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The Best Movies About Real Business, Not Hollywood's Version of Business

Eric Ries likes to asks audiences who has seen a movie about a startup. Normally everyone has seen <i>The Social Network</i>. But, quoting a recent profile:<p>Perhaps Ries’ most important message was that the same democratization of entrepreneurship has been tied to a glorification of the profession. His …

Entrepreneurship

Will autocorrect make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

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Joseph Stiglitz: Thomas Piketty gets income inequality wrong

The famed economist reveals the real reason the rich are getting richer — and what it means for the rest of us<p><i>Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz has been writing about America’s economically divided society since the 1960s. His recent book,</i>The Price of Inequality<i>, argues that this division is holding</i> …

The year in John Oliver: How “Last Week Tonight” redefined political comedy

We lost “The Colbert Report” in 2014, but gained “Last Week Tonight.” Here were our favorite segments<p>Even before the debut of his inaugural hosting gig, "Last Week Tonight," it would've been hard to mistake John Oliver for some sort of comedy slouch. He had, after all, proven his bona fides time …

Russia's Economic Crisis: Can Putin Save Russia and Himself?

Runs on the bank. Hyperinflation. Russia's currency — the ruble — in free fall. It may sound like today’s Russia, but these were also the symptoms of its 1998 economic meltdown. That crisis eventually forced Russian President Boris Yeltsin out of power, and put Vladimir Putin, a shy and relatively …

Russia

Let’s all screw the 1 percent: The simple move Obama could make to strengthen the rest of us

You’re working more hours and not getting paid for them. We can fix that — and put more people to work. Here’s how<p>“The economy” in the abstract is doing relatively well, with strong job growth, a booming stock market, and rising GDP. But the American people aren’t feeling it—and Democrats have paid …

Dollar surge endangers global debt edifice, warns BIS

Bank for International Settlements concerned about underlying health of world economy as dollar loans to emerging markets increase rapidly<p>Off-shore lending in US dollars has soared to $9 trillion and poses a growing risk to both emerging markets and the world's financial stability, the Bank for …

Asia

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

You Can Help Physicists Make the Next Higgs Boson Discovery

More than two years after physicists discovered the Higgs boson, there’s still a lot they don’t know about the elusive particle. Now, they want your …