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Just Before Trump Takes Office, Obama Plans Release Of Intel On Russian Hacking

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:30 +0000

The public divide between the intelligence agencies and the president-elect, who questions such Russian ties, is dangerous, say experts.

The public divide between the intelligence agencies and the president-elect, who questions such Russian ties, is dangerous, say experts.

Just before Donald Trump takes the presidential oath of office next month, the Obama administration plans to release a full report on Russian connections to cyber attacks during the election, officials said Friday.

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With Houseparty, The Meerkat Team Is Trying--Once Again--To Reinvent Live Video

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00 +0000

This video group-chat app is about hanging out, not broadcasting. And with more than a million users, it's off to a good start.

This video group-chat app is about hanging out, not broadcasting. And with more than a million users, it's off to a good start.

On February 29th, 2016—that's Leap Day—the team members behind Meerkat secretly launched a new live-streaming app. Rather than pitch reporters or spend money on ads to promote it, they opted to just put the app in the App Store and see what happened. To help keep their identity secret and avoid potential coverage, they identified the developer using a pseudonym rather than credit Alexander Herzick, who happens to be the husband of the app's cofounder, Sima Sistani .

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A Hacker's Tips For Protecting Your Digital Privacy

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00 +0000

Cyber attacks—and president-elect Trump's criticism of encryption and interest in expanding government surveillance—warrant more vigilance.

Cyber attacks—and president-elect Trump's criticism of encryption and interest in expanding government surveillance—warrant more vigilance.

Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man's house is his castle. This was the official declaration that a homeowner could protect himself and his privacy from the king's agents. That lesson carried into today's America, thanks to our Founding Fathers' abhorrence for imperialist Great Britain's unwarranted search and seizure of personal documents.

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Creative Ideas To Make This Year's Holiday Party Better

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:07 +0000

After a year of hard work, everyone deserves more than a cup of wine by the copy machine. Here are some creative ideas.

After a year of hard work, everyone deserves more than a cup of wine by the copy machine. Here are some creative ideas.

This holiday season, about 80% of businesses will have a holiday party—and almost a third will hold it on company property, according to new survey data from the global consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Jeff Kear, co-owner of the event management software company Planning Pod, puts that number even higher based on what he's seen from his users' data. He estimates that about three-quarters of his customers hold their holiday parties in the office.

There are certainly benefits to having your festivities on-site. No one will get lost on the way there. You have a captive audience, so turnout may be higher. But there are also significant reasons to consider moving the celebration elsewhere. Here's why you may want to consider doing that—and where to go instead.

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From Arguing With Your Boss To How GE Hires: This Week's Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

This week's top stories may help you disagree more constructively with your manager and write better networking emails.

This week's top stories may help you disagree more constructively with your manager and write better networking emails.

This week we learned what to write in emails to networking contacts so they won't ignore you, why GE is rethinking which kinds of job candidates it considers "qualified," and why winning an argument with your boss may be no better than losing it.

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Eight Common Mistakes First-Time Entrepreneurs Should Ditch In 2017

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Looking back over the past year, four top entrepreneurship gurus share the stumbles that newbies repeatedly make.

Looking back over the past year, four top entrepreneurship gurus share the stumbles that newbies repeatedly make.

Business owners make a lot of mistakes, especially first-timers—I'm one, and I know I have. But some entrepreneurs' entire businesses are based on helping others start their own. And since those experts interact with hundreds and even thousands of first-time entrepreneurs each week, they have a wider view than most of the types of errors new business owners keep making as we head toward 2017. These are a few of the most common they've seen over and over again in the past year.

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How A Group Of CEOs Plans To Solve Gender Inequality At Their Companies

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

A newly formed group of executives from large companies hope to hold each other accountable for their gender hiring goals.

A newly formed group of executives from large companies hope to hold each other accountable for their gender hiring goals.

Technology may be pushing the rate of change ever faster, but so far, no app or bot has been able to accelerate the pace of parity for women in leadership.

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Can Being Visibly Happy Hurt Your Career?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Some research hints that agreeable people and those who smile a lot may face hidden obstacles in the workplace.

Some research hints that agreeable people and those who smile a lot may face hidden obstacles in the workplace.

Here's something to smile—or, on second thought, not smile—about: If you're one of those people who involuntarily scowl even when you're feeling fine, your boss and coworkers just might treat you better for it.

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This Film Lets You Know How You Would Handle Yourself In A Riot

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:30 +0000

The immersive film Riot alters the narrative based on your facial reactions to give you the experience of being in a real-life melee.

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Ransomware Strikes Most Frequently In Las Vegas, Study Finds

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:00 +0000

That may be in part due to the number of tourists and convention-goers bringing their laptops to the city.

