Friday, September 26, 2008

WaMu is already JP Morgan Chase

Seems like the designer at Washington Mutual was up all night - when you go to their homepage, you're already welcomed to JP Morgan Chase! I'm not sure what the Whoo hoo(TM) is but the employees must definitely have felt it after this overnight takeover/ liquidation of the company.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Smart labels keep your wine (or other perishables) under control

What a great idea by Paksense of Boise, Idaho. These new labels can be attached to a case of wine that is being shipped and tell the buyer right away whether the wine has been maintained at the correct temperature. I could imagine this going into pharmaceutical shipments as well - and even things like steak or oysters. Here's the full story.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 launches as a paid social network for teens

Anastasia over at Ypulse just wrote about Yoursphere, a new social network targeted at teens that just launched. The "interesting" twist about it is that it's actually not free but $4.95 a month! In exchange, kids can enjoy "no creepers", contests and rewards on the site (the rewards are for surfing the site and probably completing tasks.
This sounds like a total flop to me as the kids will certainly not take to it and even if some parents will fork over, the kids won't start using this.
I'm a big believer in the subscription model for social sites, but only if they provide actual value (i.e. premium features such as more storage, features). Having your parents on board certainly doesn't count as added value...

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