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"People think the simplest ideas have already been made." That from Matt Williams, founder of LavCup, a product so simple and brilliant you wonder why it hasn't been done before.
LavCup is an antimicrobial shelf for toilet stalls and urinals where people can set their drinks while they get down to business. Its tagline: "Because you can't hold it."
Even better, the shelves allow for advertising. "The audience is so captive, that's what makes the medium so powerful," Williams told me.
So much for technology. As the Nasdaq tries to figure out why it couldn't process trades for hours on Thursday, investors outside the exchange are trying to figure out what to name the event. Three years ago we had the Flash Crash. A year ago there was the Facebook Flub.
CNBC contributor Josh Brown suggests we call the meltdown "The Flash Freeze," because what started as a flash … froze ... all afternoon. How hard could it be to fix the problem? As @apsduke tweeted, "NASDAQ I.T. head just has to answer 'my first pet's name?' "
As college students embark on the debt-laden, life-changing experience of a new year, few will be as inspired to change the world as the incoming class at Georgia Tech. New students were welcomed this week with what Mashable is calling an "epic" convocation, presented by sophomore Nicholas Selby, a mechanical engineering major.
Selby, bespectacled in a formal robe and tie, starts his speech with quiet, earnest nerdiness. "We chose Georgia Tech because we want to do the impossible, and this school is equipped with the resources and faculty to help us do just that," he says, looking like a poster boy for the chess club.
Then everything changes. His tone, his demeanor, and his theme music. Yes, theme music. Selby's performance crescendos and is accompanied by the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Georgia Tech students should not be content to "stand on the shoulders of giants." Instead, Selby exhorts them to "CRUSH the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand!" At a key moment, he shouts,
So far, it's your typical Silicon Valley success story.
But something happened along the way west to California's Golden Gate. Shih decided he didn't like the City by the Bay.
Didn't like it at all.
(Read more: These kids today—It's all about 'ME ME ME!')
Last week Shih wrote a rant called "10 Things I Hate About You: The San Francisco Edition" on a site called Medium. The original post has since been removed, but several other bay area websites have picked it up.
The business of feminine products is, well, recession-proof. However, the only thing less comfortable than a teenage girl grappling with her first period is ... watching commercials about it.
Enter Flo. Not the Progressive Insurance pitchwoman. No, this Flo is a tween who gets her first period at camp and sees it as an opportunity to go from loser to egomaniacal leader.
"I became the Camp Gyno," she says on a YouTube video which has topped 3 million hits. "This is your life now," she tells one fellow tween girl experiencing those first pangs. And I thought life was tough in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."
Americans are bombarded with information, and nobody wants to look like an idiot. A new study suggests most of us think we know more about what's going on in the news than our friends do. It also suggests that sometimes we fake it.
Welcome to my world.
Boss: "Hey, did you hear what the Fed is doing?"
Me: "Um, yeah. Yessssssssss. Of course I heard......"
Boss: "You're lying."
Boss: "(Eyes rolling) Pathetic."
How much of a difference do nine seconds make?
That's the difference between the six-second looping videos you can post on Twitter's Vine app and the new 15-second videos you can post on Facebook's Instagram.
Here's my take: Nine seconds is suddenly a really long time. More time to fill with exciting, creative clips or breaking news. Or nine more seconds of vacuous shots showing cats jumping, toddlers tripping, people displaying the food they're about to eat.
Don't believe me?
Here's my Vine video, which makes even six seconds boring.
And here's my first 15-second video on Instagram … an eternity.
—By CNBC's Jane Wells. Follow her on Twitter: @janewells
Security software pioneer John McAfee has just released a drug-addled, orgy-ridden spoof on YouTube (Warning: graphic language and images definitely NSFW) aiming to address years of complaints from computer users wanting to remove McAfee software from their devices.
Hold onto your mouse pad, because this video is not for the faint of heart.
It begins with McAfee explaining that even though he hasn't been affiliated with his namesake firm for 15 years, people keep asking him how to uninstall the software.
He has had "more pressing things to do," he says. (That would include hiding out from authorities in Belize who wanted to talk to him about the murder of a neighbor. McAfee told CNBC he feared that if he were taken into custody, police would kill him.)
But back to this video.
Wearing a smoking jacket and burning money to light a cigarette, McAfee proceeds to read emails from venemous customers about how much they hate the software. (Again, warning: Language. Seriously. Warning.)
He hands the proceedings over to an "expert" to explain how to remove the software, while McAfee gets back to, well, business: scantily-clad women, sex, coke and, finally, gunfire.
I didn't know whether to laugh or gasp. Tried to do both and choked.
By the way, how do you remove McAfee software?
"I have no idea," he said.
In response to the video, a spokesperson for the company of McAfee said, "While we take any attack on our products seriously, these ludicrous statements have no basis in reality. We continue to focus on what matters—our customers."
I happened to leave the country for a couple weeks, and while I was away Americans went gaga over … the tapir.
This is why I shouldn't leave you people unsupervised.
The market is obsessed with guessing when the Federal Reserve will begin tapering off its monthly purchases of bonds. That led to lots of jesting about the tapir, an animal that looks like some prehistoric cross between a pig and an anteater. Business Insider had a story on "11 Tapirs Who Are Worried About The Taper," a great excuse to post funny pictures of the beast. The caption for one particularly humorous photo read: "This tapir is worried that if economic weakness appears again, forcing the Fed to reverse its decision and increase the pace of its bond purchases, it could hurt the central bank's credibility." HILARIOUS.
But is the tapir really the right animal to represent the taper? No. By the looks of it, the tapir never eases up on much of anything.
Here are some better suggestions.
It could be the new Gangnam Style, except this dance craze is no joke.
Joanna Rohrback has unleashed "Prancercise" on the world, a unique exercise program that mimics the various gaits of a horse. When I first saw the YouTube video on Wednesday, it had about 13,000 hits. At last check it had topped 316,000 hits, and Rohrback is now booked on "The Today Show" for Friday.
What's all the fuss? Watch and judge for yourself.
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Former college football coach Barry Switzer has turned a man cave in his Oklahoma home into a base for Coaches' Cabana.
Apeks Supercritical sells an extraction machine for medical marijuana users who prefer consuming oils over smoking the plant.