That may be in part due to the number of tourists and convention-goers bringing their laptops to the city.

While ransomware can infect computers anywhere, researchers from security firm Malwarebytes say certain cities have been particularly hard hit, with the Las Vegas area at the top of the list.

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Why More Gadgets Powered By Amazon's Alexa Could Invade Your Home Soon

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00 +0000

Hardware makers now have a cheaper and simpler path to hands-free voice commands.

Hardware makers now have a cheaper and simpler path to hands-free voice commands.

If you want to peer into the future of Amazon, don't stop with the Echo connected speaker.

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Why This CEO Thinks Those Who Fail To Diversify Never Evolve

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:00 +0000

Phil McIntyre, CEO of music talent company Philymack, talks with us about how artists like Joe and Kevin Jonas expanded their careers.

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Can A STEM Program Help Make Boy Scouts Relevant Again?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:59 +0000

The Boy Scouts have been piloting a co-ed program to teach kids STEM skills. But is that enough to bring the aging organization forward?

The Boy Scouts have been piloting a co-ed program to teach kids STEM skills. But is that enough to bring the aging organization forward?

Michael Jurkowitz is a fifth grader in Tucson, Arizona. He—like most other kids his age—enjoys hands-on projects well enough, but probably isn't the geekiest or most science- or math-heavy kid of the bunch. Two summers ago, he attended a summer science weeklong camp, which looked like a fun summer activity. That weeklong program piqued his interest in the STEM field. So Michael's father, Daniel, signed him up for a newly formed Boy Scout STEM lab and even offered to be an assistant lab leader (the modern version of a troop leader).

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Why Trying To Be A People Pleaser Makes You A Bad Boss

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:12 +0000

Sure, you want everyone to get along. But trying to make everyone happy can ruin your reputation.

Sure, you want everyone to get along. But trying to make everyone happy can ruin your reputation.

Over a decade ago, business performance consultant Ryan Estis transitioned from being a salesperson out in the field to being a manager. He moved from an environment where it was his job to make customers happy to one where it was critical for him to hold his team accountable for results.

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How First-Time Independent Workers Can Avoid Getting Burned

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Many newcomers to self-employment have no experience running a business, a fact that some companies take advantage of.

Many newcomers to self-employment have no experience running a business, a fact that some companies take advantage of.

More people are working for themselves than ever before, but that doesn't mean the new ranks of gig workers, so-called "solopreneurs," and everybody in between are finally freed from experiencing the corporate world—far from it.

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What I've Learned In 38 Years Of Surrounding Myself With Confident People

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Growing up with a speech impediment, one writer learned to hide behind confident people early on. Then he picked up their habits.

Growing up with a speech impediment, one writer learned to hide behind confident people early on. Then he picked up their habits.

Growing up with a speech impediment, I was constantly in awe of confident people. Not only the way they talked, but the way that they moved and made me feel when I was around them.

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Three Career Lessons My Micromanaging Boss Didn't Mean To Teach Me

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Working for a micromanager can be trying, but that doesn't mean you can't still learn something useful.

Working for a micromanager can be trying, but that doesn't mean you can't still learn something useful.

One of the first managers I ever had was what many people might call a micromanager. If I was five minutes late to work, he knew. If a client copied him on an email to me, he wanted to know exactly when I planned on responding. If I didn't complete a weekly SWOT ("strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats") analysis of myself to discuss with him, he wasn't thrilled.

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Super Mario Run For The iPhone Jumpstarts A New Mobile Era For Nintendo

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:30 +0000

The first Mario smartphone game is the inventive result of Nintendo's move to put its creations everywhere—not just on it own hardware.

The first Mario smartphone game is the inventive result of Nintendo's move to put its creations everywhere—not just on it own hardware.

Mario is running. He hops from one turtle enemy to another, then onto a higher platform. He jumps and grabs a batch of coins, including the rare pink challenge coin. And then he runs some more, ever closer to the goal, giving me the chance to beat my high score.

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There Were Some Surprising Changes In The Best Places To Work This Year

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:40 +0000

Some familiar names top the list, but others took a tumble. Two million employee reviews reveal the top choices for the best employer.

Some familiar names top the list, but others took a tumble. Two million employee reviews reveal the top choices for the best employer.

What do workers care most about? The answers are probably as unique as the individuals offering responses, but the 2017 Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work offers a great deal of insight into what makes staff happy to start their day.

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Obama And Harry Reid Are Trying To Stack The FCC With Dems Before Trump Hits Town

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:25 +0000

Nothing much is at stake. Only the future of the internet.

Nothing much is at stake. Only the future of the internet.

There's a new administration coming to Washington, and there's already some serious maneuvering around the political makeup of next year's Federal Communications Commission.

