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Uber complies with German taxi rules to end court ordered ban

Uber has announced operational changes in response to German courts banning its service twice in less than a year. According to a <i>Reuters</i> report, Uber will amend its UberPOP program (the European version of UberX) to charge 35 cents per kilometer. This matches what local taxi services charge in both …

The Migrant Crisis, Here and There

It is ever more clear we are in the midst of a colossal migration crisis. In Europe, the haunting specter of hundreds, even thousands, of Africans drowning in the Mediterranean has captured headlines for a few days. European leaders, who had tried to discourage crossings by withdrawing naval …

Africa

The 10 Countries With The Highest "National Well-Being"

It’s time to get rid of GDP as a measure of a country’s success.<p>Economic measures of success like gross domestic product (GDP) are a crude way to judge countries. They tell you about the level of economic activity, but not necessarily whether nations are bettering people’s lives.<p>The Top 10:<br>1. …

10 Easy Easter Sides You Can Make In Under an Hour

Brighten your Easter table with some flavorful fare you can whip up fast.<p><b>1. Sautéed Asparagus and Peas</b><p>In this simple and elegant side dish, sweet green peas and asparagus are quickly sautéed with butter, shallots, and a touch of honey. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Warm Couscous Salad with Apricot …

Onions

A restricted welcome for immigrants in Germany | DW | 06.03.2015

For a long time, the subject of immigration sounded exotic in Germany. It was something that people associated with the US, for example, but that …

Europe

Are women hardwired to love thrillers?

From House of Cards to Gone Girl, thrillers are having a serious moment. Author Rebecca Whitney explains why more women than ever before are looking for an adrenaline-rush to leave them sweaty-palmed on the sofa<p>Thrillers, it seems, are everywhere. They dominate our cinema screens. They jostle for …

Debt vs. Retirement: How Much To Put Toward Each

Recently, a good friend asked me a seemingly simple question: “Laura, does it make sense to save for retirement while also carrying debt?”<p>The answer, however, is anything but simple and depends on a number of different factors.<p>“A lot of people are trying to figure out, how do I balance multiple …

Personal Finance

Madonna on Stage Fall: 'It Was a Horrible Nightmare Because I Like to Be Amazing'

"I didn't hurt my butt, I hurt my head," singer tells Jonathan Ross of her Brit Awards plunge<p>One of the most stunning moments of the 2015 Brit Awards …

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

WASHINGTON -- Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps.<p>"I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps …

Income Inequality

Leonard Nimoy's final tweet is beautiful, and it broke my heart

My dad was — and is — a huge <i>Star Trek</i> nerd, and when I was a kid he'd excitedly show me episodes of the original series in syndication. It was a show that he watched in college, he'd say, explaining why Kirk was Kirk, Bones was Bones, and most importantly, why Leonard Nimoy's Spock was Spock. One …

Star Trek

Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

Airbnb — the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the …

Venture Capital

Does a Reasonable Worker Lactate?

<i>By Elleanor Chin</i><p>These are some of the things I know about Angela Ames. She worked at Nationwide Insurance Company's office in Iowa. She had a baby in May 2009. She had a second baby in May 2010, who was born prematurely after a difficult pregnancy. She was required to return to work in July 2010, …

Pregnancy
Cycling
Sitting

Americans Rank This as the No. 1 Skill to Get Ahead in Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We're living in uncertain times. As average yearly incomes stagnate, the economy continues to sputter towards recovery, and we spend more and more time online, it feels natural to worry about the reality today's children will face when …

Pew Research Center

The Apple Watch Has Gotten Simpler, But That’s OK

The watch won't measure blood oxygen or stress levels, but it could still make you healthier. It also keeps the FDA out of Apple’s hair.<p>The Apple Watch may not have all the health-tracking bells and whistles originally envisioned by its maker. But it could still be a successful, useful, and …

This Smart Bike Pedal Alerts You If Your Bike Is Being Stolen, And Then Tracks Down The Thief

Part of the genius of a bicycle is its simple analog design. But a basic non-digital bike may eventually be rare, as parts like handlebars, seats, and helmets start to connect to the Internet. The latest smart bike part: A pedal that can track a bike if it’s stolen.<p>If a thief starts to move the …

Oral-B Toothbrush App Shows Weather and News While You Clean

We all know we're supposed to brush our teeth for two minutes or so, but how do you pass that time? Staring yourself in the mirror? Counting the seconds internally? Toothbrush maker Oral-B thinks you can make better use of that two minutes while still getting your teeth nice and clean. The new Pro …

Dentistry

A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy

Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had …

Apps

Uber gets a second shot in Spain as a food delivery service

Uber still can't operate as a car-hailing service in Spain after being banned last year, but there's apparently no stopping it from bringing its other offerings into the country. So, the company has launched an on-demand food delivery service in Barcelona called UberEats, which brings customers …

YouTube is launching an Android app for children

YouTube will release a new app designed for kids on Monday, the Google-owned video service has confirmed to <i>The Verge</i>. The app — called YouTube Kids — will reportedly offer original episodes of TV shows aimed at youngsters, in addition to videos from child-centric channels on YouTube, and will let …

Apps

'All roads lead' to a weaker Australian dollar

<b>Hovering around six-year lows, the Australian dollar or Aussie has gone from one extreme to another in a couple of years, leaving many wondering how low can this once strong currency go.</b><p>Hitting as high as $1.05 against the US dollar just over two years ago, the currency has fallen by more than 25% …

Economics

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do

If I were to make a nomination for the most destructive belief in our culture, it would be the belief that some people are born smart and others are born dumb. This belief is not only badly off target as a shorthand description of reality, it is the source of many social pathologies and lost …

Education
Minimalism

For Success at School, Personality May Beat Brains

When it comes to success in school, being smart isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Personality may have a lot more to do with academic success than …

Psychology

How To Budget Next Year’s 2,000 Working Hours

Thinking differently about the time you have could put your work into perspective.<p>There are 8,760 hours in a year.<p>If you work full time, you’ll spend about 2,000 of those focused on your job. Sure, you may spend more than 40 hours at the office most weeks, but you likely take breaks. You take major …

Mentoring

A Look Into The 'Double Lives' Of America's Homeless College Students

Sean McLean's first day of college at the University of Massachusetts Boston came on the heels of sobering news: The night before, he and his family were evicted from their home in Woburn, 9 miles north of Boston.<p>"I went to school knowing that later that day I would be packing up everything I owned …

16 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, the game-changing ways to add coconut oil into your beauty routine.<p><b>1) An alternative to shaving cream.</b> Get a smooth shave and prevent razor burn by mixing coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil together. Try this recipe.<p><b>2) Facial scrub:</b> Slough off dead skin …

Email templates for 27 of your toughest work tasks

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with …