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    Facebook offers $500 bounty for reporting bugs, joining the likes go Google and Mozilla. To qualify you must be the first to report a bug native to Facebook, not Facebook Apps like FarmVille.

    Learn more a Facebook’s Security Bug Bounty page.

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    Zappos 10 Core Values

    Last night I caught Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh on The Colbert Report expounding on how a great brand starts with a great culture. He invited the audience to Google Zappos’ 10 Core Values and so I did (below).

    1. Deliver WOW Through Service
    2. Embrace and Drive Change
    3. Create Fun and A Little Weirdness
    4. Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
    5. Pursue Growth and Learning
    6. Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
    7. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
    8. Do More With Less
    9. Be Passionate and Determined
    10. Be Humble

    Over the years I have read interviews and articles about Zappos and its unflappable helmsman and so I had been familiar with the “happiness” philosophy already and how Zappos offers $2,000 to new hires who may want to leave after their first week of training (the company wants employees to feel their job is more than just a paycheck).  In this age of corporate greed and flagrant irresponsibility, it is refreshing to see some businesses strive to adhere to higher ideals than short-term profits. But despite this feel good culture, it is important to remember that Zappos’ success (much like its parent company Amazon) took 10 years and a lot of venture capital.

    This is the complementary slideshow to my 10 minute presentation on Facebook basics I gave at a small business networking group (BNI) in Stamford. It is actually an “encore” presentation to one given earlier in the year about Facebook advertising ROI. Despite Facebook’s latest boast of having over 750 million active users worldwide, many small businesses are simply overwhelmed with all the social media hype. So this presentation focuses on just getting started with the current Facebook. Feel free to share and download.

    Cool Tool of the Month: Check Usernames

    If you ever been frustrated when registering  a unique username on Twitter or Foursquare or Digg then is your quick relief. This tool (powered by KnowEm) lets you check the availability of a username across 160 popular social networking and social bookmarking sites. If this is still not enough then you may want to consider creating an account under KnowEm which not only checks over 550 social networking sites but also domain registrars as well as the US Patent and Trademark Database.

    Top 7 Promo Code Sites

    I don’t know about you but when I have to leave the Promo Code field empty on a checkout screen, it feels like I just paid full price to have a chimpanzee hurl feces at me.  I hate paying full price. You know how hard it is to get feces out of hemp cotton?

    I eventually learned to Google for promo codes before completing my online purchase and over the years I found these sites consistently have up-to-date promo codes you can use to save immediately:

    I know there are a lot of online coupon clubs and “deal of the day” sites (e.g. Groupons) but I kept this list to those sites that make it easy to find codes without sign-ups or link aways. If you know of other sites that qualify, leave a comment.