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This Is The Man Making Bill Gates So Rich

His secret weapon is a man you have probably never heard of: Michael Larson.<p>Gates hired Larson 20 years ago, when his net worth was a relatively paltry $5 billion, report Anupreeta Das and Craig Karmin at the Wall Street Journal, who just wrote a profile on the notoriously secretive Larson.<p>Larson …

IBM ruffles feathers in push to re-educate veteran employees for cloud, data, mobile

It’s a glass-half-full type of thing: some IBM Global Technology Services people have been told they have to retrain for the new era of cloud, big …

The makers of WordPress learned years ago that the ultimate office perk is not having an office

Tech behemoths and startups alike spend a fortune on creating plush offices with lots of perks. But arguably the biggest perk is allowing employees to work wherever they want, whenever they want.<p>This is something Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg understood a decade ago when he launched the online …

The Workplace

10 Things You Didn't Know About Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks Owner

Bill Gates must be America’s best-known billionaire, as well as the richest. His name is rarely out of the headlines, most recently thanks to his philanthropic deeds rather than his heritage as Microsoft's co-founder. His Forbes profile page hovers near the top of our most-read list every …

Venezualan Flights Are Dirt Cheap ... If You Can Get A Ticket

<b>Listen · 3:59</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p><i>Reporter John Otis was looking for a flight to Venezuela. That may sound like a simple task, but air travel to and from that Latin American country turns out to be extremely complicated these days. Here's his story.</i><p>A direct flight from my home in …

Cyber experts uncover 2 million stolen passwords to Web accounts | Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe.<p>The Facebook logo is pictured at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California January 29, 2013. …

An Engine's Eye View Of Virgin Galactic Spaceship Flight

In case you didn’t get enough of Virgin Galactic‘s successful powered flight of SpaceShipTwo on Thursday, here’s another treat for you: the company has released footage of the flight from a camera on the spacecraft’s tail, so you can see the rocket engine fire up close and personal.<p>The engine …

5 Lessons in Luxury Car Design From the Guys Who Park Them

Google<p>“On a hot summer day, after getting in a high-end Lexus, I felt a sensation similar to peeing my pants. I looked down and noticed that the seat had little holes, blowing cool air up from below.” It was just another day for Ben Nesvig, who valet-parked cars in Minneapolis for over eight …

Inside The Magical Patch That Gives You A Powerful Anti-Mosquito Force Field

Mosquitoes are one of the summer’s greatest nuisances, bugging you when you’re sitting outside at night, rendering you itchy and annoyed for days after. And, as we’re constantly reminded, our mosquitoes are rather meaningless when compared to the deadly ones that haunt the developing world, …

Didn't Get Enough Sleep? You Might As Well Be Drunk

The holiday weekend is long over for most of us, which means it’s back to the grind – and likely back to getting less than a desirable amount of sleep. While I’m sure most of those reading this article took advantage of the holiday weekend to catch up on sleep, by now you’ve stayed up too late – …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

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 …

Dean Karnazes: the man who can run for ever

From club runners to Olympians, every athlete has a limit. Scientifically, this limit is defined as the body’s lactate threshold and when you exercise beyond it, running rapidly becomes unpleasant. We’ve all experienced that burning feeling – heart pounding, lungs gasping for air – as your muscles …

The 59 Countries That Are Most Prepared To Handle An Uncertain Future

We normally judge which countries are “doing best” by looking at economic growth–a realm in which places like China and India thrive, despite their environmental and other problems. A more grounded approach might look at a range of factors, from a country’s energy mix to its democracy.<p>That’s what a …

If You Watch One Jaw-Dropping Polish Animation Trailer Today, Make It This One

<i>Another Day of Life</i> is slated to be the first feature from Polish visual effects studio Platige Image, a studio known for animated shorts such as <i>The Cathedral,</i> which has more on its mind than achieving memedom.<p>It only takes a cursory inspection of the previous short, <i>Fallen Art,</i> which is about a …

Stop Work Overload By Setting These Boundaries

Why is it that when your friends, your significant other, and especially your mom tell you, <i>You need to stop working so much!</i> — you hesitate? On the one hand, you know they have a point. It’s unsustainable to pull 12- to 14-hour days on a consistent basis, and you feel burnt-out and cranky. But when …

Infographic: A Beautiful Cheat Sheet For Two Dozen Espresso-Based Drinks

<i>Ugh</i>. Just when you kinda sorta started to get a handle on the wide world of wine, along comes another new liquid metric for how cosmopolitan you really are (or aren’t): coffee. The variety is daunting. The differences are minute. This graphic should at least help with one subsection of the …

Coffee

Experience: I dreamed a symphony, then composed it

I grew up being told I had all the musicality of a brick. I couldn't read or write a single note; music just didn't feature in my early years. …

Generation jobless

HELDER PEREIRA is a young man with no work and few prospects: a 21-year-old who failed to graduate from high school and lost his job on a building …

Economics