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The Shrinking Income of Young Americans

January 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

American families are grappling with stagnant wage growth, as the costs of health care, education, and housing continue to climb. But for many of America’s younger workers, “stagnant” wages shouldn’t sound so bad. In fact, they might sound like a massive raise.



Preventing Patent Trolling

January 6th, 2015 at 2:52 pm » Comments Off

The last decade was a boom time for patent trolls. Their names and lawsuits made the news; This American Life dedicated two hour-long episodes to them. The number of defendants in patent troll lawsuits increased sixfold from 2003 through last year. But now the tides seem to be turning for them: After growing very rapidly […]



56.1% of Paid Online Ads are Never Seen

January 4th, 2015 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

An incredible 56.1% of ads on the internet are not seen by humans, according to new research released today by Google. “With the advancement of new technologies we now know that many display ads that are served never actually have the opportunity to be seen by a user,” said Google group product manager Sanaz Ahari […]



It’s Illegal to Live off the Grid in the State of Florida

January 2nd, 2015 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s like saying our dependency on […]



The Rise of Technological Unemployment

December 23rd, 2014 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items to people’s rooms. Last spring, a software algorithm wrote a breaking news article about an earthquake that The Los Angeles Times published. Although fears that technology will displace jobs are at least […]



Top 10 Trends in Digital Marketing

December 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

In the coming year, mobile will continue to strengthen its hold on the industry, smart data will outshine big data, and real-time marketing will become an achievable goal. With just a few weeks left in 2014, it’s time for some of my annual digital marketing predictions for the upcoming year.



The Rise of Corporate Venture Capital

December 22nd, 2014 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

Corporate venture capital is picking up speed in the investment industry, as large companies start setting aside funds for external investment in fledgling companies or startups. Tech giants like Intel, Dell and AMD all have strong track records with their proprietary funds, and more companies like Microsoft and Salesforce are now entering the venture-fund game. […]



Why Left-handed People Make Less Money

December 15th, 2014 at 3:39 pm » Comments Off

There’s a stereotype that left-handed people are clumsier, but that might have something to do with the fact that they live in a world of objects optimized for the right-handed: scissors, the computer mouse, surgical tools, and guns, to name a few. The discrimination against the 12 percent of the population who are lefties has […]



Facebook is the most Complained about Brand

December 15th, 2014 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

We complain 879 million times/year (and Facebook is our top target) We complain about brands an astonishing 879 million times a year on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks. A full 10 percent of us find something to be angry about publicly every single day.



Which Smart Home Device will be Under your Tree this Year?

December 15th, 2014 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Apple’s splash into home automation with addition of HomeKit to iOS 8 is expected to have a huge impact on sales of smart home devices in 2015 according to a Park Associates report that found 37% of U.S. Households plan to purchase one or more devices next year.



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