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How the Internet is killing innovation

<i>Rob May is CEO and cofounder of Backupify.</i><p>I believed the same lies that you still believe, for a long time. I was in college during the early days of the World Wide Web, and like others, I rejoiced in the incredible access to knowledge it provided, and diversity of thought it promoted. So when I …

1.26 billion Facebook profiles become a clickable monument to humanity

"Creative Technologist" Natalia Rojas has mapped the profile photos of Facebook's 1,267,191,915 (and counting) users on just one web page. "The Faces of Facebook" is organized from top left to bottom right by the date each user joined Facebook, and in total creates a glitchy, vibrant, and …

John McAfee wants to sell you a $100 gadget that blocks the NSA

Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he's working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the C2SV Technology …

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

Spencer Rascoff is only 37. Yet the Harvard grad and father of three has already accomplished so much.<p>He cofounded Hotwire.com and served as a VP for Expedia; he held the roles of CFO, vice president of marketing and COO at Zillow; and in 2008 Rascoff was promoted to chief executive of the popular …

Manny Pacquiao Lost $100 Million By Not Fighting Floyd Mayweather

A few years back Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were negotiating terms of a fight that would could have been the most lucrative boxing match of all time. It never happened because Pacquiao would not agree to Olympic-style drug testing.<p>Pacquiao’s decision cost him dearly.<p>Showtime Networks …

An N64 Controller That's Too Pretty To Use

Zoki64, the creator of this beauty, calls it the "Finger Print Magnet64"—and I'm sure it's obvious why. This thing is so glossy that you probably …

Beauty

The Life And Awesomeness Of Bill Gates

The reasons for Ballmer's retirement remain fuzzy, but there are indications that Ballmer and Gates thought it was time for Ballmer to move on.<p>A lot of people are calling for Gates to replace Ballmer as CEO. He founded Microsoft, and led it in the 1980s and '90s, creating a personal computing …

Bill Gates

Marissa Mayer Was Dubbed A Stanford Campus Icon For Being A Blonde In Computer Science Classes

This blindness may have caused her to take a 2-week maternity leave (some feel she should taken off a few months to set an example for other women). It may have also caused her to issue a work-from-home ban at Yahoo (many felt the move was harsh for stay-at-home moms).<p>The most obvious example of …

Computer Science

Yes Men? No Thanks!

It’s nice when people agree, but if everyone thought along the same lines all the time, nothing would ever change. Every company needs …

The 15 Most Famous Kids In College This Semester

For some students, however, picking classes and meeting new people are just part of the already jam-packed celebrity lifestyle.<p>We've found the 15 most famous kids in college this semester. These celebrities are pursuing their college degrees, juggling class and exams with the responsibilities of …

College & University

Inside Marissa Mayer's Rise And Mysterious Fall At Google

Marissa Mayer started off at Google spectacularly well, designing its home page, creating its product management structure, and becoming the face of the company.<p>She became one of the most powerful people at one of the world's most powerful companies.<p>But then, suddenly, her peers were promoted past …

Marissa Mayer

Million-Dollar, One-Person Consultancies

Disappointed by job opportunities in corporate America–even though you put in the time to earn an MBA, law degree or other key credential…or racked up years of experience that don’t seem to count anymore?<p>Big employers don’t have to control your destiny if you have skills and knowledge that other …

Las actualizaciones de la Wikipedia convertidas en música

Por Nacho Palou — 26 de Agosto de 2013<p><b>Listen to Wikipedia</b> emite el sonido de un instrumento instrumental según se modifica la wikipedia: de timbre …

Weird Science always seeks ethical approval before tying someone up | Ars Technica

Especially if it's going to involve threatening them.<p><b>Yes, researchers actually got permission to tie people up and threaten them.</b> We can thank the …

Bodybuilding Forum Freaks The Heck Out Over Random Dude's Love Life

Conventional "wisdom" often tells us there are people who are in our league, and people who are outside of it—and unless you reach a certain level of …

Relationships

The Six Rules of Personal Success

Of all human abilities, one stands out, the ability to see the <i>Big Picture</i>, the things that are important in life, and not to be distracted by small, trivial, and irrelevant things; the intelligence to separate the message from the background noise.<p>‘The Big Picture’ is about the grand goals; the big …

“Si sabes lo que vales, ve y consigue lo que mereces”

<b>Buscar excusas</b>. Encontrar justificaciones con las que liberarnos de la responsabilidad de un error, de un fracaso o de no haber conseguido lo que nos …

Fox claims first movie rights to 'Epic' longform experiment

When journalists Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis launched <i>Epic Magazine</i> a week ago, they did so with the hope of creating a new business model for journalism. The goal of Epic is to fund long-form, in-depth articles that are published online for free by selling the film rights to those stories to …

Richard Branson and James Cameron want to save the high seas

We share a deep and abiding passion for and fascination with the ocean that has led us since childhood to wander the world under the waves. We also share an increasing concern that the health of the ocean is rapidly deteriorating under the strain of human pressure and neglect. The evidence is …

How to break out of your own little corner of the Internet: Rewire, reviewed | Ars Technica

Internet scholar Ethan Zuckerman challenges us to find, become "bridge figures."<p>My favorite moment in Ethan Zuckerman’s new book, <i>Rewire: Digital</i> …

Facebook Is Bad For You: Get A Life!

Past investigations have found that using Facebook is associated with jealousy, social tension, isolation and depression. But these studies have all been "cross-sectional"—in other words, snapshots in time. As such, they risk confusing correlation with causation: perhaps those who spend more time …

Social Media

How Much Does Pharmaceutical Innovation Cost? A Look At 100 Companies

No factor defines success and failure for a drug company more than this: Companies that invent more, better drugs at a lower cost do better than those that hemorrhage cash but never get an important product to market. Yet 19 in 20 medicines in experimental development fail, meaning a great many …

Mireia logra otro récord del mundo

La española firma la mejor marca en 400 m en piscina corta, apenas unas horas después de batir el récord de 800 m<p>La nadadora española Mireia Belmonte …

How I Lasted Five Months In South America On $14 A Day

We were just beginning to feel the heat of the Great Recession, and journalism jobs were few and far between. The flagship paper in my home state just laid off half its staff, and the entire business looked like one big dead-end.<p>Somehow, I wound up with an offer from a local newspaper anyway. It …

South America

The Most Stylish Movie Characters of All Time

<b>When you think about the work</b> that goes into costume design on literally every movie ever made — studios have been employing small armies of people to find or make clothes to dress each character since basically the dawn of the motion picture — it's really no surprise that cinematic fashion has had …

Stylish

Do not buy the $1,000,000 Saints Row IV bundle | Ars Technica

The ridiculous promotional package isn't even a good deal!<p>The past few years have seen a marked increase in ridiculously high-end, "limited edition" …