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"Time Capsule" Apartment in Paris Found Untouched for 70 Years

Some people might take a vacation and leave their residence unmanned for a few weeks or even months, but one apartment in Paris was left isolated for about 70 years. The beautifully preserved space, which belonged to the granddaughter of the late Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian, …

A Facebook Like Is Now Covered by the First Amendment

The Founders could not have anticipated Facebook. In another way, though, they totally anticipated Facebook.<p>In November of 2009, B.J. Roberts, the sheriff of Hampton, Virginia, ran for re-election. A group of workers in Roberts' office, however, among them one Bobby Bland, weren't enthused about …

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Talkz, Because Messaging With Your Thumbs Is So 2000 And Late

If email is first in line for disruption, messaging has to be second. A new company launching out of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 has a fresh take on our most favoritest form of communication.<p>Talkz asks you to stop typing and start talking. Or type. Or doodle. Or share music. Really, anything you …

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start …

Why are your friends more popular than you?

DO YOU ever feel like your friends are more popular than you are? That may be because it is true—for nearly everyone. This odd result, dubbed the …

Friends Are Swell. But Randi Zuckerberg, Producer Of Bravo’s “Start-ups: Silicon Valley,” Wants Ratings

Three weeks ahead of the premiere, a couple of the founders featured in the show by Zuck’s big sis have already been acquired by Facebook. How real is that?<p>It’s hard not to like Randi Zuckerberg. She smiles a lot. She looks you in the eye. And even in an artificial setting–say, sitting across a …

Off White Papers

<b>Disrupting Hell:</b> <b>Accountability for the Non-believer</b><p><b>by Professor Clayton M. Christensen, Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula</b> <b></b><p><i>For millennia religion has</i> …

Future headlights turn rain invisible, we explain how in video

Rain -- the scourge of the night driver! Too many times have distracting droplets proved an annoyance for those traveling roads after dark.<p>New technology co-developed by Intel and Carnegie Mellon University could one day change all that. I've spoken to Intel about the new tech, so hit play on the …

Emerging Technology

All About The Benjamins

Share Email<p>Despite the increasing use of electronic forms of payments, cash is most certainly not dead. In fact, approximately 35 million notes were …

Programmatic Hits Faster Than First Thought Says Perfect Market's Schoenfeld

Pasadena, California-based Perfect Market has had a ringside seat while its publisher clients have battled to keep revenues flowing as an important …

BII REPORT: How Consumers Are Using Their Phones, And What It Means

Where is this consumer attention being focused?<p>The biggest beneficiaries have been mobile apps. Time spent on apps dwarfs time spent on the mobile Web, and smartphone owners now spend 127 minutes <i>per day</i> in mobile apps.<p>In a <b>recent report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence</b>, we analyze the main mobile usage trends …

30 Super Cool Modern Architecture Designs

The World’s tallest building namely Burj Khalifa in Dubai (UAE) exemplifies the advancement and progress mankind has achieved in terms of …

How Volkswagen is run like no other car company

Volkswagen is run very differently than every other automaker. Actually, its corporate structure looks more like General Motors did from 1920 to 1970. In other words, VW now looks like the GM that was once the largest and most profitable corporation in the world.<p>VW is not in any danger of having …

UK economy is slowly healing, Downing Street insists amid triple-dip fears

Downing Street has said the economy is "slowly healing" before the publication of the latest growth figures which could show that Britain has entered …

HHS stages multimillion-dollar PR campaign to promote ObamaCare

The federal agency charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act announced a multimillion-dollar public relations contract last week in order to convince people to join the program and keep it from collapsing, critics claimed.<p>Enrollment in Obamacare's health insurance exchanges is lagging, …

Salesforce Launches A Social Ad App Merging CRM Data With Social Media

Salesforce.com has evolved its Marketing Cloud suite of products by bringing them under a single domain: Social.com. With this reorganization of sorts, the enterprise software company is launching an advertising service that enables businesses to connect their CRM data with social media in order to …

Hot Social Media Trends in 2013? Blogs, Podcasts & Videos

Top social media used in 2013<p>I recently had the pleasure to be among the 1,100 attendees at Social Media Examiner’s first live conference, held in …

Why The Happiest People Have The Hardest Jobs

Happiness is not about working the hardest; it’s about having the most challenging work. Harvard prof Rosabeth Moss Kanter explains.<p>“The happiest people I know are dedicated to dealing with the most difficult problems,” Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes for <i>HBR</i>. Whether reversing schools’ struggles, …

Financial Infidelity: What To Do When Someone Financially Cheats?

Why is it that as most new relationships develop, couples tend to see each other naked before seeing each other's bank accounts? Is it because their financial status is more private and personal than their actual... privates?<p>Last year, Self.com and Today.com conducted a survey of almost 24,000 men …

Will The iPad-Native Generation Be A “Rude Awakening” For Retail?

From gushing about the latest gaming app to which fashion icon walked the runway, tweens expect their voices to be heard … and not just by their …

China GDP Growth Slows to 7.7%

BEIJING—China's economic growth slowed unexpectedly in the first quarter, raising concerns that a recovery that started in the second half of last year is already losing steam.<p>Gross domestic product grew 7.7% on a year-to-year basis in the first quarter, down from 7.9% in the fourth quarter of 2012 …

Economics

Netflix Wastes No Time Making Facebook Disclosure

By<p>Greg Bensinger<p>Greg Bensinger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@GregBensinger<p>Google+<p>Greg.Bensinger@wsj.com<p>Netflix Inc. didn’t wait long to make its first disclosure using social media.<p>Chief Executive Reed Hastings disclosed Thursday on his personal Facebook page that Netflix’s customers had streamed …

The end of offshore banking in Europe?

There’s a perfect storm brewing against offshore banking, and it seems to be breaking in Europe right now.<p>The pressure to close deficits in advanced economies and deal with inequality has turned a spotlight on tax evasion. In the US, it led to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which …

The end of big (media): When news orgs move from brands to platforms for talent

“What if news organizations confronted the reality that nearly all media will be ‘social media’ a decade hence?…What if news organizations acknowledged this — or even got out in front of it, ahead of the curve this time — and organized themselves as platforms for talent?”<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: On April 23, …