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Car Crazy: House Built Around Views of Porsche

If you’re willing to spend over $84,000 on it, it’s probably safe to say that you really, really love your car. Enough, perhaps, to organize the …

Six chemicals we consume in our food and drink that should be banned

Last week BuzzFeed published a list of eight foods that folks in the USA are eating but are banned in other parts of the world. The chemical …

Stop Buttoning the Bottom Button of Your Jacket

There's no excuse.<p>There is a scourge upon us. (Actually, there are a number of scourges upon us, with new ones raising their heads each day. But this is one that we can actually fix.) Guys the world over have forgotten a cardinal rule of dressing themselves: Don't button the bottom button of your …

What It Takes To Be A Great Technical Leader

They often don't manage people, but instead coach them to do their best work.<p>Every company is different, but there are some common threads among the best tech leads that I've worked with. Hat tips to Brian Stoler, Nathan Hunt, Evan Gilbert, and Rich Burdon for leading by example.<p>In this article, I …

The Age Of Obama: A Strong Government and a Weak America

The age of Obama, writes Lloyd Green, is mandated health care, crony capitalism, and first-family TV spots as a modern iteration of bread and …

Directors Who Fell Out of Love With Film

We discovered earlier this week that David Lynch has been feeling a bit glum about the current state of the film industry. <i>Inland Empire</i> was his last …

Spectacular Moleskine Doodles Explode with Energy

Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes proves that doodling can be so much more than scratching unintelligible scribbles on paper. Through his Sketchy Stories blog, Rosanes shares his wonderful world of doodling in a simple Moleskine sketchbook. Equipped with an ordinary Moleskine, a few Uni …

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

How The NSA Collects Contents Of Internet Traffic In Four Charts

Last night, WaPo released the latest batch of slides given to it by Edward Snowden who appears to have been very busy downloading as much internal NSA info as he could, during his three months at Booz. This time we learn all about the PRISM "tasking" process - or the detail of how the NSA goes …

A Guide to Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets

One of our authors, Christopher O’Donnell, has just released another photography eBook entitled <i>The Golden Hours: A Guide to Photographing the Light</i> …

Vessel Bathtub Features Hammock Style Bathtub from Splinter Works

<b>Vessel Bathtub</b> features hammock style tub that blends the 2 iconic symbol of relaxation, yes, a hammock and a bathtub. The attractive shape makes …

4 Top Plug-in Hybrids, Tested

The Ford Fusion Energi SE, Toyota Prius Plug-In, Honda Accord Plug-In, and Chevy Volt compete to be the best PHEV.<p>The Ford Fusion Energi SE, Toyota Prius Plug-In, Honda Accord Plug-In, and Chevy Volt compete to be the best PHEV.

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How could markets possibly have misunderstood?

ON MONDAY I wrote:<p>I suspect that the Fed will soon begin signalling, via press reports and speeches, that markets have the Fed all wrong and that …

The Federal Reserve And The People's Bank Of China Are On The Same Path

The Federal Reserve and the People's Bank of China are on the same path, but for very different reasons. For Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues, there seems to be a growing sense that the economic emergency has passed, implying that extraordinary action - namely, a zero-interest-rate …

Mortgage Rates in U.S. Jump to Highest Since July 2011

Mortgage rates for 30-year U.S. loans surged to the highest level in almost two years, increasing borrowing costs at a time when the housing market …

Goldman on The Impact on GDP of Higher Mortgage Rates

A few brief excerpts from a research note by economists Kris Dawsey and Hui Shan at Goldman Sachs: The Drag from Higher Mortgage Rates<p>The rise in …

China's Cash Crunch: This Isn't The Country's Lehman Moment, But It Signals A Change Of Momentum

MANY commentators, including this newspaper, like to compare China's economy with America's, the world's biggest, which it is on course to rival in size if not in sophistication. Recently, however, parallels between the two economies have started to look more ominous. China suddenly seems to be …

Challenges and choices for Carney | Financial Times

Mark Carney will stride into Threadneedle Street on Monday morning, the most powerful governor of the Bank of England since 1945. His …

Bernanke-Draghi Policies MIT Lessons Fischer Says of His Pupils

When it comes to economics, the professor has become the pupil as far as Stanley Fischer is concerned.<p>Fischer stepped down yesterday as governor of …

81.5% of QE Money Is Not Helping the Economy - The Big Picture

81.5% of Money Created through Quantitative Easing Is Sitting There Gathering Dust … Instead of Helping the Economy<p>Fed Has Been a Total Failure<p>Robert …

How many Jobs are Needed to Reach Fed's December Unemployment Rate Target for QE3 Tapering?

This is a common question, and I suggest using the Atlanta Fed's Jobs Calculator tool to estimate how many jobs per month will be needed to reach a …

BOJ Beat: Five Takeaways From Tankan Survey

The Bank of Japan’s closely-watched tankan survey of corporate sentiment showed that the mood among businesses improved sharply in the three months to June after the central bank introduced an aggressive easing policy in April. Here are five initial takeaways from the poll.<p>The best reading in two …

Governor Carney urged by former Chancellor to ditch QE

The new Governor of the Bank of England has been urged to hold back from printing more money and instead tell the people the "hard truths" about the economic mess as he starts work today.<p>Canadian Mark Carney officially takes over from Sir Mervyn King - on Canada Day - this morning after being …

Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Future Of Shopping Looks A Lot Like Airline Travel

An airline ticket used to mean gratis champagne and dressing for the occasion. Today, it means $25 luggage fees and Juicy track suits. A former American Airlines exec explains how retailers will increasingly mimic how we purchase and consume air travel.<p>Fast-forward 10 years from now: You’re at the …

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The retail revolution is customer-led, and no one knows where it is heading

The idea that the most successful businesses are those which simply deliver what people want is misplaced. As Henry Ford said: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”<p>This mantra was often repeated by Steve Jobs as he oversaw a golden period of innovation at …

Dozens Of Top E-Commerce Retailers Find It Pays To Put Customers’ Instagram Photos On Their Sites

The ROI of social media is something of a black box for many e-commerce companies, but New York-based startup Olapic is beginning to change that. The company, which allows brands to collect user-generated photos from services like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to display on their websites, is now …

Why Warby Parker Opened a Retail Store

The future of retail is at the intersection of e-commerce and bricks-and-mortars, says co-founder Neil Blumenthal.<p>When Warby Parker opened a flagship store in New York City, many people were shocked. No one expected the digital eyewear disruptor to expand their business to a bricks-and-mortar store.<p>…

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