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    • Snapchat Fans, Rejoice: Ballot Selfies Are Totally Constitutional In New Hampshire
      An appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a New Hampshire ban on snapping a selfie while casting a ballot violates the free speech rights of voters.In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit invalidated the ban, noting that it “affects voters who are engaged in core political speech, an area highly protected by the First Amendment.”“New Hampshire may not impose such a broad restriction on speech by banning ballot selfies in order to combat an unsubstantiated and hypothetical danger,” said U.S. Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch in her ruling.“We repeat the old adage: ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’” she added.The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire challenged the ban in federal court on behalf of three Republican voters who were being investigated for the offending conduct during the state’s primary in 2014. One of them, unhappy with his party’s choices for the U.S. Senate, had taken a selfie after writing in his dead dog’s name.The state defended the measure, arguing that it existed “to prevent new technology from facilitating future vote buying and voter coercion.”A lower court last year didn’t buy that justification and struck down the prohibition, noting that New Hampshire had offered no evidence that either of those evils had happened since the late 1800s. The appeals court on Wednesday didn’t buy it, either.“New Hampshire admits that no such vote-selling market has in fact emerged. And to the extent that the State hypothesizes this will make intimidation of some voters more likely, that is no reason to infringe on the rights of all voters,” Lynch wrote.The ruling represents a victory of sorts for Snapchat maker Snap Inc., which filed a brief in the case and was hoping the state ban wouldn’t survive constitutional scrutiny. The company got several shoutouts in the ruling.“Amicus Snapchat stresses that younger voters participate in the political process and make their voices heard through the use of ballot selfies,” the court observed in one footnote, which also pointed to research on how voters often flock to social media to publicize how and for whom they vote.In a statement, the social media giant praised the ruling.“Today’s ruling is a victory for free speech in the digital age,” said Chris Handman, Snapchat’s general counsel. “We’re thrilled the court recognized that ballot selfies are an important way for Americans ― especially younger Americ…
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    • Searching For ‘Amy Schumer’ Will Most Likely Give You A Virus
      It’s official: Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity to search for on the internet. According to a survey released by global computer security software company McAfee, the comedian’s name generates search results that are more likely to expose users to malware than any other celebrity. In other words, searching “Amy Schumer” might expose you to some terrible computer viruses. Schumer topped the list, which is in its 10th year, beating out Justin Bieber, Carson Daly, Will Smith and Rihanna. She also knocked last year’s No. 1 celeb, EDM DJ Armin van Buuren, off the list. Rounding out the top 10 for 2016 are Miley Cyrus, Chris Hardwick, Daniel Tosh, Selena Gomez and Kesha. Now, go forth and Google (safely)!  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 9 hours ago, 28 Sep 16, 8:07pm -
    • How Can Technology Improve Healthcare for Everyone?
      How can the tech and startup industry affect the healthcare industry in the US? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Prabhjot Singh, author, Dying and Living in the Neighborhood; director, Arnhold Institute, on Quora.Edward Deming, an engineering guru, said that automating poorly performing processes simply makes bad things happen faster. To be sure, technology will play a pivotal role in helping us solve complex challenges, but we can't have technological capability define what constitutes a worthy challenge. At the same time, I would encourage everyone who cares about health and healthcare to be curious about and familiar with the rapid advances in data science and machine learning, hardware prototyping, communication technologies, and sensors networks, because we can then better define complex challenges in ways that motivate technologists. This is particularly important for community advocates, public health practitioners, and healthcare administrators who may at baseline be skeptical about what technology has to offer. Instead, they should help forge requirements, and celebrate the people who can bridge the divide. Here are two ways that come to mind:1. Smarter neighborhood-scale problem-solving platforms: We have seen a revolution in individual, consumer-centric technologies through wearables and remote sensors, but we haven't seen the same intensity of effort put into larger scale problem-solving platforms that are fun, interactive, and goal-oriented. When I saw Pokemon Go (yes, seriously!) take off, I could see the power of augmented reality in allowing us to see physical spaces in a different way. For example, imagine not having a day of community service, but a space for community service, where you can just build upon someone else's contribution at a different time? There are really bright people out there who understand how to build smart incentives to solve challenging problems. They ought to look at building platforms that create healthier neighborhoods!2. Service design: Have you ever stood in line at a food pantry, or to submit public housing applications, or waiting at a clinic? It takes hours, it's usually a bad experience, and it's very clear all along the way that you're just a number in a big system. And if you have a job, you can be sure your boss isn't going to be happy about you taking the time off. There have been amazi…
