Monthly Archives: July 2010

2010’s Best Designed Products | Fast Company

The winners of the 2010 International Design Excellence Awards can help you ride the waves, grill a burger, catch varmints, and save the earth.

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Cash for Chocolate? |

Instead of going to a bank or tapping your family and friends, consider some alternative financing options.

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Merchants Push Sales Through Social Media –

After learning how to market themselves through tweets and status updates, some small companies are taking the next step: selling directly to consumers via social-networking sites.

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HOW TO: Make a Great How-To Video |

Whether you’re a small business owner and want to demo a product, an artisan wanting to show off your skills, or even a consumer with a passion for sharing knowledge, before you pick up the camcorder, have a read of our top tips below.

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Why the Twilight Exit Will Buy You a Steak Dinner If You Close Your Chase Bank Account – Seattle News – The Daily Weekly

He was watching customers pay with cards furnished by the company he felt was trying to screw him, all in the name of keeping a little extra of his money every month. It’s illegal to offer free booze to entice customers.
But free meat? Fair game.

“If someone wants a steak dinner,” he says. “I will feed them.”

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Finding a Good Financial Bill in 2,300 Pages |

I did something I doubt few people have dared. I took the liberty of a 13-hour flight back from Asia earlier this week to read all 2,300-plus pages of the bill. Yes, all of them.

My law professor verdict: There are many things to applaud in this bill and much in there that will substantially enhance the government’s power to regulate the financial industry. On the whole, if you think that the financial industry needs more supervision and financial regulators more tools, you should be relatively happy. If you are an advocate of big world changing ideas like breaking up the banks, you will be less so.

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Apple Becomes Big Brother | TAUW

Seriously, this is nothing that a little duct tape can’t fix:

Sadly, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Apple deleting discussion board threads on topics which are unflattering to Apple’s products. It’s closer to the fiftieth time. In fact, we’ve heard so many reports about this happening that it seems safe to call this standard operating procedure for Apple’s discussion boards. That’s not to say that there are no negative threads on the discussion boards, but the ones that are there are the ones that Apple’s moderators have decided to leave active.

How do you like Steve now?