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How to Give a Killer Presentation

A little more than a year ago, on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, some colleagues and I met a 12-year-old Masai boy named Richard Turere, who told us a fascinating story. His family raises livestock on the edge of a vast national park, and one of the biggest challenges is protecting the animals from …

LA Schools Throw Out Suspensions For 'Willful Defiance'

School suspensions are a big issue in California. Last year, schools handed out 700,000 of them. But the Los Angeles Unified School District took a step to change that this week when it voted to ban suspension of students deemed "willfully defiant."<p>Before the vote, the district maintained a zero …

Is Generation Y a ‘Game Changer’ for Housing?

Many housing observers agree that Generation Y—people from 18 to 34 years of age—largely prefers downtown living, often in rental apartments with easy access to walkable neighborhoods and public transportation.<p>The real question is whether they’ll outgrow those tastes once they earn higher salaries …

Apple sells 50 billionth app

Nobody knows which was the first app to be downloaded from Apple's iPhone App Store on 11 July 2008, but the total number of downloads passed 50bn on …

Boehner on IRS: ‘Who’s going to jail over this scandal?’

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that it’ll take more than firings to clear up the IRS scandal — it’ll take someone ending up serving …

How Kindness Makes Or Breaks Careers

You don’t break in, you’re let in, as the career trajectory of Etsy design lead Cap Watkins illustrates. Now go return the favor.<p>Cap Watkins is now the design lead at Etsy, but before that he was a lonesome Louisiana-bred web designer living in Oakland, working from home and not knowing a soul …

Why online education is mostly a fantasy

If you listen to the advocates of online learning, MOOCs and Internet-based courses will cure all of our education problems. Just hand out some …

This is why Apple wants to launch iRadio

People still buy a lot of music downloads, and most of them use iTunes to do so. That's why Apple is now building its own streaming service.<p>Apple is still dominating the digital download business, with eight out of ten digital music buyers getting their tracks from iTunes in the fourth quarter of …

The Tyranny of the Taxi Medallions

The life of a taxi driver is hard. When cabbies start a shift, they owe about $100 to their company as payment just for the opportunity drive a taxi. …

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4 Tricks For Remembering Anybody’s Name

We’ve all been there–that panicky moment at a conference or meeting where you go to say someone’s name and realize there’s nothing there but a big fat blank. Here’s how to put names to faces and build better relationships.<p>“When you fail to remember someone’s name,” Darlene Price tells <i>Forbes</i>, “it …

23 Most Unfortunate Advertising Placements

The Unexpected Secret To Being A Great Salesperson

I have a confession to make: I love reading articles and books that show the stuff I already believed was true <i>is</i> true. I think it’s why <i>Good to Great</i> is, hands down, my favorite business book: I spent my entire first reading gleefully thinking to myself “Yes! I <i>knew</i> that! <i>SO</i> right!”<p>And that’s why I …

Now That We Have All These Devices, It’s Time For Them To Truly Work Together

Cross-platform is the buzzword of all the big tech companies now. During every Google earnings call, like clockwork, CEO Larry Page dedicates considerable time discussing the company’s focus on making sure users have a seamless experience and equal access to services as they switch between devices. …