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MIT created an app to help you learn a language while waiting for stuff to load

I love learning languages and am currently trying to learn Dutch, but somehow can’t bring myself to open the DuoLingo app or a textbook after a long day at the office. I could feel bad about it… if I didn’t speak a few other languages already. That puts me way ahead of the average American, as 75 …

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You can now learn the basics of coding with Disney's Moana

Disney’s Moana is going to be the biggest children’s film of the year, and now the company is using it to get more young people to learn about code. The company just released Moana: Wayfinding With Code. This free tutorial gives young people a gamified introduction to the fundamentals of software …

Rich Kids is a $1,000/month social network for attention-craving snobs

The appeal of social media is largely its inclusivity. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, anyone with a smartphone can open an account free of charge and start posting immediately. This isn’t what Rick Kids is about.<p>Launching today, Rich Kids is the self-proclaimed “world’s most exclusive …

How I Ran My Two Multi-Million Dollar Startups From My iPhone

I ran my two companies from my iPhone for a week. Here's what happened.<p>I didn't care when Apple introduced the first iPhone. A phone to me was for making calls and texting.<p>At the time, I was a college kid and hadn't realized the power of mobile. Eight years later, I've seen much of my day-to-day …

Lessons for Your Brand from Facebook Live Video—As Told by Hashtags

It seems like every week something new happens on Facebook Live video. The latest major flashbulb moment was when hundreds of thousands of people …

To Get More Out of Social Media, Think Like an Anthropologist

There is something marketing managers seem to forget about the internet: it was made for people, not for companies and brands. As such, it offers managers a source of insight they never had — social listening.<p>Eavesdropping on consumers’ social-media chatter allows marketers to economically and …

How to 10x Your Instagram Marketing

There is a question I am asked often.<p>What social media network should I be using? And guess what? Everyone wants a black and white answer.<p>The reality?<p>…

Net Zero Energy Districts Can be Cost-Neutral Compared to Traditional, Lower Performing Developments, Finds RMI

Net zero energy (NZE) developments can deliver a lower life-cycle cost compared to business-as-usual and can be structured to have equivalent first …

5 Tips For Marketing To Generation Z

Members of Generation Z, America's youngest generation (born in 1996 or later), have never lived in a time when the Internet did not exist. For the Gen Zers, the barrier to real-time information and communication has always been nearly nonexistent.<p><b>By 2020, Gen Z will account for 40% of all</b> …

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Marketing Influencers: Four Ways to Elevate Your Content Strategy and Amplify Your Outreach

An engaging content strategy has been an essential part of many a successful marketing campaign in recent years. However, only 30% of marketers say …

Mark Zuckerberg denies that Facebook is trapping its users in 'filter bubbles'

There's a popular theory around social media called the "filter bubble." It's the idea that as users naturally subscribe and follow other users that share their interests, they get trapped in a self-reinforcing feedback loop: All they see is more information that "confirms" their beliefs, while …

The secret to how startups like Uber raise billions: Saudi Arabia, China and Singapore

Just when you thought the startup market can't possibly get any crazier, Uber goes and raises another $3.5 billion in funding.<p>That jaw-dropping …

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Say Goodbye to Your Company Homepage

The homepage is dead. Long live the homepage.<p>At a conference last week, I talked with reps from the company NowThis, which creates videos for brands and feeds them to social media en masse. A passing comment during a pitch for their company caught my attention: They said the homepage is dying. Or …

Remember 3D TV? Why 2016 Will Not Be The Year of Virtual Reality

The year 2015 was filled with headlines proclaiming virtual reality as the next big thing that will completely revolutionize how we exist. Even the normally staid New York Times jumped on the VR bandwagon with the release of the NYT VR mobile app. A year earlier Facebook purchased startup Oculus VR …

How will the cities of the future be lit?

