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FTSE 100 suffers muted start to 2015

Britain's benchmark index of leading shares lost ground in a muted trading session<p>The <b>FTSE 100</b> had <b>a year to forget in 2014</b>, and the start of 2015 was nothing to get excited about either.<p>Britain’s benchmark index, which suffered its <b>first annual fall since 2011 last year</b> and was among the West’s …

5 ways to make your Wi-Fi faster

Tired of slow Wi-Fi? Fear not: Faster Wi-Fi speeds are possible, if you're willing to work (and pay) for them.<p>The good news is that many broadband companies are doing their part. Many cable providers are now offering lightning-fast Internet speeds. But if your Wi-Fi router isn't set up correctly, …

Nissan CEO Explains How He Runs 3 Companies At The Same Time

The Brazilian-born executive is chairman and CEO of Nissan in Japan and Renault in France, and is also the chairman of Russian automaker AvtoVas. They are contained within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which Ghosn also runs.<p>He's perhaps best known for turning around Nissan, which today has the …

7 Ways to Staff the Right Social Media Team

Managing your social media as a part of your greater marketing strategy is no easy task. Although social media is much more cost effective than other forms of advertising, the time commitment, resources and staffing required to execute it properly can be quite a commitment for an organization of …

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Gmail smartphone app vulnerable to hackers, researchers say

Researchers have found a weakness in Google’s popular Android operating system that let them hack into Gmail accounts with a 92% success rate.<p>The …

The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity<p>In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, …

Caliche: the conflict mineral that fuelled the first world war

The active ingredient of war<p>One of the forgotten battles of the first world war was fought for Chilean dirt. It wasn't just any dirt, though – it was <i>caliche,</i> a whitish substance rich in the crucial mineral sodium nitrate. Nitrates are the active ingredient of bombs and bullets, and they became the …

British Banks and Government Are Failing Innocent UK Businesses on Crippling Iran Sanctions

Western sanctions against Iran are having a devastating effect but an exclusive investigation by <b>IBTimes UK</b> reveals that banks and the government are …

The True Origins of ‘X-Men’

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the …

Ten Ways To Use LinkedIn In Your Job Search

LinkedIn is an insanely useful tool for every working person, not to mention every job-seeker and student. The only unfortunate thing about LinkedIn as a job search tool is that most of what’s powerful about LinkedIn as a job-search tool is not obvious to the casual LinkedIn user.<p>If the only thing …

Freakonomics Co-Author Steven Levitt: Why Brainwashing Employees is Better Than Bumper Bonuses

Corporations and banks around the world can find a middle ground in retaining talent and incentivising staff, without antagonising the public or …

Here's The Tricky Math Question One CEO Asks To Size Up Job Candidates

That may sound a bit scary — but it's nothing compared to the questions some of these leaders actually ask.<p>Jeff Zwelling, CEO and cofounder of Convertro, a provider of marketing and advertising measurement, says he often turns to unique, and sometimes tricky, questions during job interviews so that …

16 Psychological Reasons Good People Do Bad Things

As Zimbardo and other social scientists have shown in a range of experiments, actions we deem evil — cheating, lying, stealing, and worse — don't spring from people's character, but the situations they find themselves in.<p>To better understand why, we examined research from the fields of psychology …

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What You Should Know About Negotiating With Japanese

The Japanese are conditioned by exceptional historical and geographical constraints as well as by their thought processes in a language very different from any other. How does this affect foreign businesspeople dealing with them?<p>At the beginning there is the first meeting. The Japanese, unlike …

How To Solve A Rubik's Cube

<b>Step 1: White Cross</b> <br>You should be able to complete this step just by playing around with the cube. Make sure that the edges of the cross match the center squares on the adjacent sides.<p><b>Step 2: Finish First Layer</b><p><b>Step 3: Middle Layer</b> <br>You may need to move some middle layer edge pieces from the top …

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Mobile Payment Will Become Mainstream Faster Than Credit Cards and Cheques

The development of how we pay for things has historically been characterised by a leap of technological progress followed by decades of slow …

5 Free Apps To Keep Learning

If the last time you did math without a calculator was in 8th grade and the toddler beside you on the train is crushing your trivia score, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p>As always, while they’re free now, we can’t guarantee how long that’ll last–so don’t wait too long.<p><b>Maths Everywhere</b> …

Surprising Things You Never Considered About Your Company’s Reputation

You probably know that a good reputation can work to your business’s advantage, but here’s a few factors you might not have considered.<p>It’s always surprising to see founders willfully ignore good practices when it comes to reputation, whether it’s Fab CEO Jason Goldberg going Jerry Maguire on his …

Public Relations

When A Simple Logo Isn’t The Best Choice

Straightforward logos are easy to love. But are they always better? Not when your brand is complex.<p>Betaworks is known as a hip, media-focused company out of New York, which probably made it sting when somebody on Twitter equated the company’s logo to a coffee stain. It was time to rebrand. After …

This House’s “Bioconcrete” Turns Every Drop Of Rain Into Drinking Water

Rainwater runs from the roof through a custom-designed system and ends up in a cistern, clean enough to drink. A demonstration building was on …

DNA Sanitizer Will Wipe Your Identity Off Everything You Touch

A product that preemptively erases DNA in order to avoid people spying on your genome might sound paranoid. But Dewey-Hagborg knows just how easy it …

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How Open Data Could Help Save The Day After A Disaster

With climate change showing no signs of lessening, catastrophic disasters are only going to increase in intensity. Disaster preparedness and …

How This Startup’s “Micro-School” Network Could Change The Way We Educate Now

With $33 million in the bank, AltSchool is looking to scale its “full-stack” approach–and the technology platform behind it.<p>Behold, on stage: a study in contrasts.<p>In one chair sits Joel Klein, who once oversaw 1.1 million students as chancellor of the New York City public schools and now runs News …

14 Tactics For Reading People's Body Language

According to UCLA professor Albert Mehrabian, 55% of what you convey comes from body language, 38% from the tone of your voice, and only 7% from the words you say.<p>So how do read between the lines? We've compiled tips from Psychology Today, research journals, and other publications to help you …

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Meet Mr $3.5 Billion; Yes, That's What He Earned Last Year

Japan meets most conditions for 'vital' EU trade talks - documents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will tell Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday that Brussels is broadly satisfied with Japan’s progress in negotiations towards an ambitious free-trade deal, likely allowing talks to continue, according to EU documents.<p>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo …

9 Consultant Skills They Don’t Teach You In Business School

Ways to deflect the divas, how to translate the “blah blah blah”–you won’t find any of these tips in a college textbook.<p>In my 20 years as an international consultant, I’ve observed my colleagues in action: from the very predictable cohort of gray-suited analysts to the egotistical and colorful …

Warren Buffett Has Some Interesting Views On Boards And Corporate Governance

And the top topic of conversation (after a quick discussion of low interest rates) is corporate governance.<p>Buffett has been in the spotlight lately because he didn't vote against a pay package at Coca-Cola that was widely deemed excessive.<p>Buffett's view: He doesn't have any interest in going to …