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International group explores future of Internet governance

An elite international group meets in Ottawa this week with the self-appointed task of solving one of the greatest challenges of an increasingly digitizing world: how to prevent the Internet from becoming the "splinternet."<p>"There is no guarantee the entire world will do what we recommend … but I'm …

Stumped on a Startup Idea? Check Out These 4 Resources | Inc.com

While the best way to discover startup ideas is to find a solution to a problem that you personally face or with a subject that interests you, sometimes you just don't have the luxury of waiting and need a startup idea now. Like when your existing startup fails to generate traction beyond a …

Startups

Lead Like Benioff: 5 Surprising Strategies for Out-Of-The-Ballpark Success

Market domination and Wall Street success are the metrics a company’s investors will honor, but I was surprised to learn about the highest motivations that drive renowned Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. They are not what most observers may have suspected, but clearly they’re producing remarkable …

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Mentor

Like many other successful people in business and in life, I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for my mentors.<p>As I’ve written before, I didn’t always recognize the value of having (and being) a mentor like I do today. As a young entrepreneur, it’s easy to fall into …

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Lately I keep running into young entrepreneurs who think the secret to startup success is to find a business concept no one has thought of before. Once they get the business up and running, they'll have the market to themselves. And the less competition they have, the better off they'll be. Or so …

Business Strategy

20 best Android apps and games this week

Djay 2, Google Fit, Microsoft Health, The Wolf Among Us, Angry Birds Transformers and more<p>It’s time for our latest roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, this time from the last two weeks’ worth of releases on the Google Play store.<p>As ever, the prices provided in brackets are for …

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people's rights, including the right to education.<p>Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, …

iOS 8 Extensions and Widgets I’m Trying This Weekend – MacStories

A lot of new and updated apps have landed on the App Store since the launch of iOS 8 earlier this week. While we tried to be as prepared as possible by covering notable releases here at MacStories, we couldn’t possibly hope to always have articles for every single new app we like. Therefore, I’ve …

Apps

Genetically, Schizophrenia Is At Least Eight Separate Diseases

A range of disorders lead to different symptoms, new research says, raising hopes for individualized treatment.<p>Research published in the <i>American Journal of Psychiatry</i> shows that schizophrenia is not a single genetic disease, but in fact a class of diseases with variable symptoms.<p>Schizophrenia is …

Genetics

Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

From the stone age to the silicon chip, materials are the fundamental building blocks of culture, argues scientist Mark Miodownik. Here he charts his lifelong fascination ahead of a new series appearing in Observer Tech Monthly<p>Everything is made of something. Take away concrete, glass, textiles, …

19 Incredibly Impressive Students At Harvard

Narrowing down the 6,700-person student body to just a handful of go-getters was a challenge John Harvard himself wouldn't have struggled with any less. We spoke with campus leaders, sought the counsel of student journalists, and combed the internet to find the 19 Harvard College undergrads who …

High School

A Former White House Official Live-Tweets What It Was Like To Be With George W. Bush On 9/11, And It's Absolutely Gripping

His postings provide incredible insight into what the day was like for President George W. Bush and his inner circle, including the shock and anger they felt upon learning of the attacks.<p>Fleischer said he took detailed notes that day, and many of his postings include direct quotes from the …

Donald Trump

A Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>A few months ago we started up a new Twitter chat series, #Bufferchat.<p>So far, we’ve talked about everything from productivity to social media monitoring and lots of other topics in between. These days, we have up to 185 participants each week, …

Can you find founders before they know they are founders?

If Target can figure out a teen girl was pregnant before her father did, venture firms should be able to identify founders before they start …

Vantablack: Firm Shows Off ‘World’s Darkest Material’

Black Holes

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Engineering

Want To Be More Creative? Sleep Like The Ancients Did

Artificial Light, like the light from the screen you are looking at right now, is like a drug that we’re all addicted to. And this addiction has taken its toll on modern society in the form of unnatural sleep patterns.<p>Computers, phones, light bulbs…they all attack our eyes with artificial light, …

Sleep

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say | Inc.com

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Public Speaking

David Lebovitz's Steak with Mustard Butter

<i>All week long David Lebovitz -- professional cook, baker, and blogger -- will be sharing recipes from his new book, My Paris Kitchen. Follow along to win one of six copies we're giving away -- and find out why Paris really is always a good idea.</i><p><i>Today: A trip to Paris is as easy as making this</i> …

‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ of China are best frenemies

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Once the darling of tech investors, Weibo failed to excite Asian investors during its pre-IPO investor education in Hong …

Social Media

Apple Nabs Itself A Renewable Power Plant Project in Oregon

Apple’s been on a bit of a buying spree lately. Embark! Cue! Burstly!<p>If you had to guess the next thing Apple would take under its wing, what would it be?<p>If you guessed “a hydroelectric power project in Central Oregon”, you’d be right! You’d also be a weirdly specific guesser.<p>OregonLive reports …

How Congress Stayed Wet in the Dry Years of Prohibition

Meet George Cassiday, official Washington's favorite bootlegger.<p>In a yet-to-be-gentrified area of Northeast D.C., a nondescript warehouse was unusually lively last Saturday afternoon. Inside? A spirited bottling party.<p>The Ivy City warehouse is home to New Columbia Distillers. Started in 2012 by …

9 Resume Mistakes That Might Cost You A Job

Some may be obvious, like watching out for typos and misspelled words, but others might be more sneaky job-hunting mistakes.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>While good old paper may seem passé in the digital age, LinkedIn …

Employment

5 Bar Tricks You Can Do With Science

Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight<p>As Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his classic <i>Cat's Cradle</i>, "science is magic that works." The same can be applied to these seemingly magical bar tricks, which are not really tricks but based in simple physics and science. They were shown to me by …

Want to speed-read? Soon, there may be an app for that

Boston-based start-up Spritz hopes you’ll never revert to your average human reading speed again<p>In the despair-inducing young adult novel <i>Flowers for Algernon</i>, a man named Charlie with a low IQ receives an experimental treatment that makes him temporarily way smarter than he normally is. Then he …

10 Winter Pastas

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm <i>and</i> happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want …

Inigral is now Uversity, a tool for high school students to pick the right college

Education technology startup Inigral has rebranded to Uversity, a name its customers will have far less trouble pronouncing.<p>Inigral was best known for its Schools app, which students use to create private communities on Facebook. But the executive team has increasingly been pushing for independence …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …