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Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

New research confirms what they say about nice guys.<p>Smile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Sing your subordinates’ praises. Share credit. Listen. Empathize. Don’t drive the last dollar out of a deal. Leave the last doughnut for someone else.<p>Sneer at the customer. Keep your …

UC Berkeley

CEO Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is Staying In The Content Business (And He’s Not Selling TechCrunch)

It was an interesting day at AOL .<p>As you probably saw, Verizon has reached an agreement to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion. There’s a general feeling that this deal was mostly about AOL’s ad business (Verizon’s John Stratton said “the principal interest was around the ad tech platform“) — so what does …

Startups

Why Windows 10 is the 'last' version of Windows

Microsoft just said in plain English what it's been talking about for months: Windows 10 will be the last major launch for the Windows …

Google executives talk Snowden and NSA backdoors during AMA

Senior members of Google's public policy team took to Reddit today to discuss the company's stance on government surveillance reform and the pending expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of phone records. Google's director for law enforcement and …

Inside the Johns Hopkins finance class that's 'guaranteed' to get you a job on Wall Street

With precision she describes the discounted free cash-flow model she built of a food-services and construction company, and walks through its revenue-growth assumptions before making a recommendation on whether or not to invest.<p>Chu is not a wealth manager or an investment banker. Wearing flip-flops …

Markets

Spotify's revenue soars, but growth comes at a cost, report says

In 2014, the Swedish music-streaming service's revenue reportedly rose 45 percent to $1.1 billion, but attempts to build out products nearly doubled its operating loss.<p>Music-streaming service Spotify reportedly saw revenue soar in 2014, but the cost of new products and expansion also resulted in a …

U.S. Department of Justice

Lending startup Affirm may be popular, but its loans are a problem

Online payment platform Affirm has skyrocketed in popularity recently, drawing $275 million from venture capital investors. The company operates by allowing users to take out loans at check-out at select online stores. In this way, Affirm has been marketing itself as a better alternative payment …

Economy

Microsoft to stop producing Windows versions

<b>Windows 10 is going to be the last major revision of the operating system.</b><p>Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the "last version" of the dominant desktop software.<p>His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would …

Standalone

The No. 1 mistake hackers hope you make

A strong password is a pain to create, remember and type. That's why far too many people settle for passwords that are weaker and easier to remember than they should be. But strong passwords are essential for keeping hackers and snoopers out of your online accounts.<p>Fortunately, I know a few good …

Information Systems

Uber said to be raising $2 billion, could soon be the most valuable startup of all time at over $50 billion

A round of that size would make San Francisco-based Uber the highest-valued private startup of all time — only Facebook managed to break the $50 billion valuation barrier while still a private company.<p>What's more, the report indicates that the talks are ongoing and that valuation could go even …

Venture Capital