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How Snow White is Turning Airbnb into a Service Design Company and Other Highlights from the Service Experience Conference 2013

<i>Earlier this month, Adaptive Path held the Service Experience conference in San Francisco, CA. The conference invited designers and business leaders</i> …

The highly unusual company behind Sriracha, the world’s coolest hot sauce

If David Tran were a more conventional CEO, he would be a fixture at conferences, a darling of magazine profiles, and a subject of case studies in the Harvard Business Review. Sriracha hot sauce, made by Huy Fong Foods, which Tran founded 33 years ago in Los Angeles, is one of the coolest brands in …

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With Buyback, 16-Year-Old Startup WhitePages Is Doing Something Very Rare With $80 Million

Either that or it doesn't grow up at all. It goes bust, and provides zero dollars back to investors.<p>WhitePages, founded by a Stanford student all the way back in 1997, is an anomaly in startup world.<p>It's forgoing all those routes. Nearly 20 years old, it's plenty grown up. It's not going bust …

What this year's must-have Xmas gadgets tell us about America

A walk along the exhibits at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular reveals that this holiday season is all about fighting robots, averting disease, and securing cars and guns.<p>Gadgets are the future of you.<p>They're the things that anticipate your needs, appreciate the gaps in your life, and understand …

What To Expect From Apple’s October 22 iPad Event

The 10 best men's shoes for autumn/winter 2013/14 - in pictures

Your complete guide to the high street: the 10 best men's shoes for autumn/winter 2013/14. Step out in style with the latest must-have high tops and trainers, brogues, monk straps and desert boots

Articles about 10 spectacular dream homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

The vacation location of choice of the Obama family, you really can't go wrong choosing to spend some downtime on the Hawaiian...<p>From gabled homes to forest dwellings, here's what to catch up on from the week.<p>First impressions are lasting.<p>It's a dream for many to own a beach home, but an …

This 28-Year-Old Built A $3 Million Business In 10 Months Thanks To Instagram, He Says

"I tried it and I lost 8 pounds in two weeks. I asked him is this legal? If so let's mass produce it," Lal told Business Insider.<p>Lal had a credit card with a $5,000 limit, and Dimarco had a credit card, too, and off they went to bottle the supplement now named Shredz.<p>By the start of 2013, he was …

Fitbit Force review

I’ve come to a sobering conclusion about myself: I’m not a very active person. Despite maintaining a gym membership and only the best intentions, I still prefer to read, watch TV, and play games. This is precisely why I’ve never invested in a fitness-tracking gadget — if I’m not moving that much, …

Biggest star ever found in universe is ripping apart

This new picture from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory shows the remarkable super star cluster Westerlund 1.<p>The largest star ever discovered may give scientists a better sense of how massive, dying stars seed the universe with the ingredients for rocky planets and even …

The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

Must-see video: SpaceX Grasshopper rocket makes a half-mile hop

SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket prototype made another record-setting vertical takeoff and landing this week from the California-based company's test pad near McGregor, Texas. But what's really cool about Oct. 7's half-mile (744-meter) ascent and controlled descent is the amazing view from a …

Silicon Valley Companies Fight For Talent, Pay Extravagant Salaries

By Sarah McBride<p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Among Twitter Inc's highest-paid executives, Christopher Fry's name stands out.<p>The senior vice president of engineering raked in $10.3 million last year, just behind Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo's $11.5 million, according to Twitter's IPO documents. …

Why developers should build on iOS before heading to Android

<i>Paul Gaubil is the chief executive and co-founder of Sensopia, the maker of home improvement app MagicPlan.</i><p>Recently, there has been much debate as to whether developers are better served beginning mobile software production iOS- or Android-first.<p>While this may be different for each developer, and …

Adblock Plus: the tiny plugin threatening the internet's business model

The letter to Twitter, the US company preparing for a $15bn stock market flotation, sounded reasonable enough - if cheeky. "We would like to partner with you to engineer acceptable, non-intrusive advertising," said the blogpost from Adblock Plus.<p>But the sentence’s continuation seemed to carry a …

Top 10 Ghost Towns

With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities.<p><i>Here’s a look at our top ten from around the world:</i><p><b>1. St. Elmo, Colorado</b><p>Once a booming mining town and trading post along railroad …

