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The Steve Jobs guide to manipulating people & getting what you want

Steve Jobs didn’t launch two of the most valuable companies in modern times by following the rules all the time.<p>Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a “distortion field” that could persuade people that his …

Wall Street's Brightest Minds Reveal The Most Important Charts In The World

Business Insider Here they are: the most important charts in the world.<p>A lot has changed since the last time we published this collection back in July.<p>The economic situation in Europe has deteriorated, the unemployment rate in the US has fallen below 6%, and the Fed looks poised to conclude its …

Central Bankers Have Gone 'Mean Girls' On Each Other — Here's What They're Probably Saying

On Friday, Reuters reported that relations between ECB president Mario Draghi and German leaders, most notably Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann "is totally rotten, it's beyond repair." The feud over how to steer the European economy has become personal, according to the wire service.<p>This story led to …

This Is The Worst Airport In The World

The winner of the unfortunate title for the world's worst airport is Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto International Airport.<p>It says something — and not a good something — when your airport is named the world's worst at a time when commercial air travel is considered by many to be an unsatisfying …

How One Woman Built A Multimillion-Dollar Cupcake Business With Just $33 To Her Name

"People thought I was crazy, and they laughed at the idea," she told Business Insider. "But I just had this feeling that I had to do it."<p>After securing a location, whipping up a few recipes, and hiring two employees off the street, Butler opened the doors of Gigi's Cupcakes on February 21, 2008.<p>"I …

These Disturbing Photos Of Children Playing In Garbage Show Just How Bad Pollution Can Be

There's no doubt about it — pollution is a big problem all over the world.<p>Garbage production alone is a concern, with the World Bank reporting that solid waste generation is on track to exceed 11 million metric tons per day by 2100. Smog, the result of highly polluted air, is a major public health …

‘Shark Tank’ Investor Says This Is The One Thing You Need To Master Before Going On The Show

The contestants need to show the "sharks," or the panel of investors, that they have a great product and strategy that can sell to the market. And then they need to prove their team knows how to execute. On top of that, they need to have a great leader with the desire and passion to succeed.<p>But …

9 Books Billionaire Warren Buffett Thinks Everyone Should Read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he says. "We want to …

The Empire of Edge

How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal.<p>As Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on …

Icahn's Not Crazy, Benjamin Graham May Have Found Apple Worth $212

In his open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn argues that Apple stock is undervalued by 50% and should be trading at $203.<p>“Our valuation analysis tells us that Apple should trade at $203 per share today, and we believe the disconnect between that price and …

I Want to Write iOS Apps. Where Do I Start?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>I have a little background in coding, but I'd like to make an iOS app. I'm just not sure where to get started or what tools I need. …

Apps

29 Brilliant Quotes From Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's Right-Hand Man

And then at age 31, he met Warren Buffett, who convinced him to go into investing.<p>Today, Munger is Warren Buffett's right-hand man at Berkshire Hathaway and has an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion.<p>We've compiled a list of his most insightful quotes about business, investing, and life in …

Wall Street

Consumer Reports: CR's Guide to Health Insurance

Understanding health insurance doesn't have to be so hard. Here's our advice on how to choose a plan, whether you get it from your employer, buy it …

Keep Your Home Bug Free with These DIY Pest Control Methods

If you're like me, bugs creeping and crawling all over your home is a big no thank you. With some preventative procedures and DIY methods you can …

3 Moves That Test Your Core Strength

Find out how strong your midsection is with this middle-blasting weekend challenge<p>Your core is made up of more than just your abs. The many muscles between your hips and shoulders stabilize your spine and allow your torso to rotate and bend. "If you want to be stronger in everything you do, you …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

What It's Like To Have The Godfather Of Hedge Funds Teach You How To Short Stocks

Richard Chilton, CEO of hedge fund Chilton Investments, has been on Wall Street since Morgan Stanley's book value was a tiny $30 million (in 1978).<p>That means he's seen and learned a lot. In an interview with Skiddy von Stade, CEO of financial career site OneWire, he shared some of his …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

How to Personalize Your Daily Training Plan

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When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Operating Systems

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

2014 Honda Civic EX-L vs. 2014 Kia Forte EX, 2014 Mazda 3 i Touring, 2014 Toyota Corolla S, 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE | Comparison Test

As We Emerge from a Winter that saw record-low temperatures lead to the rebranding of cold fronts as “polar vortices,” those of us in northern latitudes get to suffer through the inevitable sequel to the season’s historic snowfall: historic flooding. Our thigh-deep drifts and two-story plowed hills …

Obamacare: How To Reduce Your Health Insurance Premiums And Avoid Penalties

Most people have health insurance coverage and will not need to do anything more than maintain it throughout 2014. However, according to the IRS, “health insurance choices you make now may affect the income tax return you file in 2015″ (i.e.; for tax year 2014). Curious? Read on.<p>If you don’t …

The Cover Letters That Make Hiring Managers Smile (Then Call You)

You know that next job of yours? Yes, that’s right, the really amazing one with the brilliant co-workers, cool boss, and fresh, free snacks in the office vending machine? That one.<br>You know how you’re going to land it? By quickly showing your future employer that:<p>a) You’re going to perform …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook — and block them

It's free to use, of course, but that doesn't mean it comes without a price. If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.<p>And most people forget that when they download or sign up for an app or …

Here's How To Undo A Sent Email In Gmail

When you send a no-take-backs email — maybe an admission to a secret crush, or accidental reply-all — there's an instant pang of regret. It feels like there's no going back.<p>Meet Gmail's Undo Send feature, a lifesaving little hack buried in the Gmail Labs settings. It gives you a 30-second window to …

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