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What’s a “Shark Tank” Appearance Worth? A Top Spot in the App Store.

Image courtesy of Scan<p>Garrett Gee’s startup Scan didn’t necessarily need the $1 million he was pitching investors for on Friday night’s episode of …

Apps

How I Got 100,000 Twitter Followers In A Week (And No, I Didn't Pay For Them)

While riding the crosstown bus, a Dave Matthews Band song popped up on my shuffle. I was reminded of middle school, a time when I considered myself deep and obscure, often filling marble notebooks with sad entries about love lost which, not coincidentally, read like recaps of "Dawson's Creek" …

Are we on the brink of the first mile-high building?

Skyscrapers are getting bigger, as cities race to break the record for the tallest tower. But in the future, they may become cities themselves, helping mitigate urban sprawl.<p>You have just closed the door behind you and your dog is already jumping up your leg, demanding you take him for a walk. …

Skyscrapers

The Accident That Created An App Millionaire

One night in 2009, Chad Mureta, a real estate agent from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was driving down the interstate in Charlotte, North Carolina on his way back home from a basketball game. It was his first vacation day in two years.<p>As he drove, with just his thoughts for company, his mind …

How To Pump Up Employee Involvement

Back by popular demand...<p>The <b>70 tips</b> below make for a good list for learning how to become a better leader when you don't have a lot of time to read …

What Obamacare Means For The Self-Employed, The Startup Worker, The Freelancer

The Affordable Care Act kicks in today, and President Obama’s shake-up of the system could well mean a change in the risks you take in your professional career. Here’s why.<p>Today is the first day of what could be a long and happy life for Obamacare, the president’s stab at making cheaper health care …

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

21 Ways to Be a Better Leader Without Breaking a Sweat | Inc.com

Let's jump right in, shall we?<p><b>1. Switch off your cell phone.</b> Go on, you can do it. Just for one meeting.<p><b>2. Look people in the eyes.</b> Practice doing it consistently.<p><b>3. Think.</b> Pick an hour in the day (the week, if you're really strapped) and just think. Don't listen. Don't read. Don't talk. Don't eat. …

Leadership

Why Short-Form Video Is The Future Of Marketing

Brands are moving further away from direct advertising, whose metrics are hard to calculate, and into original video content–content that is created not to sell but to engage. Here’s how to tell a story and create brand loyalty.<p>If you have used the Internet in the past three years, chances are you …

Do Parking Meters Dream Of Digital Thermostats? An NYC UX Failure

Great creative solutions can improve even (or especially) the most quotidian parts of our lives–parking, for example. Guest contributor Andrew Essex, CEO of Droga5, addresses the MuniMeter, a ubiquitous symbol of inattention to user experience and a lost creative opportunity.<p>They started springing …

American Airlines

Sorry, Marketers, You're Doing Twitter Wrong [REPORT]

Most marketers are tweeting too much on the wrong days, not using hashtags enough and almost never do the one thing that will dramatically boost …

Apple's 'Next Big Thing' Will Be an Innovation, Not an Invention

Lots of people are wondering what Apple will invent next. If it’s true to its own history, it won’t invent a new type of product but will improve on one someone else already brought to market.<p>I’ve never questioned that Apple is an innovator. Its iPod, iPhone and iPad were all very innovative …

Yes, another Apple patent has been approved. This time it's for "playback control using a touch interface." http://on.mash.to/15R2ila

How to Get Testimonials for Your Business or Blog Using Twitter for Social Proof

Have you ever wondered what mentions and retweets are worth to your business or blog besides a boost in the Klout score? Tweets can be the perfect …

Marketing

Sean 'Diddy' Combs' Common Sense Tips For Budding Moguls

Sean “Diddy” Combs has always been more than just a rapper. He founded Bad Boy Records as a 23 year-old in 1993, signing hit acts like The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack. After releasing his first album in 1997, he entered the fashion world with his clothing line Sean John. Since then he’s penned …

African Casino Mogul To Build $1.5 Billion Resort in China

South African hotel and casino mogul Sol Kerzner is partnering with Chinese conglomerate Fosun International to construct Atlantis Sanya, a $1.5 billion resort in Sanya, located in the southern part of China’s popular holiday island, Hainan, according to a Reuters report.<p>Kerzner, 78, is the …

Meet Reginald Mengi, The Tanzanian Millionaire Media Mogul Giving His Fortune Away

On a humid September afternoon at his lavish home in an upmarket suburb in Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian multi-millionaire Reginald Mengi, the man pundits call the African Rupert Murdoch, recounts a recent episode in his life: He is attending a public function when a young woman in her 20s excitedly …

Taylor Swift Opens Education Center at Country Music Hall of Fame

Singer donated $4 million to endow the new facility<p>Class is now in session at the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and …

Country Music

Jay Z Rides London’s Tube with Chris Martin and Timbaland to O2 Arena

Jay Z passed on the flashy Maybach, and used another form of travelling on way to his sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena on Friday night. The hip-hop …

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Stacked House / NatureHumaine

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This project was done in collaboration with the client who wished to build his own home.<p>The site is …

Architecture

Frog Makes Star Trek’s Voice-Controlled Computers A Reality

Frog Fellow Jared Ficklin talks about the search for the next computing interface–the one we won’t ever see or touch.<p><i>Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.</i><p>Those are iconic words to any <i>Star Trek</i> fan–it’s the preferred drink of Captain Picard, as ordered from the Enterprise’s always-listening computer system. They …

Iranian scientist claims to have invented 'time machine'

An Iranian businessman claims to have mastered time with a machine that allows users to fast forward up to eight years into the future.<p>Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered "The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine" with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions.<p>The device can predict the …

A Look Ahead At The Future Of Tech

Technology's already changed our lives in ways we couldn't have imagined just a few years ago. As part of <i>Talk of the Nation's</i> "Looking Ahead" series, Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist for Slate.com, discusses what's changing and how it will change us.<p>Transcript<p>NEAL CONAN, HOST:<p>This is TALK OF THE …

Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital. Follow him on Twitter @mattturck.</i><p>The emerging Internet of Things — essentially, the world of physical devices connected to the network/Internet, from your Fitbit or Nest to industrial machines — is experiencing a burst of …

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