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Pushup Circuit for Strong Shoulders

The circuit works like this: Do each exercise—the pushup, the side pushup to your right, and the side pushup to your left—for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next one. Rest 15 seconds between each exercise. That's one round. Rest one minute, and repeat.<p>"You'll not only ignite muscle growth and …

Oculus was the future of gaming. Now it’s the future of Facebook.

Facebook is buying VR headset company Oculus for $2 billion. The paycheck gets the founders a massive payday, but leaves a bitter taste for its …

Where's Google going next?

Onstage at TED2014, Google CEO Larry Page talks about his far-off vision for the company. It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons ... and …

Where's My Refund? General Electric Sues For $658 Million Tax Refund

General Electric Co., famous for its aggressive tax minimization efforts, filed suit Friday seeking a $658 million federal tax refund. That sum represents the $439 million in taxes and $219 million in interest GE coughed up in 2010 after Internal Revenue Service auditors disallowed a $2.2 billion …

Tax Geek Tuesday: Why You Should Never Hold Real Estate In A Corporation

Sometimes in life, when faced with a given situation, we say things simply as a matter of reflex. For example:<p>“What an adorable baby!”<p>“You have a lovely home here.”<p>“You’re a great gal, I’ll call you sometime. Now can you help me find my pants?”<p>Things are no different in the tax world. As advisors, …

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

"El Vicentillo" being presented to the media in Mexico City on March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle …

42 awesome women you need in your life on Twitter (plus 2 men)

Looking to enrich your Twitter community? Marta Cooper is here to help, as she gathers up some of the amazing women, and a couple of men, you need to follow in the Twitterverse<p>One of the joys of the blue bird known as Twitter is that you can build up your own network based on the things you care …

Social Media

2014 is the year of the internet of things—no, seriously, we mean it this time

<i>The first in a series.</i><p>It’s fair to say that more people have heard of the “internet of things” than have experienced it. There is breathless press coverage of the phenomenon—always patiently re-explained by tech pundits as the trend by which all of our most mundane possessions will become …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Samsung owes Apple $290M more in damages, jury says

Jury rules that Samsung must pay additional damages for patent infringement. The amount is slightly less than what Apple had requested and brings the total award to about $930 million.<p>SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $290,456,793 in additional damages for …

San Francisco Bay Area

How Women Change Men

As daughters, sisters, wives, and coworkers<p>Soon after Jay Z welcomed his first child, Blue Ivy Carter, last year, a poem the rapper had reportedly dedicated to his new baby girl zipped around the Internet. “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich / I didn’t think hard about using the …

Larry Summers on His Decision-Making Process for the Auto Bailout

In 1968, Harvard Business School professor Howard Raiffa published a book called <i>Decision Analysis: Introductory Lectures on Choices Under Uncertainty</i>. It was an attempt to translate Bayesian statistical thinking into terms understandable to laypeople, and it introduced the use of decision trees and …

Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond Sentenced To Max Penalty Of 10 Years In Prison

One of the most active hackers in the collective known as Anonymous and the source of WikiLeaks’ largest ever leak of secret documents was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison–the most severe penalty so far of any of the activist hackers who rampaged across the Internet in the chaotic summer of …

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

Everybody Wants Their Pound of Flesh (Negotiating with Buyers)

I recently wrote a post about negotiating with suppliers called “The End of the Mexican Road.”<p>The post talked about how to find the lowest acceptable …

5 Best Business Travel Apps Of 2013

Let’s face it: The app market is glutted with choices that often don’t live up to their hype. We’re all well-versed in the nuances of Gate and Seat Guru, WiFi Finder, and TripIt, but is there anything new under the cyber-sun that is actually useful? While 2013 hasn’t brought any total …

Bitcoin Companies and Entrepreneurs Can't Get Bank Accounts

In the first week of July, Jay Shore got bad news. U.S. Bank and Chase informed him they were closing the accounts for his company, Coinabul, a San Diego-based precious metals buyer that sells silver and gold for Bitcoin. They didn’t want to house his half-million dollars. Chase was mum on the …

10 Best Ramen Shops in Los Angeles

Shin-Sen-Gumi<p>A. Scattergood<p>With so many ramen joints now open around L.A., it's sometimes hard to remember how revelatory the bowls at Shin-Sen-Gumi …

Elliott's Singer On America's "Insidious And Life-Draining" Dependency Culture

Given our previous discussion of the "born-again" jobs scam, the growing use of robots, and shift in technology, and the <b>increasing disincentivization</b> …

7 Habits of Highly Effective Salespeople | Inc.com

A staggering amount has been written on how to be a good salesperson. A lot of it is great, but there's an easy way to cut through the clutter. Here are seven simple activities that, in my experience, consistently separate high-performing salespeople from the rest. Whether you are selling your own …

Customers

IRS Wakes Up to Private Equity Scam

Readers of Naked Capitalism may recall past mention of a common tax practice in the private equity (PE) industry known as a “management fee waiver.” …

Mobile Is The Future Of Payments — Here's Why There's Virtually No Ceiling To The Opportunity

The habit of paying for things on smartphones and tablets is already ingrained in modern consumer society, particularly among young demographics. In the same way digital payments companies like PayPal helped usher in the PC-based e-commerce explosion, mobile-focused companies are exploring how to …

FinTech

Why Oreos Are As Addictive As Cocaine To Your Brain

A small new study suggeststhe brain responds to Oreo cookies quite like it responds to actual drugs – at least if you’re a rat. The “pleasure center” of the brain, the nucleus accumbens, apparently gets just as activated in response to Oreos as it does to cocaine and morphine, which could actually …

The 10 Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2013

The experts agree: anyone can take a course in C++, but it’s not going to land you the job. The most in-demand jobs for the new year might be rooted in the booming computer industry, but it’s not only technical and programming chops that prospective hires should be showcasing.<p>“The most sought-after …

The Third Man

Novak Djokovic has emerged from the shadow of Federer and Nadal, but can he learn to act like a champion?<p>He is an athlete, a professional tennis player. He is six feet two inches tall. He weighs a hundred and seventy-six pounds. His legs, gummy and striated, bring to mind a pair of Twizzlers. He is …