A 28-Year Santa Dishes On Kids' Requests

A 28-Year Santa Dishes On Kids' Requests

Portly men who don the visage of Santa Claus hear the darndest things. A man who has played Santa for 28 years started blogging about the poignant, funny and sad things kids have told him over the years. [More]

What's On Your Holiday Wish List?

What's On Your Holiday Wish List?

The holiday shopping season began last week and the holiday gift-giving season kicks off tonight at sunset with Hanukkah: Day 1. We already asked you what your smartest purchases have been so far, but now it’s time to focus on those things you want other people to buy for you. [More]

Amazon Offers To Connect With Your Facebook Account

Amazon Offers To Connect With Your Facebook Account

Remember Beacon? This is not Beacon, Amazon wants you to know. The retailer has launched a new program where you can connect your Amazon account to your Facebook account, but it promises it won’t broadcast your purchases or bug your friends. Instead, the connection seems designed to funnel all the likes and favorites on your Facebook account (and those of your friends as well) into Amazon’s giant brain, so it can refine its shopping recommendations. Oh, and it will remind you of upcoming birthdays. [More]

Hotels Are Enticing You With Perks, Just Not Ones You Want

Hotels Are Enticing You With Perks, Just Not Ones You Want

In order to scare up some vacation business in a rough economy, hotels are falling all over themselves to outdo one another with perks, such as free breakfast buffets, video game console access, daycare and late checkouts. The problem is that the offers seem a bit tone deaf and aren’t quite giving travelers reasons enough to ante up. [More]

Hey Google, Hows About An Auto-Harass Button For Gmail?

Hey Google, Hows About An Auto-Harass Button For Gmail?

Morten Just complains that Gmail doesn’t have a feature that lets you resend messages to those who haven’t responded to you within a week. [More]

Stores Offer To Send Your Friends And Family An Invasive Holiday Wish List

Wouldn’t it be great if you could email your holiday wish list to friends and family without seeming like a self-indulgent clod? Well, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that several stores now feature self-promoting wish lists that magically email themselves or generate sales calls to potential gift givers.