Like The Evolution Of Apple's iPod And iPhone, Nest Is Building One Product At A Time

Today Nest officially unveiled the follow up to its popular learning thermostat with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector called the “Nest Protect.”<p>Getting a look at it in person, co-founder and VP of engineering Matt Rogers showed me why this smoke alarm is a little more exciting than what …

Takahito Iguchi: the visionary who sees beyond Google Glass

The problem with Google Glasses, says Takahito Iguchi, is that they're not cool. He has a point. There's already a website dedicated to sightings of "Glassholes" – people wearing them looking either ridiculous or smug or, more often, both.<p>And, while Sergey Brin manages a hint of Robert Downey Jnr …

Analyst Believes iWatch Will Feature Home Automation, Be More Than an iPhone Companion

The much-rumored iWatch may be used as a home automation gateway, allowing users to control various functions within their houses, according to a new research note by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White.<p>As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this …

8 Rules Thin Guys Should Know For Getting Dressed

Although you may think that skinny fellas have it made in the wardrobe department, the reality is, they frequently struggle to find clothes that fit and flatter. Though many garments are made with thin men in mind, sometimes pieces accentuate their slim bodies a little too much.<p>The issues thin guys …

20 Things I Learned From Traveling Around the World

<i>Travel for long enough and one day you wake up to realize: This is no longer a vacation, it's your life.</i><p>Over one year ago I quit my job and decided to travel around the world. This was both a dream 10 years in the making and one of the best decisions I've ever made.<p><i>Night train from Belgrade to …

Launch Center Pro reinvented for iOS 7

David Barnard’s Contrast (previously App Cubby) shipped a massive update to the quick shortcut app Launch Center Pro for iPhone today.<p>Launch Center Pro 2 delivers an iOS 7-inspired user interface and a gorgeous new icon as well as several new features including Dropbox backing up and restoring, …

10 of the Most Dangerous Space Walks Ever Done

The blockbuster film Gravity features one heart-stopping emergency in space after another, most of them outside the confines of a spacecraft. Real-life emergencies during extravehicular activity, or EVA, are more rare, but they do happen.<p>The blockbuster film <i>Gravity</i> features one heart-stopping …

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Pentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly

<b>By Bill Dedman</b><p><b>Investigative Reporter, NBC News</b><p>HONOLULU — A unit of the U.S. Department of Defense has been holding so-called "arrival ceremonies" for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains of missing American service men …

As Apple's CEO Hints At 'Game Changers' Like Smart TVs, Watches, Patents Suggest iPen, E-Wallet

While Apple CEO Tim Cook declined to detail exactly what “incredible ideas” the company is working on, his hints this week around smart televisions and wearable computing devices suggest new gadgets in new categories are definitely in Apple’s future.<p>But an interactive TV, which analysts predict …

Former Windows boss Sinofsky happy with Windows 8 sales

At the D11 conference, Steven Sinofsky said it's too early to pick winners and losers as the PC industry evolves with new form factors.<p>To hear former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky tell it, Windows 8 is doing just fine, despite analyst reports that PC sales have declined, in part, because of tepid …

Two College Kids Made The Best Science Fiction Game Of The Year

*So far.<p>It's getting harder and harder to find reasons to play the $60 mediocrities foisted upon consumers by big gaming when titles as polished, as thoughtful, as haunting, and as cheap as Facepalm Games' <i>The Swapper</i> keep surfacing. Released today on Steam, the latest Finnish gem (after April's</i> …

Silicon Valley is now paying even less attention to climate change and that sucks

Advertisement<p>31 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Databasin.org<p>During the hour long interview that Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave this week at the D11 …

Apple Ends OS X 10.8.4 Beta Testing Program, Suggesting Imminent Release

Apple may be planning to release the final version of OS X 10.8.4 in the near future, as it today sent out notices to AppleSeed members announcing the closure of the OS X 10.8.4 software update project.<p>As noted by <i>AppleInsider</i>, participants received a notification stating that weekend infrastructure …

Google Disallows Facial Recognition in Glass Apps

Worried about so-called “Glassholes” automatically identifying the faces of people around them? Google says it doesn’t want that to happen, …