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6 Companies That Want to Invest in Your Startup

Media-focused startups now have another accelerator to apply for: Disney. This week, the company announced its plan to work with Silicon Valley accelerator Techstars, offering 10 young businesses advice and a foot in the door-- as well as up to $100,000 in investment capital.<p>"We're living in an …

Startups

Need To Worry About Sending Out 1099-MISC Forms?

Paperwork is the necessary evil for any business. Yet there are some things you just have to do. Of course, this is certainly the case with the IRS. And one of their requirements –which many businesses need to deal with at this time of the year — is sending out 1099-MISC forms.<p>These are for …

Court documents claim Indian diplomat's housekeeper kept in 'slavery-like' conditions

The case of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has taken a new turn after court documents filed by the husband of her housekeeper claim that the servant was kept in "slavery-like conditions."<p>Philip Richard, the husband of housekeeper Sangeeta Richard, alleged in documents filed in India and first …

10 money-making ideas for 2014

Slide 1 of 12<p>After a stellar year for stocks in the U.S. and other developed markets, what can investors expect in 2014?<p>If the Federal Reserve’s …

Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …

IRS Inspector Urges Crackdown On Mislabeling 'Independent Contractors'

The IRS isn’t the only government agency worried about workers mislabeled as “independent contractors.” When you pay independent contractors, there’s no income tax withholding and no employment taxes. Even assuming that the “contractor” files a tax return, the IRS won’t collect as much and will get …

Google may be after Intel's turf

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial …

Consumer Behavior, Not Snapchat, Created The Need For Instagram Direct

This morning Instagram announced Instagram Direct, a new feature to privately send your friends photos and videos. Instagram refers to these photos on its blog as ‘moments’ to help people share things like “An inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

15 Festive Holiday Cocktails from Famous Bars Across the U.S.

Mix up one of these festive cocktails from famous hotels and restaurant bars.<p>A holiday party just isn't a party without drinks. Mix up one of these …

San Francisco

Modern Floating Home is the Perfect Tranquil Retreat

<i>Floating House</i> is a home designed by architect Dymitr Malcew that offers its residents beautiful unobstructed views, a connectedness to their surroundings, and an easy way to move from one locale to another. Created for H2ORIZON, a French developer that specializes in floating structures like this …

'Silk Road' illicit online market reopens

Anonymous internet market for illegal goods reopens just four weeks after original site was shut by US authorities.<p>A new anonymous internet marketplace for illegal drugs has opened, with the same name and appearance as the Silk Road website shut down by US law enforcement authorities a month …

Silk Road 2.0 rises from the ashes - with improvements

The new login page pokes fun at the FBI's seizure boilerplate.<p>Just five weeks after the shutdown of the Silk Road and the arrest of the man who allegedly ran it, the world's most notorious Internet black marketplace for drugs and other contraband is back online. There's a new Dread Pirate Roberts …

China’s Qunar raises $167M IPO, share price doubles on first day of trading

Chinese travel booking service Qunar went public on the NASDAQ today and its shares nearly doubled during the first day of trading.<p>Qunar raised $167 million in the initial public offering. Shares started out at $15 a piece and surged to as high as $34.99 over the course of the day.<p>Qunar, which …

Limited-Edition Fragrance

Make the most of your looks with this month's best buys.<p>Dolce & Gabbana The One for Women 2014 Limited Edition ($108) is sure to be coveted—it's the sensuous musky floral you know but housed in a giftable gold bottle.

Your November Horoscope, Revealed!

Are you wondering if the end of the year will bring forth a new romance? Or, maybe you're more concerned with <b>Mercury in retrograde</b>?<p>Well, good news is …

Nice Boots: The Fall 2013 Guide

Shop the top 9 trends<p>From lug soles to ultra-feminine shapes, wild patterns and subtle studs, shop the 9 chicest trends in fall boots and booties.

Legendary Locks? Introducing The Hair-Vitamin Cocktail

The jury's still out as to whether or not supplements can truly make a difference in hair growth — but R29 buddy Amber Katz recently admitted to The …

Celebrity Clothing Lines You Probably Forgot Existed

For every Victoria Beckham and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, there are the Paris Hiltons and the Lindsay Lohans -- the celebrities who just couldn't cut it as fashion designers.<p>The retail world is littered with the scraps of failed celebrity clothing lines, the stars who tried to translate their own …

First BitCoin ATM Debuts in Vancouver — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>A virtual currency has made further foray into the real world with the installation of the …

Welcome to the Most Haunted Graveyard in the World. Safety Not Guaranteed.

Body snatchers, violent ghosts, a loyal dog, and Harry Potter characters may seem like strange bedfellows, but in Scotland’s gorgeous, gothic capital …

The Most Unusual Massages Around The World

It’s no secret that massages can alleviate plain, relieve stress, and increase your overall wellbeing.<p>But in some parts of the world, the usual Swedish, hot stone and deep tissue massages aren’t the <i>only</i> options around. How about getting massaged with knives or by an elephant?<p>Check out some of the …

13 Spooky Underground Attractions

Meandering the streets of a new city is a great way to feel the pulse of a place, but have you ever considered what's right below your feet? These 13 underground man-made attractions scattered around the globe boast spectacular histories as former dwellings, burial grounds, and even smugglers' …

Constitutional Law

The 19 Most Beautiful Places In The World Are Hidden In America

Europe is great and Asia is awesome, but the song says <i>America</i> the beautiful.<p>These hidden places prove you don't need to spend big bucks and make a transatlantic trek-- the world's most beautiful wonders have been here all along, right in your American backyard.<p><b>Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone</b> …

Three Classic Travel Thrillers

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>In many cultures, doors to the underworld creak open in October, so it’d be criminal not to sink your teeth right now into these three transporting thrillers:<p>Jason Bourne meets Luxembourg tourism board in Chris Pavone’s <b>The Expats</b> (2012), a corkscrewing tale of European …

Travel

Reader Recs: World’s Best Ghost Towns

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>A zombie craze is sweeping the globe — with more films and television shows centered around the undead popping up in popular culture than ever before. Eerily abandoned cityscapes and bereft countrysides devoid of life are a common feature of zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic …