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Expert Explains What Makes The Best Logos So Good

Every day consumers are confronted with countless logos, mostly unaware of how these icons are constantly transmitting a slew of messages aimed at the subconscious.<p>"A company's logo is its shorthand, a visual cue that tells a story of the brand's culture, behavior, and values," said Su Mathews …

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The Fight Over Tesla Shows How Little Value Dealerships Add

Last week New Jersey started enforcing a ban on direct sales by Tesla Motors of its path-breaking model S. Tesla’s direct sales have also run into hot water in a number of other states: Ohio lawmakers are debating a ban on Tesla’s direct sales and Texas, Arizona, and Virginia are also opposed. …

Edward Snowden tells European Parliament how local spies aid NSA surveillance

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has sent testimony (PDF) to a European Parliament inquiry about the mass surveillance …

The Secrets of Social Media in China | Inc.com

Last month, social media giant Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion, reportedly to help the social media company buttress its presence overseas. Unfortunately for Facebook, that's going to be an uphill climb in many markets--perhaps none more so than China.<p>Despite its buzz …

The Next Big Thing You Missed: How Starbucks Could Replace Your Bank

You probably haven't seen a bank teller since the Bush administration, but you're on a first-name basis with the barista at your neighborhood …

Starbucks And Nike Are Winning Instagram (And Your Photos Are Helping)

Do you have that one friend who constantly posts artistically-angled photos of his morning latte on Instagram? What about the younger cousin who uploads shots of her retro Air Jordans, hashtagged #swag?<p>You might roll your eyes at your loved ones’ over-sharing, but Nike and Starbucks are making the …

To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times

In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries argues that returning to the question of why five times cuts to the quick of a problem.<p><i>In his book,</i> The Lean Startup<i>, Eric Ries puts forth a entrepreneur’s playbook inspired by the Japanese lean manufacturing model: Start small with a ‘minimum viable product,’ gauge</i> …

Is expansion good or bad for NBA?

Would expansion weaken the league? Is the player pool big enough to handle adding more franchises? Our 5-on-5 writers give their thoughts on whether …

Failed Your New Year’s Resolutions Already? Try These Less Ambitious Ones

If you’re like 90% of people who resolve to change at the New Year, by the end of January you have probably already bailed on your resolution, or …

To Succeed, Growth Hacking Has To Focus More On Product Development Than Marketing

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Justin Caldbeck is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and invests primarily in the Internet and mobile sectors with a focus on social media, e-commerce and enterprise software. Follow him on Twitter @caldbeckj.</i><p>I can’t think of a buzzier phrase in the tech industry these days …

In Praise Of Metro

It looks like Microsoft has finally realized that Metro (or the Modern UI or whatever else they call it these days) wasn’t right for the desktop. If the rumors are true, it’ll continue to de-emphasize Metro with the first major Windows 8.1 update later this year. No doubt, that’s exactly the right …

WeChat Taps Into Chinese New Year Tradition

Uber isn’t the only company getting into the spirit of Chinese New Year. WeChat, the Chinese mobile messaging app with 270 million active users, has stumbled upon a brilliant idea, which takes the seasonal tradition of gifting money — know as Hong Bao in Mandarin — into the digital era, as Tech In …

New App Launched In Time For Super Bowl Lets You Call Out Brands For Sexist Ads

This Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast will see some of the world’s biggest consumer brands vying for your attention at an estimated price of $4 million for 30 seconds. In years past, viewers have come to expect a certain recurring theme from these expensive ads.<p>In 2013 alone, we watched swimsuit model …

Beats Music builds a unique, if messy, listening experience around emotion

The Beats empire has officially expanded beyond its humble headphone roots. Beats Music has officially launched (download it from the iTunes App Store here), and become the latest contestant for your streaming music dollar. Of course, the market for such services is already pretty crowded. Between …

Lupita Nyong'o On the Fear That Guided Her 12 Years A Slave Performance

How the Golden Globe-nominated actress's first on-screen role made her the talk of awards season.<p>Lupita Nyong’o, featured in the Vanities section of our March issue, shares an alma mater with Meryl Streep, Patricia Clarkson, Angela Bassett, and Sigourney Weaver, but her road to the Yale School of …

The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger

The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and …

Analyzing Baby Cries For Signs Of Serious Disease

The earliest signs of certain ailments or development problems can be heard in the exact tone and cadence of newborn’s wail. Soon there could be an app for new parents and hospitals to get a hint of what’s the trouble.<p>When babies have certain health or development problems, they cry differently …

Tactile electronic cat whiskers could help robots 'feel' their surroundings

Nanotechnology researchers from the Berkeley Lab and the University of California Berkeley have developed highly tactile sensors that that work like …

Google Contact Lens Will Measure Glucose Levels in Tears

Google is testing prototypes of a “smart” contact lens that will make it easier for diabetes patients to monitor their blood sugar levels and stay …

50 and fashionable: How Michelle Obama used style to move a nation

Remember when 50 seemed old?<p>Ad agencies and TV networks won't freely admit to catering to the AARP set. Fashion designers don't typically pander to the grown-up in us. It's tough to find someone 50+ on the cover of Vogue.<p>And yet, for many women, 50 is the age when we reach our stride. It's when we …

What’s the Endgame for Social Media?

Social media has come a long way. When my co-founder Steve and I originally pitched Hearsay Social to venture capital firms in Silicon Valley in 2009, many passed because they thought Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn were passing fads headed for the same fate as MySpace and Friendster. Today, 77% of …

Warby Parker Unveils 2013 Annual Report -- and It's 365 Days Long

Online eyewear retailer Warby Parker isn't known just for innovating eyewear shopping. It's also known for making another typically boring thing …

How Uber Conquered The World In 2013

By Steven Melendez7 minute Read<p>Since its launch in mid-2010, transportation-on-demand startup Uber has grown from its San Francisco roots to more …

Apple Gives Away Big Ticket Items in Their $340 Japanese ‘Lucky Bags’

Today, Apple Stores all across Japan have started selling Fukubukuro, or “lucky bag,” giving the customer a chance to purchase random products at a …

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Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

China's Latest Food Scandal: Fox-Tainted Donkey Meat

Walmart has yanked the compromised meat, a venerated dish in parts of the country.<p>As if a nasty bribery scandal in Mexico was not enough to deal with, Walmart is now embroiled in a fox-meat scandal in China. Over the holidays, I watched <i>Fantastic Mr. Fox</i>, and now just can’t help but imagine Walmart …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best of GQ<p>What Artur Samarin pulled off at a school in small-town Pennsylvania is one of the boldest hoaxes of our time.<p>By Daniel Riley1 day agoView …

Jay Z's Brand Is Suffering Because People Don't Trust Him Anymore

The deal netted Jay a cool $5 million in sales and a platinum album the moment it was released, and it burnished his image as an innovative businessman. But it's not clear that the $20 million partnership — or other recent Jaz Z ventures — have actually helped Jay Z's image.<p>According to research …