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Ex-Googlers Build an Inbox to Unify All Your Messaging Apps

Five minutes into our interview, Anish Acharya stops to ask me a question: How many apps on my phone are for communicating? I start counting a few of …

How to Do Your PR in the Age of Information Overload

<i>Javier Sanz is a marketer at Quaderno.</i><p>The moment has arrived: Startups and companies are pitching media with guest posts that, instead of providing some real value to the reader, are more of a quick, easy, fast, dirty – and usually not good in terms of conversion – way of promotion.<p>Weeks ago, I …

What Your 'About Us' Page Is Missing

Just about every business website has an “About Us” page or section, but most of these are <b>missing a key ingredient</b> that will help turn <b>visitors into customers</b>.<p>Last week, I spoke at the big web marketing conference <b>Pubcon</b>, and a highlight of the event was hearing persuasion expert <b>Robert Cialdini</b> …

Four Ways to Measure the Impact of Social Media: A Case Study

Shares 5K<p>Do you need to justify social media efforts to company leaders?<p>Do you want to know exactly what impact social media has on your business?<p>In …

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Debt risk, market turmoil threaten financial crisis

Nagging debt risks, heated currency wars and renewed market turmoil are making the global economy a precarious place, six years after the financial crisis.<p>On the sixth anniversary of the S&P 500's biggest one-day drop in history – a 106-point plunge on Sept. 29, 2008, that marked the beginning of …

How Ello aims to capitalize on discontent over privacy in social media

In the social media industry, nothing is more laudable in theory and less successful in practice as the quest to create a more privacy-conscious alternative to Facebook.<p>In recent days – even before the service officially launches to the public – a new social network called Ello saw a massive influx …

Collect Your Employees’ Data Without Invading Their Privacy

Research shows that businesses using data-driven decision-making, predictive analytics, and big data are more competitive and have higher returns than businesses that don’t. Because of this, the most ambitious companies are engaged in an arms race of sorts to obtain more data, from both customers …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

Katy Perry 'Wants a Normal Relationship' with John Mayer

Katy Perry‘s boyfriend might be famous, but she’s not trying to make her relationship with John Mayer into the music industry equivalent of …

Honey Boo Boo and Her Family Keep Up with the Kardashians for Halloween

Who would have thought that this would work so well?<p>Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family dressed up as Kim Kardashian and her clan for …

On gender equality, Canada is no Iceland

Want to see what a gender-equal society looks like? Head to Iceland.<p>For the fifth straight year, Iceland ranks as the most advanced country in gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum.<p>Its annual global measure, which tracks economic and political participation along with health …

Katy Perry On Russell Brand Divorce: 'I Was In Bed For About Two Weeks'

Katy Perry is one tough cookie -- so much that it's hard to imagine the "Roar" star being down and out.<p>The singer recently spoke with the UK's Sunday Times about her divorce from Russell Brand, and she admits the ordeal was extremely painful: "I was in bed for about two weeks. I was pretty f--ked, …

The Art Of Accidental Networking

Russell Henry, 35, dreamed of a career in IT, but he didn’t have a college degree or the appropriate job experience. By day he worked as a manager at a local theater, and, in his free time, he spent hours tinkering with computers as a hobby.<p>“I enjoyed the technical and problem-solving aspects of …

Don’t Start a Job Search Without Answering This One Question

I love when people quit their jobs. Ok, that’s probably a bit strong. Let me clarify. I love when people leave a job because they’ve made an impact …

Job interviews – when is it OK to ask about money?

I don't know at what stage in the process I can talk about pay without making it look like that's all I'm interested in<p>Twice a week we publish the problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Guardian Money supplement so that readers can offer their own advice and …

Obamacare: The big job creator?

For the last three-and-a-half years opponents of Obamacare have blamed everything from the weak economy to Hurricane Sandy on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The media have been full of stories about how Obamacare caused businesses to lay-off workers or cut back hours even if many of these companies …

Canadian torrent site isoHunt shut down, must pay $110-million

A Vancouver resident has agreed to shut down his popular downloading website and pay a $110-million fine after settling a long legal fight with the Motion Picture Association of America.<p>Gary Fung ran isohunt.com, a search engine for BitTorrent files, which helped users find virtually every type of …

Google stock breaks $1,000 barrier

Strong third-quarter results have sent Google's stock past the $1,000 US mark for the first time.<p>Shortly after the markets opened Friday, Google Inc. …

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Hands-on with Next Issue Canada: Can the Netflix for magazines convince people to pay?

Magazines are expendable. They sit, unkempt and torn, on coffee tables and doctors’ kiosks. They are the last thing you buy before a flight and the …

job interview lessons learned from the dating scene

Be on your best behavior when meeting the parents and the VP of the department!<p><b>Job interview lessons from the dating scene</b><p>Last week I posted up on …

10 Tips to Improve Verbal Communication in Your Job Search

Every situation you are in during a job search requires verbal communication so here are some pointers to improve your ability to communicate with …

Powerful Habits To Build Your Career Every Day

Aristotle might as well have been doling out career advice when he said that “we are what we repeatedly do.” This aphorism has taken on contemporary resonance in books like Charles Duhigg’s <i>The Power of Habit</i>. The hope is that if we sculpt our daily to-dos, we sculpt our workdays, and we can sculpt …

How to Get a Job with Your Dream Employer | Official LinkedIn Blog

<i>Editor’s Note: Last week, we announced LinkedIn’s 100 Most InDemand Employers, a set of rankings based on our massive professional dataset. We are</i> …

The 1 Thing You Must Do In Every Job Interview

I recently interviewed an excellent candidate for a position at our growing startup, Likeable Local. The woman had an incredible resume, an …

How To Turn A Job You Hate Into A Job You Love

<i>This is a guest post by Nisa Chitakasem, co-author of the book,</i> <i>How to Get the Job You Want. She blogs at</i> <i>Career Blog</i>. Her other articles for FORBES include, “How To Work A Room Like You Own The Place.”<p>Even people who are relatively happy at work go through periods when they hate their jobs—for days, …

How To Turn The Job You Have Into The Job You Want

You don’t have your dream job, but the position exists at your company. What do you do? Learn the basics of job crafting and get on the path to doing what you love. It’s not as hard as you think.<p>My first gig after college was a year-long internship on the op-ed page of <i>USA Today</i>. My official job …

Windows 8.1 available today as a free upgrade, Facebook app released to Store

In case you haven’t seen the rush of Windows 8.1 reviews hitting the web, we thought we’d let you know Microsoft’s free and significant follow-up to …