      - 9 hours ago, 28 Sep 16, 7:53pm -
    • (VIDEO) Header Bidding Surfaces Value Of 'Every Single Impression': OpenX's Van Ullen
      WASHINGTON, D.C.-Quality and scale of audience are key to most political advertising campaigns, according to the VP of Business Development at OpenX. "The quality component is really key for buyers because we're no longer in a world where we're just trying to buy the audience across any type of content. Ad effectiveness on quality content is key," Julie Van Ullen said during a panel discussion at the recent Beet.TV summit on politics and advertising."Our goal is really to get away what historically has been a guesswork model or demographic-based model around content to an impression-by-impression model across all screens and all app formats," Van Ullen said in response to a question from panel moderator Matt Prohaska of Prohaska Consulting.Political buyers in particular seek scale primarily because the audiences they wish to target are niche in nature, Van Ullen explained.Having created the concept of header bidding--which allows multiple demand-side sources bid for the same publisher inventory at the same time, with the aim of surfacing the best prices--OpenX initially sought to better value inventory and ensure that everyone was competing for it at the proper level."But what it's also done is given insight to publishers about the value of every single impression that runs through their site," Van Ullen explained. "Rate cards that are ten, fifteen years old are all of a sudden being looked at a bit differently."Brands' first-party data can be layered on top of "any given publisher or the entire OpenX Ad Exchange" and facilitate guaranteed deals at scale, according to Van Ullen.Asked to describe the future of supply side platforms, Van Ullen said that far from becoming extinct as some headlines have suggested, they must evolve out of necessity."The traditional idea of mediating a daisy chain of demand partners that can make pages load slowly and doesn't really facilitate dynamic competition on an impression-by-impression basis is kind of on its way out," Van Ullen said.Companies that fail to make the transition to a direct-to-DSP buying world and still rely on ad networks, and arbitrage and mediation might not survive."In a truly RTB world, where you need to be fast in order to transact on an impression level, you can't be arbitraging, reselling or mediating," Van Ullen said. "I think some of those models are problematic and you can see them having trouble evolving at this point."You are watching videos from Beet.TV politics and adverti…
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    • (VIDEO) Ooyala Combines Ad-Tech For Higher Publisher Yield: GM Braley
      COLOGNE -- One source of ad demand is good, multiple sources all facing off against each other is better.That's why video ad-tech platform Ooyala has combined its Pulse ad server and programmatic toolset to let publishers pool demand sources for better effect.Ooyala's programmatic GM Scott Braley says the reboot is called a "Holistic Ad Decisioning" platform.According to the press release: "With a unified view of both direct and programmatic inventory, ad operations (ad ops) teams can sell inventory for over-the-top (OTT) and video-on-demand (VOD) content, live events, as well as IAB-standard video units for mobile and in-stream display across the entire array of sales channels, including direct-sold, private marketplaces (PMPs), open marketplaces and private deals."Why does this matter? "It lets you integrate all the programmatic demand you get from a typical SSP (supply-side platform) in to the ad server at the time of the impression."It will optimize between direct-sold campaigns, how we're pacing against the different direct components and what we can achieve in the marketplace. We think it's going to drive up premium CPMs for publishers."Asked what percentage improvement this technique will bring to publishers' effective cost per thousand impressions, Braley says: "Anywhere between 15% to 25% is what we're shooting for."But he acknowledges it won't be easy bringing those publishes around. The big broadcasters he is targeting have historically been concerned about programatic trading devaluing their inventory. So Ooyala wants to softly bring them aboard."There's a highly consultative element to this. There's whole new thinking around 'How do I think about impression allocation?'," Braley says. "There's a high degree of learning that's going to be required." In short, broadcasters will be in control: "We're going allow you to let programmatic compete a little bit or a lot."This interview was conducted by Furious Corp CEO Ashley J. Swartz.This interview was taped at DMEXCO '16. It is part of a video series of industry leaders. The series is sponsored by Videology. For more Beet.TV coverage of DMEXCO, please visit this page.You can find this post on Beet.TV. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 11 hours ago, 28 Sep 16, 5:56pm -
    • Pennsylvania Takes on Medical Errors, the Third-Leading Cause of U.S. Deaths
