitting the Internet, and other quotes of the week

Apple fan boy Rob Shoesmith to donate his home to charity if his eBook hits 1m downloads

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You may have encountered Rob Shoesmith before. He first made headlines in 2009 after the then 27-year-old binman from Coventry, England, submitted one of the first ideas selected by MEDL and its App Incubator service. The competition was to help people develop app ideas without having the necessary technical knowledge,...
Apple fan boy Rob Shoesmith to donate his home to charity if his eBook hits 1m downloads

Samsung to reveal new Galaxy smartphone

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Hype ahead of Wednesday's launch of Samsung's new Galaxy smartphone is reaching levels typically reserved for products from its top smartphone rival, Apple. Tech blogs have obsessively catalogued predictions about new features and rumored prices for the company's next smartphone, which many expect will be called the Galaxy S4. Samsung...
Samsung to reveal new Galaxy smartphone

Major Media Fails To Fact-Check iPhone Joke

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Since some folks in traditional media still love to pretend that they are part of a select group of information filters that can provide fact-checked news items and that their internet counterparts cannot, I'm going to keep driving this point home: internet news groups and blogs are no more susceptable...
Major Media Fails To Fact-Check iPhone Joke

Hey developers: This real-time coding environment could take social code to the next level

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Created by the folks at Chaos Collective, “Space” is an internal project that takes social coding to the next level with a real-time collaborative editor baked right into your browser. Right now, we’ve only seen the tool in use and haven’t played with it ourselves, but boy does it look...
Hey developers: This real-time coding environment could take social code to the next level

Chinese authorities warn Web video services over content, reinforce need to censor

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The Chinese government has turned its attention to increase in original and user-generated content on the country’s Web video services to ensure that all videos are ‘closely examined’ and of a suitable nature before they go live to the Internet. The People’s Daily reports that two government agencies – The State Internet...
Chinese authorities warn Web video services over content, reinforce need to censor
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