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Why American Reporters Don't Take Japanese Comics Seriously

If you’re looking for something completely different from the average comic, you might want to try <i>Attack on Titan</i>.<p>With an action-packed plot and post-apocalyptic setting, <i>Attack on Titan</i> appeals to the superhero set, but presents a fresh horror element that the likes of Ant Man will never have to …

Graphic Novels

Who Will Be Hurt Most When The Tech Bubble Bursts? Not VCs

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Manish Goyal is the senior manager and Bharat Ramnani is head of business of valuation and advisory services at Aranca.</i><p>Do we have a ticking time bomb on hand? The debate over whether Silicon Valley is sitting on another tech bubble rages on. It is being fueled by many celebrated …

Secret’s collapse shows the traditional VC funding model is broken

The monumental failure of anonymous social app Secret and the closing of the company’s doors after a mere 16 months in business has fueled serious discussion among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.<p>Concerned parties on both sides of the funding table are asking hard questions about what this …

Yahoo Answers Is Not Research, Or How Two Startups Are Fighting For The Future Of Knowledge

We’re told never to forget the ultimate laziness of humans, but when it comes to research in the internet age, sometimes that laziness can shock even the most prepared of minds. Students in grade school have grown accustomed to “remixing” internet sources to create their research reports, copying a …

High School

Inside Google's policy to 'pay unfairly' — why 2 people in the same role can earn dramatically different amounts

Laszlo Bock, who became the SVP of Google's People Operations in 2006, writes in his new book, "Work Rules!" that he and Google's leadership spent years determining how to keep the retention rate of top talent as high as possible.<p>They decided on a counterintuitive strategy: to "pay unfairly."<p>As …

Nvidia Explains Why Their G-Sync Display Tech Is Superior To AMD's FreeSync

This month, the battle for GPU market share officially extends beyond the computer itself and into the display space, with AMD’s FreeSync technology launching to compete with Nvidia’s G-Sync. G-Sync is a proprietary solution invented by Nvidia in 2013 to enable a smoother gaming experience by …

Computer Hardware

Russia controls this vital strategic exclave in the heart of NATO-allied eastern Europe

The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is a political and geographic anomaly. Separated from Russia and situated on the Baltic Sea, the region is surrounded by NATO-member states Poland and Lithuania. It's closer to Berlin and Prague than it is to Moscow and St Petersburg.<p>Until 1945, Kaliningrad was …

Microsoft teams up with Samsung to squeeze out Google

Google controls the Android operating system and gives Android away for free to device makers. It makes money on Android from things like integrating search into these devices, getting a percentage when people buy apps, and by encouraging people to use these phones with its other paid services, …

Miniature Black Holes Could Prove Parallel Universes, Claim Scientists

Somewhere over Gravity's Rainbow...<p>CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is being fired up this week after a two-year hiatus and a group of scientists …

The Terrible Technical Interview

Traditional technical interviews are terrible for everyone. They’re a bad way for companies to evaluate candidates. They’re a bad way for candidates to evaluate companies. They waste time and generate stress on both sides. Almost everyone, if pressed, will admit this. And yet they persist.<p>I humbly …

Why An Open Salary Policy Always Beats Secrecy

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dane Atkinson is the CEO of SumAll.</i><p>For four years, journalists and entrepreneurs have asked me <i>why</i> we created an open salary policy at my company. Here’s the answer: <i>it prevents evil</i>. Open salary policies mandate truthfulness and ethical behavior in organizations that would otherwise …

Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

A new technology called CRISPR could allow scientists to alter the human genetic code for generations. That's causing some leading biologists and bioethicists to sound an alarm. They're calling for a worldwide moratorium on any attempts to alter the code, at least until there's been time for far …

YC-Backed SmartHires Helps Startups Find Tech Talent Within The Same Investment Portfolio

Finding good tech talent is a challenge right now. The Obama administration poured $100 million into the new TechHire initiative this last month to fill half a million open IT jobs in the U.S. for that reason. Y Combinator-backed SmartHires (not to be confused with the recruiting site SmartHire or …

Does The Tech Interview Process Fail Good Candidates?

