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10 things in tech you need to know today, November 23

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Monday.<p><b>1. Airbnb is reportedly raising another $100 million, and it's still worth $25.5 billion.</b> The San Francisco company has raised $2.34 billion to-date, according to Pitchbook data.<p><b>2. Walmart is pushing its Cyber Monday deals forward to</b> …

Silicon Valley

'Have a nice day': Murderers who escaped New York prison leave behind note

Two murderers who escaped from a prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the "Shawshank Redemption"-style breakout.<p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the escape over the weekend was a "sophisticated plan" …

Why Facebook doesn't like your brand

Organic growth for digital marketers is in steep decline. Brands shake in their boots at the prospect of Google making further major changes to its algorithms, and marketers struggle to keep up with the impact of those changes. Recently, its new mobile-friendly ranking factor algorithm has led to …

Marketing
Bootstrapping

How to Get Better at Almost Anything

And guess what? Talent may not be necessary.<p>What is it that makes a speaker amazing? Is it a set of personal characteristics that enable great speakers to capture and keep our attention? Is it their brains? Their sense of humor? Their sincerity and empathy? Or were they born with a talent to …

Public Speaking

Outperform Your Competition With 3 Small Daily Adjustments

Entrepreneurs > Habits<p>Next Article<p>Why the Habits of Highly Successful People Are Just a Myth<p>Next Article<p>Adam Toren • VIP Contributor<p>Serial entrepreneur, mentor, advisor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs tend to thrive …

Jerry Seinfeld

Atlassian Launches HipChat Server, Doubles Down On Team Collaboration

It’s been almost three years since Atlassian acquired HipChat and the product is now at the center of the company’s strategy as it doubles down on team collaboration. Today, it’s launching a new version of HipChat for enterprise users who want (or need) to run the service on their private …

6 Simple Steps That Will Dramatically Improve Your Computer Security

Is everyone in your office following these easy security measures?<p>You could have a Windows PC, a Mac, or even a Linux computer. The fact is no one is immune to malware, the blanket term for all the evil software out there waiting to attack you. Did you know that miscreants using malware can steal …

Cybersecurity

Five Super Sharp Portrait Lenses for Your Mirrorless Camera

In terms of technical speak, if you want to get the absolute best performance from your camera, you’ll need a solid lens. Many portrait photographers …

Former Opera CEO Launches Vivaldi, A New Browser For Power Users

Opera’s former CEO Jon von Tetzchner is launching the first preview of Vivaldi today, a new Chromium-based browser that is squarely aimed at power users. Vivaldi features tools like Quick Commands for using written commands instead of the mouse, an Opera-like Speed Dial for quickly accessing …

Norway Has Figured Out How To Solve The Problem Of Music Piracy

A new music industry survey asked people under 30 in Norway whether they illegally download music online. The study, carried out by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, revealed that there had been a substantial drop in the number of young Norwegian people illegally …

Televisions

5 Unusually Successful Startup Stunts You Can Learn From

Publicity stunts are not unusual in the business world. In fact, some of our most well-known traditions began as publicity stunts, like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl.<p>Publicity stunts are not unusual in the business world. In fact, some of our most well-known traditions began …

Public Relations

The 'Airbrushed Reality' of Entrepreneurship

Popular media images present an escapist, unrealistic version of starting a business.<p>There is an increasingly disturbing trend in the media of idealizing entrepreneurship and the entrepreneur. Everyone seems to want to be an entrepreneur these days. Entrepreneurs make good media subjects. There is …

7 reasons to use emoticons in your writing and social media, according to science

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …

Psychology

7 Books You Should Preorder Today

These books are highly likely to be among the most talked about in 2015. Get a jump on everyone else and get one of the first copies.<p>At the end of each year, I review and recommend the best business books published that year. I include books that I found intriguing, along with those the most useful …

Exponential Finance Conference

Exercise Isn't Just Good for You. Your Startup's Success May Depend on It.

CEO and Founder of Shawn McIntyre Fitness<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to “getting it done,” entrepreneurs fare better than most at setting ambitious personal goals and achieving them. After all, it takes a lot of self-control and determination to launch …

Entrepreneurship

10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Killer PowerPoint Presentation

As an entrepreneur, speaking at influential industry trade shows and conferences positions your products and services center stage, exactly where you want your brand to be.<p>When done right, showcasing your brand in a dynamic presentation can reel in new customers, attract capital and generate …

7 Things Successful People Do Every Day

I have been interviewing over 30 multimillionaires, 5 billionaires, world-class athletes, NYT bestselling authors, and billionaires. Moreover, having …

Self-improvement

Hello 2014: 21 Ways to Live a Resilient Life

Here are 21 ways to lead a resilient life:<p><b>1. Set healthy boundaries that work for you and not everyone else.</b> Put this phrase at the top of your healthy, self-loving boundary setting list: "That doesn't work for me." If others don't understand your boundaries, so what? You are not creating them for …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Space Travel

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

12 Award-Winning Photos Beautifully Capture Daily Life

You might think that professional photographers, whose craft is being co-opted by Instagrammers and selfie-takers, would be the last to crowdsource “Likes” as a metric to judge a photography contest. Think again: the Morpholio Project, an online creative community of architects and academics, used …

Five Books You Should Read Before You Turn 30

Someone who saves money for retirement is probably going to be in a better situation come 65 than someone who didn't start saving until they were 45.<p>Here are five books that I think everyone should read before they turn 30. Reading and understanding these will give you an edge, however slight, that …

Self-improvement

Enter, Sandman: how lucid dreaming ‘can help you change yourself’

Thomas Peisel will teach you to reign over the witching hour<p>Maybe the vast majority of your recollected dreams involve public speaking in the nude, or repeatedly failing your college chemistry final. Or maybe you don’t recall having any dreams at all. According to Thomas Peisel, both scenarios are …

5 Tips For Photographing Moving Water

All of us have seen those amazing silky cotton candy seaside scenes or milky white waterfalls falling down a rock face. They all look so professional …

Digital Photography

4 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read

NYT Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, Coach<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The greatest lessons you'll ever learn will most likely be from your own experience. But entrepreneurs can also learn a lot from the advice and experiences of others, as long as we allow …

Entrepreneurship

5 Web Marketing Basics to Give Your Business a Boost

Now's the time to make a serious investment in online marketing. Here are five places to start.<p>When your business is in the red, there’s often more than one place to point the finger. One place you may not consider, however, is your marketing mix. (You <i>are</i> marketing, right? If not, this is …

Marketing

The 20 big questions in science

From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are lots of things we still don't know – but we might do soon. A new book seeks some answers<p>1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don't know what 95% of the …

Borrow These 5 Smart Startup Habits To Maximize Your Productivity

Startups create systems of efficiency to make organizations maximally awesome. That works for individuals, too.<p>“Entrepreneurship, by definition, is the art of creating systems that generate more value for less effort,” Contently cofounder Shane Snow writes on LinkedIn. “Startups realize that the …

Let the Crowd Build Your Company

Hiring a full-time employee is tricky. Lucky for you, there is power in the crowd.<p>One day, I was on stage giving a speech, when I spotted a young woman in the back of the room with only one leg and a pair of crutches. As I was speaking, she got up to get a glass of water and fell. I was …

Startups