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13 crazy facts about the mansion the founder of Minecraft bought for $70 million

When video game studio Mojang was bought by Microsoft for $2.5 billion in September 2014, Minecraft's creator Markus Persson became a billionaire.<p>A few months later, news broke that the newly wealthy Persson — or "Notch," as he's known in the gaming community — had dished out $70 million for an …

The west has lost intellectual self-confidence | Financial Times

For the first half of my life, international politics was defined by the cold war. The fall of the Berlin Wall ended that era and began another one: …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

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11 Places Where You Can Vacation Like A Billionaire

They say the rich are different from everyone else, but that’s not completely true. They have hobbies, enjoy vacations, and are passionate about many different things, from conservation to golf to food, just like other people. The difference is that they do it at a much different level, pulling out …

17 Impressive Dining Room Makeovers

Make over your dining room with these easy tips, clever ideas, and fabulous design inspirations.<p>Make over your dining room with these easy tips, clever ideas, and fabulous design inspirations. This piece originally appered on CountryLiving.com.

5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Future in 2015

As we enter the year 2015, it seems like the headlines have never been worse. A conflict in Ukraine has sparked a new Cold War between Russia and the west. Deadly terrorist groups like ISIL and Boko Haram threaten entire states. The Ebola outbreak threatened to become a global pandemic.<p>And …

The Stock Market Bull Who Got 2014 Right Just Published This Fantastic Presentation

For 2015, strategists are expecting stocks to move even higher, and again, no one is more bullish than Stoltzfus.<p>"We have initiated a target for the S&P 500 at the end of 2015 at 2,311," he wrote.<p>Courtesy of Oppenheimer, we've included the key slides from Stoltzfus' brand-new monthly presentation. …

The best free documentaries to watch on YouTube

We love documentaries at WIRED and, as this list proves, there are dozens of great ones worthy of your time and attention. To help you in the search …

These Will Be The 12 Biggest Movies Of 2015

Not only are we getting a new "Star Wars" movie, but we'll finally see the next "Avengers" grouping, which has been nearly three years in the making.<p>Those two movies alone have the potential of being billion-dollar films.<p>In comparison, 2014 only had one movie gross $1 billion— "Transformers: Age of …

YouTube Is Where You Should Learn How to Fix Your Car

If the War on Drugs gave us nothing else, it at least provided some enduringly quotable anti-drug ads. An entire generation fondly recalls the TV spot where a dad confronts his son over some wacky tobacky, asking, "Who taught you how to do this stuff?" The kid replies: "You, all right? I learned it …

This Ex-Apple Engineer's New App Turns Your iPad Into A Second Display For Your Mac

Instead of letting your iPad collect dust when you're not using it, Duet Display turns your iPad into a second display for your Mac, using the iPad's charging cord to connect to your computer.<p>The app was created by Rahul Dewan, an engineer who worked at Apple for three years on the iPad and iMac.<p>"A …

3 ways Steve Jobs made meetings insanely productive — and often terrifying

American businesses lose an estimated $37 billion a year due to meeting mistakes.<p>Steve Jobs made sure Apple wasn't one of those companies.<p>Here are three ways the iconic CEO made meetings super productive:<p>1. He kept meetings as small as possible.<p>In his book "Insanely Simple," longtime Jobs …

Risk Management For Investors

In my previous article, I explained that large companies aren’t alone in their need for risk management. In fact, individuals can benefit by it as well. We also discussed a four-step process which can be followed to minimize poor decisions. In this post, we’ll focus on the specific risks associated …

A sideways look at capitalism

<b>Capital and its associated "ism". It's been one of the hot topics of the year. People are asking if it's fundamentally unequal, structurally flawed.</b><p>Often talk of capitalism is wrapped up in ideology and jargon. Maybe it's worth asking what capitalism is. That's what I set out to do.<p>Straight away as …

The Two Greatest Luxuries in Travel? You'd Be Surprised

At this holiday season we concentrate on giving to those we care about. So here’s the perfect gift for you, dear traveler, for now and from now on: the gift of luxury travel.<p>Luxury is usually expressed through goods and services: Hermes soap. Beluga caviar. A close-up view of the Pyramids from a …

29 Techy Gadgets and Gifts for Foodies

With 3D printed foods and meals that you just add water to, it’s pretty clear we’ve made it to the future. It’s time to smartify our kitchens and bring them up to date, too. Here are 29 gadgets for the tech-savvy chefs in your life. These kitchen tools are sure to capture any foodie’s heart (and …

How To Tell A Meaningful Story Through Video

Telling your story on-camera. For mature and emerging brands, startups and <i>Fortune</i> 500s, B2B and B2C companies, the very concept can be daunting. But it’s becoming part of the prerequisite for sales pitches, investor and board presentations, accelerator applications, VC presentations, wherever …

A Chinese Shadowy Agency Is Working To Absorb Taiwan Through Business

In June, hundreds of those businessmen gathered in a hotel ballroom in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. They were there to toast the new head of a local Taiwan merchants' association. They sipped baijiu liquor and ate seafood as a troupe performed a traditional lion dance for good luck. An …

Of Course We Took One Apart: A Look Inside the Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS

This is a geek article. Many of you don’t understand the term ‘geek’ properly, so perhaps this will help. As the graph below shows, if you aren’t …