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The unbelievable story of why Marlon Brando rejected his 1973 Oscar for 'The Godfather'

On March 5, 1973, Marlon Brando declined the best actor Academy Award for his gut-wrenching performance as Vito Corleone in "The Godfather." He did so for an unexpected reason.<p>In the 1960s, Brando's career had slid into decline. His previous two movies — the famously over-budget "One-Eyed Jacks" …

You need to go back to school to relearn English

With non-native English speakers outnumbering native speakers, it’s up to Anglophones to learn how to speak their language within a global community.<p>Until seven years ago, Chicago-born Ben Barron had worked only with fellow Americans. But when he took a job with Zurich Insurance Company, an …

A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Important Than Ever

In our fractious world, discussions can all too often degenerate into arguments and shouting matches. The recent presidential election provides the most extreme case in point. The <i>Chronicle of Higher Education</i> has reported, for example, incidents of on-campus behavior causing fear and anxiety among …

Humanities

The real cost of robotics

Dmitry Slepov Contributor<p>Dmitry Slepov is the managing director and a co-founder of Tibbo Technology.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Micromanufacturing the future<p>Before we begin, I feel compelled to make an important disclosure: I love robots! Robots are cool. To me, robots are cooler than people, …

Why College Isn't Worth The Money

I spent six figures on my college education, opting for a distinguished private school with a premium price tag instead of the cheaper state option. I cared about the prestige behind the name just as much as the quality of the education. And it wasn’t worth it. At all.<p>As a millennial, I belong to …

College & University

The 22 most important people in Silicon Valley's enterprise tech scene

With so much attention paid to consumer apps like Uber and Snapchat, it's easy to forget that there's another multi-trillion dollar market in enterprise technology — companies that sell technology to other companies.<p>Companies like Oracle, Salesforce, and Box are worth billions of dollars.<p>Pulled …

忘记中国吧:东南亚是电商的下一个金矿

<i>文章作者 Sheji Ho 是 aCommerce 的集团 CMO;费莉希雅·摩萨里安(Felicia Moursalien)是 aCommerce 的区域通讯经理和首席研究员。</i><p>在东南亚有一些电子商务方面的从业者,对于他们所面临的机遇与现实,可以说采取了一叶障目的态度。每一个人观看亚洲经济时都是在中国的阴影之下,那个国家的经济发展速度飞快,快到“那画面太美我不敢看”。<p>中国是今天全球最发达的电子商务市场之一,通过微信的移动商务,支付宝的统治地位,和人们根深蒂固的网上购物行为都可以体现。我们甚至可以说,中国电商市场比西方的要更加发达。<p>然而我们认为,如果还有商人想要向中国扩张的话,那就是在浪费时间和 …

苹果流媒体音乐服务 AppleMusic 优势与劣势盘点

Spotify 杀手,还是 Ping 2.0 版?苹果今天推出了 AppleMusic,正式进军按需订阅音乐流媒体市场。现在的问题是,Apple Music 是否会受到公众的普遍欢迎,将大批新用户吸引到流媒体行业,同时帮助苹果与竞争对手争夺用户。或者,Apple Music 是否会成为另一个被我们束之高阁的苹果应用?<p>以下即是我们对 AppleMusic 及其竞争对手的全面比较,以及 Apple Music 的优势和劣势盘点。<p>优势:按需订阅流媒体—— 音乐下载的销售额正在快速下滑 ,流媒体则处于快速上升期。苹果迫切想从 iTunes 销售模式向流媒体订阅模式转变,否则的话,它只能眼睁睁看着用户和 …

Outlier Dictionary:焦头烂额的中文学习者的救星

Xiaomi On Its 5th Birthday

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Hans Tung is a Managing Partner at</i> <i></i><i>GGV Capital</i> <i></i><i>and an early investor in</i> <i></i><i>Xiaomi</i> <i></i><i>Technology.</i><p>GGV Capital recently celebrated the 15th birthday of its long-time friend and former portfolio company, Alibaba, which went public in 2014. In April, we again celebrated the birthday of another dear …

Can Singapore Thrive After Lee Kuan Yew?

