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Kei Nishikori Shocks Novak Djokovic To Seal Historic Spot In U.S. Open Final (VIDEO)

5 Things You Need to Know About the World Cup Final

Under the brightest lights imaginable and with the eyes of the world square upon them, perennial juggernauts Germany and Argentina are set to square off in a mouthwatering World Cup Final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.<p>Here are the five major story lines coming out of Brazil …

20 Stunning European Cities To Visit In Your 20s

From major metropolises to charming, overlooked locales, Europe is brimming with cities everyone should visit. But where does a penny-pinching, adventure-seeking twentysomething even begin when it comes to traveling Europe?<p>The big players -- London, Paris, Amsterdam -- are great. Those should be on</i> …

Andy Murray considering John McEnroe as his next coach

<b>Andy Murray is considering hiring John McEnroe as his coach after the seven-time Grand Slam winner expressed an interest in working with him.</b><p>Wimbledon champion Murray, 26, has been without a coach since splitting from Ivan Lendl in March.<p>The Scot said: "Every player would consider someone with his …

Tennis

Masahiro Tanaka shines in debut

TAMPA, Fla. -- Masahiro Tanaka threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut with the New York Yankees, striking out three in a 4-0 exhibition win …

Masahiro Tanaka

The 16 Most Interesting Things To Come Out Of Bill Gates' Reddit AMA

Everything from the name of Warren Buffett's plane to what kind of computer he uses. He replied to an "ask me anything" thread for a few hours today.<p>When Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates speaks, people tend to listen — more so these days as he is taking an increasingly …

LaMarcus Aldridge says he 'definitely' should have been All-Star starter

The Blazers star may not have been voted in as an All-Star starter, but he played like one in a win over the Nuggets on Thursday.<p>On a night when position rivals Blake Griffin and Kevin Love were voted All-Star starters over him, Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge delivered a …

Steve Jobs' First Public Demonstration of the Macintosh, Hidden Since 1984

On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs famously demonstrated the Macintosh for the first time at Apple's shareholders meeting at the Flint Center in Cupertino.<p>Less than a week later, Jobs again showed off the Mac. But this time, instead of showing it to Apple's investors, he showed it to his potential …

Stan Wawrinka wins Australian Open over hobbled Rafael Nadal

Stanislas Wawrinka beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for his first Grand Slam title.<p>MELBOURNE, Australia -- An hour before the biggest match of his life, Stanislas Wawrinka sent a message.<p>"Relaxing before the final," he tweeted before Sunday's Australian Open final.<p>Visible were his legs and …

World's First Connected Tennis Racquet Will Perfect Your Swing

LAS VEGAS — The next time you hit a tennis ball out of bounds, your racquet can tell you why.<p>Attracting attention at the 2014 International CES show …

Agent defends Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman's agent says the former NBA star did not take any payment from the North Korean government during his trip this week to the …

North Korea

Tech companies meet with the White House before President Obama releases surveillance recommendations

Tech companies met with the White House again today in an effort to help shape surveillance reforms.<p>Representatives from Yahoo, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft were present, according to the New York Times, for a meeting that precedes President Obama’s anticipated proposal for surveillance changes. …

Port Authority critics see opportunity

Some transportation watchers see a bright spot to Bridgegate — a chance to shine some light on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which has faced years of accusations about patronage and mismanagement.<p>This week’s political maelstrom over traffic jams affecting Fort Lee, N.J., served as …

Simple iPad App Will Help You Prep For The Big Meeting In The Cab

<b>Presentics</b> — Productivity — Free ($9.99 unlock)<p>If you have a presentation to prepare at the last minute or you think PowerPoint is too clunky, you might want to look at Presentics. It’s an iPad app that will help you make a minimalist slide show quickly and easily. It just takes a few taps and some …

Apps

Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming

Apple's iBeacons have a lot of potential for inclusion in location-based games, according to The Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia, who spoke to <i>Re/code</i> in an interview. Currently, iOS game developers who want to incorporate location into gameplay are limited to determining location via Apple's internal …

Panasonic Teams Up With Mozilla For Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs & Open Standards Push

Hours after LG unveiled its webOS-powered smart TV interface at CES, Panasonic has spilled the beans on its own mobile-inspired TV plans — announcing a partnership with Mozilla to use the latter’s Firefox OS (FFOS) and open Web standards ethos to open up the living room’s primary screen.<p>Firefox OS …

Five reasons why it’s time to invest in online video

I've been preaching a consistent message about the evolution of digital media since 2008. And in this New Year, it's more relevant than ever.<p>If your business is already active online, or has reallocated 2014 budgets to do so, it's going to be a great year for your brand and your bottom line. If …

Masahiro Tanaka: How many years will he get?

Even if Tanaka lives up to his advance billing, thanks to baseball's new economics, the risk is less in the financial commitment than in the numbers of years.<p>The very fact that teams are rumored to be lining up to bid on Masahiro Tanaka means they are conceding any skepticism they might have about …

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

The most anticipated tech of 2014<p>So far in 2014: Iterative sequels, wearable tech<p>iPhone 6<p>iOS 8<p>Android L<p>Samsung Galaxy Note 4<p>Nexus 8<p>The next iPad and iPad Mini<p>Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite<p>Windows 9<p>Google Glass 2<p>Oculus Rift<p>Sony Project Morpheus<p>LG 55EC9300 OLED TV<p>4K TVs for under $1K<p>Roku TV<p>The next Apple …

5 things to expect in social in 2014

Less will be the new more in a year that will be defined by single-purpose social apps for each of your singular desires.<p>The past 12 months have been defined by kids and their smartphones, a group that proved to have the power to make or break an app in a matter of weeks or months.<p>In 2013, …

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

Pop Culture

Top 10 business stories of 2013

From horsemeat to cocaine, it was another eventful year for business<p>From the Cyprus crisis to coked-up bankers, the horsemeat scandal and the sad death of a young German student, it was another dramatic year in the business world. Based on the number of visits to each page, here are …

Tech ads of 2013: Google best, Apple, Microsoft worst

Tech saw a very competitive atmosphere that was reflected in much of the advertising. Some companies clearly put thought into their work. Others occasionally panicked.<p>I am told that 2013 was a lost year for tech.<p>Apparently, there was no innovation. There was merely a concentration on such moving …

The Hottest Startups Of 2013

On the search for the hottest startups of 2013 we sifted through more than 300 entries, looking at nominations submitted by founders, investors and FORBES writers. The nine companies chosen in conjunction with comments from our judges were either founded or first gained significant traction in the …

Special Report: Japan's homeless recruited for murky Fukushima clean-up

SENDAI, Japan (Reuters) - Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men.<p>He isn’t a social worker. He’s a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan’s nuclear …

The Innovator's Rule Book

What companies need now are mechanisms that allow them to come up with real innovations -- ones that produce major results -- over and over again. SRC Holdings Corp. has devised a system that does just that.<p><b>Innovation -- when it occurs in companies at all -- tends to be random and unexpected. But</b> …

Business Strategy