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Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet

As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value.<p>It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses …

GitHub is undergoing a full-blown overhaul as execs and employees depart — and we have the full inside story

The more we write about the inner turmoil, the more people step forward to share details and opinions.<p>We're hearing these themes repeatedly:<p>Cofounder CEO Chris Wanstrath, with support from the board, is radically changing the company's culture: Out with flat org structure based purely on …

Employment

Bitcoin has 'failed,' says one of its most prominent developers

Mike Hearn has been a prominent part of the controversial digital currency's community for years. In 2014, he walked away from a job at Google to work on it full-time. But after months of bitter infighting among bitcoin enthusiasts, Hearn has had enough.<p>"Why has bitcoin failed?" he asked in a post …

Bitcoin

Here’s What Startup CEOs Are Actually Doing All Day (Besides Sounding Important)

A lot of my time has been spent trying to figure out what is worth spending my time on.<p><i>How difficult is it to be a CEO? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Lauren Kay, Founder of Dating Ring</b> …

6 Ideas From 2015 That Will Change the World

From 3-D-printed body parts to a world powered entirely by battery, here are some of the most innovative tech and science breakthroughs of the year.<p>Advances in science and technology move at an insane pace these days--and luckily, many of the great minds leading the charge are using their …

Tech Innovation Predictions For 2016: Deeper Roots, Complex, Fascinating

Welcome to 2016 – a year of increasingly complex technologies and near-boundless opportunities.<p>Innovations that could not have been imagined a decade ago are gaining traction, being commercialized and transforming traditional business — drones, driver-less cars, machine learning, digital …

We’ve Hit Peak Innovation (Hype)

It’s clear that today, Sunday January 3rd, 2016 is the day that we’ve hit Peak Innovation.Josie Gibson pointed out to me that in 2015, it was the …

Everything Tesla promises to accomplish by 2020

Among other things, Musk has promised to dramatically increase car production, launch one (or possibly two) completely new cars, and conquer self-driving vehicles.<p>Here's a closer look at what exactly Musk has promised Tesla will accomplish by 2020.

Tesla

How to get rich in tech, guaranteed

<i>Startup L. Jackson is an anonymous blogger who writes about startups and Silicon Valley. This post originally appeared on his blog and is republished here with permission.</i><p>This week's NYT article on how employees sometimes lose out is a great read. Employees who like that might also like [Homebrew …

Startups

Do You Need to Be in Silicon Valley? Two Questions Before the Move

With the majority of venture capital and tech talent located in Silicon Valley, it has become something of a Mecca for entrepreneurs all over the …

How I Taught Myself to Code in Eight Weeks

To a lot of non-developers, learning to code seems like an impossibly daunting task. However, thanks to a number of great resources that have …

This Google Employee Has A Brilliant Time Management Strategy

Create and protect your Make Time, people.<p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response I got was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people—so here we are. Some of my fellow Googlers went so far as to make a video for those of us …

Stockfighter is a game that puts your programming skills to the test

Stockfighter is designed to challenge programmers of all levels.<p>Built in the style of a classic ‘Capture the Flag‘ game, it gives you access to a virtual trading market where you have to write code to solve the puzzles you’re presented with.<p>These challenges span software security, distributed …

The 9 startups that secretly run the Internet

But they can't be everywhere. And there are plenty of startups that help the web run smoothly, behind the scenes, in ways you don't even realize.<p>Here are the nine startups that keep the web running smoothly — and they're doing such a good job you don't even realize you're using them.

Russian Photographer Creates Stunning Visual Narratives Inspired by Fairytales

Russian photographer Margarita Kareva brings fairytales and other magical stories to life in her gorgeous fine-art portraiture. With the goal of weaving fictional narratives that fall outside the realm of photorealism, Kareva immerses her beautiful subjects in fantastical scenes that look straight …

Photography

College Campuses Are The New Test Facilities For Emerging Technology

College campuses have long been sites of innovation and technology. Housing superior research and development facilities, a plethora of advisory resources and brilliant thinkers, higher-ed institutions are natural hubs for creating next-gen systems.<p>We saw the first general purpose computer emerge …

College & University

The science of learning: five classic studies

Want to know how to learn better? Here’s what psychologists have discovered about the mental processes involved<p>A few classic studies help to define the way we think about the science of learning. A classic study isn’t classic just because it uncovered a new fact, but because it neatly demonstrates …

How Uber cleverly controls its stock so it won't have to go public anytime soon — unlike Facebook, Twitter, and Google

And as of this moment, the company says it has no plan to go public, despite generating more than $10 billion in gross annual revenue.<p>The last time we saw a private company scale to a $60+ billion valuation was Facebook in 2011.<p>In March 2011, 14 months before Facebook went public, it was valued at …

Employment

Research suggests this is the best music to listen to for optimal productivity

Luckily, music can help get us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go …

Time Management

You Can Be Productive or Creative, Not Both

A psychologist offers a reality check for both organizations and individuals.<p>In order to be successful in business you need to have good ideas and to execute on them. If you want to accomplish both you'd better not bury your head in the sand -- the tough truth is these two aims are at odds with …

A top VC firm just put together a stunning presentation on the state of startups

A top NYC VC firm, First Round Capital, decided to poll more than 500 founders what it's like and, in an industry first, release data on the state of the startup industry, which they've let us republish in full here.<p>Here's how startups are feeling about everything from raising money (pessimistic) …

Venture Capital

Wonder Boy Gets Two College Degrees, Flies Airplanes, Writes Two Books, Works for NASA, All by the Age of 17

Seventeen is a confusing age for many, but Moshe Kai Cavalin seems to have it all figured out. The California teenager already has two college …

The Basics of Hand Tracked VR Input Design

Ever since my revelation at Oculus Connect I’ve been working on a project using hand tracking and VR. For now, it’s using my recently acquired Vive …

How non-tech companies are trying to mimic startups

These days, it seems like every company wants to be a tech company.<p>The idea isn’t to develop mass-market software or electronic gadgets, but for each …

San Francisco

Apple, Amazon and Microsoft’s mega-million con: How titans of the new economy screw us all on taxes

<b>Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos (AP/Bernd Kammerer/Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Tech titans powering the economy shelter money through insane tax-avoidance havens. It’s wrong — and adding up<p>Gabriel Zucman<p>November 27, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Offshore tax havens enable not only individuals to …

Twenty Predictions For The Next 20 Years

Fast Company Editor Robert Safian celebrates the magazine’s 20th anniversary by looking forward.<p>The doctor handed me the scissors. As I pressed down the blades, snipping the umbilical cord, I looked up at my wife. She was smiling, holding our newborn son.<p>That was 20 years ago. Our baby is now 6 …

Innovation

Why Companies Should Think A Hundred Years Ahead

Long-Term Thinking Creates Short-Term Results Says This Creative Entrepreneur<p>When starting a business, or running an existing one, it's hard not to focus on the quick wins. Quick wins yield high monetary returns, but more often than not, they set us on a path to act reactively instead of …

Dubai brothers conjure up innovative creations

On October 21 this year, Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived into a world of wearable technology, unmanned drones and head-mounted displays.<p>In many …

How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas

Source: xkcd.com<b>John Pollack</b> is a former Presidential Speechwriter. If anyone knows the power of words to move people to action, shape arguments, and …