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Esurance (with Walter White!)

From the sexiest cheeseburger you've ever seen, to a flashback of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel trying to decode the Internet, here is a look at this year's Super Bowl ads.<p><b>Super Bowl advertisements</b> have always sold at a premium on the promise of reaching a worldwide, captive audience. Captive, in …

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You can now play Super Smash Bros. on a TI-83 graphing calculator

We truly are living in the future.<p>Nintendo is about to release “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” next Friday, but why wait to see your favorite Nintendo mascots duke it out in stunning high definition when you can play one of the most addictive fighting games of all time on a low-definition graphing …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #21

Human Journey<p><b>“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau</b><p>A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he …

Inside The Pixar Braintrust

In this exclusive excerpt from Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull unveils one of his key management tools–the Pixar Braintrust, which has helped the animation powerhouse score 14 box office hits in a row.<p>A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and …

5 Cognitive Biases That Are Killing Your Investment Returns

Cognitive biases are an anathema to portfolio management as it impairs our ability to remain emotionally disconnected from our money. As history all too clearly shows, investors always do the "opposite" of what they should when it comes to investing their own money. They <i>"buy high"</i> as the emotion of</i> …

Critical Thinking

Meet Jesse Cohn, The 33-Year-Old Hedge Fund Investor Laying Siege To Silicon Valley

In 2006, a 26-year-old senior tech analyst at a hedge fund walked into the office of a stressed out Harry Knowles and told the then 76-year-old CEO of Metrologic Instruments that he needed to sell the bar-code scanning systems maker he founded to a private equity firm. The hedge fund that employed …

You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Between 2005 and 2007, its stock price was cut in half and its market cap shrank by $30 billion.<p>In October 2007, eBay admitted that Skype, a company it had acquired for $2.5 billion two years earlier, was actually worth less than half of that.<p>During the third quarter of 2007, eBay lost money for …

Startups

Bob Hope and Grace Kelly Open the 1955 Oscars

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

Davos billionaires: Oblivious to the coming revolution

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — The world looks different from rarified altitude of a billionaire. Especially if you’re one of the 85 richest …

Saputo’s road to Asia paved in ‘white gold’

After a hotly disputed three-way bidding war, Saputo Inc. is about to get its hands on Australian dairy firm Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Co. But striking a deal in the land of cheap milk comes at a steep price.<p>Depending on how many shares Saputo secures, the company will pay between …

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I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

W.H. praises de Blasio daughter

The White House drug policy director on Tuesday commended Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, for opening up about her struggles with depression and substance abuse and for her decision to seek treatment.<p>“Today, Chiara demonstrated tremendous bravery …

How Janet Yellen Can Save the Economy

The nominee to lead the Federal Reserve is an old-school progressive economist with two guiding passions: reducing unemployment and reining in Wall Street.<p>Every Federal Reserve Board chairman comes into office with a secret agenda, a hidden passion. It's the sort of thing you don't hear about at …

At 77, Robert Redford Goes Back To His Roots

Robert Redford isn't merely the star of the movie <i>All Is Lost</i> — he plays the only character. He plays a man stranded alone on a small yacht in the Indian Ocean, and <i>New York Times</i> film critic A.O. Scott says it's "the performance of a lifetime."<p>We don't know the man's name, why he's there, or …