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5 Things That Could Go Wrong For Markets In The Coming Weeks

In a note to clients, he bullets five of them:<p><b>Payrolls — the early forecast for NFP is 188,000.</b> This implies that investors expect the April release to be not much better than the trend prior to the severe winter. The potential for upside surprise is significant in our view, carrying positive …

How Navy SEALs Are Able To Seize A Ship In Minutes — Like The Tanker They Raided This Morning

While there are no videos of the operation, it is likely that the SEALs boarded the ship in accordance with visit, board, search, and seizure techniques (VBSS). VBSS are the standard actions and tactics used by the U.S. Military to combat terrorism, piracy, and smuggling on the open sea.<p>This …

Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Highest-Paid Singers

Billboard just released its annual list of highest-paid musicians.<p>The 24-year-old artist tops the list for the second year in a row by bringing in nearly $40 million.<p>Swift's revenue from six months of touring brought in an estimated $30 million, according to Billboard.<p>While Swift tops the list, it …

Half Of US GDP Comes From The Orange Spots On This Map

America's cities are economic powerhouses.<p>Reddit user atrubetskoy created a map showing just how important cities are to the American economy. Atrubetskoy took gross metropolitan product data — the total of economic activity in a metropolitan area, and the equivalent of gross domestic product for …

REVEALED: This Is Exactly How Chicken McNuggets Are Made

The video reveals exactly how McNuggets are made, with footage from inside a Cargill factory that makes and freezes the nuggets before sending them to McDonald's restaurants for consumption.<p>We picked out the most important parts of the process and laid them out in this slideshow.<p>It's not pretty, …

Southern Fishermen Cash In On Asia's Taste For Jellyfish

On the Southeast coast of the U.S., jellyfish have earned a lengthy rap sheet for stinging beachgoers and getting tangled in shrimpers' nets. But lately, the tides have turned for shrimping, and some fishermen in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are reaping profits from their local pests, the …

Business Insider Is Now Bigger Than The Wall Street Journal!

Both times, I said that, if nothing horrible happened, I might continue to do it.<p>Well, nothing horrible happened!<p>(At least nothing I'm aware of.)<p>Earlier this month, the folks at DLD were kind enough to ask me to give a presentation on digital storytelling. In my deck, I included some secret BI …

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16 Tricks You Can Use To Make Fast Food Taste Way Better

It's easy to upgrade your fast food experience.<p>Some chain restaurant enthusiasts recently shared their hacks for getting better service.<p>All of these hacks are simple and inexpensive. Sometimes, they're even free.<p>Try any of these hacks next time you're checking out a chain restaurant.<p><b>1. Incorporate</b> …

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An NSA Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: 'A Genius Among Geniuses'

Perhaps Edward Snowden’s hoodie should have raised suspicions.<p>The black sweatshirt sold by the civil libertarian Electronic Frontier Foundation featured a parody of the National Security Agency’s logo, with the traditional key in an eagle’s claws replaced by a collection of AT&T cables, and …

Pepsi's Extraordinary Plan To Fool Your Taste Buds

According to Ad Age, the soda giant is working with the biotech company Senomyx to produce a "taste modifier" that would essentially tell your taste buds they are receiving more sugar than they actually are.<p>Though the taste modifier ingredient is still awaiting regulatory approval, Senomyx chairman …

Ten Predictions for China’s Economy in 2014

China has recently made major decisions about its economic future. On November 15, 2013, China announced dramatic new social and economic policies contemplating much greater reliance on market forces than it has in the past and inviting private-sector participation and foreign competition in …

Zappos Responds Brilliantly After Kanye West Slams Tony Hsieh And 'Cheap Product'

So when someone sells something Kanye thinks is less than fabulous, the rapper-designer-genius takes personal offense.<p>His latest target? Online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos.com and its CEO, Tony Hsieh.<p>"I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he's trying to tell me what I …

HealthCare.Gov Woes Highlight Government Hiring Of Old Contractors

Working out of a garage a few blocks north of the White House, a 12-person software shop called Development Seed built a customer interface praised for its elegance and stability, a bright spot in the rollout of a website that has been an embarrassment for President Barack Obama.<p>But chief executive …

My life with a treadmill desk -- e-mail and browsing at 2 mph

Can you really work and walk at the same time? Columnist Danny Sullivan had his doubts. But time with a treadmill desk has made him a convert.<p>About a year ago, a friend of mine was raving about his standing desk. "Sitting is death," he proclaimed. Me, I couldn't see that I'd want to stand all day …

Silk Road is resurrected with a new Dread Pirate Roberts

Deja vu? A new online drug marketplace appears as Silk Road 2.0 with an operator using the same pseudonym as the original site's alleged operator.<p>Buying illegal drugs on the Internet may be making a comeback. It's been a month since the FBI shuttered the online black market Silk Road, but it …

This Is The One Area Where Women Earn More Than Men

Female part-time workers earned $10 more in median weekly salaries than their male counterparts did in 2012, according to a new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS defines part-time work as less than 35 hours per week spent on a sole or principal job.<p>In full-time positions, …

SQUARE HAS A PLAN TO BE PROFITABLE AND IS EYEING AN IPO

Square markets those small white add-ons that you can stick into any iPhone or iPad to instantly turn it into a cash register. They have been a huge hit with small businesses.<p>Square has been discussing a public stock sale with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.<p>Founder Jack Dorsey owns 28.3% of …

These Graphics Show Why People Look More Attractive In Groups

A recent study, published Oct. 25 in the journal Psychological Science found that people look more attractive in groups— dubbed the cheerleader effect.<p>Researchers attributed this trend to the human brain averaging out the features of people in a group. For example, a crooked nose will seem less …

Drug Users Rejoice: The Silk Road Is Back Up And Running

Silk Road, the anonymous marketplace notorious as a location to buy and sell drugs online, is back up and running today.<p>The libertarians and drugs vendors who patronize the site would like you to know that you can't kill an idea, so they're back at it after the Feds shut down the site earlier this …