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I've recently had a chance to try out a new Q&A website called iPad-Answers.com.  It's created by the same people that run Mahalo Answers and has already become a great place to find answers to just about every single iPad question you can imagine.  I've written a full Posterous post about the site here.

 
 
Since June, I've been managing pages on Mahalo.com.  For at least the next few weeks, I'm going to be highlighting interesting Mahalo topic pages with content that I manage.

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Cheap Rings

Much of this page was already built on Mahalo when I stumbled across it, so I can't take full credit for the content.  However, it began receiving traffic the day I took over and has done quite well.  Many people are looking for engagement rings at some point in their lives and everyone loves a discount.  Check out the page's content as well as its earnings here:

http://www.mahalo.com/cheap-rings

 
 
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In the spirit of the hugely popular @s***mydadsays Twitter page (covered here by TechCrunch), some friends of mine have just launched @stuffourmomsays.  As someone familiar with some of her comments already, I can confirm that this is going to be hilarious.  Make sure to follow them here.

 
 
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I suppose the title kind of gave it away.  Yes, I'm serious.  I couldn't believe it either.  The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe outsold every other car in America in 2008, and I don't know whether to laugh or cry.  On the plus side, Little Tikes does not provide financing, there are few warranty issues and there's no UAW!  Click through to The Boston Globe for all the unbelievable details.

 
 
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It finally happened!  Someone online pretended to be me.  It started when I entered a comment on a blog post titled 4 Tweaks We Made To Our Business That Drastically Improved Sales over at www.MyWifeQuitHerJob.com.  By the way, it's one of my honest-to-goodness favorite blogs, so make sure to check it out.

Anyway, a little while later someone came by, copy and pasted my post into the comment box and added "Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can't wait to see your next post!"  Essentially, they made it look like I came back, reposted what I said the first time, and added in their line.  However, they also put their own URL behind my name in an attempt to make people click on MY name to visit THEIR site.

I e-mailed Steve, the owner of www.MyWifeQuitHerJob.com, and he had the comment removed in about 60 seconds flat.  However, I also took the liberty of looking up the WhoIs records for the domain my name was pointing to.  Turns out it's owned by David Aloisi from Roseburg, Oregon.  I even have his phone number.

I suppose the morale of this story is don't steal/upset others when your WhoIs information is public.  However, I'm also slightly flattered that my comment was high enough quality to merit the theft, even though I'm sure that's irrelevant.

 
 
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Toronto Life magazine has just published an article that I really like titled "50 Reasons to Love Toronto Right Now."  It includes points I agree with, like "The CN Tower is Cool Again", and points that, while true, I'm not too happy about like "Everyone Bikes".  Not that there's anything wrong with biking; I've just had it with suicidal bikers weaving in and out of traffic and nearly taking off my door mirrors.  I guess it's a pretty subjective list, since a lot of the things I love about Toronto like Holt Renfrew and the PATH system aren't listed.  Perhaps they're too permanent to be referenced in a piece about 'right now.'  Anyway, enjoy the article.

 
 
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Weebly, the company that creates the software with which this blog is created, has just announced a series of exciting features as part of its new solution for online stores.  VentureBeat and TechCrunch are also covering this story, so I won't rehash, but have a look at the video below.  Solutions like this once had five figure price tags; now they're free.

 
 

In the spirit of true Twitter Mania, TechCrunch just wrote a tongue in cheek article listing 15 things to do when Twitter is down.  This is the simply the latest piece of web 2.0 content on the topic, complementing everything from the original Fail Whale to Lisa Nova's Twitter videos on YouTube.  I know I've missed the opportunity to comment on several other "Twitter
Events", including Opera's first tweet and an actual Queen using the service, but I'm sure there will be more to add to the list shortly.


 
 

GE's energy division has released a unique online ad to promote its windmill technology.  While you'll have to view the video to truly understand, it can best be described as a digital hologram that's displayed on your computer screen.  When you print out the template and hold it in front of your webcam, the hologram will appear and move in sync with your template.  You can even make the windmills spin faster by blowing into your microphone.  Click here to see the video.


 
 

The Huffington Post is reporting that American Express is sending letters to a select group of customers offering them a THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR prepaid credit card if they cancel their accounts!  Seriously!  Apparently, this is to give these customers a chance to "simplify" their finances.  However, in reality, Amex just isn't doing so well due to the credit crisis. 

Rumor has it that these letters are going out to customers with high outstanding balances, in an attempt to get the balances paid down instead of defaulted on.  Obviously, you can't get the gift card if you don't pay your account down to zero.  However, your card does still get canceled either way.

I read of someone who pays their card off every month actually calling and requesting a letter.  Of course, they were refused.  You can get further details here and here, as well as directly from the American Express website.