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50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

10 Ways to Make Money Online | BusinessCollective

When I read about making money on most sites, it always seems to be a little cheesy or some type of link-hacking system that is too good to be …

Prompt.ly Raises $1.5M Seed To Become The OpenTable For Time And Services

We’ve seen the rise of the ‘on-demand’ economy in the form of startups like TaskRabbit and FancyHands. What we have seen less of is a full-blown ‘platform play’ where it is not about connecting buyers and sellers (TaskRabbit) but about managing a business based on time (likeOpenTable). BookingBug, …

Fitness App RunKeeper Adds HotelTonight's Sam Shank To Its Board And Hires Pandora Executive Tim Leedom

Sam Shank, founder and CEO of HotelTonight, has joined RunKeeper's board of directors. Tim Leedom, who previously ran strategic partnerships for Pandora, is RunKeeper's new VP of Business Development. Leedom also spent three years at Nike.<p>Shank and Jason Jacobs, RunKeeper's CEO, first got to know …

Business Development

An App “Middle Class” Continues To Grow: Independently Owned Apps With A Million-Plus Users Up 121% Over Past 18 Months

It may be getting harder for mobile developers to break into the top charts in the various app stores, but there is a healthy and growing “middle class” app economy, according to new data released by analytics firm Flurry this morning. The company reports seeing 357% growth over the past 18 months …

Banksy reworks charity shop oil painting

<b>British graffiti artist Banksy has reworked an oil painting he bought from a charity shop in New York, before returning it for an auction.</b><p>The renegade artist added a Nazi figure to the landscape painting, renamed The banality of the banality of evil.<p>Banksy originally paid The Housing Works thrift …

Now Any Developer Can Bring Stickers to Their App

We’ve written about the business benefits of stickers and of the (increasing numbers of) companies that use them, but now any developer can try their hand at making money from the sale of these gigantic-emoticons, thanks to Israeli startup Scringo.<p>Scringo, which raised $700,000 in venture capital …

How to Survive Your First 100 Days of App Development

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Putting out an app is like releasing a music single. You never know which song will be your next big hit -- or flop. There are two million apps on the app store, yet only a fraction of those make any money.<p>This means it's …

In-App Purchases

These Two New Yorkers Help Startups Create Weird Company Cultures, Because That's How You 'Make More Money'

OK, probably a lot of things.<p>For some people, surprises are absolutely terrifying.<p>But there's actually a lot of value in that, Tania Luna of Surprise Industries tells Business Insider.<p>In fact, Luna and her sister, Kat Dudina, have built an entire business devoted to surprising people and companies …

The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind.<p>“It depends on what you mean by <i>artificial intelligence</i>.” Douglas Hofstadter is in a grocery store in …

All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines

We rely on computers to fly our planes, find our cancers, design our buildings, audit our businesses. That's all well and good. But what happens when the computer fails?<p>On the evening of February 12, 2009, a Continental Connection commuter flight made its way through blustery weather between …

How to Design Your Startup Office for a Productive Workforce

If you look at some of the latest startup offices, there seems to be a competition to who can have the coolest ping pong tables, kitchen, and big TVs displaying real time data. But are they essential to office productivity and culture?<p>We spoke to some of the hottest startups to hear their …

The Internet Archive puts Atari games and obsolete software directly in your browser

The Internet Archive has officially released a tool that will let decades-old software run in your browser, along with a catalog of noteworthy, fun, or notorious games and applications. The Archive team has spent two years creating and troubleshooting a JavaScript port of the MESS computer software …

Cruise.me Makes Booking A Cruise Social And Not Horrendously Difficult

Although the founders of SF-based Blueseed have garnered some attention recently for their desire to turn a cruise ship into a floating coworking space for foreign entrepreneurs, booking floating vacations for everyday folks remains a surprisingly untouched area of the travel startup scene.<p>Enter …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Why The Trend For Misspelled or -ly Startup Names Won't Go Away

As if bootstrapped startups already didn’t have enough on their plates, they face an additional, major challenge that no amount of engineering or business acumen can adequately overcome: Naming their company.<p>In an age where strong online presence and clear differentiation from the competition are …

Customer Identity and Access Management Platform | RaaS

The Leader in Customer Identity Management<p>700 leading companies trust Gigya to turn unknown online visitors into known, loyal customers, with the …

The Secret Factor in China's Housing Bubble? Mistresses

The practice of buying apartments for lovers—common among wealthy men—may have serious consequences for China's economy.

This Is the Average Man's Body

Graphic renderings of modern males<p>George Maat, a professor emeritus of anthropology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, has said that within another 50 years, the Dutch Todd could be six-foot-three. Several years ago the Netherlands was compelled to increase building code …

CrossFit and High-Rep Olympic Lifting

Here's what you need to know...<p>Any big lift performed poorly is dangerous.<br>• There are far better conditioning tools than high-rep Olympic lifts, like …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented …

Ten Ratios To Make You Money In Stocks

Evaluating stocks to buy and sell can be a tricky business, even with all of the data available at your fingertips. Out of the dozens of ratios and metrics that give clues to the financial health of a company, a few of them are extremely useful for their simplicity and effectiveness.<p>Here are ten …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

Silicon Valley

Roar of the rutting stag: why men have deep voices

The behaviour of rutting stags helps explain why men have evolved descended larynges<p>It's the rutting season. From Richmond Park to the Isle of Rum, red deer hinds will be gathering, and the stags that have spent the past 10 months minding their own business in bachelor groups are back in town, with …

Build a Website

Look like an expert right from the start.<p>Our award-winning templates are the most beautiful way to present your ideas online. Stand out with a …

Reebok embraces personal fitness trend with new “FitHub” stores

Want to take a free Zumba class or try a CrossFit workout with a certified coach? Head to the South Shore Plaza, where an unconventional new Reebok …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …