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Why Unilever Stopped Issuing Quarterly Reports

Contrary to popular belief, providing more information to "stakeholders" can be a very bad idea.<p>A persistent myth of the information age is that more information drives better decisions. I call it a myth because there are many situations, in life and in business, where it's best that …

Management

50 million-dollar business ideas you can launch for cheap (or even free)

It’s no longer taboo for people to ditch the daily 9-to-5 grind and start their own business. In fact, it’s beyond easy starting a business for …

Small Business

U.K. Parliament Will Debate Banning Donald Trump From the Country

The United Kingdom Parliament will debate banning GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump from the country later this month.<p>Ministers will consider …

There Is Only One Way to Defeat ISIS

We must hold accountable our Middle Eastern "allies"—the states and bankers and political elites—who persist in funding mass murder.<p>There was a strange stillness in the news on Saturday morning, a Saturday morning that came earlier in Paris than it did in Des Moines, a city in Iowa, one of the …

Windows 10 The End? Microsoft Talks Giving Up Windows

I like Microsoft under Satya Nadella. It is a company which both plays to its traditional strengths yet is also prepared to rip up the copy book to modernise. Yes his reign is still in its infancy but it has been a superb 16 months, and the biggest changes are clearly still to come… as one key …

Flying the dream: Martin Aircraft puts jetpack joyrides within reach

What we're effectively creating is three-dimensional travel.

Flying

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. The Daily Telegraph's top political commentator has quit.</b> In a blistering attack on his former employer written on the Open Democracy website, Peter Oborne accused the paper of refusing to publish negative stories about HSBC because it is a key advertiser.<p><b>2. There's an unlikely candidate for the</b> …

Google Shopping

Ten questions to ask when pricing your product

Great products and services don't guarantee success. You also have to price them correctly, which requires knowing your customers well and what they're willing to pay, as well as what your competitors are charging. You also might consider market segmentation, product bundling, and both the tangible …

Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed …

Microsoft Adds Pinterest Support to Bing's Image Search, Lets Searchers Pin Image Results Directly to Boards

Microsoft on Friday announced a new partnership with social network Pinterest. Bing’s image search has received a new “Pin to Pinterest” feature, letting users pin image results directly from the search engine to their boards.<p>The company touts the following points for the new integration:<p>Simple and …

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jon Auerbach is a partner at Charles River Ventures, a 42-year-old, early-stage venture firm based in Menlo Park and Cambridge, Mass., where he focuses on mobile technologies. Follow him on Twitter @jgauerbach.</i><p>Research over the past two decades has identified a strong link between …

Facebook and mobile browsing: Pretty much the same thing

New research from mobile analytics firm Flurry suggests that Facebook is so powerful a force on mobile that the social network has become synonymous with browsing on smartphones and tablets.<p>Facebook accounts for 18 percent of U.S. consumers' total time spent on smart devices, a percent that …

Twitter’s Mobile App Now Includes Support For Twitter’s New “App Cards”

Following its announcement yesterday, Twitter has today updated its mobile applications with support for the new Twitter App Cards feature. According to the Twitter app’s page in Apple’s iTunes App Store, version 5.5 of the app brings a number of improvements, including the ability to “help you …

Facebook Survey Questions Reveal The Company's Biggest Fears

Facebook is taking a different approach.<p>After rolling out a major redesign of its "News Feed" a couple weeks ago, Facebook is now surveying users to see if they like it.<p>By chance, I was one of the users Facebook surveyed.<p>Clicking through it, I realized the survey questions reveal a lot about …

Social Media