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With Its Heart On Its Sleeve, "La La Land" Dances Into A New Era For Movie Musicals

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:00 +0000

Writer-director Damien Chazelle reveals why he chose to take a risk, creating one of the most anticipated movies of 2016 in the process.

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A Short History Of The Most Important Economic Theory In Tech

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:00 +0000

Twenty years ago, W. Brian Arthur popularized a concept that forever changed Silicon Valley—with a little help from Cormac McCarthy.

Twenty years ago, W. Brian Arthur popularized a concept that forever changed Silicon Valley—with a little help from Cormac McCarthy.

This summer marked the 20th anniversary of one of the Harvard Business Review's most influential articles ever, "Increasing Returns and the New World of Business," by theoretical economist W. Brian Arthur, who was and remains a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. The summer of 1996 was a propitious moment for such an article to arrive. Netscape had gone public the previous summer, launching Internet 1.0, whose startups heartily embraced the idea. Even now, the theory of increasing returns is as important as ever: It's at the heart of the success of companies such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Amazon, and Airbnb.

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Google's "Window Wonderland" Brings New York's Holiday Retail Extravaganzas To The Web

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:00 +0000

How Google digitized the festive displays at 18 major retail establishments for your enjoyment—no trip to Manhattan required.

How Google digitized the festive displays at 18 major retail establishments for your enjoyment—no trip to Manhattan required.

There is no time of day at this season when Macy's seems less than full. Standing room only might be placarded over every one of the numerous doors. A stream of people is always passing in and out; a throng of carriages almost blocks the street and the avenue outside, and two deeply-interested crowds are permanently stationed at the 'doll windows,' in one of which we have, in this Centennial year, a group of dolls in faultless Continental costume, going through the figures of a quadrille with much dignity and stiffness.

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Chipmakers Are Racing To Build Hardware For Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:00 +0000

Intel, Nvidia, and a host of startups are rolling out new chips to make machine learning faster and more powerful.

Intel, Nvidia, and a host of startups are rolling out new chips to make machine learning faster and more powerful.

In recent years, advanced machine learning techniques have enabled computers to recognize objects in images, understand commands from spoken sentences, and translate written language.

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Can Rubicon's Customizable Ad Filter Make Online Advertising Less Annoying?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:50 +0000

The ad exchange company has a utopian dream: Let people pick the ads they want to see and block out the rest.

The ad exchange company has a utopian dream: Let people pick the ads they want to see and block out the rest.

Websites and social networks are becoming junkyards of trashy advertising that blocks content (pop-ups), blares nonsense (autoplay video ads), grosses you out (toenail fungus cures), and peddles fake news (No, Chuck Norris is not dead). Today, Rubicon Project, an ad exchange company that robotically slaps advertising on a million websites and 20,000 mobile apps, introduced a browser plug-in that lets people block some of the worst offenders. But don't call it an ad blocker.

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How Clever Design Makes A 350-Square-Foot Apartment Feel Luxurious

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00 +0000

Graham Hill, cofounder of LifeEdited.com, believes tiny apartments are better for the environment, your bank account, and your well-being.

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Milk Makeup Jumps Into The Crowded Market Of Edgy Cosmetics Brands

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:00 +0000

Milk Studios, the creative agency synonymous with downtown New York cool, debuted a makeup line in 2016. Can it carve out a spot for itself?

Milk Studios, the creative agency synonymous with downtown New York cool, debuted a makeup line in 2016. Can it carve out a spot for itself?

The creative agency Milk Studios is known for its fashion-savvy and buzzy events. And in February, it jumped into new territory when it launched its own retail product, Milk Makeup.

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Your Passion In Life Doesn't Have To Be Profound Or Groundbreaking

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:30 +0000

Designing Your Life coauthors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans discuss the misconception that a passion must be something huge and important.

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How To Spot Fake Trends

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

Something that's trending isn't necessarily a bona fide trend. Here's how to tell what is.

Something that's trending isn't necessarily a bona fide trend. Here's how to tell what is.

Technology has made it difficult to tell a trend from something that's merely trendy because of the ways in which tech changes are often complicated, confusing, or invisible. It's easy to fixate on what's trendy—the latest app, gadget, or platform—but harder to track how technology is shaping our organizations, government, education, economy, and culture.

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This Is The Stage In The Hiring Process When Job Seekers Have The Most Leverage

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:00 +0000

The moment they decide they want you is the best time to find out just how much.

The moment they decide they want you is the best time to find out just how much.

A coaching client of mine was negotiating a contract with a new employer, a large pension fund. It was a big job and she really wanted it. But there were long periods of silence from the company as they went back and forth on terms. Every time they'd go silent, she worried she might've pressed too far and that they were rethinking the whole thing.

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