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Tomorrow’s Advance Man

Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future.<p>On a bright October morning, Suhail Doshi drove to Silicon Valley in his parents’ Honda Civic, carrying a laptop with a twelve-slide presentation that was surely worth at least fifty million dollars. Doshi, the twenty-six-year-old C.E.O. of a data-analytics …

Venture Capital

Startup workers are tweeting about how much money they actually make

It's #clapbackseason for tech employees<p>Happy International Workers' Day, now tell Twitter what you get paid. A programmer named Lauren Voswinkel first proposed the idea of publicly tweeting your job title, experience level, and salary under the hashtag #talkpay earlier this week. And the topic just …

Surely you can’t be serious: An oral history of Airplane!

Imitation is considered the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to parody, that’s a bit more hit-or-miss. This is particularly evident …

How Did Hamburger Buns Get Their Seeds?

Is there any food as ubiquitous, yet as invisible, as the hamburger bun? There's no glamour there. Billions of dollars worth of them are sold every year, yet hardly anyone gives them a second thought.<p>They ought to. Hamburger buns, humble as they may seem, have a fascinating history.<p>The early …

HBO To Netflix: Bring It On

How HBO’s quest to win the streaming wars became a binge-worthy drama as juicy as Game of Thrones.<p>On a frigid winter Friday in Manhattan’s MediaGulch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler glides through the doors of a power-lunch spot called the Lambs Club. Plepler, the kind of natty dresser who believes that …

The Saudi Princess and the Multi-Million Dollar Shopping Spree

Saudi princess Maha bint Mohammed bin Ahmad al-Sudairi reportedly tried to stiff some of Paris’s most exclusive boutiques for $20 million and skip out on a $7 million dollar hotel bill. James Reginato follows her trail.<p>It’s an old gambit—slipping out of a hotel in the dead of night to dodge the …

The 10 Airlines With the Best Economy Class Seats

With ever-rising airfare rates, along with taxes and baggage fees to contend with, flying economy is the only possible option for the vast majority of travelers. That doesn't necessarily have to mean skimping on comfort and amenities, though -- by doing a bit of research before booking, it's easy …

'I'm Back!': Untold Tales of Michael Jordan's 1st Return to the NBA 20 Years Ago

For all of the reasons Michael Jordan is the most celebrated athlete ever in basketball and branding, here's another one: He himself wrote arguably the most effective press release in the history of sports. And he only needed two words to do it.<p>Sometimes in life, less is more.<p>NBA agent David Falk …

Beyond the Paleo: new trendy diets from science

The paleo diet is coming under increasing scrutiny from the science and health community, resulting in criticisms and questions about its validity. But people will always want trendy diets, and there are plenty of periods in science history to arbitrarily base an eating regime around<p>The paleo diet …

Hospitality

One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

In an excerpt from her new book, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin explains how to schedule habit change into your daily routine.<p>The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit formation. …

Andy Warhol

A Rare Glimpse Inside North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival

While the world is only too aware of what North Korea’s leader thinks about a certain Sony comedy, less is known about his dynasty’s long history with—and love of— the cinema. Assessing the 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival and touring the vast “Cholliwood” studio complex, built in 1947 by …

North Korea

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

In 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 started their one-way journey across our galaxy, travelling a million miles a day. Jonathan Margolis meets the dedicated team keeping the craft moving<p>On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two …

The Evolution Of Steve Jobs

If Apple’s rise depended on the standard Steve Jobs clichés, what are we to make of its dominance now? Time to revisit—and correct—the myth.<p>Wunderkind. Jerk. Innovator. Tyrant. (All of the above.) Even now, almost four years after his death, it’s hard to read a story about Steve Jobs that doesn’t …

Don't #Beliebe the Hype: Inside Justin Bieber's Roast

The bad-boy pop star gets off easy at a hilarious, uncomfortable Comedy Central roast<p>"Sometimes, you just do what you've gotta do to keep the machine …

Comedy

29 Boredom Busters Your Kids Will Actually Love

Because you refuse to hear the b-word.

Inside Ashton Kutcher's celebrity-powered viral media empire, which no one knows exists

It's called A+, and in a little over a year, it's gone from irrelevancy to being one of the top 50 most popular websites in the United States. It has grown off the back of "stories that make a difference and create positive change" — and by leveraging Ashton Kutcher's massive following on social …

Ashton Kutcher

We’re Still Getting ‘Huck Finn’ Wrong

A new book reminds us that Mark Twain would absolutely hate winding up on approved reading lists. Like his most famous creation, Huck Finn, he took a …

Literature

The Department of Homeland Security is a total disaster. It's time to abolish it.

If Congress doesn't act before February 27, the Department of Homeland Security is going to run out of money and go into a partial shutdown. (Eighty-five percent of employees would still be working, but they wouldn't be getting paid.) Congress doesn't appear to have a plan for action; as of last …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

An Exclusive Look at Sony’s Hacking Saga

The devastating moment that Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton learned Sony had been taken hostage by vicious cyber-criminals targeting The Interview, was just the beginning of the drama. Mark Seal speaks with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for an inside account of Hollywood caught in the crosshairs.<p>At …

6 gadgets for lazy tech-obsessed parents

1. SleepIQ Kids Bed<p>Parents have made Select Comfort’s “Sleep Number” bed a big seller over the past 35 years. Now the company wants to hook their …

Living Drones

Throughout human history, the honeybee has emerged as a machine of agriculture and of war.<p>Winter has descended upon the beehives. The drones have been killed. It's time for the workers and the queen to gather up, hunker down, and rely on body heat to weather the cold. The old will die, the young …

Ecology

Bush blasts off

The Republican’s 2016 moves put pressure on rivals, energize vaunted family network.<p>In the spring of 1978, as he traveled the country contemplating the presidential campaign he’d long itched to run, a retired Republican politician named George H.W. Bush dashed off a quick letter to his second son, …

Government

The murder that obsessed Italy

On 26 November 2010, Yara Gambirasio, 13, went missing. Three months later her body was discovered in scrubland nearby. So began one of the most complex murder investigations in Italian history, which will reach its climax later this year<p>Yara Gambirasio should only have been gone a short while. On …

Where Do Sesame Seeds Come From, Anyway?

"What the f*ck is a sesame? It's a street...it's a way to open sh*t!" Mitch Hedberg famously said. Hedberg was on to something. We see sesame seeds everywhere: On hamburger buns and bagels, in za'atar, if you're up on your Middle Eastern condiments, and on the sesame chicken you order from your …

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015

Self-improvement

Carry That Weight

A glimpse into the life of the seventh-strongest man on the circuit<p>The strongman and his girlfriend flew out from Seattle on Tuesday and spent a few …