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Obama's record budget: Tax the rich, help middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — Promising to help America's middle class, President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a record $4 trillion budget that would …

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7 Science-Based Reasons to Use Emoticons at Work

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you remember seeing your first emoticon?<p>The first documented use of “:-)” dates back to 1982, when Scott Fahlman proposed that it be used as a “joke marker” on a message board for Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists. Here’s his …

The App Store makes more money than Hollywood

Hollywood has long been the sparkling gem of entertainment in the U.S., but when it comes to making money, Apple is schooling the entertainment industry on how to bring in the cash with the App Store.<p>In 2014, iOS app developers earned more than Hollywood did from U.S. box office revenues, reports …

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7 Dead-Serious Uber Controversies That Somehow Didn't Sink the Company

Uber is no stranger to confrontation. The ride-sharing firm is known for aggressive tactics that have helped fuel its explosive growth. Its very …

If Dropbox's CEO Could Give Advice To His Younger Self, It'd Involve A Tennis Ball And The Number 30,000

At Web Summit in Dublin on Tuesday, CNN's Laurie Segall asked Houston to clarify what two things mean.<p>Houston said the tennis ball reminds him to work on a business he's obsessed with — like a dog who is focused on retrieving a tennis ball. He once started an SAT prep company and lost interest; he …

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Spruce Gets $2 Million In Seed From Kleiner Perkins, Baseline And Cowboy Ventures To Put A Doctor In The Palm Of Your Hand

There have been some great strides in telemedicine lately. This virtual way to see the doctor cuts down on commutes, wait time and potential costs associated with in-person visits. But most of what’s currently out there requires some sort of video conferencing system and a set appointment with the …

Twitter Just Taught Everyone an Important Lesson

Users expressed their outrage over a change to one of the social network's features. Fortunately, the company listened.<p>When Twitter unveiled a new feature on Thursday that triggered an overwhelming negative response, the newly public company taught everyone a simple, but important lesson: When …

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Tech entrepreneurs revive communal living

Jessy Kate Schingler left her job at NASA, moved to San Francisco, and helped turn a 7,500-square-foot, eight-bedroom mansion near Alamo Square into …

Top 10 Lists of Common Java Mistakes (That Makes Top 100!) - DZone Java

Top 10 lists are very popular, fun, and informative to read. But there are so many of them! How to choose the right one? Here’s a meta top 10 list …

Ten Ways Twitter's IPO Didn't Turn Out To Be Like Facebook's IPO

Twitter worked hard to make sure that its initial public offering didn’t turn into the kind of debacle that Facebook experienced when it started out as a publicly-traded company. Twitter sold 70 million shares for $26 each in its IPO and so far on Thursday things are looking very different than …

Apple Patents Home Automation Technology That Adjusts Settings Based On Device Location

Apple has just been granted a new patent (via AppleInsider) which describes a very comprehensive system for controlling connected home devices. The elaborate setup would make it possible for Apple to use location data fed from things like your iPhone and iPad, as well as use of credit cards or RFID …

TaskRabbit Launches Service In Denver, Miami, Phoenix, and San Diego

TaskRabbit is expanding its reach. The company today is launching its service in four new markets: Denver, Miami, Phoenix, and San Diego. In total, it’s now in 19 markets throughout the US.<p>Founded five years ago, TaskRabbit says that it now has more than 20,000 users on its platform — these are the …

Dell Officially Goes Private: Inside The Nastiest Tech Buyout Ever

Eight months is a long time to stay mum, especially for a tech industry wunderkind, as Michael Dell was, and one of the world’s richest men, as Michael Dell is, while enduring daily bombs from Carl Icahn about his leadership and ethics. (“All would be swell at Dell if Michael and the board bid …

Social ad ROI skyrockets: Facebook click rate up 275%, Twitter revenue per visitor up 4X

Twitter is delivering four times the revenue per visitor this year over last year, and Facebook’s ad click-through rate has jumped 275 percent, according to the Q3 Adobe Social Intelligence report, released today.<p>“Advertisers are getting more ROI than ever before,” Adobe digital analyst Tamara …

We Are Working Less And Sleeping Less Due To The Internet

We are working less and sleeping less, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.<p>According to the study conducted by Scott Wallsten of the Technology PolicyInstitute, we spend sixteen fewer seconds working for every minute we spend online. Similarly, we spend seven fewer …

