Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is getting a buddy. Buddy Media, that is—for more than $800 million, Peter Kafka reports at AllThingsD. Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow had raised $54 million at a $500 million valuation just last fall.
The company specializes in helping big companies manage their Facebook pages and ads. Giant advertising holding company WPP is an investor, and also uses Buddy Media for all of its Facebook-ad buying.
While Salesforce.com is known for its salesforce-automation tools, it's recently expanded aggressively into social-media management—as has archrival Oracle, which just bought Vitrue.
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Altier Dahmir uses a table saw everyday cutting wood for custom floors. But a couple of months ago, in March, he he ran his finger through the saw, cutting half of it off. There was nothing was left to re-attach, what doctors told him was disheartening.
"The option you have is either we shorten the finger, or we put you through two procedures or more, and I can't guarantee you will have full function, full sensation," said Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes, Altier's hand surgeon.
Either way, Altier faced at least five months of healing. That's when his wife asked about something new: a wound healing powder nicknamed "pixie dust."
A couple of days later, right in Dr. Schwartz-Fernandes' office, Altier's wound was coated with a white powder that's actually called Matri-Stem. Think of it as the general contractor at a construction site. It calls in specialized crews—or in this case cells—to rebuild Altier's fingertip, including nerves, nail and fingerprint. But instead of taking five months, using Matri-stem, it took only five weeks.
ore than 600 miles away, there's a different solution in the works. Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina gave us a first-hand look at how it works.
Using the dome-shaped mold, scientists are constructing a bladder. "We have a major shortage of organs, mainly because we're living longer," said Dr. Anthony Atala. Organ shortages are the driving force for Dr. Atala. He is a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine. His dream is to grow organs we can't reject using cells from our own bodies. "We take a very small piece of tissue from the patient about half the size of a postage stamp," Atala said.
It takes a month for those cells to multiply.
"The cells are placed on the biomaterial, and it's like a sandwich. You have muscle cells on the outside; you have lining cells on the inside." That bio-material is like the steel beams of a building, shaping the organ. It eventually disintegrates, leaving only the cells behind. Making organs by hand takes time. But Dr. Atala is now automating the process using printers. This high-tech printer processes images from MRIs and creates a 3-D blue print for an ear, a finger bone, even a kidney.
"We've already made miniature kidneys that we've been able to implant experimentally and image urine, so we know that the technology is feasible. The challenge for us is, how do we take that miniature kidney and make it a larger structure—and that's where the printer is helping us," he said.
In the labs, bio-reactors keep the fabricated creations alive. Dr. Atala shows a heart-valve structure that is pumping away. The heart valve came from a pig, and all the cells were removed and replaced with human ones.
These units train regenerated parts to function as they would in our bodies. They are structures that could someday save lives. Dr. Atala hopes the lab-grown arteries will help people with peripheral artery diseases and other blood vessel diseases.
Altier says he was both surprised and happy with his results. Dr. Schwartz-Fernandes was especially impressed that the feeling returned to Altier's finger. "Every cell in your body has all the information necessary to create a whole new you," Dr. Atala said. He hopes that someday, organ regeneration will take place inside the body, but says that may be decades away.
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A Reddit.com user by the name of Biophilia_curiosus posted a few photos that he took in Indonesia. They show an amazing species of gliding lizard which basically looks like a miniature dragon. Fans of the film Avatar will be reminded of the flying Toruks.
When Rankin Paynter learned that the Kmart in his Kentucky town was closing, he decided to buy everything that remained on the store's shelves -- and give it all away.
Four cash registers and six-and-a-half hours after his shopping spree began, the benevolent businessman walked away with $200,000 worth of inventory and gave it all over to Clark County Community Services, a nonprofit that helps families in Winchester, Ky., facing crisis situations, WLEX reports.
"It's time to give back," the "Summer Santa" told the news source.
Judy Crowe of Clark County Community Services was blown away by Paynter's generosity and told WLEX that it was the single largest donation her organization has ever received. She also said that this is the first year her organization will have enough coats, hats and gloves to provide all the children it serves during the winter.
The Huffington Post | By Harry Bradford Posted: 05/17/2012 8:06 am Updated: 05/17/2012 10:16 am
A Walmart customer says she found an unpleasant surprise after taking her car to the retail giant for an oil change.
