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The Lipstick Index and Other Products that Thrive During Recessions

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at 8:58AM Wednesday July 6, 2011
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In an article for the New York Times, blogger Michelle Mismas theorizes that the economy is partially responsible for some recent nail polish trends. She cites the lipstick index, which describes the phenomenon of lipstick sales rising as economic health declines. Read More »

Smoking Bans Enforced in NYC, Texas and Worldwide

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at 7:54AM Tuesday July 5, 2011
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I'm not a fan of smoke. It's disgusting and makes my lungs cringe. Okay, it's fine if you want to smoke, but please spare the rest of us from the nastiness. With this being said, a recent article stated that Humana, a health insurance company based in Arizona will not be hiring people who smoke or use tobacco. However, current employees are still allowed to smoke but will be encouraged to stop with free smoking cessation programs. Hmm...I can see controversy brewing already.

Smoking bans are not new. Many places worldwide have banned smoking in restaurants and indoors. Here are a few that come to mind. Read More »

Ethics in Business a New Marketing Trend?

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 8:56AM Thursday June 30, 2011
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American Express recently conducted a study to find the year's most important retail trends. None of the results are likely to surprise readers of this blog. (Spoiler Alert: Groupon is successful.) However, one item on the list caught my attention: ethical companies are gaining popularity, and this popularity is expected to continue to increase.
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Fibrocell Science Skin Cell Cloning and Other Costly Anti-Aging Procedures

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at 10:56AM Wednesday June 29, 2011
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Last week, the FDA approved of a new type of cell therapy called laViv for fighting wrinkles by using a person's own skin cells to create an injectable cosmetic skin plumper. That's right, our very own cloned skin cells are injected back to us to stimulate the production of collagen. Fibrocell Science, the makers of LaViv, say it's the "the first and only personalized cell-based aesthetic treatment." Read More »

The KFC Diabetes Campaign and Other Misguided Charitable Donations

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 8:54AM Wednesday June 29, 2011
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If you've been looking for a way to support diabetes research in the most ironic way possible, a KFC location in Utah has just the ticket. When you purchase KFC's Mega Jug of soda, they'll donate $1 to diabetes research. Assuming you don't get a diet soda, the half-gallon beverage contains an estimated 800 calories and 56 teaspoons of sugar.

Not surprisingly, the campaign has drawn a lot of criticism. A spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the organization benefiting from the KFC campaign, pointed out that Type 1 diabetes--which is what the JDRF researches--is not linked to diet or obesity. Fair enough, but I'm not sure that gives KFC carte blanche to contribute to the alarming rates of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. Read More »

Extreme Couponing Causes Extreme Backlash

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 8:58AM Thursday June 23, 2011
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For those unfamiliar, "extreme couponing" is the practice of strategically combining and deploying loads of coupons. If done correctly--that is to say, if done fanatically--one can save 97% on a huge haul of groceries.
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Rush Limbaugh's Tea and Other Weird Celebrity Endorsements

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at 8:55AM Wednesday June 22, 2011
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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is endorsing a line of sweet tea. The Paul Revere-themed beverage is called Two if by Tea, and it's taken the tea pun market by storm. Watch out, The Old Man and the Tea. Read More »

The New FDA Sunscreen Regulations and Effective Skin Cancer Protection

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at 9:56AM Monday June 20, 2011
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I hope all of you are avid users of sunscreen and at the very least use it on your face daily. In a recent article taken from the SF Gate, it was reported that the FDA is changing the standards of how SPF is determined. Currently, SPF only refers to UVB rays (causes sunburn) and not UVA rays (causes skin cancer). Sound confusing? It is.

Most sunscreens in the U.S. market claim to protect against both types of damaging rays, but really don't. In fact, 20% of the products here can't be sold in Europe because their UVA standards are so strict and have been in place for many years. Why is the U.S. behind, considering our rates of melanoma have gone up 50% from 1994 to 2004?
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iCloud No Longer the Apple of Your Eye? Try these DRM-Free Alternatives

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at 8:54AM Thursday June 16, 2011
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It's a been a big few weeks for DRM. No, you did not travel back to the heady days of the Napster backlash: DRM, which stands for Digital Rights Management, is making a comeback.

For those unfamiliar, DRM might refer to any way that a copyright holder could limit the use of a product by consumers. If you've ever bought a song, e-book, movie or game and been unable to play it on the device of your choosing, you may already be all too familiar.
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Could these Free Google Apps Have Prevented the Anthony Weiner Photo Scandal?

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 8:56AM Wednesday June 15, 2011
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Since news broke that Rep. Anthony Weiner had tweeted explicit photos of himself to several women, things have been getting progressively worse for the Congressman. Although Weiner has entered rehab, Democrats and Republicans alike are pressuring him to resign.

Obviously, Weiner's actions were wrong because they betrayed his wife's trust. They were also surprisingly careless considering his prior reputation as being pretty social media-savvy. Read More »

6 Password Protection Lessons Learned from the Sony Hacker Attack

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at 8:53AM Thursday June 9, 2011
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Photo via Flickr courtesy of Johnathan Nightingale

For Sony and its users, the news just keeps getting worse. First the Sony Playstation hack exposed the personal info of gamers, and then the Sony Pictures hack allowed the movie-going crowd to get in on the misery.

Now the hacking group responsible for the latter breach has posted the names and passwords of Sony Pictures users as a torrent file for all to download. But there is a silver lining: As noted on MetaFilter, helpful programmer Troy Hunt analyzed the leak to show that most of us don't choose secure passwords. Read More »

Peter Thiel Fellowship Bursts Education Bubble

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at 7:56AM Wednesday June 8, 2011
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Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of Paypal, is giving out fellowships to young entrepreneurial hopefuls. The Thiel Foundation plans to grant a $100,000 fellowship to 24 people under the age of twenty. To qualify, the recipient must start up their own business, and drop out of college for two years to do so. Read More »