There is never too many hula-hoops.

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A couple of days ago I discovered that a popular coffee chain Nero – a shop in Camden – steam their milk bottles. They release some hot steam from the coffee machine into the bottle before they dump it in the bin. The steam does nothing but deforms the bottle in a way that its size is reduced to save space in the bin. It takes a split second to “resize” each bottle. Clever use of available inventory. That’s all. Starbucks should learn.

Coffee shops steam milk bottles before recycling them
* This isn’t exactly a bottle deformed by steam – rather some other physical impact – but you get the idea.

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I live in one of the safest areas in London. Today I learned, however, that it is only safe in relation to other areas, while it is not so safe overall. Apparently, there were 1029 crimes committed in my area in December alone, of which 119 were violent crimes including assaults, harassement and grievous bodily harm. The area I refer to is about 3 miles around my house. This information is provided by the police who track and map all reported crimes. This is how I discovered the surprisingly high level of crime in my area. I better pay more attention moving forward. Here are crime levels in Camden, a popular London destination among tourists.

There is an interactive crime map in the UK

Thanks for the content @twenycent

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Just got a new iPhone and wanted to connect to my bank via an iphone app so I can check my checking and savings accounts and any short term loans that I may have. Apparently, HSBC do not have an iPhone app, which is a shame. Instead, the Internet offers to use an app from a competing bank (Natwest).

I am not going to use it because I do not want to share my personal and bank information with another bank in such a direct way. @HSBC, you should take a note here. I am sure some of your customers do share their information with Natwest, just because there is no iPhone app for HSBC. Please build an app for iPhone.

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Update: looks like NatWest app is not really working for HSBC. So we are left to wait until they build an app, or someone builds it and then sells it to HSBC.

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If you type number “241543903” in Google, it will return pictures with random people putting their heads into refrigerators. Judging by the large amount of pictures posted by different people, whoever started this internet game, has a strong following.

241543903 is like putting your head in the fridge

Read about another internet craze – planking.

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AOL buys goviral for $96M

January 31, 2011

AOL Europe has just acquired goviral (video distribution company) for $96.7M. You have probably seen their video ads online. More info here.

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Video from new Samsung’s project. 200 paper planes were launched into space with SD memory cards attached to them for random people to find and use the cards. Nice marketing technique.

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Meat labels in Japan change color when the expiry date is approaching. The color change is triggered by increasing level of ammonium in the package. When the level is high, the bar code becomes unreadable making it impossible to sell the meat. As always, Japan is way ahead of the world in deployment of innovative technology in our daily lives.

Japan meat labels change color based on expiry date

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I just discovered that Linkedin is now world’s top 20 site by the number of visitors. A year ago, it was considerably less popular and it seemed to me quite natural that a business-focused service has limited audience. Back then I thought the site would never make it to the top. Well, today I learned it did. I am not sure what the growth is driven by, but I am quite sure most of employers and headhunters check potential job candidates on Linkedin (Facebook). That said, having a profile there is a must.

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Remember the famous bear hunter shoots a bear video? Samsung has done a similar video to promote their new Android-based portable media player. In this video, thieves break into a supermarket. Five shoppes have a chance to save it from robbery. Will anyone do that? That’s for you to find out.

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