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Foreign aid firm denies 'misleading MPs' committee with testimonials

A foreign aid contractor which received millions from the Government has been condemned by MPs who found it tried to "unduly influence" a parliamentary inquiry.<p>Adam Smith International (ASI) is a specialist private British aid contractor which handles almost half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ …

Foreign Aid

Bernie's Democratic Socialism Isn't Socialism, It's Social Democracy

Over here in Europe, we’ve had more in-your-face experience with socialism than the U.S. so it might be the case that we pay more attention to the gradations of leftist political thought.<p>Socialism is a political (or economic, your choice) system in opposition to capitalism. The difference is who …

Middle-class

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates Agree—This Factor Was Most Important for their Success

Focus is one of the most important traits of successful people.<p>Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates have all attributed their success to one …

Investing

China passes controversial anti-terrorism law to access encrypted user accounts

China's legislature unanimously passed a controversial anti-terrorism law on Sunday despite months of objections from major tech firms and Washington alike. Among other requirements, the new rules state that telecom operators and internet service providers must "provide technical support and …

Privacy

A lesson this CEO learned while shopping for a car in his 20s still affects how he manages his money

For one CEO, a money lesson stuck when he was a college student in the market for a new car.<p>"The temptation to take out a loan and buy a shiny new model was there," Elliot Weissbluth<b>,</b> CEO of HighTower, told Business Insider.<p>"But once I did the math and saw the true cost of the payments and …

Personal Finance

Here’s what happened when a group of friends built a scale model of the solar system in the desert

But in reality, the solar system is extremely vast.<p>To get an idea of just how far that is, it would take about 4 hours to reach the furthest planet from the sun at the speed of light.<p>In the words of James Irwin, an astronaut on Apollo 15:<p>As we got farther and farther away, the Earth diminished in …

Astronomy

If The Masters Of The Art World Designed Bikes, They’d Look Like This

What would a bike by Claude Monet, or Frank Stella look like? To celebrate a museum’s 100th birthday, Handsome Cycles tried to find out.<p>There’s no shortage of bike museums around the world, but there aren’t too many bikes that are displayed alongside paintings by Claude Monet and Frank Stella. But …

Claude Monet

This Is What “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” And His Family Would Wear In 2015

This is a blog post all about how my life got flip-turned upside down when as a young lad I saw the forward fashions of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Despite the fact that a playground was where he spent most of his days—playgrounds are for children—Will Smith was a sharp dresser and a role model to …

Square Just Open Sourced Their Sleek Credit Card Identifier

Every now and again, you still end up at a checkout page asking for you to select Visa or Mastercard, and to type your numbers into tiny fields separated by dashes. *shivers*<p>Apparently, the payment processing giant Square feels our pain, because they’ve released their JavaScript code for a field …

Identity Theft

Ma Yansong’s Verdant Cloud Corridor Skyscrapers Aim To Connect L.A. Denizens With Nature

They’re like SimCity Arcologies—on steroids.<p>To architect Ma Yansong, principal of MAD, one of the great challenges with rapid urbanization is humanizing the city. “The difficulty with big cities does not lie in skyscrapers or high-rises per se, rather it is the values concealed within those …

Skyscrapers

True Sustainability Means Circularity

Linear thinking is destroying the planet.<p>Four decades have passed since mankind walked on the moon. This triumphant event marked the first time humans could gaze back at their world. Our round, blue and white planet floating in black space enabled humanity to see the finite nature of their home–it …

Décadrages' BedUp lifts up to the ceiling when not in use

Instead of folding against a wall, this space-saving bed by French furniture manufacture Décadrages can be hoisted up to the ceiling to create more …

Russia and China could be 'making it impossible for the US to hide' its intelligence activities

The intelligence community fears that sort of a database could be used to identify, profile, track, and potentially blackmail or recruit US intelligence operatives around the world.<p>Digital analysis of the data can reveal "who is an intelligence officer, who travels where, when, who's got financial …

National Security

5 details you shouldn't give Facebook

The whole point of Facebook is to share your life with other people. You probably have more than a few friends who fall into the over-sharing category. But don’t snicker. You may be one, too, and not even know it.<p>Here are five personal tidbits Facebook asks you to share that you’re much better off …

Social Media

GeekWire Radio: Behind the scenes of ‘Mr. Robot’ — understanding the tools and tactics of a hacker