From the medieval candle to phosphorescent trees and glow-in-the-dark concrete, Daryl Mersom charts the trajectory of urban light, and asks how the problem of light pollution can be tackled in the modern era<p>The ever-increasing demand for the 24-hour illumination of cities is blighting urban …

The chairman of Google says British startups should embrace Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

"If you've got a great product, get it out there and the rest is obvious," Schmidt told UK entrepreneur Rohan Silva during an interview on BBC Radio 4 today.<p>Silva, who knows Schmidt from his days as a policy advisor to David Cameron, asked Schmidt what startups can do to market a product on a …

Is monogamy past its sell-by date?

For centuries, we've been hooked on the happy-ever-after ideal. But marriages do unravel. Isn't it time for an alternative? Karen Krizanovich investigates ‘multigamy’<p>Everyone loves to talk about monogamy. There’s George Bernard Shaw (he was against it), Sienna Miller (against), Milan Kundera …

Is Conservative Christianity Bad for Marriage?

We’ve long known that, in general, the parts of the country most obsessed by family values are also the most beset by family breakdown. Crimson-red …

Alibaba hired the man who helped Apple to clamp down on fake iPhones

Bassiur previously worked at Apple, helping the company stamp out fake iPhones and investigating intellectual property theft. His work at Alibaba will, the company hopes, rid the website of counterfeit goods.<p>Alibaba CEO Jack Ma has set his sights on expanding Alibaba outside of China, which means …

CREDIT SUISSE: Jewellers made a huge mistake that forced them to stash away 20 million carats of 'excess' diamonds

Diamond producers have made a massive miscalculation.<p>Around two years ago, they thought that demand for their gems would boom between 2013 and 2015, and so kept up production to prepare for the frenzy.<p>Instead their market was hit by a slowdown in luxury spending, a crackdown on Chinese corruption …

Blake Mycoskie of Toms on Social Entrepreneurship and Finding His ‘Business Soulmate’

In the latest instalment of Founder Stories, a series highlighting the personal and professional journeys of some of fashion’s most dynamic …

The Italian banking system is in serious trouble

"The Italian banking system is in serious trouble, and the failure of these four banks is simply the tip of the iceberg.<p>An Italian pensioner committed suicide this week. He hung himself after the Italian government's rescue of small four banks wiped out his life savings.<p>The bailout was carried out …

Forget US startups — 'European exits tend to be more profitable'

"Our big message there is we're the platform that gives people access to European startups," CEO Jeff Lynn told BI at the Fintech Connect Live conference in London on Tuesday.<p>Seedrs, launched in 2012, lets ordinary people invest in startups from as little as £20 ($29.95). The online platform aims …

Finland might pay everyone in the country 800 euros a month

<b>How it would work</b><p>Social benefit systems are complex and more often than not bureaucratic. The Finnish proposal, and others like it, seek to simplify those expenses by doing away with complex benefit systems.<p>The Finnish proposal, slated to be finalized in 2016, will first be rolled out as a hybrid …

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GOLDMAN SACHS: Here are 2 good reasons why inflation left Europe and isn't coming back for a long time

No matter what central banks do, it seems inflation is stuck at near zero levels.<p>Central banks around the world have kept interest rates at record lows and bought bonds in the billions, but prices are refusing to budge.<p>There are lots of different explanations, such as slow wage growth, falling oil …

Sweden has declared war on cash

Back in June, I shared with you the story of how, in 1661, the Scandinavian monarchy became the first country in the world to issue paper money. (It was an unmitigated disaster, by the way.) Now it might be the first to ban it altogether.<p>All across Sweden, cash—the physical kind, not cash in the …

After 30 years (and the arrival of Uber), a school that teaches London cab drivers 'The Knowledge' is closing down

The Knowledge is the exhaustive training regimen in which taxi drivers are required to learn, by heart, every single one of London's streets.<p>The Knowledge has made London cabbies the best taxi drivers in the world. But they're also more expensive than Uber, which takes only a few weeks to sign up …

How IKEA Billionaire Legally Avoided Taxes From 1973 Until 2015

89-year old IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad is said to be the eighth wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $43.2 billion. He was in favor of everything Swedish except taxes. So he spent more than 40 years paying as little as possible, both individually and for his company. …