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TV news reporting by the book (spoof)

The format for composing TV news reports contains less than meets the eye. Much less, as English satirist Charlie Brook reveals in this searing exposé.

The worst viral TV ad ever? Coke's pimped vending machine leaves a bad taste...

The 'viral' video can be an incredibly powerful tool for promoting the USP of a product, or it can simply be used to make us feel more positively about a brand. But sometimes (more often than most would like to admit) they simply fall flat. So, why is it that this campaign from Coca-Cola left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

The worst viral TV ad ever? Coke’s pimped vending machine leaves a bad taste...

The 'viral' video can be an incredibly powerful tool for promoting the USP of a product, or it can simply be used to make us feel more positively about a brand. But sometimes (more often than most would like to admit) they simply fall flat. So, why is it that this campaign from Coca-Cola left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

A rap for the economist in us all… fo shizzle?

In this 'rap off' between two of the history's most influential economic minds, you'll find John Meynard Keynes throwing back Cosmopolitans in an effort to explain the value of stimulus spending. If only K Rudd had tried to articulate this important economic theory from the VIP section of a Manhattan 'gentlemen's club', he wouldn't have encountered nearly so much opposition.

How Eugene became a porn king in Japan

Eugene Lin wanted to be rich. So, he decided to invent an iPhone application. With nothing but an accelerometer, two dozen naked women, and the nation of Japan, Eugene surprisingly found himself with a ripper story to tell (in under five minutes).

Parody highlights the forgotten victims of modern media mayhem

There has been much coverage of the death of print media and the ever increasing switch to online journalism. However, as this Hungry Beast parody shows, there is a group of once-glorified citizens who have fallen victim to this passage of progress and the inevitable corporate cutbacks that follow in its wake.

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.

Lethal mini-ninjas star in Google's AWESOME new Nexus One viral video

There's no denying that Apple's iPhone has a huge headstart on Google's new Nexus One phone. But with uber cool promos like this one, it won't be long before all the cool kids will be brandishing a 'ninja phone'.

Lethal mini-ninjas star in Google’s AWESOME new Nexus One viral video

There's no denying that Apple's iPhone has a huge headstart on Google's new Nexus One phone. But with uber cool promos like this one, it won't be long before all the cool kids will be brandishing a 'ninja phone'.

Sweet Alan Sugar mashup

Fortunately, Sugar's antics across five series of The Apprentice UK have provided great fodder for video mashup artists, who have sliced and diced the Amstrad founder to hilarious effect.

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.

An Aussie tech star talks about taking on the world (and winning)

This instalment focuses on Dr John Papandriopoulos, who in 2007 as a 30-year-old University of Melbourne research fellow revolutionised broadband by developing an algorithm that speeds up ADSL connections by up to 100 times.

“Keep your crises small.” Pixar’s Ed Catmull on why successful companies fail (and how...

Why do successful companies fail? Pixar's Ed Catmull addresses this key question through the prism of Pixar's growth from a small, unheard of digital animation company to the powerhouse Disney partner it is today.

"Keep your crises small." Pixar's Ed Catmull on why successful companies fail (and how...

Why do successful companies fail? Pixar's Ed Catmull addresses this key question through the prism of Pixar's growth from a small, unheard of digital animation company to the powerhouse Disney partner it is today.

An intriguing short film about numbers. All of them.

Numbers have been at the core of human understanding and evolution since before Pythagoras was geeking out in 6th Century BC Greece. This classy short film captures the essential role numbers play at all levels of life. It was named one of the 50 finalists in the 'Nikon festival: Your Day in 140 seconds' contest.

Can you codify the way innovators think? Simon says, Yes.

In an attempt to determine how great thinkers achieve their great outcomes, British marketing consultant Simon Sinek believes that he has stumbled upon a simple method to codify the way innovators think. He calls it the Golden Circle. In this presentation from TEDx Puget Sound, Sinek shows why it pays to be cynical.

Three-year-old Chinese girl solves Rubik’s cube in 114 seconds

In more than 30 years, I've never managed to solve it (bar the sneaky sticker-removal method). However, this three-year-old Chinese prodigy has mastered the way of the Cube, completing the famous challenge in a staggering 114 seconds! And she even looks a little bored.

Three-year-old Chinese girl solves Rubik's cube in 114 seconds

In more than 30 years, I've never managed to solve it (bar the sneaky sticker-removal method). However, this three-year-old Chinese prodigy has mastered the way of the Cube, completing the famous challenge in a staggering 114 seconds! And she even looks a little bored.
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