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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer

Robert Mueller’s team has taken over the investigation of Guccifer 2.0, who communicated with (and was defended by) longtime Trump adviser Roger …

The Israeli Military Has Acknowledged Striking a Suspected Syrian Nuclear Reactor in 2007

(TEL AVIV, Israel) — The Israeli military confirmed Wednesday it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a …

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

10 rules of great user experience

Here's one to bookmark: Laws of UX explores the links between user experience design and 10 key psychological principles, to provide valuable …

UX Design

18 words and phrases smart people never include on their resumes

While it can be tempting to load a bunch of jargon and glowing language on your resume, there are certain terms and phrases that you should avoid.<p>So, …

New security service from Cloudflare hopes to kill the VPN once and for all

Remote workers or business travelers have long been familiar with the travails of working through virtual-private network software, but Cloudflare …

Information Security

5 Jobs at Apple, Google and Amazon You Can Do at Home

Fire up the home office and get to work.<p>Staff Writer. Covers media, tech, startups, culture and workplace trends.<p>Are you in the market for a new gig and have designs on setting up shop in a home office? As we get ever more connected, a wide variety of companies have made flexible work options …

The 10 Statistical Techniques Data Scientists Need to Master

This was a basic run-down of some basic statistical techniques that can help a data science program manager and or executive have a better …

Data Science

Research Shows the Best Resumes and Cover Letters Use These Words and Phrases (in Moderation) | Inc.com

While your résumé won't get you the job you really want, if you're following a standard hiring process, a good cover letter and résumé are necessary to get you to the next stage, the interview (which is when you had better be ready for the most commonly asked job interview questions).<p>Oddly enough, …

Employment

Google Opens Up Its Tech Training Program to All, Giving You a Reason to Learn New Skills

Google is offering 10,000 Americans access to subsidized online courses with the hope of recruiting some of the students.<p>If you want to work at Google someday but aren’t sure you have the resume for it, the company wants to train you. To help prospective employees bridge skills gaps, the tech giant …

Gillibrand remark on Clinton sends shockwaves through Democratic Party

The anti-sexual harassment crusader and potential 2020 candidate prompted an uncomfortable debate among Democrats about a beloved party figure.<p>NEW YORK — Kirsten Gillibrand is having a moment, whether she meant to or not.<p>Going where no other prominent Democrat had before on Thursday evening by …

Government

Algorithm May Decide Who Is a ‘Contributing Member of Society,’ Civil Rights Groups Warn

ICE asked Silicon Valley for technology to do ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants. But how do you define ‘positive contributions’ or an innocent person’s …

He Took On the Voting Rights Act and Won. Now He’s Taking On Harvard.

SOUTH THOMASTON, Me. — A former mayor of Poway, a small city in Southern California, wrote a column in August in his local newspaper with this headline: “A gun to my head.”<p>He was upset about how a state law had forced Poway to redo its voting districts so Latinos would have a better chance of …

Right To Vote

5 powerhouse runners share the best advice they ever received

Anyone can get out there and run. After all, you don’t need any equipment or a pricy membership to pound the pavement. If you’ve got a pair of sneaks …

The runner’s guide to cross-training

There are few things as euphoric, motivating, and addicting as a runner’s high. (Yes, it’s real.) But as great as it would be to get that …

7 surprising ways to become a better runner (beyond just running)

When you’re training for a race, it’s tempting to just lace up and run as much as possible. But while logging mileage is definitely key, there are …

Marathons

He Perfected a Password-Hacking Tool—Then the Russians Came Calling

Five years ago, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on …

12 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Your Streaming Devices

With the emergence of streaming devices, getting your favorite content from the internet to your TV is getting easier every day. Although Roku, …

Smart TV

Google Just Released the Best Laptop of the Year (Sorry Apple, Dell, and HP) | Inc.com

It looks and feels like a smartphone, which is a strange way to start out a laptop review. The Google Pixelbook, at 0.4 inches thick and only 2.4 pounds, reminded me so much of a high-end Android smartphone that I almost felt like I should have been able to make phone calls with it (you can, …

Google Docs

7 Quick Ways to Make Money Investing $1,000

A thousand bucks is not a lot of money but it is enough, if you're shrewd, to make a lot of money.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you're sitting on at least $1000 and it's scratching an itch in your pocket, consider investing it rather than spending it on something …

Amazon found an ingenious new way to undercut its competitors ahead of the holidays

Lots of stores have price-matching policies. Target promises to match prices on identical items found for less at Target.com, certain online competitors, or in local print ads for up to 14 days after a purchase. Best Buy matches prices against a handful of online retailers and local competitors. …

Ted Cruz accidentally explained America’s gun problem in one sentence

He made the case for gun control while trying to argue against it.<p>Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday threw out the typical conservative talking points following the mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church, arguing not to politicize the shooting and making some claims about “a good guy with …

The Best Cheat Sheets, Guides & Docs for Web Designers and Web Developers

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co — professional technical writing tool<p>No web designer or web developer can remember everything. So …

You Can Take These 8,000 College and University Courses For Free

College is expensive. In recent years several universities and colleges around the world have started offering some of their courses for free. Over …

20 Tips for Mastering the Art of Public Speaking | Inc.com

One Saturday morning in December 2012, I received an email out of the blue from the president of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific--one of the most senior executives in the global organization. He mentioned he had just read one of my articles (one of the first ones I had written for this …

Public Speaking

1 White-Hot Resume Design Tip That Will Instantly Increase Its Readability | Inc.com

If your resume is crammed full of text, it could be hurting your chances of getting an interview. Studies show recruiters will toss your resume after just six seconds if they don't see what they're looking for. However, when one simple marketing design technique is applied, you can dramatically …

Visual Design

How a Tiny Error Shut Off the Internet for Parts of the US

A year ago, a DDoS attack caused internet outages around the US by targeting the internet-infrastructure company Dyn, which provides Domain Name …

Net Neutrality

Microsoft rep installs Chrome mid-pitch because Edge keeps crashing

This is truly half-brutal, half-hilarious. A Microsoft employee was forced to pause his Azure presentation in the middle of a live demo session in order to install Google’s Chrome… because the company’s own Edge browser kept crashing.<p>But here is the best part: this comical occurrence was recorded …

How to Make $2 Million With Just a Laptop and Phone

Josh Harris uses a proven system to take complete novices from zero to six figures a year.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Plenty of gurus promise proven systems for raking in cash. The problem is that most gurus don’t actually produce real results.<p>In 2014, The Oracles …

How to Free Yourself From Toxic Situations That Are Bringing You Down | Inc.com

Ever wondered what makes some people highly successful in life while others struggle with basic things?<p>The answer lies in developing habits which yield highly successful results. These habits can be adopted by a simple change of mindset. But in order to do so, we need to know what are the best …

Self-improvement