This is a better predictor of your success than IQ or EQ

An unsettling classroom experience near the start of his second year in the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program caused a personal crisis for Shirzad Chamine and led him to the work he’s doing more than a quarter century later. The 1987 class was Interpersonal Dynamics, nicknamed …

Carl Icahn Admits His Meeting With Tim Cook Got 'A Little Testy' At Times

Wapner, as usual, got right down to business and asked Icahn how it went.<p>"We had dinner at my apartment with a bunch of CEOs." said Icahn. "We had a commonality, we know the technology world. But the conversation revolved around the buyback, we pushed quite hard for it."<p>Like Icahn said before, he …

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Shopping search engine TheFind surpasses 1B shopping searches (exclusive)

Shopping search engine TheFind is furiously crawling the Internet so you can find those vintage Nike shoes you’ve been eyeing, or a pantsuit appropriate for a wedding.<p>The company revealed impressive traction today.<p>TheFind crossed the “1 billion shopping searches” mark, and shoppers have browsed …

Indiegogo campaign seeks to break the ‘white guy entrepreneur’ mold

Social Venture Network, a non-profit comprised of socially conscious business leaders, wants to inject a bit of diversity into today’s pool of (mostly white, mostly male) entrepreneurs.<p>Yesterday, the 25 year-old organization launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help women and minority …

Your future ultra-fast internet connection just launched into space

Elon Musk’s commercial space company, SpaceX, has just launched a Falcon 9 rocket into orbit carrying a Canadian Space Agency satellite, CASSIOPE. Part of the satellite’s payload is Cascade, a prototype for a super-fast space-borne file-transfer system—a kind of digital courier service.<p>The idea …

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Top 50 Startups in New York City you need to know about

<i>Courtney Boyd Myers and Erica Berger are the founders of 3460 Miles, a bi-weekly newsletter that connects the New York and London tech, design, and social good communities. Sign up for their newsletter and find them on Twitter and Facebook.</i><p>New York City is chock full of startups shaking up …

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ sales blow past $1 billion in three days

Game enthusiasts purchase 'Grand Theft Auto V' at the Game Stop store in Encinitas, Calif., in this photo taken Sept. 17, 2013. MIKE BLAKE<p>"Grand Theft Auto V" has crossed the $1 billion sales mark after three days in stores, a rate faster than any other video game, film or other entertainment …

How to Prevent Online Vandalism from Killing your Startup

<i>Sangeet Paul Choudary analyzes business models for Internet startups at his blog Platform Thinking. You can follow him on Twitter @sanguit.</i><p>Online platforms work on principles similar to offline communities. The onset of crime and vandalism in a community can lead to large-scale abandonment. The …

Twitter investor George Zachary's $250K could soon be worth $150M

“You’re talking to a very happy, very emotional person right now,” early Twitter investor George Zachary told me minutes ago.<p>Zachary’s investment firm CRV bought just one percent of Twitter in 2006 — almost as soon as the company was born — for $250,000. At the time, that was a huge risk, since …

The Pros and Cons of Play and Grails Java Framework

Frameworks simplify the process of application development by providing some helpful features to programmers. Java frameworks are often used by …

An App For Kids, By A Kid: Meet The 9-Year-Old Co-Creator Of ‘Super Fun Kid Time’

The best way to build a great product is to really understand the problem it is trying to solve. The latest awesome example of this is Super Fun Kid Time, an app made for scheduling kids’ playdates that was created at the Disrupt Hackathon by nine-year-old programmer Alexandra Jordan.<p>Super Fun Kid …

Should Time Travel Be A Moral Imperative?

If time travel is possible, should society be ethically obligated to try and reverse some of history’s worst crimes against humanity?<p>That’s the question I posed to MIT quantum mechanic Seth Lloyd, who was part of a 2010 team that used quantum teleportation to send a photon a few billionths of a …

Get Your Friends, Co-Workers Out Of “Password Remembering Hell” With Matrix-Backed Mitro

At TechCrunch, we have a host of passwords for Twitter, Dropbox and so on that get shared amongst the staff. But inevitably, there’s always a scramble when a new employee signs up and doesn’t have access to the account. Or when someone just plain forgets their passwords.<p>Enter Mitro, which is a …

WD ships new NAS-specific Red internal hard drives

WD has some great news for people with a network attached storage (NAS) server, such as the<p>Synology DS1513+or theQNAP TS-469 Pro: new Red internal hard drives.<p>These SATA hard drives are specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems that come with one to five drive bays. The new drives …

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