Lee is rightly celebrated for transforming a poor, southeast Asian metropolis into one of the wealthiest, most productive places on the planet. But …

Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Bill Maris is president and managing partner at Google Ventures .</i><p>I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can …

Can education change Japan's 'depressed' generation?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1154000/1154651_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524663435_00e911bc305eeca8ff144f66f5f9e325<p><b>Every lesson at Japanese schools starts with a simultaneous bow. "Let's try that again because your posture wasn't good," says a teacher to a room</b> …

The U.S. Is Lagging Behind Other Countries When It Comes To Embracing China's Currency

China’s currency, the renminbi, is continuing its very gradual march toward internationalization. But although China is America’s second largest trading partner after Canada, the U.S. doesn’t seem to be getting on board with RMB internationalization as fast as other nations, as a new survey by HSBC …

Death of Lee Kuan Yew: Live Report

Lee's son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said in a statement that he was "deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore".<p>"Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3.18 am," the statement said. He was 91.

Here are all the brands that appear in 'House of Cards' season 3

Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) can usually be spotted on her Apple iPhone. Remy Denton (Mahershala Ali) is usually around a Buick. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is always wearing his IWC watch.<p>In total, 105 real-world brands appear in season three of "House of Cards."<p>That may sound like a lot, …

Lee Kuan Yew's Giant Legacy

The founding father and first prime minister of Singapore died Sunday. He was a dominant figure beyond his country's borders.<p>Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore and a giant of postwar Asian history, was fond of saying that his country never should have existed. "To begin with, we …

Asia

Lee Kuan Yew inspired hopeful autocrats near and far

One of Lee Kuan Yew’s accomplishments is Singapore, the shining city-state he built into a global economic powerhouse from scratch. But his other main legacy is the example he made to strongmen near and far, autocrats to whom he was an example that you could rule sternly but still create a vibrant …

Singapore's Founding Prime Minister Dies At Age 91

Lee Kuan Yew led the country for 31 years as it became an economic powerhouse. The city state began seven days of mourning on Monday.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>He is credited with leading the island nation's growth following its independence from Malaysia in 1965. During his tenure, Singapore …

Singapore patriarch Lee Kuan Yew dies

Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore and one of the most influential global leaders of the 20th century, has died aged 91, half a …

Five Questions Only Lousy Recruiters Ask

When you work with a recruiter, sometimes called a search partner or a headhunter, it should be a match made in heaven. You should feel great about the relationship, and your recruiter friend should feel the same way. I know people who have been placed in job after job over twenty years by the same …

A Place For Young Public Speakers To Get Training

I get inquiries occasionally from young people – high school students – looking to improve their speaking skills who can’t necessarily afford our fees. I haven’t had anywhere to send them until now, beyond recommending Toastmasters; I’m very pleased to have recently met Graeme Blackman and to be …

How America's Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship

The current model of education in the United States is stifling the creative soul of our children. While this is troubling for a variety of reasons, it also has significant economic consequences for the future of our country. America has long been unique because of its remarkable ingenuity, …

Education

观点:“人”将成为二十一世纪的创新平台

<b>编者按:</b> <i>杰弗里·吴(GeoffreyWoo)和迈克尔·勃兰特(Michael Brandt)是从事益智药销售的电子商务公司 Nootrobox 的联合创始人。</i><p>生物黑客(Biohacking)和超人类主义(transhumanist)进步(包括益智药、寿命延长、机械移植、对行为和遗传的自我理解加深等),将在未来十年极大地提高我们的生活质量和生产力,但我们也需要认真思考这种转变对社会和道德造成的潜在后果。谷歌趋势(Google Trends)的数据表明,用户搜索“益智药”和生物黑客相关领域的关键词次数显著上升,所以我们现在应该对人类的未来方向做一番探讨。<p>数字产品和相关企业不仅正在改变我们的生活方式 …

Will An Apple Web TV Service Be The Tipping Point For Cord Cutting?

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Apple is getting close to a web-only TV package that will offer roughly 25 channels and cost somewhere between $30 and $40 per month. This isn’t the first time Apple had talked about offering some kind of TV service but with the momentum shifting to online …

Cord-Cutting

The Steve Jobs You Didn’t Know: Kind, Patient, And Human

The untold story of Tim Cook’s friendship with Steve Jobs—and why Jobs wouldn’t let Cook try to save his life.<p>According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, he first learned about Steve’s need for a liver transplant in January 2009. By that time Steve wasn’t coming into the office at all, and Cook would visit …

US streaming revenues overtake CD sales

Streaming music services such as Spotify have eclipsed CD sales and are closing in on digital downloads as the largest source of revenue in the music …

Here's HTC's plan to make you pick its new Android phone over the iPhone

If you accidentally damage your phone, the company now promises to give you a new one for free with a cutesy program it calls the Uh-Oh Protection Plan.<p>Here's how it works:<p>If you buy HTC's new One M9 phone this spring, you'll be automatically enrolled in the protection plan.<p>HTC will cover any …