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Labour Day, Bangladesh style

As Victorians head off for the Labour Day long weekend, this video -- shot by a tourist in Khulna, Bangladesh in 2008 -- is a good reminder that the concept of hard work is relative. You might feel like you've moved heaven and earth with the sweat of your brow this week, but it's unlikely you'd call transporting 22 bricks on your head just another day at the office.

Apple blocks Japanese porn king Eugene’s road to riches

Eugene Lin's ambition of becoming a millionaire 70 cents at a time has been thwarted by Apple's removal of 5,000 apps deemed to contain overtly sexual content -- apparently in response to user complaints -- thus removing the entire Peekaboo suite.

Apple blocks Japanese porn king Eugene's road to riches

Eugene Lin's ambition of becoming a millionaire 70 cents at a time has been thwarted by Apple's removal of 5,000 apps deemed to contain overtly sexual content -- apparently in response to user complaints -- thus removing the entire Peekaboo suite.

Gap’s upside-down store turns heads

To promote awareness of Sprize, Gap's new loyalty program carrying the tag line "shopping turned on its head", the company turned its entire store on Robinson Street, Vancouver upsidedown. It took 12 hours to flip the instore decor -- including four display tables and 32 mannequins -- as well as a hot dog stand and three cars outside.

Gap's upside-down store turns heads

To promote awareness of Sprize, Gap's new loyalty program carrying the tag line "shopping turned on its head", the company turned its entire store on Robinson Street, Vancouver upsidedown. It took 12 hours to flip the instore decor -- including four display tables and 32 mannequins -- as well as a hot dog stand and three cars outside.

Romania eyes fast food tax to reverse national waistline inflation

Thomas Jefferson once said that “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance”. However, in the case of Romania’s post-communist population, the price is also size 52 trousers. In stark contrast to the lean Eastern Bloc days, half of Romania’s population is now overweight. Apparently, a burger, fries and jumbo soda became the cherished trophies of Cold War liberation.

Victorian government adopts Creative Commons as its default information licensing system

In a first move by an Australian government, the Victorian parliament has adopted Creative Commons (CC) licensing as its default licensing system for access to public sector information (PSI).

Youi launches national radio campaign touting its "cool" Anthillian cred

Well now it seems that the marketers at Youi thought an insurance company winning a national business award for coolness was a pretty good point of difference. So much so that they have launched a national radio advertising campaign crowing about their cool triumph.

Youi launches national radio campaign touting its “cool” Anthillian cred

Well now it seems that the marketers at Youi thought an insurance company winning a national business award for coolness was a pretty good point of difference. So much so that they have launched a national radio advertising campaign crowing about their cool triumph.

Create a marketing campaign in 60 seconds

The complex and expensive world of professional marketing is an outsourced expertise that is mostly out of bounds to startups and SMEs. While many resources are available to the small business owner, it can also often come down to having the time to research and follow up on new ideas. This is where a novel product from Australian-based marketing company ChildsPlay Marketing can come in handy.

LinkedIn helps Irish startup raise over $250,000 in 8 days

Limerick-based software startup Goshido recently completed its first round of private fundraising in only eight days. What is more impressive is that it accomplished this feat solely via the social media networking site LinkedIn.

Switched-on innovation converts pedestrian footsteps into energy

There's an interesting post over on Springwise about Pavegen slabs, an eco innovation by UK-based Pavegen Systems, which harvest the kinetic energy from pedestrian footsteps and converts it into electricity.

Research: Australians lead the world in time spent on social media

A recent survey by The Nielsen Company has shown a global rise of time spent on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, of two and a half hours for December 2009 and December 2008. Going from three hours to five and a half hours represents a staggering 82 percent increase.

Innovative bike helmet prototype folds like a hand fan for easy storage

We're conditioned to expect sturdiness from our protective head gear, but this prototypical helmet being developed by DoYouVélo? turns the concept on its... well... head. The honeycomb...

Kiss and sell: Will Chinese demand transform Australia's cane toad problem into a princely...

A Queensland entrepreneur is hoping Chinese demand will solve one of northern Australia’s most pressing natural problems: cane toads.

Kiss and sell: Will Chinese demand transform Australia’s cane toad problem into a princely...

A Queensland entrepreneur is hoping Chinese demand will solve one of northern Australia’s most pressing natural problems: cane toads.

Microsoft CEO asked to sign a student's Macbook. Scribbles something almost funny.

When a plucky young Apple fanboy asked Ballmer to sign his Macbook during a visit to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the Microsoft Motivator-in-Chief played along, even scrawling a personal note along with his name.

Microsoft CEO asked to sign a student’s Macbook. Scribbles something almost funny.

When a plucky young Apple fanboy asked Ballmer to sign his Macbook during a visit to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the Microsoft Motivator-in-Chief played along, even scrawling a personal note along with his name.

Freaky 'Face Bank' teaches children frugality and fear

Take this "Face Bank", which gobbles down each coin with ghoulish realism. The original model had eyes, but (perhaps moved by reports that it was inspiring night terrors in children) the makers updated it last year, removing the eyes and adding a nose, Easter Island style.

Freaky ‘Face Bank’ teaches children frugality and fear

Take this "Face Bank", which gobbles down each coin with ghoulish realism. The original model had eyes, but (perhaps moved by reports that it was inspiring night terrors in children) the makers updated it last year, removing the eyes and adding a nose, Easter Island style.

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