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The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Books

Mall of the future? eBay's new storefronts can gather your data

The e-commerce site partners with brands and one of the world's largest shopping center companies to show consumers a new kind of mall, one that melds online with offline.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Uri Minkoff, CEO of fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff, climbed through an opening in a wall leading to an empty …

Crane's eye view of Shanghai - in pictures

A crane worker on the construction site of the Shanghai Tower, one of the highest spots in the city, is a prize winner in the Shanghai City Photography Competition. Wei Gensheng's views over Shanghai have become increasingly impressive as the building has continued to climb

A Kangaroo And Wombat Form An Absolutely Adorable Friendship

Some of the best friendships are the product of the most unlikely pairings. Case in point? The union of Peggy the wombat and Anzac the kangaroo. …

Cute

9 Books That Can Change Your Life

While there are more, here is a short list to start.<p><b>1. Man's Search For Meaning</b><br>A gift from a friend. As hard as you think your life is, it pails in comparison to Auschwitz Viktor Frankl. I took two big things away from this book: (1) the ultimate freedom is the ability to choose your attitude in …

Charlie Munger

Captivating Time-Lapse Captures Over 700 Hot Air Balloons Lifting Off into the Sky

What better subject for a time-lapse than 700+ colorful bags of hot air rising into the sky all at once, many of them shaped like beloved (or …

Why Millennials Won't Become Corporate Serfs

To explain how Millennials were really affected by the Great Recession, I need to tell you about a bank of windows on the southeast corner of 50th St. and 7th Ave. in Midtown Manhattan. I’d walk under it every day on my way to work in the Time & Life Building during the 2000s. And every day, there …

Eight Rustic—But Luxurious—Beach Escapes (Photos)

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21 Intense Portraits Of Zoo Animals Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Ademeit sought to capture "the beauty and grace of captive animals" through more than 500 animal portraits taken at local zoos from 2007 to 2011.<p>"I believe every animal has its own kind of beauty. I try to discover it and work it out," Ademeit told Business Insider. "If I succeed, I can show the …

Animals

Europe's 10 Coziest Mountain Villages

As winter approaches, the first blankets of snow are falling on the great mountains of Europe and the continent's enchanting mountain towns are gearing up for a new season of visitors eager to hit the slopes or take in the unique local culture that these mountain regions seem to inspire. While …

European Travel

Articles about 10 spectacular dream homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

The vacation location of choice of the Obama family, you really can't go wrong choosing to spend some downtime on the Hawaiian...<p>Though living in a glass house certainly isn't for everyone, many people who look forward to their dream modern home see a vision...<p>First impressions are lasting.<p>Paris, …

Architecture

Top 10 Hotels & Resorts in the U.S. (Photos)

The world’s best hotels and resorts aren’t necessarily overseas. In this list, readers pick the most impressive properties right here at home, from …

Apple's Big Decision Of Margin Or Market Share Drives Strategy

The tablet market is growing, and with a rush of Android powered tablets in the under $200 space, it is only natural that many people have been looking to Apple to see how they would react to both the lower pricing and the increased market share that Android tablets are gathering. The answer seems …

Leadership, Aka Advertising, From Sir Winston Churchill To David Droga

Leadership: Aka advertising<p>I see many parallels between leadership and advertising. The simple mechanics involved in both are essentially the same. <i>Do or say something to earn the ears of your audience and then deliver your message.</i> It is as brutally simple as that if you break down the mechanics to …

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1964, is an annual international showcase of the very best in nature photography. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the contest includes 18 individual categories, ranging from birds and mammals to "Creative Visions" …

The World's Most Reputable Cities

What cities around the globe have the best all-around reputations? What does that even mean and why does it matter? The Reputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen, has just released its third annual list of 100 cities, ranked according to ratings in …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

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Entrepreneurship

The Silent CEO Addiction Killing Productivity And Talent Development

Corporate America’s dependency on consulting firms is nothing short of substance abuse in the purest form. The fact is most CEOs suffer from this very dangerous addiction and they don’t even know it – they are clearly in need of an intervention.<p>Addicts don’t often admit they have a problem. They …

I Just Used Square Cash To Pay A Contractor $500

I just used the brand spankin’ new Square Cash service, started by Twitter co-Founder Jack Dorsey, to send $500 to a contractor via email. Based on the experience I would have to say the credit card industry as we know it is dead. Or at least soon will be.<p>I run an online marketing firm. I have …

Peach, Blueberry + Basil Crisp

Fresh Peach, Blueberry + Basil Crisp.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> June 21, 2013 74<p>This is how I know it’s officially summer.<p>Warm fruit<p>with a crispy topping<p>and melty …

Meteor shower and dancing planets to grace July night sky

Summer planets, constellations and a late-month meteor shower should combine to make July a skywatching treat, weather permitting.<p>The Delta Aquarid meteor shower graces the night sky at the end of July, and during the month, the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius shine, pointing the way to …

Astronomy