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The Chicago Nonprofit That's Helping A Million Low-Income Students Graduate

2 hours 51 min ago

Three families started One Million Degrees to help community college students. Now the statistics are finally changing.

David Scherer was troubled by the numbers. In 2002, roughly 100,000 students were attending one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. Yet less than 10% were getting a degree. And those who did were taking an average of six years to do so.

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The Five Best Places In The World To Start A Company (Infographic)

3 hours 17 sec ago

Which country has the lowest tax rates? The highest graduation rates? The most stable economy?

When considering where to startup, you might want to consider Hong Kong.

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How To Build A Feminist Workplace

3 hours 29 min ago

These companies adapt to the needs of women, so employees aren't required to lean in too far.

Jane Park, CEO of the Seattle-based cosmetics company Julep, is fired up about the recent Hobby Lobby ruling.

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How Google Searches Can Predict The Next Stock Market Crash

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:20

Researchers have created a method to identify search patterns that can predict stock market movement.

When will the stock market crash? As with most everything else, the answer lies within Google.

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How A Billionaire Crook Bought Art-World Cred

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30

The tycoon wanted in connection to April's South Korean ferry disaster spent millions to exhibit his photographs in lofty places.

The New York Times has a tremendous story about Yoo Byung-eun, the South Korean billionaire who disappeared shortly after a ferry owned and operated by one of his family's companies sank, killing more than 300 people, many of them school children. As the Times reports, the 73-year-old tycoon led a bizarre, sordid life: he helmed a cultish religious movement that was linked to a mass suicide, and he spent four years in prison for siphoning church funding into his businesses. He also spent millions of dollars trying to style himself as a reclusive but brilliant photographer--a strategy that, incredibly, worked.

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Why Modern Computing Devices Drive Us To Distraction

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:00

It's easy to build something that's more powerful than an iPad--and very, very hard to do it without introducing complexity.

Over at Medium, MG Siegler has a nice piece likening the iPad to a typewriter. He means the comparison to a defunct piece of technology as a compliment: Writing on an iPad with an external Logitech keyboard, he says, strips away all the distractions of other applications and web services and lets you focus on your thoughts and the words.

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"Star Wars" Creator George Lucas Names Architect For New Chicago Museum

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 18:41

The director picks Beijing-based MAD Architects to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

George Lucas has chosen Beijing-based MAD Architects to lead the design of his new museum, planned to open on 17 acres of what is currently parking space along the Chicago lakefront in 2018. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be based on the Star Wars director's personal collection of art and movie memorabilia.

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Airbnb Takes On Business Travel With Concur Partnership

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:47

More than 35 companies have already signed up for Airbnb's business travel program.

Airbnb is displacing the hotel industry when it comes to personal travel, and now it wants to do the same for business travel. On Monday, the San Francisco-based startup introduced a business travel program and partnership with Concur, a travel and expense management service.

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OkCupid's Human Experiments Are Way Creepier Than Facebook's

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:29

And one experiment basically discredits the matching algorithm.

Online dating site OkCupid is laughing in the face of Facebook's human experimentation scandal, lauding its own such efforts today in a blog post on OkTrends. The post, titled "We Experimented on Human Beings!" reminds us that "if you use the Internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That's how websites work." Then it proceeds to brag about messing with people's emotions for the sake of science.

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Amid Meat Scandal, McDonald's Pulls Big Mac From Menus In China

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 17:03

Some Chinese customers will have to wait until early August for their Big Macs and chicken nuggets. For now, there's Filet-O-Fish.

McDonald's patrons in China will have to wait for their next Big Mac. The fast food chain is facing a beef and chicken shortage in Beijing and Shanghai following allegations its meat supplier intentionally reprocessed and sold expired meat to restaurants.

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Barbie Sales Are Down For The Eighth Consecutive Quarter, Because Monsters

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:30

It's been a rough last few years for Mattel's flagship doll brand.

