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Say Hello To The University Of Microsoft

Corporations are turning to digital credentials instead of higher ed to train and educate. Why it’s happening, and where we’re headed.<p>Peter Janzow was in the midst of a successful career in ed tech, including at one point founding Brownstone Learning, a homework management startup. When he got laid …

Private Sector

The US is about to gain an unexpectedly large natural gas customer

Cheap natural gas has presented the US with an opportunity: Natural gas is much more expensive in Europe and Asia, and thus a huge market theoretically exists for US producers, if export terminals can be constructed. Cheniere Energy is nearing completion of the first.<p>But while Asia is the core of …

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Is Heavy on Nerd, Light on Non-Nerd

Would you believe the Microsoft founder has a soft spot for comics?<p>You're likely still thumbing through the books on our summer reading list, so forgive Bill Gates for piling on. The Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist has shared a list of the six "beach reads" he's hoping you'll tackle this …

34 Flea Market Finds Turned Playful Decor

One person's junk is another person's eye-catching bedside table.<p>All it takes is a little imagination to turn that budget-friendly thrift store find into an eye-catching piece.

4 Ways To Put Your Personality To Work

The working world can be a scary place. We constantly try to avoid mistakes and ensure that we say the right thing, do the right thing, and wear the …

Employment

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

Vertical villages are changing the concept of neighborhood

For decades, Mary and Dick Kollen sipped their morning coffee while watching wildlife roam their 42-acre spread near Granite Falls, Minn.<p>These days, …

Skyscrapers

What No One Tells You About Working in Fashion

<i>Instagram/JordanLambertM</i><p>Throughout my high school years, I was always captivated by the fashion industry. Though I lived in the South in a town of 50,000, I poured over the pages of <i>Elle</i> and <i>Vogue</i>, hoping that one day I could be as chic as Kate Moss (Don't look at me like that -- we've all been …

Check Out How Much Fancier Facebook’s New Digs Are

Main Headquarters: An aerial of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA on the San Francisco Bay.<br>Steve Proehl—Corbis<p>1 of 16<p><b>Correction …

San Francisco Bay

210 Zappos Employees Respond To Holacracy Ultimatum: We’re Out

The company is finishing its transition to a radical new organization structure. Nearly 14% of the staff has decided to leave the company.<p>What would you say if your boss told you wouldn’t have a boss anymore? No, you’re not fired. Your organization is just redistributing power, eliminating managers …

The Workplace

Tesla wants to power your home with a battery

Tesla will introduce a battery for your home during its highly anticipated April 30 event.<p>In a letter sent to investors and analysts on Tuesday, the electric car company said it will announce a "home battery" and a "very large utility scale battery." Similar products already exist on the market, …

Tesla

“You are entitled to this”: The real reason Amy Schumer’s rape culture takedown is so perfect

“Football Night Lights” is an epic takedown about rape culture. But the laugh lines about rape are only half of it<p>It turns out that the sentimental premise of "Friday Night Lights" lends itself incredibly well to a feminist joke about rape. "Football Town Nights," the perfectly conceived sketch …

Half Of Americans Think The Poor and Middle Class Pay Too Much Income Tax

By Jay Cassano1 minute Read<p>As we recover from the annual collective trauma of tax day, it’s worth looking at Americans’ views on how the tax burden …

Income Inequality

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CNN

This Food Delivery Service Pays Low-Income Youth A Living Wage–And The Food’s Good, Too

Poor youth get a good wage and culinary training, and Bay Area tech companies get their fancy lunches. Everyone wins.<p>It’s hard to ignore the lure of on-demand food delivery startups like Sprig and SpoonRocket. Select your meal, press a button, and poof, a delivery person is waiting outside your …

Scientology retaliates against filmmaker investigating church by making a documentary about him

But this time, Scientology is actively striking back.<p>British documentary filmmaker and broadcaster Louis Theroux, who is known for his funny TV series on off-beat cultural subjects like "America's Most Medicated Kids" and "Twilight of the Porn Stars," is working with the BBC on his first theatrical …

