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SXSW for the People Stuck at Their Desks

Bummed about the fact you're not in Austin, Texas, for SXSW? We can't offer you a plane ticket, but we'll bring the best parts of the experience to …

McDonald's Might Start Copying Chipotle's Strategy

In an attempt to reverse declining sales, McDonald's is testing letting customers customize their burgers, reports Catey Hill at MarketWatch.<p>But don't expect to actually point to the ingredients that will go on your burger.<p>McDonald's is testing a tablet program where customers decide which toppings …

McDonald's

9 Things Successful People Do Right Before Bed

Successful people understand that their success starts and ends with their own mental and physical health, and that it's almost entirely dependent upon them getting enough sleep. That's why bedtime routines are a key ritual for so many of them - and why the very last thing most successful people do …

Success

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Check your local listings<p>Science savors the fact that even bigger mysteries, mysteries like dark energy, await us.

Oral History: Sex! Drugs! Apps! SXSW Interactive At 20

Twenty years of wild parties, legendary product launches, and heated controversies.<p><i>Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year again! As part of our yearly look at SXSWi, we’ve resurfaced this retrospective from 2014, for your weekend reading pleasure.</i><p>When South By Southwest Interactive launched in 1994, …

To This Day

Stars Pair Up For Double the SXSW Fun

The biggest names in film, TV, music, and tech are taking over Austin, TX, at the annual South by Southwest festival. So far, there were some fun pairings, including Paul Wesley and his costar Emmy Rossum hanging out; his <b>Vampire Diaries</b> brother Ian Somerhalder getting one degree of separation away …

The complete guide to listening to music at work

If you’re reading this article at work, there’s a decent chance you’re wearing headphones.<p>It has never been easier to tune in to your own customized soundtrack—or more necessary to tune out your open-office coworkers, cubicle mates, and fellow coffee-shop denizens. But not all music is created …

Flute

How your brain works – video

The size of a small cauliflower, the human brain is the most complex organ in your body. It squeezes out 70,000 thoughts a day. But where does it store information? And how does it generate flights of fancy? Explore the inner workings of your personal ideas factory

When Airlines Screw Up Your Flight, AirHelp Gets You Paid

Uh oh! Your flight was overbooked. You’ve been bumped off the flight, and they can’t get you another ride for hours.<p>Surely, the airline has to give you <i>something</i>, right? But what? A drink voucher? A few extra inches of leg room on a future flight?<p>Try a couple hundred bucks. AirHelp (part of Y …

Sony and Panasonic announce the Archival Disc, a new optical disc standard for long-term storage

Aiming to offer a long-term storage option in disc form, Sony and Panasonic have announced the new Archival Disc format that will store between 300GB and 1TB per disc. The companies are bigging up the non-HDD form factor for its hardiness to temperature and humidity. They're also promising …

Second baby possibly 'cured' of HIV

The first time, it happened almost by accident.<p>Just hours after delivery, a baby born with HIV in Mississippi was given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs. More than three years later, doctors say the little girl has no evidence of the life-threatening disease in her blood, despite being off …

11 Things You Should Be Doing On LinkedIn But Probably Aren't

LinkedIn has been rolling out several new features in the past year, including a new publishing platform and a revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" function<p>Here's a look at 11 ways you can make LinkedIn a more valuable tool for keeping in touch with your network and getting recruiters to come to …

Employment

Fraud Within Companies Is A Risk That Can Never Be Eliminated, Just Managed

Ambitious fraudsters are attracted to businesses for the same reason that Willie Sutton, a contemporary of Ponzi, reportedly said he robbed banks: "Because that's where the money is."<p>Some frauds are committed by people at the top such as Bernard Madoff or Allen Stanford. Others are committed by …

Employment

For Those Who Get Discouraged When They Hear The Word 'No'... Here's A Rejection Letter U2 Got From A Record Label In 1979

Even when you've gotten rejected thousands of times (as any successful person has), it's still discouraging.<p>When you hear the word "no" — when a proposal of yours gets rejected — it's easy to think that there might be something wrong with the proposal. Or worse, you.<p>So it's helpful to remember that</i> …

Henry Blodget

'Powerful Questions' Are Key To Being A Better Manager

Whether you're a great manager or a lousy one, there's always room for improvement. One easy way to become a much better leader: ask "powerful questions."<p>In a recent Entrepreneur article, Gary Magenta, senior vice president of Root Inc. and author of "The Un-Bossy Boss: 12 Powerful Questions to …

Employment

9 Tips And Tricks For Getting The Most Out Of LinkedIn's Apps

The social network has become an incredible resource for building your professional identity online, no matter where you are in your career. And an important part of that process is done not through its desktop site, but through its apps.<p>However, many people don't even know that LinkedIn actually …

Apps

The 10 Best Cities For Freelancers

Freelancing offers unparalleled flexibility but also comes with the risk of not having enough work and being unable to afford health care.<p>NerdWallet recently did a study that determined the best cities for independent workers based on three factors: the percentage of residents with self-employment …

Self-employment

How to write the perfect email subject line for job hunting

Employment

The 20 Most Expensive Places To Rent A Luxury Apartment

An average unfurnished, high-end three-bedroom apartment in a popular part of Hong Kong costs an average of $11,440 per month. New York City ranked fourth on the list, with the average rent for a similar apartment costing $9,200 per month.<p>Rents for such apartments in Hong Kong have actually fallen …

Hong Kong

THE SILICON VALLEY 100: The Coolest People In Tech Right Now

After months of research, debate, and more research, Business Insider is proud to present our annual Silicon Valley 100, the authoritative ranking of the people who matter most in Silicon Valley. The list covers people who backed promising companies and saw big exits; were star executives; created …

Startups

17 Traits That Distinguish The Best Startup CEOs

In a recent Quora thread, users answered the question, "What separates the top 10% of startup CEOs from the rest?"<p>Robert Scoble, renowned blogger and analyst for Rackspace, gave a definitive answer based on his extensive experience with CEOs, and others jumped in to share some thoughts. We'll look …

Leadership

The Billionaire Winners Of The 2014 Academy Awards

“Dumb money” used to be a big joke in Hollywood. Rich folks who wanted to rub shoulders with glamorous stars would throw money at Hollywood and for some reason, their films never made any profit. Blame “creative accounting.” Eventually, they would slink back to the safer waters of Wall …

9 Ways To Share Your Strategic Thinking Skills With Your Team

You already have the tools you need to help your team succeed–your strategic thinking skills. Here’s how to put them to use.<p>Your ability to think strategically is the most important leadership trait you can have–more important than your innovativeness, influence, communication skills, or ability to …

Management

What bankers can learn from Jerry Maguire

There is something to be said for the less is more, time to breathe approach<p>Over the past few years the very pillars of the banking industry have been shaken. Bankers are no longer trusted, are universally derided as unpopular and greedy and each week brings some new tragedy, criticism or debate – …