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Avril Lavigne Confuses, Offends With ‘Hello Kitty’ Music Video



Oh Avril, why’d you have to go and make things so complicated?

The singer released a music video for her single “Hello Kitty” Tuesday, which has received considerable backlash for its depiction of Japanese culture. The video has been removed from Lavigne’s YouTube page.

In the video, Lavigne’s dons a cupcake-tutu, raps in Japanese, drinks sake and dances alongside four expressionless Japanese females. Several…

5 Tips for Improving Your Ecommerce Revenues



Online shopping has created an efficient and enjoyable shopping experience for its users, and now, brick-and-mortar shops are trying to do just the same — by moving the online experience offline

Kate Spade Saturday, an innovative retailer in Tokyo’s fashion-forward Harajuku district, blends its online and offline worlds with in-store technology that emphasizes social sharing. Stroll through the flagship store in Tokyo, touch any of the oversized iPads embedded into the architecture and…

The Hard Truth About Your Online Life, Illustrated by Graphs



Internet, this is your life

From email to social media, there comes a time in everyone’s life when we need to sit up and face the truth about our online selves. And the best way to make us all see the light is with graphs.

Danish artists Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler created the series “Truth Facts” on their comedy website Kind of Normal. The humorously honest graphs show the hard truths of everyday life — especially online life.

Internet Users Send 204 Million Emails Per Minute



A lot can happen in 60 seconds. A decent typist can write approximately 80 words, the Wright brothers can make their historical first flight five times and YouTube users upload 72 hours of footage.

While social media can create the sense that the Internet is a small town where everyone is connected and, for the most part, gets along (outside of election season), the truth is quite the opposite. The data transferred on the Internet each minute by its roughly 2.4 billion global users is vast…

You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

Wait what?

You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

Wait what?

Birchbox Raises $60 Million to Shake Up the Beauty Industry



Birchbox, the popular ecommerce service for beauty products, announced Monday that it has raised $60 million in funding.

The Series B funding round was led by Viking Global Investors and brings Birchbox’s total funding to date to just more than $70 millionFortune, which broke the news, reports that the latest funding round values Birchbox at around $485 million

From the start, the Birchbox team has tried to rethink the experience for…

This is How the Vatican Will Digitize Millions of its Documents



Digitizing the Vatican’s 40 million pages of library archives will take 50 experts, five scanners and many, many years before the process comes to a close.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and has around 82,000 manuscripts, some of which date back about 1,800 years. It will work in tandem with NTT Data, a Japanese IT firm,

Despite Paywalls, Newspapers Still Bled Red Ink in 2013



Circulation growth, mobile ads and digital paywalls narrowed newspapers’ losses, but failed to offset declining advertising revenue as newspaper income continued to drop in 2013.

Overall revenue was off 2.6% to $37.59, a sharper drop than the 2% decline from 2012, according to a report from the Newspaper Association of America.

Ad revenue accounted for the entirety of the losses for newspapers. Print ad revenues fell 8.6%,…

Report: Facebook Planning E-Money Service in Ireland



Facebook is moving closer to becoming more of a checkbook, at least according to one report.

The Financial Times reports that Facebook is “weeks away” from gaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service in which users can store money on the social network and transfer funds to one another.

The electronic money service would work throughout Europe, according to the report. Facebook is also looking to partner with several startups…