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Obama to propose ending sequester

President Barack Obama will tell House Democrats on Thursday that his budget will call for an end to sequestration cuts and build on the “middle class economics” package he outlined in the State of the Union — setting up a clear contrast with Republicans in Congress who want to stick to the …

Bootstrapped And Bullish: Survey Shows Startups Are Ready To Hire

The U.S. unemployment rate is dropping as big businesses get back to hiring — but small business owners are looking happier too.<p>A new survey from growth equity firm Mainsail Partners shows that 81% of bootstrapped entrepreneurs expect their business to grow faster in 2015 than 2014. 60% also think …

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5 Major Changes For Apple iOS 8 In 2015

There is no sugar coating it, iOS 8 has had a rough start. Ongoing problems on older devices have resulted in the lowest adoption levels in the platform’s history (Apple quotes 64% of compatible devices after nearly 4 months, including new iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 out the box).<p>This is a …

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Obama, Mexico's president meet under shadow of abductions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged to stand with Mexico against "the scourge of violence and the drug cartels" as he met Tuesday with …

Is Obama destroying the Russian economy?

Sanctions helped sink the ruble, officials say privately.<p>Speaking at a Moscow event in early October, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded cocky about the sanctions imposed on his country by Washington and its European allies. The penalties, Putin said, were “utter silliness” that would only …

10 startups to watch in 2015

Facebook agreed to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion. Uber raised more than $1 billion at an $18 billion-plus valuation, then reportedly went out to …

The Broken Windows of Uber

When it charged surge prices during Sydney's hostage crisis, the company proved, again, that it cares more about doing well than doing good. That's a problem for all of us.<p>Uber's dynamic pricing has been, almost since its introduction, a stable source of controversy. That woman who was charged, …

SurveyMonkey's $250 Million Round And The Many Lessons Of This Extraordinary Company

SurveyMonkey, the leader in (you guessed it if you didn’t already knew it) online surveys, raised $250 million in a funding round led by a bunch of private equity and finance titans, Bloomberg reports. SurveyMonkey is, by all accounts, quite profitable and doing very well.<p>I’ve been fascinated by …

The Science Of Personality In The Workplace

Forget everything you think you know about personality. Psychologists explain why personality is fluid & first impressions are meaningless.<p>We can be quick to judge others in the workplace–bosses, coworkers, even ourselves–based on our ideas of personality.<p>But our preconceived notions about …

Evernote And The 100 Year Business Plan: Why Users Love It And Funders Hated It

At 100 millions users and counting, Evernote is the top note-taking application in the world. The company enjoys a revenue curve that any software company would love—a “smile curve” where users are more likely to upgrade to a paid version the longer they use it. But it wasn’t always so rosy. When …

See The Most Beautiful Data Visualizations Of 2014

An infographic showcasing rappers’ relative vocabularies took first prize at the Information Is Beautiful Awards. See all the top winners here.<p>An eye-catching infographic which maps rappers according to the depth of their vocabulary won Gold for Data Visualization at the annual Kantar Information …

Obama's Big China Win At APEC: Not What You Think

Let’s be clear, the United States won big this week, but not for the reasons most people think. The media and China analysts have focused overwhelmingly on the climate deal, touting the new commitments from both the United States and China as exceptional, even “historic.” But this is missing the …

IRS Loses 'Lavish Spending Is Tax Evasion' Case, Big Spenders Rejoice

Canadian rapper Drake loves the feeling you get from skirting taxes while living large. Yes, “there’s some bills and taxes I’m still evading,” he muses in The Ride, “but I blew six million on myself and I feel amazing.” Drake is probably not the only one to feel amazing after blowing money on …

The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization

Displaying data can be a tricky proposition, because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client.<p>So how do …

Why Monster.com Is Failing And Others Will Follow

In 2006 Monster.com was one of the 20 most visited websites in the world. By January of 2011, Monster was rated the worst stock of the year. Earlier this year, 2014, Monster launched a new strategy and global rebrand in an attempt to right their ship. It didn’t work. Earlier this week, Monster CEO …

How Uber Can Be Used For Far More Than Just Rides

To me, Uber isn’t just an app-delivered car ride—it’s a messenger service. A need-it-now private driver for parcels, papers, suitcases, and other such stuff. Now, I’m not talking about UberRUSH, which is literally a courier-style messenger service (that one’s still limited to pickups in Manhattan, …

Why It’s Fair to Save a Parking Spot – For a Price

Tech start-up Haystack has developed an innovative – and controversial — solution to the stressful challenge of finding an open parking meter in congested areas. This smartphone app allows those leaving a parking space to alert other Haystack users in the area of their “about-to-be” open spot. To …

Byron Scott: Lakers' legacy is key

Byron Scott had to wait nearly three months to learn the Los Angeles Lakers had chosen him to be their next head coach.<p>Then he had to wait a little …

Yanks fan returns lost Red Sox ring

NEW YORK -- A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent Yankees fan.<p>Manhattan …

Don’t Try to Read Your Employees’ Minds

In <i>An Essay on Criticism</i>, Alexander Pope famously wrote, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” I think of this quote often when observing executives with a “little learning” of emotional intelligence (also called “EQ”).<p>Don’t get me wrong; the beneficial insights and managerial advances derived …

Brazil’s election: is it really the economy, stupid?

How much lower can it go? The consensus on Brazil’s economic growth this year has been revised downwards for nine successive weeks, according to the …

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: Top 10 Amazing Facts about America's Most Powerful Car

No matter how you slice the data, Chrysler is enjoying great success in the automotive world. At Kelley Blue Book we’ve watched shopper traffic across every Chrysler division (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram) effectively double over the past two years. This is reflected in the automaker’s …

New Clues In Philip Seymour Hoffman's Costly Estate Plan

At the time of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, there were at least 7 tips from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s estate. Now, five months later, court documents reveal more yet seem to confirm that Mr. Hoffman may have wanted it this way. No matter how tax inefficiencies may cause bean counters like me to …

A hell of a world

"If you’re going through hell,” Winston Churchill once said, “keep going.”<p>Last week felt like hell. A Malaysian passenger jet took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine by a missile supplied by Russia to separatist rebels.<p>All 298 on board were killed. As I write this, 251 bodies and 86 …

Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Thomas Berger, the witty and feverishly prolific author of <i>Little Big Man</i>, died July 13 in Nyack, N.Y., following an illness, his publisher said Monday. He was 89. Although Berger was most famous for <i>Little Big Man,</i> …

Tony Dungy's stance on Michael Sam makes absolutely no sense

Wasn’t it so warming and fulfilling to think, a few years ago, of Tony Dungy as a wise and rational man guiding some of the NFL’s most troubled players through a league and a world so intent on bending and breaking them?<p>His earnest face. His measured words.<p>We were fools to believe it was anything …

How The Massive Crumbs Cupcake Empire Finally Caved

Upon hearing the news, a Brooklyn-based Crumbs manager told the Wall Street Journal, "I come into work today, I'm happy, I'm skipping to work, and suddenly I don't have a job."<p>The news came just a few days after Crumbs was delisted from NASDAQ.<p>The once-hot bakery catapulted to fame thanks to a …

Josh McRoberts commits to Heat

Free agents Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger have committed to sign new deals to join the Miami Heat, team president Pat Riley said in a statement …

How to Start a Conversation You’re Dreading

I anticipated that the conversation would be difficult.<p>Shari* and I had worked together for many years, and I knew she was expecting me to hire her to run a leadership program for one of my clients, Ganta, a high-tech company. But I didn’t think Shari was the right fit for Ganta or, frankly, for …