Barbie, the iconic plastic doll with the proportions of a desiccated hot dog, is having a rough time staying culturally relevant. Mattel's latest sales figures paint a grim picture for the 55-year-old polymath, whose career has included stints as an aerobics instructor, dentist, POTUS, and mermaid. She even has her own LinkedIn profile.

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In Boston, The Internet of Things Is Already in Front Of Your Face

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:30

If the vast network of sensors that experts say will be a trillion-dollar business sector can seem hard to imagine, consider Beantown.

If you want to think about what the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) will look like, walk along Boston's 400-year-old streets. With its deep elite academic and tech connections, the city is a natural place to experiment and see how people react to--or fail to notice--the network of sensors that experts say will be a trillion-dollar business sector by the end of the decade.

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Your Brain On 6 Hours Of Sleep A Night

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:24

Might as well just get drunk.

You've heard it before, probably from your mom: Make sure you get enough sleep.

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Luxury Counterfeits In China Get Sophisticated

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:00

You love your "tong kuan"--because you don't have a Prada backpack

Copycat products manufactured in China have long been a headache for luxury brands. But now policing purse designs is getting harder than ever, thanks to a trend toward "tong kuan" or "look-alike" products that mimic the shape of their high-end counterparts but feature phony Western-sounding brand names.

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This Guy Popping An Epic Wheelie Wins Our Hearts At The Tour de France

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:43

Billowing cargo shorts be damned, this superfan keeps up with the pros--all on one wheel.

Technically, Vincenzo Nibali was the first man to cross the line yesterday in the Tour de France, the first Italian victor in 16 years.

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This Ridiculous Contest Summarizes Everything About The Startup Economy

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:09

And it's sponsored by that beacon of startup encouragement... Sprint?

Sprint sponsors a radio show about startups called Dream Big America, which is such a comically condescending name--so pat-on-the-head, go-get-em-tiger--that you must wonder what the runner-up titles were. Was it "You Can Make Some Money, Too"? Or maybe "Put On Your Big-Boy CEO Pants." Or, oh, what about "My Cool Inventions"? (Kidding--they're actually partners with another show called My Cool Inventions. It exists! And some people who are not nine-year-olds take it seriously!)

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Apple Just Acquired Two Streaming Media Startups. Here's Why

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:26

Over the weekend, the company spent at least $40 million on BookLamp and Swell.

If you discount bringing Beats into the fold from earlier this year, Apple's acquisitions have historically been low-key affairs. This weekend though, Cupertino certainly looked busy, when news broke that it had acquired two new startups to shore up its book and radio businesses. Let's take a look at the two startups, shall we?

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While Bottling Water In The Middle Of A Drought, Nestle Says: Let's Have A Water Party!

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:10

The ad campaign seems tone deaf as Nestle bottles huge amounts of water extracted from a parched California.

In the middle of California's record-setting drought, Nestle is extracting and bottling huge amounts of water--over 244 million gallons at last count, in 2009 (the company hasn't revealed any numbers since then). There isn't much water to spare in the state, where earlier this summer the State Water Resources Control Board imposed mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use.

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Why Did We Care About the Facebook Contagion Study? Or Did We Even Care At All?

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:09

General outrage erupted after Facebook was caught messing with people's News Feeds in order to get an emotional response. Or did it? A new study looks at how people really feel about being manipulated.

Earlier this month, academics, politicians, journalists, and thousands on social media expressed considerable outrage at the news of a Facebook study that toyed with the News Feeds of nearly 700,000 Facebook users. The experiment removed positive or negative posts, then examined whether those changes affected the users' own emotional expression on Facebook. In the weeks following the viral story, at least one American politician and a privacy group filed formal complaints to the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.K.'s data regulation body, the Information Commissioner's office, launched an investigation into Facebook's practices.

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Virgin America Files For IPO

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:08

The California-based airline filed for an initial public offering Monday morning.

Virgin America, the U.S. airline partly owned by space-tourism mogul Richard Branson, has filed for a U.S. initial public offering.

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