      Written by Trent Smith, communications professional focusing on governmentA May 2016 Johns Hopkins study indicates that 10 percent of all U.S. deaths are due to medical error, making it the third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) is combatting this problem by learning more about the causes and trends associated with medical errors. Pennsylvania's Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act of 2002 tasked PSA with eliminating medical errors by identifying problems and implementing solutions that promote patient safety.It's a tall order, particularly when you consider the sheer amount of information the PSA must wade through. The PSA database contains more than 2.5 million medical error reports, each with over 200 data and text fields detailing both serious events and near-miss errors. "Serious events" result in actual physical harm to the patient. A "near miss" records an event that did not reach or harm the patient. Overall, it adds up to more than 500 million data fields and billions of text field characters.A new weapon in their arsenal is data visualization, which can quickly spot trends and anomalies in massive amounts of data. "It is one thing to develop one of the nation's largest and best-known statewide patient safety databases. It's quite another to turn that data into lifesaving information," said Howard Newstadt, PSA Finance Director and Chief Information Officer.Analysis validates PSA's effortsOne of the first reports produced through the system revealed PSA has been exceptionally effective in protecting commonwealth citizens. The data showed a 45 percent decline in "high harm" events over 10 years, from 2005 through 2014. "This outcome supports the work of PSA and the intent of the MCARE Act," said Newstadt. "It also suggests a positive effect on people's lives, alleviating suffering and in fact preventing death. The monetary savings alone associated with this decline are measured in tens of millions of dollars, if not more."Immediate results reveal new data relationshipsAn early analysis of medical error reports identified previously unrecognized data relationships. One initial test led researchers to further explore how gender may influence specific types of medical errors. First, PSA Visual Analytics filtered factors that could skew reported data, such as age range (women live longer) and gender-specific language or care areas. It qui…
      - 12 hours ago, 28 Sep 16, 4:58pm -
    • Bills crucial to protect voting systems, integrity of elections
      In the wake of the DNC server hack and well-documented efforts by states to suppress the vote, citizens are rightly concerned about the accuracy and access of our voting systems. We must work to reduce the vulnerability of our crucial voting systems, protect the security and integrity of our electoral process, and ensure all Americans have the opportunity to vote.That's why on Sept. 21, I introduced the "Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016" (H.R. 6073) that requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure and the "Election Integrity Act of 2016" (H.R. 6072), which will limit the purchase of any new voting systems that do not provide durable voter-verified paper ballots.When DHS labels an asset as critical infrastructure, it heightens its security obligations and requires DHS to provide increased support - be it the power grid, water supply, or electoral infrastructure.The "Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016" would:• Designates voting systems as critical infrastructure under the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act;• Requires DHS to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan on protecting critical electoral process from a variety of threats, including cyber terrorism;• Calls on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop operational security standards to be used in federal elections and transparency standards so that voters may verify their votes; • Authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to establish an election technology innovation program to support and promote research into improving our voting process.The "Election Integrity Act" would:• Limit the purchase of any new voting systems that do not provide durable voter-verified paper ballots;• Establishes protocols when there is a voting system failure, prohibits voting systems responsible for tabulating votes from being insecurely connected to the internet, and calls for security standards for voting systems used in federal elections;• Requires durable and readable paper ballots and the publication of poll tapes;• Enables verifiable manual audits of federal elections and will allow for random hand counts of paper ballots. The results of these audits will be published;• Establish guidelines for the publication of voter purge lists and a…
      - 14 hours ago, 28 Sep 16, 2:35pm -
    • Bills crucial to protect voting systems, integrity of elections
      In the wake of the DNC server hack and well-documented efforts by states to suppress the vote, citizens are rightly concerned about the accuracy and access of our voting systems. We must work to reduce the vulnerability of our crucial voting systems, protect the security and integrity of our electoral process, and ensure all Americans have the opportunity to vote.That's why on Sept. 21, I introduced the "Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016" (H.R. 6073) that requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure and the "Election Integrity Act of 2016" (H.R. 6072), which will limit the purchase of any new voting systems that do not provide durable voter-verified paper ballots.When DHS labels an asset as critical infrastructure, it heightens its security obligations and requires DHS to provide increased support - be it the power grid, water supply, or electoral infrastructure.The "Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016" would:• Designates voting