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James Patterson releases the 'world's first' self-destructing book

James Patterson's new book is set to blow up. Literally.<p>In a sign that book publishing has entered the Snapchat era, Patterson has partnered with a …

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Why are American credit card companies using outdated technology?

Target and Nieman Marcus customers are among the tens of millions whose credit cards have been compromised in recent hacks. The news is sparking a lot of questions about American credit card security. That brings us to the next part of our series on Wall Street technology. Today we're looking at …

Camera makers are desperately trying to stay a step ahead of smartphones—and failing

The best camera, experienced photographers say, is the one that’s with you—and the truth of that adage is spelling doom for many of the world’s camera brands, who are desperately trying to stay afloat as their businesses are eroded by the omnipresent smartphone.<p>The average point-and-shoot has …

A Peek Inside North Korea (Photos)

Gallery<p>Award-winning photographer David Guttenfelder’s best shots.<p>09.17.13 5:45 AM ET<p>David Guttenfelder/AP

Investors see legal marijuana as growth industry

It looks like any other business conference — lots of suits, name badges, a long line to the buffet — except that the 700 people who each paid $599 to be in this conference hall south of Seattle are in an industry unlike any other: marijuana.<p>The people at this meeting aren’t Cheech and Chong. …

WhatsApp CEO is Wrong About Rival Apps

WhatsApp doesn’t do a lot of press, so when CEO Jan Koum — pictured in the image above — speaks it means there’s an important milestone or significant piece of news. That was the case yesterday when Koum told AllThingsD in an interview that the service has now passed 300 million monthly active …

Meet The Mysterious Duo Who Just Bought Newsweek

The news that Newsweek had been sold to IBT Media was received by most of the media world over the weekend as the final, clinching evidence of the magazine’s abasement. To be handed off to a publisher that even most people in the news business had never heard of was the most ignoble of ends for an …

Rich Millennials Think About Money Very Differently From The Rest Of Us

As a product manager, he got stock options and cashed them in over the five years he worked there. He married a fellow Google employee, so she had stock too. Then she moved on to Yelp, and he quit to launch Tell Apart, which provides technology solutions for e-commerce sites.<p>Now 33, McFarland has a …

DECK by SOL Republic

Wireless speakers continue to innovate and differentiate in order to pull away from the herd. Known for their high-quality and almost indestructible headphones, SOL Republic's latest offering, a collaboration with Motorola, The DECK—released today, 1 August 2013—has enough new features to keep us …

Samsung ships first 3D vertical NAND flash, defies memory scaling limits

The main challenge in producing higher-capacity flash storage is one of scale -- as density goes up, so does cell interference and the chances of a breakdown. Samsung may have overcome that barrier (if temporarily) by mass-producing the first 3D vertical NAND memory, or V-NAND. Instead of putting …

The Stories Behind 22 Classic Album Covers

1. <i>Nevermind</i> (1991)<p><b>Nirvana<br>Design by Robert Fisher and Kirk Weddle</b><p>Spencer Elden's first time swimming was a memorable one.<p>At four months old, Elden was …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Beyond the Resume: Two Web Services to Help Promote Your Work

Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking for a new job or a recent graduate embarking on your career, connecting with the right people and …

Google challenges DOJ's surveillance gag order

Google has asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to lift a gag order, saying it has the constitutional right to clear its name by discussing government data requests.<p>The company filed a five-page motion before the court on Tuesday afternoon, arguing it has "a right under the …

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Disconnect, An Ex-Googler’s Social Enterprise/Privacy Startup, Raises $3.5M, Extends To More Browsers

As we continue to see more details brought to light in how the government requests and uses information about what we do on the web and on our mobile devices, an ex-Googler and a consumer rights attorney, who have dedicated themselves to helping users remain private, have raised some funding to do …

Faking News - leading news satire website of India

Does SRK regret removing Gambhir from KKR? Why is the level of umpiring in IPL going low? Cricket expert @Secret_Saanta tells us about this in …

How Google Sets Goals

Goal setting within a startup or company is essential to success. But there are a number of different approaches to attaining these goals both within teams and individually. And what better framework to follow than Google’s strategy around establishing goals.<p>This gem is part of the Google Ventures …

NSA whistleblower reveals himself: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'

<i>The Guardian</i> has published an interview with the NSA whistleblower, who revealed himself as a 29-year-old former technical assistant named Edward Snowden. In recent days, Snowden has leaked top secret NSA documents to <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> detailing the NSA's PRISM and Boundless …

The Xbox One Might Let Sony's PS4 Win By Default

Last night, Microsoft dumped a pile of information into our laps about some of the more controversial specifics of the Xbox One. We heard confirmation about its practices for always on, used game resale, and game ownership in general. Some of the highlights:<p>- Your Xbox must check in via the …

FT Debuts on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2013<p>The FT, or Financial Times, one of the best-read business sources in the world, launched today on Flipboard. Readers …

America’s Carriers Are Terrible. It’s Probably Your Fault.

A few days ago I landed in England and, expecting little, slipped an old UK SIM card into my phone. I’d bought it when living in London five years ago, and hadn’t used it in more than a year. But to my amazement it was still active — as was the money I’d added to its pay-as-you-go account 16 months …

7 Terrible Management Fads That Just Won't Die

Contrary to what you might think, management fads aren't fads because they're something new. Quite the contrary, what makes them fads is that companies glom onto these decades-old ideas as panaceas... one after the other after the other.<p>Here's how to ensure that you can still get work done and …

Microsoft responds to 'extreme' Windows 8 criticism

Microsoft appreciates the feedback on Windows 8. Up to a point.<p>"There is a trend to the extreme," Frank X. Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications at Microsoft, wrote on The Official Microsoft Blog on Friday, addressing some of the harsher attacks.<p>Here's a fuller quote:<p>In this …

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