Romy Ribitzky

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The Barbie Yogini and "Curvy Girl Yoga"

While perusing my source of news (Facebook), I came across an article by People magazine about a new yoga “Instagram star,” Jessamyn Stanley. …

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Guy Buys Scale On Amazon, And Now Amazon Thinks He's A Drug Dealer

One Redditor who went to Amazon in search of a mini digital scale is now getting suggestions for drug-related paraphernalia.<p>"Oh great, now Amazon thinks I'm a drug dealer," The_Mastor wrote, submitting the following photo:<p>One of the best features of Amazon is the suggested items list that pops up …

How To Make Your New App Go Big In The App Store

It can take years donating extra time and attention to building projects.<p>Once it arrives in the App Store, developers still have to go through a few hurdles to get the app noticed.<p>Each store has over 1 million apps for customers to buy from and new apps can be very difficult to search for.<p>We found …

Don't think you can fool the IRS

The IRS is cash-strapped and audit rates are down, but that doesn’t mean the average Jane or Joe can hide the ball from the tax man.<p>The tax-collecting agency devotes more resources to chasing big fish like convicted tax cheat Wesley Snipes than the average middle-class taxpayer, that’s true. But …

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FORTUNE — For the first time ever, sales of consumer electronics last year in Asia, led by China, exceeded sales in North America. To industry observers and demographers alike, the rapid growth of the Chinese market for consumer electronics comes as no surprise: There are now more than 160 cities …

Does anyone know what Yahoo wants to be?

Here’s what’s bound to vex the media this week: How to craft a frame of reference, a fitting point of comparison, for Yahoo US:YHOO which reports …

A new policy tool for banks to stop asset bubbles wreaking economic havoc

After years of denial central banks are finally coming around to recognise that they must take responsibility for asset bubbles that can wreak economic havoc. Executive director of the Bank of England Andrew Haldane highlighted this earlier this month when he stated that managing the asset managers …

Insurers see brighter ACA skies

Health insurers got their first taste of Obamacare this year. And they want seconds.<p>Insurers saw disaster in the fall when Obamacare’s rollout flopped and HealthCare.gov was a mess. But a strong March enrollment surge, along with indications that younger and healthier people had begun signing up <b>,</b> …

Is US Airways' porn photo the worst of Twitter gaffes?

Corporate America embraces social media as a way to get the attention of consumers in an ever-more crowded digital space.<p>But those clever or hastily tweeted promotions also can create problems for a brand.<p>Just ask US Airways, the latest corporation to apologize for a post in bad taste that hit the …

'World's most haunted island' up for auction

Dubbed one of the most haunted places in the world, Poveglia, which was sealed off after it was hit by the plague, is to be sold off to raise money for Italy<p>A lease of a Venetian island described as one of the most haunted places in Italy is due to be auctioned off next month as the Italian state …

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Tennessee is Making Pregnancy a Criminal Liability

The state legislature has passed a bill that would allow police to investigate drug-taking mothers if their unborn children are harmed by their …

Winter weather makes encore, sets records

It may be spring, but winter weather is making another appearance.<p>A cold front is forecast Tuesday from the Florida Panhandle to New England, and Accuweather senior meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski reports a storm that brought half a foot of snow to Nebraska and Wisconsin on Sunday and Monday will …

A Race to Remember

Some ran, but never finished. Others rushed toward chaos to help the injured. Today, memories of April 15, 2013, serve to remind us that Boston is up …

Anyone, anywhere can now build the next WhatsApp or Oculus

<i>This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Vivek Wadhwa here.</i><p>Oculus, the latest technology startup to be acquired for billions of dollars, was based not in Silicon Valley but in Irvine, California. Snapchat, which is rumored to be worth billions, is based in Los Angeles. The Los …

Fine dining reminds Americans of sex; cheap eats of drugs

When we talk about the food we like most, we often use the language of sex and drugs—sensuality and addiction. That’s what a study of nearly 900,000 online amateur restaurant reviews (covering 6,548 restaurants) found. And researchers say those linguistic patterns offer insights into the way we …

If Facebook becomes like PayPal these will be the two big winners

Facebook is “only weeks away” from getting regulatory approval to become a payment and remittance processor, reports the Financial Times (paywall). Once the central bank of Ireland—where Facebook’s non-US business is registered and headquartered—approves Facebook as “electronic money institution,” …

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This is what paying an internet toll to Comcast looks like

Netflix download speeds over Comcast internet networks in the United States instantly rose 55% after the two companies struck a controversial deal to offer faster service for a fee. That’s evident in the streaming video provider’s latest “speed index” for internet service providers (ISPs). Comcast …

The problem facing Asia’s emerging smartphone makers is that they don’t make smartphones

Micromax, an Indian company that emerged from nowhere to become the second-largest smartphone maker (after Samsung) by market share in India’s growing market, has a problem: It doesn’t make smartphones. Like most homegrown brand-name sellers of smartphones in Asia, it outsources production to …

Twitter just bought a company that will contribute a shrinking share of its revenue

Twitter just bought Gnip, a company that repackages and resells Twitter’s “firehose”—the full stream of every public tweet on the site. Gnip is one of only a handful of companies to which Twitter gives access to the firehose, and was the first to get it, back in 2010. For big companies wanting to …

Why Google’s secret lab gave up on space elevators, hoverboards, and teleportation

Google X, Google’s private research laboratory, puts billions of dollars into moonshot projects with long odds that have the potential to change the world. Ongoing examples include Google Glass, driverless cars, and glucose-monitoring contact lenses.<p>More important than how the lab comes up with …