systems as critical infrastructure under the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act;• Requires DHS to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan on protecting critical electoral process from a variety of threats, including cyber terrorism;• Calls on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop operational security standards to be used in federal elections and transparency standards so that voters may verify their votes; • Authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to establish an election technology innovation program to support and promote research into improving our voting process.The "Election Integrity Act" would:• Limit the purchase of any new voting systems that do not provide durable voter-verified paper ballots;• Establishes protocols when there is a voting system failure, prohibits voting systems responsible for tabulating votes from being insecurely connected to the internet, and calls for security standards for voting systems used in federal elections;• Requires durable and readable paper ballots and the publication of poll tapes;• Enables verifiable manual audits of federal elections and will allow for random hand counts of paper ballots. The results of these audits will be published;• Establish guidelines for the publication of voter purge lists and a p…
      - 15 hours ago, 28 Sep 16, 2:24pm -
    • Bill Nye Isn't Buying Elon Musk's Bold New Vision For Mars
      Bill Nye likes Mars as much as the next guy ― more, probably, since the Science Guy also heads up The Planetary Society, a Pasadena, California-based nonprofit that pushes exploration of the solar system.But Nye isn’t totally sold on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s bold new plan to colonize Mars.Under the plan, which Musk detailed Tuesday at a major astronautics conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, SpaceX will build a fleet of vast spaceships and use them to ferry wave upon wave of humans to the red planet. The company aims to send the first humans to Mars in 2025.“I’m open-minded but skeptical that anyone actually wants to live out his or her life on Mars any more than anyone wants to colonize Antarctica,” Nye told The Huffington Post in an email. “Mars is an exotic place and in some ways very romantic. But it’s cold, barren and you can’t even breathe.”And the cost for getting to Mars will be astronomical. Musk anticipates charging folks about $200,000 apiece for a trip to the red planet ― and that’s after the price comes down. Musk has long considered the colonization of other planets a life-or-death imperative, given the existential threats to life on Earth posed by runaway climate change, killer asteroids and the like.“Ultimately, the thing that is super-important in the grand scale of history is, are we on a path to becoming a multi-planet species or not?” Musk said in 2011 (and has been saying ever since). “If we’re not, that’s not a very bright future. We’ll just be hanging out on Earth until some eventual calamity claims us.”Nye, who was on hand in Guadalajara for Musk’s well-attended presentation, is known for climate activism as well as for his enthusiasm for space exploration.But establishing a Mars colony clearly isn’t his first priority.“I very much hope we conduct a thorough, careful search for life on Mars before we consider landing dozens of tons of people and cargo,” he told HuffPost.That search is already underway, of course. For decades now, NASA has been sending landers and rovers to Mars ― and the space agency has its own plan to send astronauts there sometime in the 2030s. By then, Musk’s colonists might have been living on Mars for years.In any case, Nye praised SpaceX for changing how the world thinks about spaceflight. “Watching the crowd go absolutely wild today,” he added, “tells me that the best is yet ahead for space exploration.” -- This feed and its…
      - 15 hours ago, 28 Sep 16, 2:12pm -
    • Elon Musk Isn't Kidding About Putting You On Mars
      Come hell or high water, Elon Musk is set on sending humans to Mars. And on Tuesday, the billionaire business magnate and tech entrepreneur revealed to the world exactly how he plans to set up a colony on the red planet using Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX.Humans have two fundamental paths, Musk told people gathered at the 67th International Astronautic Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico: “stay on Earth forever” or “become a space-bearing civilization and a multi-planet species.” Adopting the latter possibility and colonizing Mars “is the right way to go,” he said. To get there, SpaceX plans to build a massive “Interplanetary Transport System,” which the company unveiled in a gripping video posted online prior to Musk’s presentation. The company’s engineering models were used to develop the simulated video. “It’s not just, ‘Well, this is what it might look like,’” Musk said. “This is what we plan to try to make it look like.”  There’s currently no amount of money that can get you to Mars ― and SpaceX estimates the trip would cost around $10 billion per person using traditional methods. That “steep price” doesn’t allow for creating a self-sustaining civilization, Musk said.SpaceX’s goal is to make the trip affordable, so that the per-person cost of moving to Mars is roughly the price of a median house in the U.S., or about $200,000.“Not everyone would want to go,” he said. “In fact, a relatively small number of people from Earth would want to go, but enough would want to go and could afford the trip that it would happen.” Improving the cost by some 5 million percent, Musk said, sounds “virtually impossible.” But he’s convinced there are ways to do it.Making spaceships fully reusable will be key, he said in the presentation. It will also be important to pick the right propellant, be able to refill spaceships in orbit and build a propellant production plant on Mars. SpaceX plans to build giant vehicles that are capable of carrying about 100 people ― perhaps many more in the future ― plus luggage and other cargo. It would take about 10,000 trips to build a self-sustainable Martian colony of 1 million people, Musk said. SpaceX would eventually grow its fleet to about 1,000 ships, Musk added, estimating it would take between 40 and 100 years from the first flight to achieve a civilization. He is aiming to have the first civilian trip to Mars take place…
