Vignesh Ravishankar

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Companies Like Amazon Need to Run More Tests on Workplace Practices

A recent <i>New York Times</i> article about the business culture at Amazon triggered spirited reactions and a lot of media attention. Some “Amazonians” backed up the article’s description of a brutal, unrelenting workplace. Others — including CEO Jeff Bezos himself in a memo to his employees — questioned …

Employee Engagement

Why Some Videos Go Viral

In “Puppyhood,” a video for Purina Puppy Chow produced with BuzzFeed, a guy spontaneously adopts a puppy, and they bond in typical roommate fashion.<p>A viral video is every marketer’s dream. It’s the surest way to cut through the noise of the internet. And studies show that social viewers—people who …

Marketing

A Refresher on Price Elasticity

Setting the right price for your product or service is hard. In fact, determining price is one of the toughest things a marketer has to do, in large part because it has such a big impact on the company’s bottom line. One of the critical elements of pricing is understanding what economists call <i>price</i> …

Elasticity

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

Andrew Nguyen/HBR STAFF<p>Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the …

Nasa denies world-ending asteroid will strike Earth in September

<b>Update 25/09/2015</b>: <i>This rumour is starting to travel across the internet again. Nasa still says it's not true.</i><p>Nasa has stated in clear, unequivocal …

Asteroids

La Liga season preview: How Barcelona and Real Madrid might screw it up, plus how to watch

Yes, it should be a two-team league, but those two teams are finding ways to mess up and make La Liga more interesting.<p>For years, La Liga was derisively referred to as a glorified Scottish Premier League, where two teams ruled the rest and everyone else was irrelevant. Then Rangers got relegated to …

Chelsea: Agent reveals reason for Blues beating Manchester United to Pedro signing

Pedro Rodriguez's agent Antonio Sanz has revealed that Chelsea's speed of negotiations was what led to them beating Manchester United for the …

Spotify CEO: We like your data but we love your privacy

A company devoted to data, Spotify just got a lesson in how wanting to know everything about its customers can be a liability as well.<p>Founder and Chief Executive Daniel Ek apologized Friday for confusion about the streaming music service's new privacy policy, which caused an outburst of articles …

North Korea meets for talks with South Korea after high tensions

<b>Paju, South Korea (CNN) —</b> At a time of mounting tensions and heated rhetoric on the Korean peninsula, the two sides concluded nearly 10 hours of talks early Sunday at the historic "truce village" inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with plans to meet again later in the day, South Korean officials …

Tesla engineer joins Apple’s growing team of automated car experts

<i>(By Paul Lienert and Julia Love, Reuters) –</i> Consumer electronics company Apple has hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple’s effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.<p>A LinkedIn profile for Jamie Carlson shows that …

Electric Sports Car with Solar Panel Exterior Drives All Day Without Being Recharged

Melbourne-based company EVX Ventures is entering the electric automobile market with an aerodynamic sports car that can drive all day using power from the sun. Called <i>The Immortus</i>, the sleek two-seater has an unlimited traveling range thanks to 75 square feet of solar photovoltaic paneling on its …

Erdogan Contends with ISIS, Kurds, and a Government Crisis

The security situation in Turkey has started to resemble what is happening in Arab nations, whose capitals and ancient cities are frequently rocked by bombs but also confused politics. Turkey will not become a new Syria, which all powers have worked to transform into a magnet for terrorism and …

Manchester United Transfer News: Top Stars Wanted in Fresh Red Devils Rumours

It’s official: Manchester United have now been linked with every conceivable footballer ever to grace the planet.<p>It’s our job to let you know who’s been linked where during the transfer window, from the believable to the less than believable—and we start here with the latter.<p>Well, according to the</i> …

Chelsea right to offload Kevin De Bruyne, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea made the right decision in selling Kevin De Bruyne as the midfielder was "crying every day he wants to leave."<p>De …

Soccer

Russia's Sanctions War Against the West Explained

Russia has taken on the United States and Europe in a sanctions war, which has recently spilled into some decidedly odd public stunts: bulldozed cheese, burned fruit, even euthanized ducklings.<p>NBC News' Moscow-based producer Alexey Eremenko explains what's behind the food crusade and looks at 10 …

Stock market shrugs off exposé of Amazon work culture

A press report detailing an allegedly soulless, dystopian workplace at the online retailer generated headlines but has had minimal impact on the bottom line<p>A dark and lengthy exposé of the work culture of Amazon, the world’s most powerful online retailer echoed round the world last week. The …

Jeff Bezos

Jose Mourinho says he's 'not happy with anyone' on struggling Chelsea

Jose Mourinho is the "Happy One" no more after Chelsea's worst start to a Premier League season in 17 years.<p>The champions go to West Brom on Sunday …

Soccer

Man Utd transfer news and rumours: 'United eye Neymar'

Transfers: Latest news, rumours and gossip for Manchester United in 2015. Van Gaal wants a marquee signing to elevate his squad from good to great<p><b>Manchester United transfer news and rumours</b><p>It would be the transfer coup of the summer - and would literally eat the internet - as <i>The Sun</i> reports that …