Magical Fabric Could Let You Change Clothes Instantly

What would you do with this magic fabric that can change shape at will?<p>You can knot a scarf a dozen different ways. But for the most part, once you sew a textile into a piece of apparel, or upholster it around a piece of furniture, you can’t change the style much.<p>Not so with the Magnetic Fabrics, …

Time I

Microsoft's Q3 2015: Surface and Lumia up, but profit down

Microsoft has published its Q3 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.98 billion in net income on $21.7 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased 6 percent from the same quarter last year, but net income has dropped 12 percent. Microsoft does note that its financial results …

How the iPhone 6 compares to its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S6

Earlier this month, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S6 — which is arguably its best phone to date. Some may even call it the best Android phone on the market right now.<p>Samsung has improved its latest Galaxy phone in all the right ways — from the way it looks and feels to the software and how …

Get Ready For The Real Story Behind Disney’s $1 Billion Attempt To Reinvent Its Iconic Theme Park

Innovation is messy, even in the Magic Kingdom.<p><i>The complete story is now available – Read The Messy Business Of Reinventing Happiness</i><p>Since as early as 2007, Disney has been working on MyMagic+, an innovative project to reinvent the experience at its iconic Disney World park. The company invested …

Walt Disney Company

Google doesn't care where you went to college

Google is consistently rated the best place to work. So you need a degree from Harvard to get in the door, right?<p>Not really, according to Laszlo Bock, Google's Head of People Operations.<p>When the company was small, Google cared a lot about getting kids from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. But Bock said …

Résumés

This Company's Stock Goes Up With Demand for Police Transparency

The series of controversial incidents of police brutality that have rocked the U.S. in recent months has ignited a movement for increased …

Law Enforcement

New Study Links Facebook To Depression: But Now We Actually Understand Why.

The irony of Facebook is by now known to most. The “social” network has been linked to a surprising number of undesirable mental health consequences: Depression, low self-esteem, and bitter jealousy among them. Now, a new study in the <i>Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology</i> finds that not only do …

14 Things To Do To Be A Great Writer

I am an author, a playwright, and a freelance editor. I get asked all of the time what advice I have for aspiring writers. I have met a lot of …

17 IBM rock star employees that show the company's new direction

After all, it's coming up on its 104th birthday in June, and the three-piece-suit culture runs deep in its DNA, with 12 of its 19 senior leaders more or less fitting that profile.<p>But IBM is going through some major transitional pains right now, getting a lot of attention for shedding older, …

LinkedIn to buy online learning site lynda.com for $1.5 billion

LinkedIn Corp. has agreed to purchase online learning company lynda.com for about $1.5 billion, the largest acquisition yet for the popular professional networking site.<p>Mountain View, Calif.,-based LinkedIn said the purchase would be funded 52% with cash and 48% with stock.<p>Lynda.com offers online …

I stopped checking email for a week, and now I realize I've been using it wrong for years

After seven full days of email silence, I reactivated the notifications on my Outlook app, and the numbers were shocking:<p>1,511 unread emails.<br>• 44 of those 1,511 emails were worth reading.<br>• Of those 44 emails, only five required a response.<p>It took me a good hour to catch up, and I wanted to barf by the …

Ulta's Mary Dillon plans for a gorgeous future

Mary Dillon wasn't a regular Ulta Beauty shopper before she took the reins at the hard-charging cosmetics chain in 2013.<p>Like many women, she spread her cosmetics purchases around, picking up a lipstick or eyeliner from Macy's, Nordstrom, Walgreens, Target and, on occasion, Ulta.<p>But the beauty …

Ulta Beauty

Zuckerberg, wife give $75 million to San Francisco General Hospital

<b>(CNN) —</b> San Francisco General Hospital will soon have a new name and a new face -- thanks to Facebook.<p>Specifically, it's thanks to the social media giant's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan. The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation says the couple's $75 million gift is …

Silicon Valley

The Millennial Customer Has $200 Billion To Spend (But Wants A New Style Of Customer Service)

Here’s the story you already know. Millions of soldiers, sailors and airmen return from World War II to the embrace of millions of riveting Rosies, apparently <i>very</i> riveting, judging by the fruitful output of these couples during the postwar decades: 2.4 children per couple, the biggest generation …

Customer Experience