      - 1 day ago, 27 Sep 16, 10:45pm -

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    • FBI Probes Hackers Targeting Democratic Officials' Phones
      WASHINGTON - The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month, four people with direct knowledge of the attack and the investigation told Reuters.The revelation underscores the widening scope of the U.S. criminal inquiry into cyber attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the presidential campaign of its candidate, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton.U.S. officials have said they believe those attacks were orchestrated by hackers backed by the Russian government, possibly to disrupt the Nov. 8 election in which Clinton faces Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. Russia has dismissed allegations it was involved in cyber attacks on the organizations.The more recent attempted phone hacking also appears to have been conducted by Russian-backed hackers, two people with knowledge of the situation said.Federal Bureau of Investigation representatives had no immediate comment, and a Clinton campaign spokesman said they were unaware of the suspected phone hacking.The Democratic National Committee (DNC) did not respond to a request for comment. An official of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said that nobody at the organization had been contacted by investigators about possible phone hacking.FBI agents had approached a small number of Democratic Party officials to discuss concerns their mobile phones may have been compromised by hackers, people involved said. It was not clear how many people were targeted by the hack or whether they included members of Congress, a possibility that could raise additional security concerns for U.S. officials.If they were successful, hackers could have been able to acquire a wide range of data from targeted cell phones, including call data, text messages, emails, photos and contact lists, one person with knowledge of the situation said.“In a sense, your phone is your office brain,” said Bruce Schneier, a cyber security expert with Resilient, an IBM company, which is not involved in the investigation. “It’s incredibly intimate.”“Anything that’s on your phone, if your phone is hacked, the hacker can get it.”The FBI has asked some of those whose phones were believed to have hacked to turn over their phones so that investigators could “image” them, creating a copy of the device and related data.U.S. investigators are looking into whether hackers used data stolen from servers run by…
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    • Man Who Was Paralyzed Receives Experimental Treatment, Can Now Use Hands
      A man who was paralyzed from the neck down can now operate his wheelchair and hug his family.Kristopher Boesen, who became paralyzed after a car crash, has become the first person in California to receive an experimental treatment made from stem cells, according to a release by Keck Medical Center at University of Southern California. It has allowed him to use his arms and hands once again.The treatment is an injection that consists of 10 million AST-OPC1 cells, which are derived from embryonic stem cells. AST-OPC1 helps support the healthy functioning of nerve cells.In early April, a team at Keck Medical Center injected the treatment into Boesen’s damaged cervical spine. Three months later, he was able to do tasks like write his name.“I couldn’t drink, I couldn’t feed myself. I couldn’t text or, pretty much, do anything. I was basically just existing … I wasn’t really living my life” Boesen tells KIDY Fox San Angelo, a Fox affiliate in Texas. “And now, after the stem cell surgery, I’m able to live my life.”Since the injection, doctors have reviewed Boesen’s progress four different times, including the most recent that was 90 days after the surgery. He is set to undergo three more assessments.Boesen’s success stems from strength.On March 6, just before his twenty-first birthday, Boesen lost control of his car while driving on a wet road in Bakersfield, California. He hit a tree and then slammed into a telephone pole, leaving him with severe injuries to his spine.His parents were told he’d be paralyzed from the neck down, but they were also told that he qualified for a clinical study that could help.To participate, Boesen had to give voice confirmation that he wanted to be part of the study. The problem was that at the time, Boesen was using a ventilator to breath, and was unable to speak without breathing assistance, according to the release.Through sheer desire, and with help from a respiratory care team, Boesen weaned himself off the ventilator in five days — a process that usually takes patients three weeks to complete. Boesen told Keck:“All I’ve wanted from the beginning was a fighting chance.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 1 day ago, 27 Sep 16, 8:02pm -
    • Can Sexting Increase Relationship Satisfaction?
