Interesting news…

Two quick items that caught my eye lately:

From a March 27 article in the International Herald Tribune on “Berlin’s Art: A melting pot of talents” by Simon Marks, an art gallery owner Thomas Schulte is quoted like so:

Many American visitors tell me that Berlin reminds them of New York during the 70s; not much money, but very sexy.

I hope to get back to Berlin sometime this spring…  last visit was in 2000, where I nearly got trampled trying to get away from the Love Parade!

And on another topic altogether, from a March 31 article in the SF Chronicle entitled “Social gaming picks up momentum” by Ellen Lee, I learned of ‘Friends for Sale’:

San Francisco startup Serious Business, founded by 23-year-old Alexander Le and 24-year-old Siqi Chen, believes that a new genre of games could be mined from tapping into social networks.

In November, the duo created Friends for Sale, now one of Facebook’s most popular games with nearly 700,000 daily players. Users buy, sell and own their friends, as though their friends were pets or stocks. Owners can control their acquisitions, forcing them to do or say things, as well as sell them and turn a profit. Those being bought and sold are also part of the game, going up and down in value.

There’s no telling what those crazy kids will get up to next…

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