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Strange Business News: Designers Present Alternative Style Ideas for Google Glass


Plus, Bill Gates buys the most expensive historical document in the world.

Stylish Google Glass

Since Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) produced just one version of its Google Glass, designers have naturally begun conceiving different designs. Eyewear designers Ayoung Shim, Selima Salaun, Chris Mantz, and Marie Wilkinson have shared their separate redesign ideas with Bloomberg Businessweek. Shim's glasses have a Clark Kent feel while Salaun's design extends the screen across both eyes. Mantz wished to avoid a "cyborg" look and used angular lines to maintain the futuristic feel, while Wilkinson added a flip-up element.

View the four designs here.

Multi-Million Dollar Inspiration

Co-founder of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Bill Gates paid millions for intellectual inspiration. Gates recently bought a 500-year-old manuscript written by Leonardo da Vinci for $30.8 million, making it the most valuable historical document in the world. The work of the Renaissance thinker contains his studies and ideas about water. Gates says he admires da Vinci as a great thinker and for his inquisitive mind.

A 60 Minutes interview between Charlie Rose and Gates will air this Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT.

The Gatsby Video Game

Companies like Warner Bros. (NYSE:TWX) are looking to profit from the new cinematic rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, launching in theaters today, but two other individuals may also earn a buck or two from the film.

Americans Charlie Hoey and Peter Malamud Smith launched the video game The Great Gatsby for NES in February of 2011, and since then, the game's website has received 2.5 million views. There is a catch, though: The two created the game as a hoax.

In the "About" section, the website asks for help finding more information about the game, saying the friends bought it at a garage sale for $0.50, and discovered it was the Americanized version of a Japanese game called Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari. However, Nintendo (TYO:7974) never released such a title.

The two created their site and game for fun, and have so far made about $70 per month by selling accompanying T-shirts and through advertisements on the site. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hoey said, "I don't think anybody's going to play our game instead of buying the book." Smith added, "Let's hope they don't."

Play the game here.

(Also read 'The Great Gatsby' Portfolio: Building a West Egg Nest Egg)

Big Brother Bloomberg Terminals

Details have surfaced today that reporters at Bloomberg LP may have been using the company's Bloomberg terminals to spy on employees at Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS). Goldman executives have confronted Bloomberg about the nature of the information available to journalists through the terminals. In one incident, a reporter asked a Goldman executive if a partner had left, pointing out that the partner had not accessed his terminal in a while.

No reporters have been fired as a result of these privacy issues.

Hair Treatment Medical Tourism in Turkey

Turkey has become destination for hair treatment medical tourism, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The quality of the country's medical care equals that of European medical facilities but for a fraction of the price. In 2012, approximately 270,000 of the 31.7 million tourists who traveled to Turkey came for medical purposes, bringing $1 billion in business. Many individuals go for cosmetic surgeries, and industry insiders say hair treatments bring in the most money.

Meral Tala, managing director at the Istanbul Hair Center, told a reporter that her facility receives 70 to 80 medical tourists per month, double the number seen last year. Part of the new influx includes men from the Middle East who are looking to grow fuller beards, which signifies manliness in some cultures.
Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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