      By Jeremy Adam Smith News coverage of sexting tends to focus on the negative. When teens and politicians get caught exchanging nude pictures and lascivious messages on their phones, they're publicly shamed. And their relationships can suffer profoundly, as when Anthony Weiner's wife left him after The New York Post published the disgraced politician's extramarital sexts. But is there a positive side to sexting? Could it contribute to healthier and more satisfying relationships for adults? The research to date says yes--but only in certain conditions. It also says that sexting has become extremely common."Sending someone a sext message is not much different than writing an 1800's erotic love note," says Joe Currin, research coordinator for the Sexual Health Research Lab at Oklahoma State University. "Behaviors are adapting to the use of newer technologies. We just now have the ability to express our sexuality in real time."So what factors make the difference between good sexting and bad sexting? Here's a list.1. Enthusiastic consentThis should go without saying, but common sense plus research says that sexting needs to be mutual, enthusiastic, and consensual. Sexting gets a bad name partially because too many people receive unsolicited and unwanted nude pictures. Properly speaking, this is sexual harassment, not sexting, and it can be scary.People can also be compelled to sext against their will, which may be linked to other kinds of abuse. A study published last month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence found that 21 percent of the 885 undergraduates surveyed--most of them women--had been coerced at some point into providing sexual messages. The study also linked coerced sexting to "mental health symptoms, sexual problems, and attachment dysfunction," which leads the researchers to describe it as a form of intimate partner abuse. In fact, this and several studies published last year suggest that coerced sexting may be a danger sign that the relationship could involve physical coercion or even violence. This leads to the next condition for successful sexting.2. Emotional safety, respect, and communicationSexting is not the same as sex, in the sense that bodies are not directly interacting. It is, rather, minds interacting through phones. Just as sex flourishes in conditions of physical safety and respect, so sexting requires a certain degree of emotional safety if it is to work for both parties. When that condition is absent,…
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    • The Barriers to Innovation
      It's hard to be an innovator. You have to come up with cool new stuff, make it work, and get people to use it. Not easy! Depending on your situation, there can be barriers, active and passive, to being a successful innovator. Lots of people in business and government love to talk about how they're innovative, and how they foster innovation. Hah! In all too many cases, what they actually do is build and sustain barriers so strong and so high that innovation is nearly impossible. If you look at my earlier posts on innovation, you may think that I'm a cynic. The reality is that I'm an enthusiastic, life-long believer in innovation. My sarcasm is targeted exclusively at the hollow, creativity-killing rhetoric that too often passes for support for innovation.Active barriers to innovationWhat about big companies who innovate? That's most rumor and self-promotion, rarely a reality. What if you're a small company trying to innovate? The barriers are mostly put up by the large businesses that dominate the field in which you want to innovate. Will the big business itself innovate? In spite of all the talk, probably not. It's likely they want to be seen as modern, with it and innovative. It's highly unlikely that they actually want change. This post goes into some detail about the reality behind giant companies that supposedly are great innovators. Why can't big companies innovate? Who knows, but I think the attitude of the pointy-haired boss is a hint: There is lots of information and a few stories about how to out-fox the giants that want to keep you down in my book on building a growing business from a startup. But it's tough. The big guys hold most of the cards.Passive barriers to innovationGovernments are the main source of "passive" barriers to innovation. The barriers are usually in the form of regulations -- regulations that can quickly morph into active barriers once you get caught in the cross hairs of one of these innovation-killing agencies.You think those regulations are no big deal? The current code of federal regulations is massive, and getting bigger every day. Here's a quick glance at its size: Of course, no government agency will ever admit that what they are doing is preventing innovation. They are protecting consumers! Enforcing fairness! Doing good stuff, the peoples' business! That's what they say. Sometimes it's even true. But in most cases, what they are really doing is protecting existing businesses and professionals from competi…
      - 1 day ago, 27 Sep 16, 5:51pm -
    • Did You Know There Really Is a Craig of craigslist?
