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SpoonRocket’s site wasn’t down. they just had 100 orders every 10 seconds

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The food delivery startup SpoonRocket threw its first dinner party yesterday in San Francisco, and its website crashed due to an insane volume of traffic.

In theory, everyone in San Francisco can order a $1 SpoonRocket dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22. However, the website was down shortly after the party started.

It seems $1 per meal is just so tempting that yesterday’s down time didn’t turn too many people off.

5 New Design Careers for the 21st Century

 

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Tim Brown the IDEO’s CEO

wrote:  today, things are very different. Thanks to the still-booming Silicon Valley, interaction and user-experience designers have been added to the mix, but those aren’t the only opportunities for design thinkers. Even graduates of non-traditional programs can embark on exciting design careers. To wit, here are five disciplines that didn’t even exist at IDEO a few years ago. Continue reading 5 New Design Careers for the 21st Century

$13 fitness band wearable device from Xiaomi

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Kayleen Hong wrote in The next web that the popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled today its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13).

The Mi Band features sensors for tracking various health metrics and can even act as an alarm clock, it can last 30 days on a full charge, and is waterproof with an IP67 standard.
Another nifty feature is that the Mi Band can even unlock a Xiaomi smartphone, eliminating the inconvenience of having to key in your password multiple times a day.

We think the wearable is the trend in production,  we haven’t seen much of any Googling device as was predicted, maybe they will just move to wearable lens for retina diplay?? who knows

Facebook heading to be the next Amazon


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Markus Wohlsen wrote in Wired that Facebook started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services from other merchants without leaving Facebook. The button provides an added level of convenience for those who spend so much of their time on Facebook already, and it marks the beginning of a new stage in the company’s evolution into a significant money-making machine. Continue reading Facebook heading to be the next Amazon

Russian online travel market heats up

According to VentureBeat some heat is rising in the Russian online travel market

On Thursday Russia’s hot online travel market saw its third major venture funding operation in one month as OnlineTours, a reseller of package tours, closed a $7 million Series B round.

The funds were brought in by a VC consortium that includes international funds e.venturesGlobal Founders Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures as well as Russia’s InVenture Partners.