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Stop Letting Email Control Your Work Day

One of the very first lectures I give each year to new MBA students is about time management. By the time they arrive in my classroom, they are two days into the fall term, and I can already see that some of them are barely keeping their heads above water.<p>I see this lecture as both a reality check …

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Apple: Luxury Brand or Mass Marketer?

It’s easy to make a case that Apple is now positioning itself to become more of a provider of luxury-level technology. Between recent high-profile hires from the fashion and watch industries to the rumored 18-karat gold Apple Watch, some observers are fretting about the company’s trend toward …

Finance industry's deregulation drive faces new threat with Equifax

The massive data breach at Equifax is threatening to obstruct the financial industry's latest push to relax government regulations, a campaign that has already been in doubt after a series of scandals affecting millions of Americans.<p>In the House, the author of a bill that would cap damages …

Amazon is the most popular company in America

As the year comes to a close, the most popular company in the U.S. is not Apple or even H.J. Heinz, which was No. 1 on the American Consumer …

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Seven Turning Points To Watch For In 2015

Accountability is a good thing. Here are my predictions for 2014 and how they played out. Last year I called for: 1) continued progress for the U.S. economy, 2) acceleration of healthcare reform, 3) beginning of similar reform in higher ed, 4) big data impacting many sectors, 5) tech/media/fashion …

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Google Paid $50,000 To Hackers Who Found Some Really Bad Holes On Google's Cloud

Just this week, a team of security researchers in Poland got a hefty $50,000 prize from Google for uncovering some holes in Google's App Engine cloud, Google confirmed.<p>The researchers say this is the largest prize Google has ever awarded through its "Vulnerability Reward Program," more commonly …

Police arrest alleged member of group behind Xbox Live and PSN attacks

An alleged member of the group claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks that took Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network down for hours on Christmas Day was arrested this week in the United Kingdom. 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, who is believed to be a member of self-styled hacker collective "Lizard …

5 social trends you can expect to see in 2015

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You’ll never hear successful people say these 15 phrases

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful.<p>Here are some phrases you'll never hear a successful person say:<p><b>1. We can't do that.</b> One thing …

How to Lose $100 Million

The undoing of Tina Brown.<p><b>From the living room of Barry Diller’s</b> Manhattan apartment in the Carlyle Hotel, it is possible, on a clear day, to see the Midtown skyline, where the Condé Nast building rises like a ziggurat from the Gilded Age of magazine journalism. The view was an appropriate one for …

5 Things Successful Leaders Do in a Crisis

Running your own business can be difficult, and sooner or later it's going to test you. Here are the traits you'll need to remain a successful leader during those challenging times.<p>A lot of people believe that the true leadership capacity of a person is tested during times of crisis. Performance …

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Report: Tesla building I-80 supercharger station

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Tesla Motors is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says.<p>Tesla officials previously announced plans to build a station near Truckee, Calif., about …

Golfer Phil Mickelson denies accusations of insider trading

The FBI is investigating Phil Mickelson, one of the world's most famous golfers, for insider trading<p>Phil Mickelson, the winner of last year’s British Open and one of the world’s most successful golfers, has insisted he had done nothing wrong after it emerged he is being investigated by the FBI for …

Here's What You Can Actually Expect from Apple at WWDC

Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, starts on Monday in San Francisco. As usual, the company will open the week-long gathering with a keynote, …

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L.A. sues JPMorgan Chase over foreclosures

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles is suing JPMorgan Chase for mortgage discrimination that the city says led to a wave of foreclosures that blighted neighborhoods, reduced property taxes and increased the need for costly city services.<p>The city attorney's lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court, says the …

​iOS 8 Wish List: What We Want (And What We'll Get)

Over the course of the last year, we've debated, accepted, and ultimately learned to enjoy iOS 7, but that doesn't mean we're not ready for another …

Google Brings Lane Guidance, Uber Integration, New Filters and Offline Mode To Maps for iOS – MacStories

In a major update released today and detailed on the official Maps blog, Google has announced a variety of new features for Google Maps for iOS, available for iPhone and iPad.<p>For users in the United States and "parts of Canada and Japan", Google has added lane guidance, a turn-by-turn navigation …

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Yahoo News Digest Goes International – MacStories

Yahoo's News Digest, an app that provides daily news summaries collected from multiple sources, has been updated today to include an International edition and better support for local time zones when sending daily reminders.<p>I've been keeping an eye on News Digest since our initial review:<p>Contrary …

Why Beats Music Matters – MacStories

How do you treat music less like data and more like art, and make a business out of it? That’s the question Beats Music, a spin-off of Beats Electronics risen from the acquisition of MOG, wants to answer with their new music streaming and recommendation service.<p>I first got wind of Beats Music in …

When the boss is a psychopath

Psychopaths loot corporations.<p>Corporate bullies may make spellbinding film leads for a couple of hours — think Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko or Leonardo Di Caprio’s Wolf of Wall Street—but in real life, they wreak havoc on workers and businesses.<p>Miranda, a journalist for a Dutch news agency for 20 …

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The 7 Biggest Creativity Killers

By 8 minute Read<p>A crime scene investigation is underway to investigate a death. This is not an average death, this is the death of creative thinking. …

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Ain't it grand: Detroit selling homes for just $1,000

The Motor City has a deal for you - classical homes with a starting price of just $1,000.<p>The online auction for abandoned, but sturdy homes is the latest plan by city leaders to fight blight and boost property values as Detroit crawls its way out of bankruptcy.<p>“Every house you see that’s boarded up …

Yahoo, AOL, YouTube Forge Unique Paths To A Video Future

It used to be, video was one thing – video. But as the worlds of Television and Web hurtle toward their now seemingly inevitable convergence – a number of the web’s largest players are staking unique claims in the future of video.<p>This week content creators, distributors, ad sales executives and …

Fix Absolutely Anything, Anywhere With A Keychain Toolkit

For less than $50, I've built a keychain toolkit that's fixed cars, motorcycles and once kept me out of jail. It's even legal on airplanes. Here's …

The Big Question for E-Cigarettes: Replacement for Tobacco, or New Market?

The supposed benefits of e-cigarettes are front and center today, with news that the FDA will propose new rules for regulating the devices. At stake is the future of an industry already generating $2 billion in revenue in the U.S., and expected to grow dramatically, perhaps even outstripping the …

The iPad, The Software, and The Screen – MacStories

Following a lack of growth for the iPad line in Apple’s latest quarterly report, I’ve seen a number of articles suggest the idea that, in spite of Apple’s best efforts to establish a third product category between the smartphone and the laptop, the iPad is done. That people, after an initial fad of …

Amazon’s Smartphone May Come With A Special Data Plan Called ‘Prime Data’

The Amazon Phone is almost certainly on its way, but the details surrounding its features and selling points are still somewhat unclear. Multiple sources have revealed that 3D effects and gesture-based features will be present on the device, but today another detail has leaked out.<p>BGR reports that …

Apple will replace your iPhone 5's faulty power button for free

If you've noticed that your iPhone 5's sleep/wake button isn't working reliably, you're not alone -- and you'll be glad to hear that Apple is doing something about it. The company has started a free program in Canada and the US (worldwide on May 2nd) that will replace buttons on phones made through …

Google Will Be Better Off Minus Google+

Google+ as we know it appears to be finished. Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge, is leaving the company, and TechCrunch says big changes are afoot. The three-year-old social network is being redefined — demoted? — from a product to a platform, and Google will stop trying to infuse it into all …