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We Ask New Employees To Take A Two-Week Paid Vacation On Their First Day

Vacations have always been hard for me. It's a weird thing to say, but it's true. They just don't come naturally to me.<p>I remember when I was in business school, all of my classmates were taking these epic vacations seemingly all the time.<p>Spring breaks in Costa Rica, pre-internship trips to South …

Bitcoin's Promise In Argentina

It is nearly impossible to detach politics from bitcoin although many try. The reason being that everything bitcoin touches has social and political ramifications that are too startling to ignore. Argentina is no exception.<p>The mere existence of the Bitcoin network is subversive. The …

E-Cigarettes Bring Smokers Back Inside, For Now

Smoking used to be sexy. Look at <i>Mad Men</i> or Humphrey Bogart. But that was then. These days, Americans are buying fewer cigarettes. Just this week, U.S. tobacco companies released their first quarter earnings, and, unsurprisingly, cigarette sales were down from last year.<p>But that doesn't mean tobacco …

Big Data Gets Bigger: Now Google Trends Can Predict The Market

Yesterday three economists, (Tobias Preis of Warwick Business School in the U.K., Helen Susannah Moat of University College London, and H. Eugene Stanley of Boston University) published an eye-opening paper that said Google Trends data was useful in predicting daily price moves in the Dow Jones …

iTunes turns 10: How Apple music store killed old music industry

A woman listens to her portable music player while walking past an Apple iPod billboard. Eric Risberg<p>When Tower Records, a hallowed music store chain with a 46-year history, shuttered its doors at the end of 2006, The Nation called it "the day the music died."<p>Some cried murder, blaming iTunes and …

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Wal-Mart Vs. Amazon: World's Biggest E-Commerce Battle Could Boil Down To Vegetables

Wal-Mart Stores and Amazon.com are both such enormous companies that there isn’t even a fitting cliché to clumsily describe their battle for e-commerce supremacy. There isn’t a David in this fight. If Wal-Mart’s Goliath, Amazon is Godzilla.<p>Both chains dominate their historic areas of expertise. …

Obama Skewered CNN, MSNBC, And Fox News During His White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech

Obama took a dig at CNN for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, when it erroneously reported that authorities had a suspect in custody.<p>"I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be …

Palin: WHCD was 'pathetic'

Sarah Palin on Saturday slammed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as “pathetic” and bashed the “DC assclowns” in attendance.<p>“That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom,” she tweeted.<p>In a Facebook post, …