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Explorer declares himself 'king' of unclaimed no man's land

An Indian adventurer has declared himself the ruler of an unclaimed strip of land in North Africa and is encouraging interested parties to apply for citizenship.<p>Suyash Dixit travelled hundreds of miles to Bir Tawil, an 800 square mile piece of uninhabited land between Egypt and Sudan that neither …

North Africa

Billionaire ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg and admits he helped build a monster

Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook, has a disturbing warning about the social network: "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains."<p>Speaking to the news website Axios, the entrepreneur and executive talked openly about what he perceives as the dangers of social media and how …

Social Media

I'm a recruiter, and there are 34 words and phrases that you can put on your resume to show any hiring manager you're a leader

One of the most common types of people I work with are those aiming to elevate their brand messaging to more loudly announce, "I'm one hell of a leader!" as they change jobs.<p>It's one thing to be good at tasks, projects, and areas of specialization, but if you're aspiring to manage teams, you simply …

The simple formula Jeff Bezos used to turn Amazon into a $480 billion company

In the early 1990s, Jeff Bezos noticed something strange.<p>He was nearing 30, and it was at the dawn of the internet revolution. The web was nowhere near what it is today, but the thing that caught Bezos’ attention was that usage was picking up at a rate of 2,300% a year.<p>Not wanting to miss out, he …

Self-improvement

This résumé landed me interviews at Google, BuzzFeed, and more than 20 top startups

I also crafted, revised, rewrote, and continuously edited my résumé.<p>This résumé landed me interviews at Google, BuzzFeed, Oscar, and nearly two dozen other top startups.<p>I also got interviews for full-time jobs at a major political campaign, a huge government contractor, and a billion-dollar …

Corporate media’s Turkey spin: “Attempted coup” bears the marks of an authoritarian power grab orchestrated by Erdoğan

Last week’s events in Turkey leave astute observers with more questions than answers<p>Recip Tayyip Erdoğan has to be the most exotic political figure to come down the pike in who can say how long. “Tinpot” is too good a term for the Turkish dictator. Desperate for a place in the larger-than-life …

The True Stories Behind 10 Unforgettable Horror Movies

Whether you're a fright fanatic, a middle-of-the-row horror fan, or a "someone-dragged-me-here" who barely watches from between terrified, trembling fingers, you've probably noticed an interesting trend: a lot of recent horror movies are based on true stories. At least that's what the filmmakers …

Horror

James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best

James Bond movie theme songs are the cinematic equivalents of paperback book-series covers — they suggest familiarity <i>and</i> course with the promise of a …

James Bond

What if I never get over him (or her) – you asked Google, here’s the answer

Every day, millions of internet users ask Google some of life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the most common queries<p>When I was younger, and a relationship ended, I would do this thing. I would flip forward as many months as my diary allowed and I would write, …

Relationships

Fukushima radiation set to hit the U.S. by 2014

<b>Simulation showing the ten-year trajectory of the radiation released after the Fukushima disaster (Screenshot, Adrift.org.au)</b><p>Fortunately, it should be harmless<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>August 29, 2013 4:05pm (UTC)<p>Unless you were one of the 160,000 thousand people in the near vicinity of the Fukushima disaster …

Are Emoji Racist?

For those of us who can’t be bothered to type out actual words in text messages, the hundreds of emoji that are offered among iOS’s default Keyboard options are a welcome alternative. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that, among emoji with clearly delineated ethnicities, only a handful appear …

HTC Reportedly Building New Mobile OS Specifically For China Market, In Partnership With Chinese Government

HTC’s Hail Mary play might not take the form of another new smartphone: The Taiwanese company is reportedly working with Chinese government officials to build a mobile OS that includes “deep integration” with China-specific services like Weibo, aimed specifically at the Chinese market. The project …

Embattled luxury carmakers are scolded for overcharging in China

Luxury automakers are getting the chills in China.<p>Xinhua, China’s state-owned news agency, reported this week that foreign auto manufacturers are charging premium prices in China that are significantly higher than what they charge the rest of the world. The report was widely interpreted as a …

China

Associated Press News

Apple’s record cash haul could repay Detroit’s debt eight times over

Apple now has $146.6 billion in cash and marketable securities on its balance sheet, with some $106 billion kept offshore, the company said during today’s earnings call.<p>That’s a record for the poster-child of tech companies maintaining mountains of overseas green. It’s enough to pay off bankrupt …

Bankruptcy

New research discovers vast impact on lifespan from China's pollution

Highly polluted air is bad for your health — and that's particularly true when it's air full of small particles from coal-fired power plants, as studies going back for years have shown.<p>But just how bad? For the first time, there's a study that actually quantifies how many years of life expectancy …

Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Published A New Novel Under A Fake Name In April

UPDATED: The Cuckoo's Calling is a mystery novel and YOU CAN BUY IT AND READ IT RIGHT NOW.<p>Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has secretly written a new novel under the pen name "Robert Galbraith," the <i>Sunday Times</i> has reported.<p>Rowling's latest book, the crime novel <i>The Cuckoo's Calling</i>, was released in …

Books

The Credit Crisis May Not Be China's Biggest Problem

The best investment ideas rarely come from the latest news item or brokerage research report. They’re often found on the fringes of finance or outside the field altogether. Right now, everyone is focused on China’s poor economic data and the potential for a hard landing in future. This is fair …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

build & SHARE your flipboard

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Five continents weren’t enough—Tencent’s WeChat is going to Africa

<i>This article has been corrected.</i><p>Tencent, China’s biggest Internet company, may hail from the most populous country on the planet, but that hasn’t stopped it from aggressively expanding into new markets. WeChat, its two-year-old social networking app, just went from 50 million users to 70 million …

China

Yahoo Acquires Xobni for Upward of $30 Million

Yahoo said it has bought Xobni, as <b>AllThingsD</b> had previously reported it was planning to do.<p>According to numerous sources close to the company, Yahoo …

Silicon Valley

Oppo is working on a dedicated camera to rival Samsung's Galaxy Camera

Details are still sparse, but a source tells us that Oppo is working on a dedicated camera. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, this is said to be a standalone device for point-and-shoot enthusiasts.<p>What we do know is that Oppo has held a briefing on the camera, a photo from which you will see …

Phones