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This Is The Hardest Riddle On The Internet

It's called Notpron, and since the website's launch in 2004, over 16 million people have tried to solve it and only 31 have managed to.<p>That's a success rate of about 0.0003%.<p>With 140 levels, Notpron starts out relatively simple but quickly gets tougher.<p>Notpron can be played online in your web …

8 Things You Should Never, Ever Include in a Pitch Deck

You have perfected your pitch and are feeling confident. But before you step into that big meeting, there are a few common stumbling blocks you should be aware of.<p>We asked eight YEC what you should never, ever include on those slides (no matter how tempting).

One Of The Smartest VCs Of All Time Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry

Respected venture capitalist Bill Gurley is sounding the alarm on the startup industry.<p>In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Gurley says the current environment reminds him of the tech bubble that formed in the late 1990s.<p>Every incremental day that goes past I have this feeling a little bit …

How We Redesigned Our Product in Less Than a Week

<i>Bastiaan Janmaat and Mike Dorsey are co-founders of DataFox, a predictive intelligence company reinventing the way investors, analysts, and business development professionals research and track technology companies.</i><p>Time is often the scarcest resource for a startup. When you’re building a complex …

8 Tips for Measuring E-Commerce Ad Campaigns

<i>Jake Peterson is the head of customer success at</i> <i>Segment</i><i>, a customer data hub that lets you integrate analytics, advertising and marketing tools with the flip of a switch.</i><p>The e-commerce industry will reach $294 billion in 2014 alone, and accounts for nearly 10 percent of all retail sales according …

Top designers react to Google’s new ‘Material’ design language

Two days ago, Google revealed its next generation “Material” design language — a departure from past guidelines and a clear reaction to design trends made popular by Apple and Microsoft.<p>To fully digest the impact Material will have on the future of digital design, VentureBeat asked several …

Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alan Mamedi is the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller. He is based in Stockholm.</i><p>One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of …

How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticing

Your Instagram photos aren't where they used to be.<p>This spring, even as some 200 million people were using Instagram on their smartphones, a small …

Deciphering The Economics Of Venture Capital

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Oguz is managing director of Palo Alto Venture Science.</i><p>When Nassim Nicholas Taleb developed his popular theory to explore way-out-of-the-norm surprising events, he outlined three characteristics of a black swan event:<p>The event has a huge impact<br>• The event is very hard to explain …

Publishing your first app in the Play Store: what you need to know

The easiest way to distribute an Android app is via the Google Play store. It isn’t the only distribution method, but it is the simplest way to reach millions of potential users. Publishing your first app in the Play Store isn’t hard, with a few tips and pointers you can have your app ready for …

Google’s 25 Rules For Building A Better Mobile Site

Google researchers listened to 119 hours of user complaints about mobile websites. Here’s what they learned.<p>Some mobile websites are borderline unusable, forcing you to squint and peck around in hopes of finding whatever piece of information you need. But others seem to fit your phone like a glove. …

UX Design

5 Tricks Advertisers Use To Make You Buy Their Products

We're being manipulated all the time by the stuff we see on TV and in magazines, here's how the advertisers do it.

This Is Why We Don’t Have Google X Hoverboards Yet

Yes, Google X tried to design a hoverboard.<p>If <i>Back to the Future</i> has taught us anything, it’s that hoverboards are amazing, and it is one of 2014’s inexcusable tragedies that they are not yet real.<p>Which isn’t to say that some very smart people haven’t tried to build them. In this month’s inside look …

Hoverboards

Artist Turns Everyday Objects Into Clever Artwork With an iPhone

Artist Brock Davis doesn't just rely on pen and paper to manifest his wit. From fruits and veggies to googly eyes, the mediums that make up his …

Five Things to Know About Alibaba, 'The Hottest Thing in Tech'

Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth that's relatively unknown in the U.S., is preparing to file the prospectus for a U.S.-based initial public offering next week, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Recent estimates value Alibaba between $153 billion and $200 billion and indicate that the IPO could …

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office’s foosball table was cool.<p>While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the …

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Facebook Will Be “Unbundling The Big Blue App” Through Its Creative Labs

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out …

Colorful Pipes In The Dalles

These pipes carry water in and out of Google's The Dalles, Ore., data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

11 things you need to know about Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft's next generation mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1 , is here and you'll be able to get your hands on it soon. This update makes Windows Phone better than ever, and brings it closer to iOS and Android.<p>You'll get the full run-down of why I say that in my review of Windows Phone …

What The Evolving VC Market Means For Startups Raising Capital

Boy, how times have changed for the venture capital market over the last decade. Here are a few of the overriding trends (according to data collected by the National Venture Capital Association over the years):<p>The number of VC firms has materially reduced<br>• The mix of VC firms has polarized away from …

How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

A $5.5 Million Bet on a Better Way to Learn Coding

The Flatiron School isn't a college. It just received venture backing, but isn't growing super-fast. And it isn't even in the Flatiron neighborhood. It has a ton going for it anyway.<p>Sitting up as straight as is possible in an overstuffed couch in a room overlooking the iconic bronze Charging Bull …

Education

Flayvr Raises $2 Million To Help Us Make Sense Of Our Growing Photo Collections

Before Apple’s iOS 7 update began organizing your photos into “moments” based on time and place, there was Flayvr. The Tel Aviv-based startup has built automatic organization technology which takes your smartphone’s photos and videos and places them into albums that you can quickly share with your …

8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Maximize Your Mid-Day Break

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>I’ve noticed that the way I spend my lunch break affects how productive I am for the rest of the day: how quickly I get started once I get back to my desk, how effective I am in the first hour after lunch, and …

14 legendary natural wonders of South America

Tucked in a corner at the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the 275 falls of Iguazu dwarf Niagara and have to be one of the most amazing …

Appiterate Raises Seed Funding From SAIF Partners, Joins Growing List Of A/B Testing Startups

Testing design and content features on-the-go to identify what users want is nothing new — it’s over a decade old process used by Google (and now Facebook among several others) to tell which products are likely to succeed.<p>While both Google and Facebook are known for running dozens of A/B testing at …

Speed up Chrome for Android with this simple tweak

Chrome for Android is one of the fastest and most feature-rich browsers for Android. But a persistent problem has ruined Google’s mobile browser for many users – janky scrolling. Especially since Google replaced the AOSP Browser with Chrome as the default browser on new Android devices, people have …

It's no longer illegal to rip CDs

An update to UK copyright law means that from 1 June 2014 it will no longer be illegal to make copies of CDs -- or ebooks or any other media -- that …