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Nighttime Smartphone Use Can Sap Next Day's Energy

It may be better for all concerned to avoid work emails late at night.<p>Using your smartphone at night might not be the smartest plan. A pair of studies found that people who used the devices after 9 p.m. were more tired and less engaged at work the next day, even when compared to people who looked …

Self Control

How the Blind Dream

Most of my dreams are boring. I’m typically talking to someone I know, either on the phone or in person, in a familiar place. The conversations tend to include ideas that I’ve read about or experienced recently in my waking life. Some of my dreams don’t even have the intrigue of another character; …

About 15% of Americans live in poverty, so why is no one talking about it?

Mainstream media give very little coverage to poverty and the working class. It's a public interest failure<p>It's not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often that not, America's fickle news media is …

Associated Press News

Rise of the prosumer analyst: How mobile is driving a new brand of business analysis

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Today, it seems natural for, say, an iOS (s AAPL) developer to follow Apple’s company affairs — changes to the executive team, …

Missing jobs data: Economists make best guess

Economists estimate the jobs report that wasn't would have shown employers added 175,000 jobs last month compared with 169,000 in August.<p>Today, for the first time in 17 years, Washington's most closely followed economic statistics didn't get out on schedule.<p>But if the government shutdown hadn't …

Facebook takes 'home office' to a new level

October 03, 2013 | 11:37 AM<p>It's all coming full circle: The social network that famously began in a dorm room is now essentially thinking about buildging dorms on its own office campus.<p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook said it's in talks with a developer to build a $120 million, …

Real Estate

An Economic Avalanche Is Coming

Last week, we didn't get scheduled releases on construction spending, factory orders, or employment. Next week, we may not get releases on trade, job openings, wholesale inventories, import prices, inflation (PPI), retail sales, and business inventories.<p>The data produced by the private sector …

One Easy Way To Stop Target And Other Companies From Selling Your Data

Living a normal life in the digital era inevitably means giving up some personal data. It’s akin to carrying a large bucket filled with water to the top. As hard as you may try, some water will splash over the rim of the bucket, nurturing the tree of personal data that grows below. But with some …

Abandoned homes are the future: Imaginative ideas turn blight into beauty

Countless homes remain vacant nationwide — but some cities see it as an opportunity to remake themselves<p>From the belly of one of America's boomtowns, where the rent rises with the elemental certainty of a helium balloon, the housing vacancies of America's less fortunate urban areas almost defy the …

GOLDMAN: If The Debt Ceiling Isn't Raised And The Treasury Runs Out Of Cash, Then Say Goodbye To 4.2% Of GDP*

The government shutdown is the result of Congress' failure to make a budget deal.<p>However, the shutdown has taken attention away from a much bigger policy risk: the impending debt ceiling, which is when the U.S. Treasury is no longer able to borrow money by issuing debt.<p>Economists as well as …

Economy

Playing the market: When video games and stocks collide

Video games have mimicked real life for years. Not even trading stocks on Wall Street is safe from virtual attempts to cheat at getting rich.<p>It's early on a Saturday morning, and after careful preparations, I'm ready to become a multimillionaire.<p>I'm selling turnips, and the shop in my town is …

Stock Markets

It Is A Mistake To Delegate The Responsibility Of Connecting With Your End Consumers To Someone Else

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff, co-founders of Honest Tea, about their new book: Mission in a Bottle.<p>You can read the highlights of the interview and listen to the podcast here: How to create a successful, mission driven business in a profit driven …

Why U.S. Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don't live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don't do it very often. So where is the money going?<p>Not toward obesity-related diseases or unnecessary tests and treatments, as the writer John Green pointed out in a …

Apple's Most Important Branding Lesson For Marketers

Of all-important branding lessons markers can learn from Apple, one stands out: branding begins on the demand side of the market.<p>In essence, consumers, their emerging needs, their wants and desires, their quest for a better life; and the binding constraints that determine their decision to buy the …

Digital devices give a big boost to book reading

That's good news for authors, publishers and readers, but not for traditional stores.<p>In an age of countless digital distractions, a significant number of Americans, especially those ages 18 to 40, report they are reading more books thanks to their e-readers and tablets.<p>A national poll of adults, …

Despite GOP Resistance, Obamacare Competition 'Robust' Among Health Plans

Despite critics who said consumer choice of health insurance plans would be lacking on the newly launched marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, competition is “robust,” particularly in markets where Republican-leaning states decided against operating their own exchanges, industry analysts and …

The definitive chart that shows why Twitter is not Facebook

Facebook and Twitter are the two services that jump immediately to mind when somebody says “social media.” But, as revealed in Twitter’s freshly filed IPO prospectus, the two companies couldn’t be more different when it comes to their financials and growth. (Oh, and Twitter doesn’t officially …

IPOs

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Cubes

Back on the Bright Side: Silicon Valley in Vermont

Why did this company end up on the shores of Lake Champlain, rather than on the San Francisco Bay or Puget Sound?<p>Before I got derailed with the modern nullification follies, my wife and I were describing some of the surprising successes of people, ideas, and organizations in Burlington, …

Glass Theft Auto: Google Glass Hack Beams Grand Theft Auto’s GPS Straight To Your Eye

You know, it’s been a while saince I’ve written up some clever Google Glass hack simply because it was awesome. Let’s fix that.<p>Looking to test the concept of using Glass as a second screen, Android developer Mike DiGiovanni has managed to capture Grand Theft Auto’s oh-so-crucial in-game GPS …

NASA scientist: Slamming used asteroid into moon 'makes sense'

When we're done studying an abducted asteroid, one way to get rid of it could be to have it lose at a game of chicken with our largest satellite.<p>NASA has its eyes on lassoing and then studying a captive orbiting asteroid, but what happens to such a space rock when the space agency is all done with …

Asteroids

Seedrs Lets Armchair Investors Take A Punt On WebStart Bristol’s First Incubator Cohort

If the premise of equity-based crowdfunding is to enable a greater range of individuals to take a punt on a startup, while oiling the wheels of investment overall, then a natural evolution of the model would be to enable armchair investors to place bets on a group of promising startups in one pool. …