A Fort Worth, Texas woman, known only as Jessica, claims that a Walmart mechanic with “an attitude” scrawled satanic symbols, including the “Mark of the Beast,” on the bottom of her car during an oil change, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports (h/t The Consumerist). Jessica says she only became aware of the symbols when a mechanic at a different Walmart later pointed them out, saying the blue sealant used to write them is common to Walmart car-servicing stations.
“Who does that?” Jessica told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “I mean, what if it’s a curse?”
Jessica's car crisis is the latest in a slew of bizarre incidents at Walmart stores. First of all, a rattlesnake reportedly bit a man while he was shopping in the garden section of an Idaho Walmart this week. Then in February, a razor blade was found in a brand new baby sleeper purchased from a Walmart in West Virginia, resulting in minor injuries. In addition, multiple customers were pricked by hypodermic needles found in clothing at a Walmart in Georgia last December.
Then there are the controversies that, like in the case of the satanic car incident, have to do more with human interaction. Donnell Battie is suing Walmart for a million dollars, after a 16-year-old allegedly said "all black people must leave the store" over the PA, according to the International Business Times.
It doesn't stop there. At the corporate level, Walmart is also in hot water over a variety of claims. The big box retailer's Mexico division is being investigated for allegedly using bribery to boost the number of stores in the country. The U.S. Labor Department also fined Walmart earlier this month for allegedly denying workers overtime pay.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post mistakenly said a Walmart employee had stated that "all black people must leave the store" over the PA.
Memo outlines strategy for influencing party platform at RNC
May 15, 2012
As the mainstream media continues to idiotically blather on about Ron Paul “quitting”, the campaign is forging ahead, today releasing a memo outlining Paul’s strategy for the GOP national convention.
“Let me be very clear,” writes chief strategist Jesse Benton in the opening lines of the memo, “Dr. Paul is NOT dropping out or suspending his campaign.”
“As Dr. Paul has previously stated, he is in this race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August,” Benton adds, noting that the campaign will look to maximize the resources it has, thus it will not fruitlessly pour money into the remaining primary states.
“We will continue to run strong programs at district and state [party] conventions to win more delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention.” Benton continues, noting that the campaign will enter a “new phase” on Friday at the Minnesota state GOP convention, where Paul will make an appearance.
While Benton acknowledges that “barring something very unforeseen”, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will now secure enough delegates to win the nomination, he asks Paul supporters to stay positive and help the Congressman secure a legacy for the future of the liberty movement.
“We are in an excellent position to make sure the Republican Party adds solid liberty issues to the GOP platform, which our delegates will be directly positioned to approve.” Benton states.
“Our delegates can still make a major impact at the national convention and beyond.” Including, he adds, using their influence “to shape the process for future liberty candidates.”
“By sending a large, respectful, and professional delegation to Tampa, we will show the Party and the country that not only is our movement growing and here to stay, but that the future belongs to us,” Benton notes, perhaps tacitly asking supporters to rise above the recent dirty tricks that Romney supporters and GOP insiders have attempted to pull at state conventions.
In comments to reporters, Benton elaborated on the calls for decorum, noting “We our doing everything in our power to work with out supporters to make sure decorum and respect are the name of the game.” Benton added that he was well aware that “our supporters are going to get an excessive amount of blame for problems that arise at heated conventions.”
Senior Paul advisor Doug Wead also elaborated, noting “Shouting people down is not Ron Paul’s way. Winning a battle of ideals based on principles, in a respectful way, is how he approaches the contest and it is how he wants others to approach the contest as well.”
The strategy memo outlines three key areas where the Paul campaign will seek to influence policy at the national convention; monetary policy reform, prohibitions on indefinite detention and internet freedom.
Benton also told reporters that the campaign has been discussing the party platform with Mitt Romney’s team.
“I’d like to thank them for the respect that they’ve showed us,” Benton said. When asked if Ron Paul would endorse Romney, Benton said “I do not believe that is likely”. When asked if Paul would work with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Benton said “No, there’s no chance of that.”
“Some will say that it is a lost cause,” Doug Wead said in his written statement today, referring to Paul’s ongoing campaign for liberty. “I will not concede but it does remind me of Clarence Darrow’s famous line, “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for” he concluded.
“Our people have been punched, yelled at, lied to and worked until they can hardly stand.” Wead added. “But on they come, fighting for their children, fighting for their future, angry at the corruption of the banks, of Wall Street, of the lobbyists, of the Congress, of the White House. The battle for liberty is not over. It has just taken on a new phase. It cannot be stopped by the national media. If that were the case it would never have been born in the first place.”
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.net, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.
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