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Slack’s Founder On How They Became a $1 Billion Company In Two Years

How a workplace communication tool won the hearts and minds of companies, one early adopter at a time.<p>You’ve probably heard about Slack’s exponential growth. And you may have read about how the internal-communication platform–now just two years old–is already used by more than 30,000 teams and …

The Neuroscience Of "Harry Potter"

Or, what happens to your brain when you’re lost in a book.<p>Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called <i>Harry Potter:</i><p>A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the …

New Notifyr app seamlessly makes your iOS notifications appear on your Mac

We’ve come across a new service called Notifyr that, in short, makes your iOS Device notifications automatically simultaniously appear as notifications on your Mac. The service is a pair of applications: a $3.99 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application from the App Store and a free companion Mac …

Tesla Will Probably Break Ground On Its First Gigafactory Next Month, But Still Won't Say Where

In the firm's Q1 earnings call, Musk also added California is now back in the mix of potential sites for the battery factory, but added it may be too late. Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas are all said to be in the running.<p>The firm announced in February it would begin building Gigafactories to …

3D-Printed Memes Are the Desk Toys of the Future

Turning a meme into a 3D-printed model is no easy task — but that's exactly what 3D model marketplace CGTrader asked people to do in its 3D printing …

Feds Tell States to Stop Picking on Tesla

Fed­er­al reg­u­lat­ors want auto deal­ers and state law­makers to play nice with Tesla.<p>The Cali­for­nia-based car man­u­fac­turer prides it­self on …

SpaceX is suing the US government for a free market in satellite launches

Entrepreneur of the future Elon Musk told reporters today about the most pressing aspirations for his company, SpaceX: Making even cheaper rockets, and forcing the Air Force to buy them.<p>Musk was fresh from some measurable progress toward the first goal of cheaper rockets. Friday’s SpaceX test of a …

Space Travel

How Facebook and Twitter built the best employee training programs in Silicon Valley

Training employees and managers is essential at any company but particularly for startups. Yet many avoid it because it seems too hard or expensive.<p>“A lot of companies think their employees are so smart that they require no training,” Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz writes in his recent …

Silicon Valley

Crisis in Crimea: A Guide to Major Players

The crisis in Ukraine, which began as a dispute over whether the country should accept financial help from Europe or Russia, spiraled into the ouster of a president and then the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.<p>Russia insists it’s only protecting Russian speakers in Ukraine. …

Russia

Former US Defense Secretary: Crimea Is A Lost Cause

"I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hands," Gates said.<p>"You think Crimea's gone?," host Chris Wallace asked.<p>"I do," Gates responded.<p>Next week, Crimea will hold a referendum on whether or not to reincorporate itself into Russia. Moscow, not surprisingly, supports the referendum, …

Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders is out (pdf)

A link from Berkshire Hathaway<p>The Oracle of Omaha’s highly anticipated correspondence reveals that Berkshire Hathaway posted a record profit last year. “Charlie [Munger] and I have always considered a ‘bet’ on ever-rising U.S. prosperity to be very close to a sure thing,” Buffett writes.<p>Read full …

Investing

How Putin surprised the world after losing the war in Ukraine

In the 1990s, Russian troops overthrew a disfavored government in Tajikistan and stirred the Caucasus by arming both sides of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Upset with the incumbent Georgian government, they bolstered separatists who brought the country to the brink of collapse. But …

Russia

Putin is using the fog of war to his advantage in Ukraine

The fog of war is not only a pernicious malady of conflict, but a potential strategic advantage. So it seems in Crimea, where gunmen largely shorn of insignia but with the behavioral, sartorial and technological fingerprints of Russian soldiers are controlling strategic assets including roads, …

Russia

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

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Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

<b>San Antonio</b> --<p>Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon; iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers; and hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.<p>Even the librarians …

Antarctic expedition: 'This wasn't a tourist trip. It was all about science – and it was worth it'

Chris Turney, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, says his critics are wrong: the team was prepared, the risks were known, and much was achieved<p>The last 24 hours have been sobering. I am sitting in the comfort of a cabin on board the Australian icebreaker the Aurora Australis, one day …

How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body

Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture. I know.<p>I awoke in a bed for the first time in days. My joints ached and my eyelids, which had been open for so long, now lay heavy as old hinges above my cheekbones. I …

2014: The Year In Science

The 20 ideas, trends, and breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014<p><b>Lasers Unleash A Flood Of Space Data</b><p>In January 2013, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter received a historic transmission: an image of the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. It was the first time scientists used a laser to send data to the moon, a feat …

Natural Gas

Pundits predict plenty in 2014

There’s a lot to wonder about what 2014 holds: It’s a midterm election year, the president’s popularity is falling and who, oh who, is going to run for the White House in 2016?<p>Enter the pundits, of whom there’s no shortage.<p>POLITICO asked a slew of these soothsayers to offer their best predictions …

14 dates to watch in 2014

Mark your calendars and buckle up: 2014 is an election year with control of the Senate, House and 36 governorships at stake.<p>A key enrollment deadline for President Barack Obama’s health law looms, as does a major Supreme Court ruling on its contraception coverage requirements. The battle for the …

Israel 'proposes land swap' as part of peace deal with Palestinians

Israeli official have suggested a controversial land-swap arrangement with the Palestinians that could see 300,000 Arab citizens being transferred out of Israel's jurisdiction, it has been reported<p><b>Israel</b> has reportedly floated the controversial idea of land swaps with the <b>Palestinians</b> in a move …

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Most effective way to reduce smoking? Increase price of cigarettes, study says

The single most effective way to reduce smoking – along with the millions of deaths it causes – is to dramatically increase the price of cigarettes.<p>That is the conclusion of a new study that calls for a tripling of tobacco taxes and a doubling of the price of a pack of cigarettes in much of the …

Panama Canal expansion contractors warn work may halt over cost overruns

Contractors working on expansion give Panama Canal Authority 21 days to settle dispute caused by $1.6bn of added costs<p>The consortium at the heart of a historic Panama Canal expansion project threatened on Wednesday to suspend work due to financial problems caused by a $1.6 billion cost overrun.<p>The …

Panama Canal

The New York Times Wants Snowden to Be Allowed Back

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A staff editorial appearing in Thursday's edition of <i>The New York Times</i> argues that the Obama …

Antarctic rescue under way as helicopter lands next to trapped ship

A rescue mission is under way for scientists, tourists and journalists on a ship trapped in ice off Antarctica.<p>A helicopter sent from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long landed next to the trapped Akademik Shokalskiy on Thursday afternoon and the first group of passengers was due to be evacuated …

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …