Edward Butler

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1 billion people used Facebook on Monday

More than 1 billion people logged on to Facebook (FB) on Monday, marking the first time the social media giant had surpassed 1 billion users in a …

U.S. Stocks Cap Volatile Period With Weekly Gains

Shares recover near close to end Friday little changed<p>U.S. stocks ended the week not with a bang but a whimper.<p>The market steadied, with major indexes notching gains for the week in a subdued end to one of the most volatile periods in years for global markets.<p>Friday’s trading was relatively calm …

Stock Markets

US stock markets surge to end six days of sell-offs

US stock markets surged on Wednesday afternoon, ending a six-day sell-off sparked by growing global concerns about the health of the Chinese economy.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 619 points (3.95%) to close at 16,285, as concerns about China gave way to bargain hunters piling into the …

Stock Markets

Enlightenment Is Not What It’s Cracked Up To Be

Ever wondered what an enlightened person looks like? Probably not what you’ve imagined.<p>Having gone through rigorous Zen training myself, which left …

Happiness Isn’t the Absence of Negative Feelings

Happiness feels intolerably elusive for many of us. Like fog, you can see it from afar, dense and full of shape. But upon approach, its particles loosen and suddenly it becomes out of reach, even though it’s all around you.<p>We put so much emphasis on the pursuit of happiness, but if you stop and …

Tired Bolt and Gatlin cruise into 200 meters semis | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tired Usain Bolt and an emotionally fatigued Justin Gatlin progressed towards their second blockbuster sprint showdown of the world championships by easing through the 200 meters heats on Tuesday.<p>Usain Bolt of Jamaica gestures before his men's 200 metres heat at the 15th IAAF …

IAAF World Championships

12 Scientifically Proven Habits That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

Research says the best way to bring change into your life is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits.<p>The way to make sure we cultivate the new behavior is to reward ourselves. With motivation, we repeat the action again and again until it becomes ingrained.<p>How you go …

Happiness

Crude oil collapses to a stunning new low

Along with almost all other assets, crude-oil prices are collapsing.<p>In afternoon trade on Monday, the price of West Texas Intermediate crashed more than 6% to break below $38 a barrel, a new post-financial-crisis low for the commodity that has been getting hacksawed this year.<p>WTI prices are down …

Home sales near eight-and-a-half-year high, brighten economic outlook | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales rose to a near 8-1/2-year high in July and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region picked up this month, fresh signs of steady economic growth that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year.<p>While other data on Thursday …

Economics

Chinese stock markets close higher after volatile session

Markets continue their rollercoaster ride, with stocks first dipping then rising in last few hours of trading<p>Chinese stock markets have tumbled and soared in a turbulent session that highlighted investors’ lack of faith in a month-long government effort to stabilise them.<p>The Shanghai and Shenzhen …

Stock Markets

Security-focused Blackphone 2 now available for pre-order, shipping next month – but no price yet

The security-focused Blackphone 2, announced at Mobile World Congress back in March, is now available for pre-order, shipping sometime next month. With the company now focused on bulk sales to enterprise rather than to consumers, the webpage doesn’t reveal pricing, which likely depends on volume. …

Apps

As women finish Ranger course, military faces new pressure on gender barriers

The graduation this week of two female soldiers from the Army’s famously difficult Ranger School has put new pressure on the U.S. military to make women eligible to serve across its combat ranks, current and former U.S. officials said.<p>The historic achievement by the two women, who are expected to …

Military

Oil rises on U.S. data, bets for crude stockpile drop | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices settled up on Tuesday, with U.S. crude rallying as much as 2 percent, after bullish economic data and bets for lower crude stockpiles in the United States, the world’s largest oil consumer.<p>A drop of diesel is seen at the tip of a nozzle after a fuel station customer …

Oil

Know your history: Understanding racism in the US | Black History

There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp <i>why</i> the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history.<p>We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at …

Black History

10 Free Online Courses To Make You More Successful

Success is not an act; it is a slow process that involves growth, change and failure. It involves all aspects of your life, from how you manage your …

This app can save you $2000 a year

They graduated into a bad economy and don't earn enough. They're entitled Millennials who rely on their parents. They are drowning in college loans. And so on.<p>Maybe the answer is a simpler one: because almost everybody is bad at saving. And that's not our fault. "Beyond a doubt, the human brain …

Personal Finance

Don't Pay Your Credit Card Debt!

My dad got off the phone and started crying. My mom yelled at him, "He didn't give it to you!"<p>My dad had lent $2000 to S. and S. couldn't pay him back "yet". This call happened at least once a week.<p>S. was his best friend for 20 years. My mom would scream at my dad, "I told you not to give him …

Russell Simmons Explains His Success: Spirit First, Numbers Second

Most entrepreneurs are able to find information on how to build a business. It's easy to drown in too much information about running a small business. At the same time, many entrepreneurs are not achieving their dreams. It's not for lack of knowledge. It's not for lack of effort, in most cases. …