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How to get strangers to retweet your tweets

What makes a stranger retweet a tweet you have sent? This was the subject of research by computer scientists at the Utah State University and IBM.<p>The …

LinkedIn Takes Another Page From Klout, Intros “How You Rank” In Profile Views

LinkedIn’s profile views — where you can get a quick rundown of a person’s current and past professional experience, provided it’s up to date — are some of the most-trafficked pages on the social network, with visitors landing on profile pages both through LinkedIn searches and through external …

Critics call Obama funding plan for health insurer losses a 'bailout'

The Obama administration has quietly adjusted key provisions of its signature healthcare law to potentially make billions of additional taxpayer dollars available to the insurance industry if companies providing coverage through the Affordable Care Act lose money.<p>The move was buried in hundreds of …

What STEM Shortage?

The sector isn’t seeing wage growth and has more graduates than jobs.<p>The idea that we need to allow in more workers with science, technology, …

Employers Eye Moving Sickest Workers To Insurance Exchanges

Can corporations shift workers with high medical costs from the company health plan into online insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act? Some employers are considering it, say benefits consultants.<p>"It's all over the marketplace," said Todd Yates, a managing partner at Hill, Chesson & …

The Health Insurance Trap

Health care costs are too damn high—and they’re only getting worse. Last week, researchers at Harvard and Dartmouth released a report estimating that health care costs will continue to grow faster than the economy for at least the next two decades. This is a tremendous burden on average Americans, …

New McKinsey Survey: 74% Of Obamacare Sign-Ups Were Previously Insured

One of the principal flaws in the coverage of Obamacare’s exchange enrollment numbers to date has been that the press has not made distinctions between those who have “signed up” for Obamacare-based plans, and those who have actually paid for those plans and thereby achieved enrollment in health …

Your New Game Console Is Eating More Energy Than Ever

Even if you're not actively using your consoles, they're still using electricity—and the amount of energy consoles consume has increased from last …

NRDC

Steven Spielberg to Produce ‘Halo’ TV Series

Steven Spielberg will begin producing a live-action television series based on the military-themed sci-fi video game <i>Halo</i> in the fall of 2015, which …

Steven Spielberg

What you need to know about online advertisers tracking you

Spend lots of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of targeted advertising, "Big Data" analysis and complaints of privacy violations by advertising companies. The ads above your Gmail inbox? Yeah, those. As it turns out, most people don't like being tracked by advertisers. Surprise! As such, a …

\’Death of volatility\’ in stocks can thank Fed\’s easy money policies

Average Americans Think They’re Smarter Than the Average American

For­get be­ing smarter than a fifth-grader. Most Amer­ic­ans think they’re smarter than every­one else in the coun­try.<p>Fifty-five per­cent of …

EU Court Rules Google Must Give Individuals “Right To Be Forgotten” (Or Not To Be Found)

TechCrunch contributor Andrew Keen has long argued the “Internet needs to learn to forget“, but I’m not sure this latest EU ruling is quite what he had in mind.<p>The European Court Of Justice has ruled that Google must respect the “right to be forgotten” and, at the request of private individuals, …

Bloomberg.com

53% Think Neither Political Party Represents the American People

Voters continue to believe Democrats have more of a plan for the future than Republicans do, but most again say neither party represents the public.<p>A …

planforthefuture

Everything You Need to Know About the Chinese Version of Twitter

The first of China’s big 2014 IPOs arrives on U.S. shores Thursday. Weibo, a Chinese social network that allows people to post real-time messages of …

China

Tactus working to bring physical buttons that rise out of touchscreen

The smartphone industry has come along way in the last few years, and during that time mobile device form factors have evolved quite a bit. While Blackberry still continues to cling on to the physical keyboard approach, finding an Android device with a physical QWERTY keyboard is becoming harder …

Inside Tencent: the Chinese tech giant that's trying to go global

The Chinese web giant Tencent is one of the biggest companies in tech thanks to its popular messaging and gaming services, and yet you'd hardly know it outside of China. But that may not be for long: Tencent recently began expanding into new countries, and it's even made some investments in …

Here's How Much Health Plan Premiums Spiked Over The Last Four Years Of Obamacare's Rollout

Earlier Today I reported that health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. Morgan Stanley’s healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Small changes. Big results.<p>Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, …

Time Management

Why 'Buyer Beware' Is A Terrible Excuse For Bad Video Games

<i>The Escapist’s</i> Jim Sterling posted an excellent video recently on the concept of “caveat emptor”—or “buyer beware”—in the video game industry.<p>Essentially, Jim argues that not all customers can be aware of every issue with a game, that the majority of video game consumers aren’t active NeoGaf users …

The creator of 'Second Life' wants to look inside your brain with the Oculus Rift

The creator of <i>Second Life</i> is helping scientists explore your brain. Philip Rosedale has collabored with neuroscientists in California on a system that, as <i>Fast.Company</i> reports, offers a virtual reality tour of "a person’s brain reacting to stimuli in real time." It does this with the help of many …

Facebook Introduces 'Hack,' the Programming Language of the Future

Facebook engineers Bryan O'Sullivan, Julien Verlaguet, and Alok Menghrajani spent the last few years building a programming language unlike any other.<p>…

Scientists Unveil New 'Atlas' for Navigating Human Genome

LONDON — Scientists have built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body — work that should help researchers target genes linked to disease.<p>In the journal Nature, an international consortium described how they mapped a network of switches, …

Genetics

Ukraine crisis: Russians opposed to Putin

<b>In an emotional speech in Kiev on Sunday, former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky - recently released from 10 years in jail - told the Maidan "there is another Russia", one opposed to military action in Ukraine. Russian writer and broadcaster Andrei Ostalski agrees but says it's a small and</b> …

Oculus Rift Developers Unphased by Facebook Buyout

Indies speak up.<p>The reaction within the gaming community to the news that Facebook is buying virtual reality pioneers Oculus VR for $2 billion in …