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15 Works of Dystopian Fiction Everyone Should Read

Dystopian fiction has enjoyed a renaissance in these scary post-9/11 times, and the fact that <i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i> is sure to destroy all …

Literature

This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

Retirement Planning for People Who Hate Math

You already know that it's very important to have a financial plan. But if you can't stand the thought of working with numbers you might be reluctant to put your strategy together. That's a quandary you don't want to be stuck in. The good news is that the solution is far simpler than you …

Face your fears – saving for retirement one small step at a time

Be afraid. Be very afraid.<p>No, not about ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night. This Halloween week, it’s time to sit down and think seriously about a different kind of specter: the chance that you’ll end up outliving your savings.<p>I realize that suggesting that we all worry …

5 Things You Didn't Know About Business in Modern China

Asia has a reputation for being a difficult place to do business: That there are meetings upon meetings. That prices are some sacred topic only to be discussed in hushed tones. That people say the opposite of what they mean. That things move slowly and decisions take years.<p>Toss everything you …

In China There's Not One City Without Terrifying Stretches Of Empty Houses

Reality and economic analysis in China seem to have grown far apart. But, given confusion even within the Chinese government between economic data and investment promotion, ideological polarization over simple questions like “Is the economy growing?” may be inevitable.<p>To some of us, it is almost …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

What a 71-Year-Old Article by Madame Chiang Kai-Shek Tells Us About China Today

Writing in The Atlantic seven decades ago, the former Chinese First Lady warned against income inequality—a force that continues to threaten the country's stability today.<p>Sino-American relations came to a head during the second World War, when the two sides fought together against Japan. Yet …

Chinese Land-Use Rights: What Happens After 70 Years?

<b>From NetEase:</b><p>Media Discusses Land-Use Rights: What Happens To Houses After 70 Years?<p><i>Xinhuanet</i> Beijing October 4 report — After the 70-year …

The Secret Factor in China's Housing Bubble? Mistresses

The practice of buying apartments for lovers—common among wealthy men—may have serious consequences for China's economy.

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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7 Ways to Survive and Thrive at a Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As one of TheLadders' original 20 employees, I know first-hand how rewarding and challenging a job at a startup can be, especially when you're new to the workforce. Play your cards right and you will learn more in one year than your …

Feeling Successful? Don't Get Too Comfortable (or Else) | Inc.com

I've had the unfortunate experience of walking over the metaphorical ruins of many businesses--previously vibrant, profitable, and growing--which simply expired over time without anyone seeming to know precisely why, or how, it happened.<p>While every business's story is different, I have noticed …

Leadership

11 Skills Aspiring Startup Employees Should Have

<b>Q.What one skill do you think young people looking for startup jobs should possess?</b><p>The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur …

Startups

4 Free Channels To Attract New Customers

So you’ve created your very first business but you’re struggling to find customers?<p><i>It’s a really common problem.</i><p>Don’t worry though; there are …

Business Strategy

4 Things I Wish I Could Say to all Job Applicants | Inc.com

As a growing start-up, we frequently create new, entry level openings from marketing to analytical. Right around this time of year, when we open up new positions, the generational differences between Millenials and Gen Xers start to surface in my mind.<p>As I deep-dive into hectic rounds of interviews …

Employment

Genomic Dreams Coming True In China

Wang Jian is proud of scaling Mount Everest in 2010 at age 56, but the Shenzhen genomicist has been climbing new scientific heights with the firm that he set in motion with three fellow young castoffs from the Cultural Revolution more than 30 years ago.<p>Today what is known as BGI has the world’s …

9 Data Sets Every Ecommerce Company Should Measure

To see big wins in e-commerce today, entrepreneurs need to cover all of their bases, from organic SEO to mobile advertising.<p>Analytics tools can …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

1. Google Ngram Viewer<p>2. Google Correlate<p>3. Google Trends<p>4. Google Think Insights<p>5. Google Public Data Explorer<p>6. Full Value of Mobile<p>7. Get Your …

Four Questions You Must Ask During An Interview

When it comes to interviews, most people think their job is to answer questions not ask them. But an interview is a…

Employment