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Bill Gates: Good Feedback Is the Key to Improvement

The world's richest man says everyone needs feedback beyond one-word descriptors.<p>Bill Gates, who recently reclaimed the title of the richest man in the world, took to the stage earlier this month for a TED talk on one of his pet causes: improving the quality of education. Specifically, the …

Donald Trump Says Kickstarter Is Missing One Key Ingredient: Donald Trump

Last Wednesday, Donald Trump launched FundAnything, a crowd-funding company that many have called a rip-off of popular tech sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But The Donald explained to FORBES that those sites lack one thing: himself.<p>FundAnything offers no new features or lower fees, and its website …

Living On Bitcoin For A Week: The Expense Report

A few readers asked if I would provide the (very convoluted) ledger from my week of living on Bitcoin. Here is the accounting, including how I spent my Bitcoin and the value of that Bitcoin in U.S. dollars at the time I spent it. You’ll see the week was not just an exercise in living on Bitcoin but …

Here’s why McDonald’s needs to slim down its menu

Over the past two months, McDonald’s has axed beloved items from its menu like the Angus Third Pounder and its fruit and walnut salads. And there may be more to come, according to a Bloomberg report, that says some McDonald’s franchisees got an email in October that identified other items for …

McDonald's

Search

FORTUNE — There’s a new number three.<p>Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone operating system has overtaken BlackBerry (BBRY) for the first time, according to researcher IDC. The firm released its quarterly report on the smartphone market, showing that during the first quarter of 2013, Windows devices …

Google's Plan To Take Over The World

Not because it lasted a grueling three hours and fifty minutes, but because of what was announced. With every new product update, every new feature, every new virtual service, it became more and more clear that Google isn't just a search company that makes loads of cash by showing you ads. It's …

Google Glass

Big International Social Networks Are Closing In On Facebook

It lost users.<p>While the network did pass the 1 billion monthly active user threshold globally in 2012, Facebook also lost 1.4 million U.S. monthly active users late last year, a small but symbolic decline. Nor was it the only network experiencing a slowdown.<p>After years of double-digit expansion, …

Social Media

Who Should Be Scared Of Samsung's 1Gb+ Wireless Technology?

Samsung came a long way in a short space of time. Earlier this week they announced Gigabit data transmission at very high frequency – in effect a 5G wireless performance level – a decade ahead of 5G being implemented.<p>It is interesting for a number of reasons, not least who it threatens. I think the …

Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple

Google and Apple are both highly esteemed brands. Both companies share many common traits which have contributed to their success, but there is one very big difference between the two – Google plays offense while Apple has recently settled for playing defense. Apple is struggling to maintain its …

Former Google UK exec alleges company misrepresented sales to avoid paying taxes

Google and other tech companies have come under fire for exploiting a common tax loophole to book revenues through their Irish subsidiaries, but today <i>The Sunday Times</i> is reporting that a former Google UK executive has evidence of further tax avoidance by his one-time employer. Barney Jones worked …

Google: Eric Schmidt defends company's tax affairs

<b>Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has defended the company's tax affairs after it came in for heavy criticism this week.</b><p>Mr Schmidt said Google "has always aspired to do the right thing", but added that "international tax law could almost certainly benefit from reform".<p>Writing in the …

Great Britain

Bitcoin’s creator is Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki, says hypertext inventor

Kyoto University<p>Ted Nelson, the American academic who in 1963 coined the term hypertext, and is therefore viewed as one of the World Wide Web’s founding fathers, just released a 12-minute video with a big reveal at the end: The inventor of bitcoin, says Nelson, is probably Japanese mathematician …

Bitcoin

BARRON'S: There Were Two Gigantic, Suspicious Sales Of Gold On Friday That Caused The Price To Plunge

This gold weakness is causing a lot of consternation to fans of it who don't understand how the precious metal can keep falling, when central banks around the world continue to press down on the gas pedal.<p>A lot of gold bugs think the price is being manipulated somehow, or that there's some …

Robots will take our jobs, but it’s hard to say when

Economists and management experts have begun to model what might happen when robots are smart enough to do our jobs for us. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argue in their book <i>Race Against the Machine</i> that yes, robots are taking some jobs now, and will take more jobs soon. Nobel laureate Paul …

Artificial Intelligence

Tumblr deal is Marissa Mayer’s first real attempt to make Yahoo hip again

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has made her first major move to try to make Yahoo cool again. The Wall Street Journal reports that (paywall) Yahoo’s board today approved a $1.1 billion deal to acquire blogging site Tumblr. The deal, first reported by AllThingsD, is meant to attract younger users who see …

Advertising

Will Obamacare Reduce the Crazy Variation in Hospital Prices?

If you have been paying attention to US healthcare policy debates lately, you know that hospitals have a price problem. Walk across the street from one hospital to a competitor hospital, and you could easily find yourself facing a $30,000 increase in your medical bills. At one extreme for instance …

Here's How Apple Is Spending Its $145 Billion Pile Of Cash

This is why the Cupertino-based company chose to fund its recently expanded capital return plan with a $17 billion bond offering. This also allowed Apple to increase its quarterly dividend by 15 percent in the second quarter. Apple now pays approximately $11 billion in total annual dividends, …

Employee Engagement: Every Leader's Imperative

I had to call my technical support contact last month about a simple billing question. When I finally got a live person, after enduring five minutes of Yanni’s greatest hits, her boredom just radiated through the phone. I guess I caught her mid-yawn. When I told her about my issue she asked me to …

Apple to face tax grilling

Tim Cook's appearance before a crucial senate subcommittee is likely to be dominated by questions over Apple's tax affairs.<p>The Apple chief executive is likely to be asked to justify why his company reports a 25.2 per cent tax rate, yet pays 15 per cent to the US authorities and then sets aside …

Intel chief's striking confession

<b>CEO</b> <b>valedictions</b> <b>follow a well-known script:</b> My work is done here, great team, all mistakes are mine, all good deeds are theirs, I leave the company in …

Ryanair profits at record high

Ryanair has reported a 13pc rise in full-year profits, despite rising fuel costs, but warned that it expected a slowdown in the coming year due to demand weakness in Europe.<p>The low cost carrier unveiled record annual results with revenues and post-tax profits up 13pc each, "despite higher oil …

Yahoo in rumoured $1.1bn bid to buy white-hot Tumblr

Marissa Mayer, the former Google executive who is now in charge of Yahoo, is poised to create yet another nothing-to-riches tale in the web industry …

Levi's 501 jeans enjoy fashion revival on 140th anniversary

From Nick Kamen stripping off in a laundrette to Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits, the Levi's 501 jean has had its fair share of charismatic wearers in …

Japan upgrades growth outlook as 'Abenomics' revitalises economy

The Japanese government upgraded its assessment of the economy on Monday, in a further sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive polices are beginning to reignite growth.<p>The upgrade was the first in two months, and an improvement from April when it said the economy was showing signs of …

Economy

Same-sex marriage could take decades to be legal in every state

The gay marriage movement is racing forward faster than ever, and with a new burst of life. This week, Minnesota became the third state to pass …