Eric Lipsky

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Protect Your Brand From Cybersquatting

Right now, we are witnessing what an executive at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) called “the biggest change to the Internet since its inception.” As ICANN begins launching new generic top-level domain (TLD) extensions, we’ll no longer be limited to addresses ending …

Social Influence Measurement Site Klout Is About To Be Sold For At Least $100 Million

Lithium Technologies makes tools that brands can use to provide customer service on social networks.<p>The acquisition makes sense. It would be very helpful to brands to know how influential people tweeting about their products and services are. Klout gives social media users a score on a 100-point …

Lots Of Major Bitcoin Exchanges Are Under A 'Concerted And Massive Attack' Right Now

This is a type of attack on one's digital real estate in which nefarious hackers bombard servers with junk requests over and over until they become useless. It's akin to filling a glass of water until it overflows.<p>In Antonopolous' words: "As [Bitcoin] transactions are being created, …

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13 Ways to Become More Transparent

As a small-business owner, you can gain an edge over larger competitors by embracing transparency.<p><i>"As a small-business person, you have no greater leverage than the truth." --John Whittier</i><p>It's sad perhaps but true: Because large corporations have a difficult time being transparent to their …

How to Lure Top-Notch Talent in a Competitive Market

The founder of one San Francisco startup plans to double his work force this year--and he's not worried a bit about competing with Google and Facebook for talent. Here's why.<p>Anthony Smith, founder and CEO of Insightly, a customer relationship management software startup based in San Francisco, …

When a 'Benefit' Ceases Being a Benefit

As small employers report expanding health-care costs, the question of whether to offer coverage at all must be addressed.<p>It's not surprising that small-business owners rank cost as the biggest factor in whether they offer health insurance. But what is surprising is that small employers offer …

Six Trends That Will Shape Consumer Behavior This Year

<i>This article is by Hazel Barkworth, Cultural Insights Project Director, Added Value.</i><p>2014 looks set to be a year of demanding more. When we look at the small cultural shifts that beckon change–the emerging behaviours that are just reaching the mainstream–it seems that consumers are going to expect …

How Fitbit Survived As A Hardware Startup

From a spate of wearables startups to Google's recent $3 billion acquisition of thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest, Silicon Valley has rediscovered the virtues of actually making stuff.<p>But it’s still not easy, least of all for consumer products. Fitbit, the pioneering maker of health and fitness …

Zuckerberg's Embrace Of Anonymity Marks Shift In Attitudes Toward Privacy

In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that he thought it was “somewhat of a burden” if you are “always under the pressure of a real identity.”<p>If anyone else had said something so obvious it would be completely unremarkable. But coming from …

Guilt Detection Tests Can Be Beaten

Good news for the guilty, bad news for law enforcement.<p>The science of guilt is far from perfect. A new study says tests designed to prove guilt--tests that some law enforcement agencies use regularly--can be fooled. All it takes is a little will power.<p>Guilt tests rely on the same basic premise: …

New Motorola Vitamin Pills Could Be Edible Stomach-Acid-Powered Passwords

I hope they make them in the shape of The Flintstones!<p>Taking a daily vitamin could do more than give you an extra kick of vitamin D or C in the morning. Soon, it could also boost your online security, becoming an authentication token you could never lose.<p>At the D11 conference in California today, …

What Science Says About Arousal During Rape

Yes, orgasms can happen to rape victims.<p>Rape. Most of us don't like to talk about it. We don't like to think about it. But when we do think about it, or at least when I do, it is always violent. I am struggling and overpowered. I am screaming. And I am certainly not getting off.<p>Although in the …

How To Turn A Barf Bag Into A Phone Mount

Become the envy of fellow passengers on TV-free airplanes<p>On the streets of Manila, Flynn Jason Siy entertains himself with urban gymnastics. On airplanes, he avenges boredom with barf bags. During a budget flight to the resort island of Boracay—on a plane lacking TVs—Siy made a cradle for his …

This Concept Electric Motorcycle Recharges In 10 Minutes

The futuristic motorbike features six honeycomb-like, quick-swapping battery modules.<p>From designers Olegs Zabelins and Pavels Sevcenko, this concept for a streetfighter-style electric motorcycle is based around six easy-to-replace batteries. Rather than waiting for the vehicle to charge between …

Google Wants To Turn Happy Users Into A Captive Audience

Google's plan to become your entire web experience does, improbably, involve bananas.<p>Today Google unveiled a new element of Google Search: you can ask it questions about nutrition, like "how many calories are in an avocado," and the answer will pop right up. No need to click on a link from the …

The Amazing Potential Of Wave Energy, In Numbers

Some major wave energy installations are planned for the U.K. and the U.S.<p>Plans for the world's biggest wave farm got the go-ahead from the Scottish government, the BBC reported last week. Exactly how big is the farm? It will create more than twice as much energy as nearby homes will be able to use.<p>…

Want MLB Players To Suck Less And Stay In The League Longer? Give Them Naps

Or some kind of downtime, at least. Two studies find negative effects for MLB players when they get worn out.<p>The slog of the baseball season isn't easy on a player, unless he's some kind of robot. Turns out the longer teams play through the MLB's 162 games, the worse they do.<p>A new study tracked …

Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?

Does the supposedly clean, green Tesla Model S really pollute more than a gas-guzzling Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle?<p>That's what one analyst has claimed.<p>In an exhaustive 6,500-word article on the financial website Seeking Alpha, analyst Nathan Weiss lays out a case that the Model S …

How People Die On Mount Everest [Infographic]

Avalanches, exposure, heart attacks, and the other tragic ways Everest has claimed climbers' lives.<p>Last week, 80-year-old Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest. Amazing, but other people weren't so lucky. As of 2012, an estimated 235 people have died on the mountain.<p>This …

UN Expert Worries About Killer Robots, Ignores The Ones That Already Exist

Autonomous war robots are coming. Panicking about them will only make things worse.<p>Yesterday, a United Nations expert called for a halt and moratorium on developing "lethal autonomous robotics," or, in layman's terms, "killer robots."<p>His argument: once killer robots take part in war, there will be …

The Week In Numbers: The Fastest Human, Nerf's Longest-Range Gun, And More

<b>5 hours and 39 minutes</b>: the time, from launch to docking, it took this week's Soyuz crew to get from Earth to the International Space Station. A new world record!<p><b>9.48 seconds</b>: the limit to how fast a natural human could possibly run the 100-meter race, according to a Stanford biologist. That's 0.10 …

Someday you may ditch your two-factor authenticator for an electronic tattoo

Dongles aren't cool. Know what's cool? Tattoos and password pill addictions.<p>Electronic “tattoos” and pills that turn your body into an authenticator …

Haswell is here: we detail Intel’s first 4th-generation Core CPUs

Quad-core chips for laptops and desktops are first with dual-cores to follow.<p>Intel has been releasing information about Haswell, its next-generation …

App developers denounce Oracle’s “shameful” appeal case against Google

Devs say APIs can't and shouldn't be copyrighted.<p>Oracle lost a patent and copyright case against Google last year when a Northern California District …

Apple, betrayed by its own law firm

Lawyer-turned-"troll" started planning patent suit six days after iPhone launch.<p>When a company called FlatWorld Interactives LLC filed suit against …