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Issue 163 The Tech Issue<p>THE PORTFOLIO<p>THE GAME-CHANGERS<p>We meet eight mavericks making their mark in LA's Silicon Beach<p>THE KNOWLEDGE<p>HOW TO GET YOUR …

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The Cities Creating The Most High-Paid Jobs, And Why They're Good For Low-Wage Workers Too

Since 2009, nearly a quarter of all new jobs in the U.S. — more than 1.1 million — have been in just five low-skill occupations, according to EMSI’s most recent data: food prep and serving workers (which includes fast food); personal care aides; retail salespersons; home health care aides; and …

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Chatting With Mr Snapchat

<b>He's 23, he dropped out of Stanford, and his start-up is backed by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley venture capital. Evan Spiegel, founder of Snapchat, could be the next dotcom billionaire from central casting - but only if he's right that people will pay for a social media …

Mint updates its iOS app for iOS 7, adds charts to illustrate spending habits

If you've ever used Mint's personal finance app, you know one of the best features is "Trends" -- a tracking feature that lets you monitor your spending habits, income and net worth over time. Oddly, though, that feature has until now been MIA on the iOS app; you could see a list of your individual …

Online Presentation Startup Prezi Zooms To 30M Users And 96M Prezis, Hires Apple, Google, Flip Video Execs For Global Growth

In a world where many eyes have glazed over at the thought of PowerPoint presentations, Prezi, a startup that lets you create presentations online with dynamic features like zooming and audio tracks, has made a splash. The company, started in Budapest, Hungary but now with offices also in San …

Prezi hits 30M users, doubling annually, and has ‘not used a dime’ of investors’ money

Prezi has raised over $14 million in venture capital to grow its business. However, despite rocket-stick growth and a massive user-base that just passed 30 million, the company has not used a single dime.<p>Which doesn’t mean the company won’t, of course.<p>“The only reason we haven’t dipped into the …

Thanks, Snowden! Now All The Major Tech Companies Reveal How Often They Give Data To Government

<b>Graphic credit: David Lada.</b><p>Google has been pumping out a transparency report for years, telling its users how often the feds and local law enforcement ask for information about its users. Up until this year, it was one of the few companies that did so. Then NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden …

Amazon Announces New I/O-Optimized Instances With SSD Storage For EC2

At Amazon’s re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas, the company’s CTO Werner Vogels announced a new instance type for applications that need high I/O performance. As Vogels noted, the company’s customers have long asked for instances with higher and guaranteed I/O performance and these new I2 …

6 Ideas Being Floated To 'Fix' Obamacare Sign-Up Woes

As technical problems with the government's new health insurance marketplace slow the pace of sign-up, a variety of "fixes" have been proposed. But some of these would create their own challenges. In rough order from least to most disruptive, here are some of the ideas:<p><b>1) Fix the website on …

Poll: 55% disapprove of Obamacare

A growing number of Americans disapprove of the health care law, a new poll Thursday shows.<p>Fifty-five percent of those surveyed disapprove of the Affordable Care Act and 40 percent approve, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Gallup notes that this 15-percentage-point gap is the largest …

Europe allows gadgets to be used from take-off

<b>Europe is relaxing rules about the use of electronics during flights, paving the way for devices to be used during take-off and landing.</b><p>Currently smartphones, tablets and other devices can be used only while a flight is in the air.<p>The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published guidelines …

'Generation Wait': Share of young adults who move hits 50-year low

U.S. mobility for young adults has fallen to the lowest level in more than 50 years as cash-strapped 20-somethings shun home-buying and refrain from major moves in a weak job market.<p>The new 2013 figures from the Census Bureau, which reversed earlier signs of recovery, underscore the impact of the …

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