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A look inside the insanely successful life of billionaire Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Fast forward a few years and Kalanick's company, now just called Uber, is now one of the most lucrative in Silicon Valley.<p>Uber operates in 311 cities in 58 countries, and it could be worth as much as $50 billion.<p>Thanks to that sky-high valuation, Kalanick made Forbes' list of the world's …

Startups

Thomas Piketty: Bill Gates Told Me He Doesn't Want To Pay More In Taxes

French economist Thomas Piketty says the world’s richest man loves everything about his 2014 book, <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i>. That is, except for the part about how the rich should pay more in taxes.<p>Piketty said Saturday at a conference in Boston that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (yes, …

Economics

How to Do a Clean Install of OS X Yosemite

Apple released OS X Yosemite to the masses on Thursday as a free upgrade, so plenty of users are likely already busy preparing to install the new …

GoPro: Vertical Skydiving World Record 2012

Play online, learn online and feed the hungry

Yes, this site is still working (summer 2017...<p>Only the totals viewed on your registered...<p>Freerice is based at the United Nations World...<p>Freerice …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

The novelist goes deep on the future of his books and the TV series they begat<p>On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean …

How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening. In a study released in Science, a team of geographers used data snapshots to create a broad analysis of global migrations over 20 years.<p>The study was conducted by three …

European Union

Gorgeous Expressive Paintings by Mandy Tsung

Using everything from ink on paper to oil on wood, figurative painter Mandy Tsung creates captivating works that convey a strong passion and energy. The Vancouver-based artist creates all kinds of lively scenes that blend reality with imaginative landscapes filled with colorful swirls.<p>Featuring …

Art

Top 50 Startups in New York City you need to know about

<i>Courtney Boyd Myers and Erica Berger are the founders of 3460 Miles, a bi-weekly newsletter that connects the New York and London tech, design, and social good communities. Sign up for their newsletter and find them on Twitter and Facebook.</i><p>New York City is chock full of startups shaking up …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Hiking

Expressive Digital Illustrations that Tell Surreal Stories

These surreal scenes by Christian Schloe feature bizarre moments that draw viewers out of a concrete reality and into a dreamy, fictional world. In his work, the digital artist creates expressive visual stories filled with soft color palettes, elegant birds and butterflies, soft flower petals, and …

Digital Art

How Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, And Maria Popova Got More Creative

To be more creative yourself, listen to lessons from the masters.<p>“We learn, from the time we’re little, the process of the scientific method–how to discover things–but we don’t teach the parallel art of how to invent things,” Stanford innovation scholar Tina Seelig told us, “That’s one of the …

Creativity

Bitcoin will prosper — until governments or banks decide to crush it overnight

Advertisement<p>42 Comments<p>Credit: Guardian/Guy Grandjean, James Ball<p>Every currency created since the advent of money 2,700 years ago has fit nicely …