This week on GeekWire, we explore the world of hacking through the hit USA Network show “Mr. Robot.” Our guest is Corey Nachreiner, CTO at …

New York Times

Overcoming a basic psychological barrier could be the difference between earning just enough and getting rich

"The biggest thing holding back most people from striking it big are their thoughts, beliefs and philosophies about money," writes self-made millionaire and author of "How Rich People Think," Steve Siebold.<p>Certified financial planner Douglas Obey echoes this belief in his book, "Money & The Human …

Self-improvement

Harvard Business School really has created the classroom of the future

(Poets&Quants) — The day’s Harvard Business School case study poses a simple question: Is Uber really worth $50 billion?<p>Bharat Anand, a Harvard …

Harvard Business School

These billionaires just made massive bets on gold and airlines

Second-quarter regulatory filings show that Stanley Druckenmiller, the famed hedge fund manager, just placed more than $323 million of his own money into a gold ETF, at a time when sentiment toward the yellow metal is in the basement. Meanwhile, Buffett announced this week that Berkshire Hathaway …

Investing

Flights were delayed and canceled in DC after a computer outage grounded planes

At least 200 flights were canceled at airports around Washington, DC on Saturday due to a problem with a flight-tracking system in Virginia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.<p>The problem seems to have been resolved, and flights are returning to normal.<p>Information posted online by the …

American Airlines

The founder of Evernote made a great point about why AI (probably) won't kill us all

Over the past few years, Silicon Valley denizens have become worried they will invent an artificial intelligence so brilliant that it will quickly become too smart to control, and once it becomes too smart to control, it will make a simple, obvious decision: It's time to kill all the humans.<p>Phil …

Clinton’s encryption remark makes Silicon Valley nervous

It seems that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has stepped into the growing debate over encryption. The former secretary of state has yet to …

Privacy

Donald Trump Shows Brands How to De-Position Competitors

Like him or not, you have to admit Donald Trump has caused his competitors for the 2016 presidential bid to scramble. He’s done what many brands aspire to do — he’s captured the spotlight, shaken up the category and knocked previous leaders back on their heels.<p>In effect, Trump has de-positioned …

Foreign Policy

A beginner’s guide to understanding UX design

If you are thinking of working on your conversion optimization and landing page optimization, understanding UX design is essential. As you know, we write a lot about the user, the single visitor that arrives on your site or landing page and needs to be triggered and helped around. UX design helps …

UX Design

5 Things Millionaires Do That Most People Don't

Entrepreneur and Penny Stock Expert<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My lifelong dream is to create more millionaire students than any other stock trading teacher out there. I’m lucky enough to have reached the seven-figure mark myself, and now, I’m dedicated to sharing …

Self-improvement

Europe's luxury retailers are getting battered by China's devaluation for the second day running

That's largely down to the Peoples' Bank of China (PBoC), which announced a second devaluation of the yuan, adding to Tuesday's cut.<p>That should provide some stimulus (though not very much) to China's ailing economic growth, but it'll do so at the expense of European exporters.<p>Cutting the value of …

China
Blockchain

America occupies the planet: The grim realities of our endless War on Terror

The Pentagon owns or rents over 700 bases in 130 countries — and that doesn’t include the *6,000* we have at home<p>As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize -- or do not want to recognize -- that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government …

Military

Why Larry Page Is Stepping Away

In the ten years that I’ve been watching him, Larry Page has always wanted to play by his own rules. He wasn’t happy when, in 2001, Google’s investors asked him to step aside as C.E.O. for “adult supervision,” although he and his replacement, Eric Schmidt, forged a strong bond. Page’s drive to …

Google

There's a new cheaper alternative to Ikea

The company, called Greycork, makes sofas ($450), chaise lounges ($300), side tables ($75), coffee tables, ($125), and bookshelves ($200). Each piece of furniture is shipped to customers in a medium-sized box and can be assembled in under four minutes without the use of any tools.<p>The furniture, …

Furniture

This nearly waterless washing machine could save billions of gallons of H2O every year

Traditional washing machines can guzzle upwards of 40 gallons of water in a single cycle.<p>Thing is, most of that water doesn't make the clothes any cleaner.<p>Xeros, a design company started at University of Leeds in the UK, has been developing the solution to this waste problem since 2006. Now it's on …

Washing Machines