<b>This question originally appeared on Quora: What do you think about the current tech interview process?</b><p><i>Danny Crichton of TechCrunch</i> just raised an important question about the current hiring process for software engineering positions. He claims that it fails to take into account that in his/her …

YC-Backed HigherMe Promises A Smarter Approach To Applying For Retail Jobs And Other Hourly Work

When you’re trying to find the right person for a job, résumés don’t always cut it.<p>I suspect that’s true for many jobs, but Rob Hunter, co-founder of HigherMe (part of the current batch of startups incubated at Y Combinator), told me that it’s particularly true in retail jobs and other hourly …

Website Hackers Slip Under The Radar With Impersonator Bots

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ofer Gayer is a security researcher at Incapsula.</i><p>It was late December when we were contacted by a financial service provider who began noticing a spike in online registration requests. Rather than resulting from end-of-the-year sales efforts, this spike was caused by a targeted spam …

Pebble Time Kickstarter Drew 167% More Money Per Hour The Day After Apple’s Event

The Pebble Time Kickstarter gained some momentum thanks to Apple’s special Watch event Monday. The new smartwatch from the smartwatch pioneer was drawing in funding at a rate of around $6,000 per hour on Sunday, March 8, which rose to $10,000 per hour on Monday, March 9 (when the event took place), …

Are Drones A Fad Or Here For Good?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Philip McNamara is the managing director for outsourcing firm Voxpro, a venture partner with Enterprise Equity and creator of the Drones and Data X Conference in Santa Cruz.</i><p>Drones are no longer just seen as a tool of the military or a toy that people use to fly around. They’re …

Drones

Valve is solving virtual reality's input problem

Among the handful of announcements Valve made at this year's Game Developers Conference was a subtle and hugely important one: Lighthouse. What in the world is Lighthouse? It's the "base stations" referenced in Valve's VR headset announcement, and it's even more important than the incredibly …

Virtual Reality

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

Universe

How a series of humiliating events led to one of the fastest-growing startups EVER

As the cofounder and CEO of Zenefits, today he's a Silicon Valley golden boy, a major success story.<p>Zenefits could be the fastest-growing cloud company <i>ever —</i> and in terms of revenues, too, not just freemium users.<p>"We launched in May 2013 and by the beginning of 2014, (8 months later) we were at a …

The Untapped $140 Trillion Innovation For Jobs Market

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Nordfors is the co-chair and co-founder of the i4j Innovation for Jobs Summit together with Vint Cerf.</i><p>It’s a popular sport nowadays, discussing if tech is going to kill or create jobs. The answer is simple if you ask me. If we care more about tasks than about people, then tech …

Instant’s New Android App Lets You Track Just About Anything

Quantified-self enthusiasts – those who are somewhat obsessed with using technology to better understand themselves, their daily habits and personal trends – have been fortunate to have a wide variety of niche apps to choose from for measuring everything from athletic activity, to travel time, and …

The highest-paying jobs at Google [RANKED]

But there are a bunch of other roles needed to keep the company running smoothly, and Google is willing to pay top dollar for the best candidates, according to salary data we pulled from Glassdoor.<p>Salary data on Glassdoor is based on anonymous salary reports that were voluntarily shared by both …

The Army Of Ghostwriters Behind King Content

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aimee Millwood covers e-commerce marketing, growth and engagement for the Yotpo blog.</i><p>Before I quit ghostwriting, I wrote for publications like Forbes, Inc., The Next Web, and even TechCrunch. I worked as a behind-the-scenes magician, penning content that helped CEOs and companies gain …

Apple just took out a $6.5 billion loan even though it's sitting on $178 billion in cash

Apple sold $6.5 billion in bonds on Monday, according to Bloomberg.<p>That's the same Apple that last week announced a record-breaking $18 billion profit over the holiday quarter.<p>It's reasonable to ask: Why would Apple — a company with $178 billion in cash— need a loan?<p>In short: taxes.<p>Most of Apple's …

ShuttleCloud Launches API To Import Address Books And Build “The Email Graph”

You’ve probably heard of the social graph and the interest graph. Now a startup called ShuttleCloud says it’s trying to help developers with “unlocking the email graph.”<p>By email graph, ShuttleCloud means “the contacts and the relationships buried within your email,” according to Bob Greenlees, the …

A supercut of stares in Darren Aronofsky movies

Darren Aronofsky can be a grandiose director. Think of his big set pieces: <i>Black Swan</i>'s ballet or <i>The Wrestler</i>'s final match. But, as with other directors, the tiny moments add up. This supercut, from Vimeo user WarmBakedBread, explores Aronofsky's movies through a particular lens: the eyes. …

Darren Aronofsky

The Satya Nadella Era At Microsoft Is A Smashing Success So Far

Microsoft spent two and a half hours announcing the newest version of Windows, Windows 10, at its campus in Redmond, Washington this week.<p>That's a long time. That's about as long as a "Lord Of The Rings" movie. But Windows 10 doesn't have the narrative pull or plot twists of "Lord Of The Rings."<p>And …