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Who Will Own The Next Great Instant Messaging Service?

The social media era was about what we make public. Now, it's about what we don't. The race to own the next great back channel.<p>Instant messaging is the center of the internet. Everything else is a temporary distraction.<p>The case for this is strong: Every company that has ruled the internet in the …

The 50 Stocks That Big Hedge Funds Love Most

Dell — which has received its share of press lately thanks to Carl Icahn's ploy to derail a takeover — was the largest addition for the group of 50 funds. That's largely thanks to Icahn's massive purchase of the stock.<p>Apple also saw large inflows last quarter, at $1.4 billion, after three straight …

Investing

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

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Housing recovery leaves Millennials behind

The house needed work — weatherproofing, a new back fence, a basement to transform into a bedroom — but the couple was excited nonetheless. The house would have been their first.<p>Instead, two weeks after putting in a bid, Mila Gates, 27, and her husband Jon, 26, backed out when they realized that …

The best summer parties in NYC

One of the best things to do in summer is attend all the killer summer parties NYC offers. There are a ton of warm-weather bashes during which you …

Texas

19 Awesome Experiences You Can Only Have In New Jersey

As Lauren Barnett, publisher of Lone Star Publications of Humor and the holiday's creator, once told The New York Times, "there are more mean-spirited jokes about New Jersey than any other state, even counting Texas."<p>And let's face it, there are plenty of jokes we can make about New Jersey, no …

How to Order Foreign Foods

Why is it that the best restaurants are always French or Italian and you have to be able to speak those languages to order? Some restaurants, usually in tourist areas of foreign cities, will supply an English menu, or you may find and English translation in smaller type next to the native …

How to Save Your First $100,000

Anybody who has a background in investments and is familiar with how to save money knows the oft-repeated mantra of saving: The first $100,000 is …

Best US Coastal Hikes: Escape The City Hiking 10 Of America's Best Seaside Trails (PHOTOS)

Looking to escape the city this summer? Get away from the urban grind and enjoy some of the stress-relieving benefits of nature with a relaxing weekend trip exploring some of the country's most scenic coastal destinations by foot.<p>Ranging in length and difficulty level from one-mile walks around the …

China’s ghost cities epitomize the problem with printing money Paul Krugman-style

In a recent article in Quartz, Gwynn Guilford made the crucial point that the turbulence in China’s financial system is a debt crisis, not a liquidity crisis. She explains:<p>What it means is that China’s massive stimulus from 2009 to 2011 sunk money into projects that are generating little or no …

International Monetary Fund

How to Dominate at Monopoly Using Basic Math

Take a very good look at the arrows on this this Monopoly board. It shows all the various ways you can end up in jail. That tidbit alone should …

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

Cafe noise boosts productivity

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>A downloadable soundtrack simulates the hum of your local coffee shop, helping you work more effectively at home<p>Liz Fields<p>June 21, 2013 9:32pm (UTC)<p>There's a reason your favorite coffeehouse is packed with patrons wielding laptop computers, and it has nothing to do with free wi-fi. …

Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald dropped a bombshell on Thursday, with a story that showed the …

Report: Tech companies didn’t allow feds “direct access” to their servers, but they agreed to help

Several major internet companies may not have given the federal government “direct access” to their servers to facilitate snooping for personal data, …

Behold the NSA’s Dark Star: the Utah Data Center

It’s the ultimate machine of the Paranoid State. Clive Irving on the Orwellian data center rising in Utah.<p>Remember the Stasi, the secret police who …

What if people told European history like they told Native American history?

The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because …

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