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Larry Ellison, Oracle

Salary: $1If you had the list the traits of a CEO taking a $1 paycheck your list would probably include humility, frugality and charity. Ellison, who we cited in the past as appearing a little stingy in the giving department, is working on the charity part: he signed the Giving Pledge to give away …

Google Wants To Collect Your Health Data With 'Google Fit'

<i><br>With reporting by Forbes contributor Ewan Spence.</i><p>Google is planning to launch a new health service called Google Fit to collect and aggregate data from popular fitness trackers and health-related apps, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company’s plans. It will launch the service …

Why The U.S. Is Starting To Blow Up Old Dams

As tens of thousands of dams start to reach the end of their lifetimes, people have realized they aren’t worth the costs. Enter 800 pounds of explosives.<p>One hundred years ago, dams were seen as examples of great design and celebrated for making it possible to get cheap power and turn sprawling …

Brazil’s World Cup: big money for some | Financial Times

Print this page<p>Brazilians’ love-hate affair over hosting the World Cup on home soil is becoming clearer as the event approaches. This week, in sharp …

How 'Watch Dogs' Could Dethrone 'Grand Theft Auto' Down The Road

Ubisoft is gunning for Take Two and Rockstar, that much is clear from the recent release of Watch Dogs. While the game is meant to be focused on espionage, spying and hacking, it’s without question also supposed to compete with Grand Theft Auto on an action sandbox shooter level, trying to get a …

Philadelphia Students Build A Crime-Routing App To Make Their Walk To School Safer

The Academy at Palumbo is a public magnet school that draws kids from largely poor neighborhoods. When faced with preying muggers on their walk to school, they did something about it.<p>High school algebra teacher Susan Lee remembers the time a mugger stalked and attacked a female teacher on her way …

What A Coffee Shop Can Teach You About Finding Loyal Customers

It’s not just about stamp cards or membership programs. Here’s how coffee shops continue to thrive despite heavy competition and how your business can emulate them.<p>Coffee shops have some major advantages over other types of businesses when it comes to building a loyal following.<p>About 83% of adult …

Dangers of stasis, dangers of change in North Korea

Author: Andrei Lankov, Kookmin University and ANU<p>At a cursory glance, North Korean policy over the last two decades may seem profoundly irrational. …

Beyond The Quantified Self: The World’s Largest Quantified Community

Now a new “quantified community” built from scratch is taking shape, and it’s on the biggest stage yet: The Hudson Yards, the largest private real …

Urban Design

What Cultural Differences Can Reveal About The Way We Work

How cultural differences affect our work, and interactions in the office.<p>Just how adaptable are we?<p>Human thought is different from animals in the degree to which it can be programmed to deal with a variety of information landscapes. For example, the deer who are unfortunate enough to be born in an …

Psychology

Interactive Birthday Card Celebrates 25 Years Of Nintendo Game Boy

This interactive birthday card will conjure fond memories of Nintendo’s unbeatable handheld gaming console, even if your mom never let you have one. THANKS A LOT, MOM.<p>The original Nintendo Game Boy is turning 25 this week. To celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the plucky handheld console that changed …

iPad: $1.50 per year

If you fully drain and charge your iPad every other day it will use about 12 kWh of electricity per year. Source: Electric Power Research Institute

Electricity

Watch Brian Williams "Rap" Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice"

This is the best thing you'll watch all day.<p><b>Earlier this year,</b> Brian Williams (by way of Jimmy Fallon) unleashed his version of Sugarhill Gang's hip-hop classic "Rapper's Delight," made entirely from his broadcast clips. Now, thanks to <i>The Tonight Show</i>'s editing team, he's returned with Snoop Dogg's …

The Men Who Run Everest Have Had Enough

Sherpas are making a stand in the wake of a devastating avalanche.<p><b>It began with a simple request.</b> The Sherpas asked for 96 hours off, so they could search for the bodies of more than a dozen of their friends and relatives killed on Everest and return to their villages to grieve. It turned into a …

A Forgotten Man In Missouri

<b>Oh, Lord, do I ever wish</b> <i>Law And Order</i> was still making new episodes.<p>A guy gets convicted of armed robbery. He appeals. He loses. And the state of Missouri simply forgets him until it's time for his release, at which point the state discovers that he's never been to prison in the first place, …

Should Doctors Limit Medical Care To Save Money For 'Society'?

Can your doctor serve two masters at once?<p>That’s the question American physicians are grappling with. The <i>New York Times</i> recently reported on a growing debate within the medical profession as to whether doctors should make treatment decisions in the best interests of their individual patients — or …

The U.S. Has Passed “Peak Meat,” The Rest Of The World Is Just Getting Started

The changing equation of global meat consumption.<p>More money = more meat. In the U.S. and most of the Western world, that equation has held strong since the 1930s. But the math no longer adds up.<p>Meat consumption is dropping across Europe and now in the U.S. While still among the countries with the …

We’re All Celebrities Now: Can Micro-Endorsements Become The New Klout Perk?

A startup called SocialRank has a new idea about how brands can find and reward the social media users who are most important to them.<p>When Klout launched in 2008, it unleashed a new sort of status competition on the Internet. (And more than a touch of skepticism about its product.) Retweets and …

What Hotel Operators Really Think Of Airbnb

Airbnb is in talks to raise more than $400 million from investors, and on track to become the world’s largest hotel business. So why aren’t the big chains more worried?<p>In January, when Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky learned that Marriott International, one of the largest hotel groups in the world, planned …

This App Turns Your Smartphone Into A Medical Diagnostic Device

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a smartphone app to monitor medical conditions and quickly transmit that data to a laboratory or health professional. Published in the June issue of <i>Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical</i>, the app can accurately read glucose, protein, and pH …

Why Teens Are Innovators Of A New Public Form Of Privacy

It may seem like teens are always over-sharing without a thought. But in a world where opting out of online culture is hardly an option, many take a far more sophisticated view of privacy than adults give them credit for.<p>The following is an excerpt from It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of …