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Mine is a Social Ownership Directory of People and Products

“We are trying to do something that's never been pulled off -- to build a platform where it is easy for people to share what they've bought,” says Mine co-founder and CEO Pierre Legrain. “We are about creating a directory of ownership, of people and their recent purchasing history of items they want to share.”

At first glance, this may remind you of the ill-fated startup Blippy, which allowed people to see what their friends were purchasing with credit cards in real-time.

“So it turns out that almost nobody wants people to check out their purchases,” was the memorable way Alexia Tsotsis started off her Blippy obit in TechCrunch in May 2011.

Look of the Week: Gift Ideas for the Hip Bay Area Mom

Look of the Week: Gift Ideas for the Hip Bay Area Mom

Whether she's more of a techie, tennis-lover, runner or cheesemonger, we're guessing your mom is pretty awesome. And well, awesome moms deserve awesome gifts. Here are our picks ($13-$198) to help you show your thanks this Mother's Day.

SF Street Style: A Fashion Shoot at Crissy Field

SF Street Style: A Fashion Shoot at Crissy Field

Last weekend, among the frenzy of tourists, athletes and fisherman, we found a fashion stylist, model and photographer at Crissy Field. Freelance photographer, Stephen Sun, was busy setting up the shoot, while ex-SF and now Sacramento-based hair and wardrobe stylist, Noelle Lynne, dressed JE ModelKeilina Jones in hot pink hot pants and a towering pair of Michael Antonio wedges. 

Smashwords CEO Talks Online Book Publishing, Present and Future

Smashwords: Ebooks from independent authors and publishers

Back in 2008, when Mark Coker launched Smashwords as a self-publishing platform for independent authors of ebooks, he knew that self-publishing  “was widely seen as the option as last resort for failed authors.”

That was then.

When I caught up with him by phone yesterday, Coker stated, “I think that self-publishing is actually becoming the option of first resort for authors now.”

The Buzz Builds Around Amazon's Tablet as a Major Challenge to Apple's iPad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's been almost a year and a half since Apple launched the iPad, and to date it's sold some 29 million units of the device.

Competitors like Samsung, HP, Motorola and RIM have tried but failed to come up with tablets that could challenge the iPad's success, but now there's apparently a new kid about to join the fray.

And that would be Amazon.

Although we won't know for sure until Wednesday, when the Seattle-based retailer has scheduled a press conference, word has leaked out that Amazon's tablet is a color version of its Kindle e-reader, that operates like the iPad by touch, and with a smaller screen (seven inches as opposed to ten).

That we know, or think we know, all of these details prior to the company's formal announcement is significant if only because, outside of Apple, Amazon is one of the most secretive technology product companies around.

Pssst! Online Shopping is Exploding and -- Men and Women Shop Differently

Back in the early days of the web, there were some who predicted that online shopping would never take off, because, in addition to other hesitations, most people would never entrust their credit card information to a website.

Amazon started proving the critics wrong soon after it launched in 1995, and when eBay joined the party the following year, it quickly became apparent that ecommerce represented a massive new business opportunity where a lot of players were going to make (and/or lose) a lot of money.

Cut to the present tense, and ecommerce generated some $165.4 billion in sales last year, or roughly eight percent of the retail product sales in the U.S. According to Forrester Research, that figure will reach the neighborhood of $279 billion by 2015.

Meanwhile, with Groupon and Living Social, daily deals and flash sales, the sheer volume of marketing and shopping information coursing over the Internet has become deafening. Email, Facebook, Twitter are all bursting at the seams with the stuff.

Look of the Week: Snappy Sailor for Bay to Breakers 100th Annual Celebration this Sunday

Note:  this one's definitely for the non-runners out there! If you're heading to the Bay to Breakers' 100th Anniversary 12k to drink, dazzle, and well, not run, then we have a lovely little outfit for you. 

Borderline costumey, 100% wearable-cute -- this sailor-themed ensemble will earn many a glance, while keeping you nice and chic. Tip that hat, buckle those shiny blue shoes, and go nuts with the all-over glitter spray. Madness awaits!

Will Kindles Be Free By Next Christmas?

If you've been debating whether to buy a Kindle for yourself or for a loved one, you may just want to hold off until November.

That's because by then, just in time for the holiday sales push, the price of a Kindle, according to a number of technology experts, will be...zero.

That's right. Though it now goes for $139, it appears that Amazon's industry-leading book-reading device may soon be free.

First, to the evidence.

Look of the Week: Sick Day

A number of nasty bugs are circling around SF right now. And what, with the up-and-down weather, and sneezes going off like BBMs on MUNI, catching something is almost inevitable. Do yourself a favor and be ready to take a sick day

We know it's really tough -- staying in, having soup, and the watching the last season of Oprah -- so find rescue in the coziest of outfits. Slouchy-cute sweats, a simple tank, and a great cashmere sweater are essentials for any lazy day. For the super sick gal, keep those toes warm with heated polar bear slippers, ensure lots of rest with a fun eye-mask, and don't forget to keep drinking liquids. Basically, rest up, stay warm, have a little fun, and get well soon.  

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