      Forty years ago today I joined the grown-up work force. My entry point was at IBM in Boca Raton, Florida. Then later at General Motors in Detroit.Fast forward: My first twenty years were in the corporate world; the last twenty were at craigslist.Despite craigslist becoming a household name over the years, Craig Newmark was not. In fact, a lot of people still don't know that there's a real Craig. I think that's probably because I'm a fifties'-style nerd, and while we're good at making things that work, we aren't so good at promoting ourselves. Note, I'm at @craignewmark on Twitter and on Facebook here.Those years in corporate life provided useful lessons in humility. When companies of any size stop listening to customers, that's suicidal.At craigslist I came to learn what I always knew:treat people like you want to be treatedknow when enough is enoughbrevity is the soul of witAnd, of course,Murphy's Law and Newmark's Corollary: "As computers get smaller and faster, Newmark gets shorter and slower."For more about what I'm doing now, here are two good articles about my stuff, from Inc and also Forbes.Now I've found more stuff that really matters in this crazy world, and I promote that rather than craigslist or myself. (I make exceptions for birds or to otherwise amuse myself.)As to the rumors of my existence -- they're true. Really. Although maybe people still don't believe it. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
      - 2 days ago, 27 Sep 16, 4:47pm -

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    • Evaluating Trump's Immigration Plan: Facts To Bring Down A Wall Of Fiction
      In the past few weeks, Donald Trump's zig-zags on his immigration positions have been dizzying for the public. Because of his unconventional presidential campaign style, he has managed, thus far, to avoid the usual scrutiny and analysis that all candidates normally face. For us in the Latino and immigrant community, his speech in Arizona represents more of the same as we have directly felt the impact of his words for over a year.With the election nearing, it is about time to look beyond the rhetoric and unravel the truth behind his declarations. In particular, now that Trump has reaffirmed his extreme nativist position on immigration, we have to examine seriously and thoroughly his "10-point plan." Correlating his statements with reality takes a concerted effort, so let us tackle his points one-by-one. Before delving into each point, it is important to highlight the overall contribution of immigrants to this country. In fact, studies have shown that immigrants contribute over $700 billion to the U.S. economy each year. In 2011, it amounted to $743 billion in total wage, salary, and business proprietor income. In addition, according to the Brookings Institute, immigrants are 30 percent more likely to start a small business and three times more likely to file a patent. Furthermore, contrary to Trump's assertions and portrayals of immigrants, both documented and undocumented as criminals, there is ample evidence that demonstrates otherwise. In fact, according to the New Yorker's Eyal Press in his recent article, studies by Harvard sociologist, Robert Sampson, have shown that incidences of crime decrease in neighborhoods with an influx of immigrants. These studies have reported that immigrants contribute to the revitalization of neighborhoods, thereby advancing economic growth and development. Also, immigrant communities are marked by their drive to improve the wellbeing of their families with immigrants focused on economic advancement and educational achievements for their children.With this context in mind, let us explore the Trump plan.1. Complete the border wall.Building a wall in the fashion that Donald Trump envisions along the entire 1,989 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border is not only costly but also highly unrealistic. The Washington Post estimated the cost of an actual physical barrier across the border at more than $25 billion. And, as the BBC reported in its recent story, the plan will mean extension into remote areas, as well as incursi…
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    • The Entrepreneur's Guide To Freaking Out
      By Liz GutmanAnxiety is a totally normal and even expected part of running your own business. Here's how to keep from being crippled by it. As the public face of my company, I encounter a lot of pressure to appear as though I'm 100% together at all times.But, in truth, as an entrepreneur, there is no way to completely avoid freaking out. So many things constantly come at you - staffing issues, tax worries, equipment malfunctions - it would take a miracle to achieve a state of never-ever-freak-outedness. But when it all seems overwhelming and impossible, know that you can (and will!) get through it. Here's how:1. BREATHEI know - it's a total cliché. But it's everyone's number one piece of advice for a reason: it works, as long as you really commit. No, taking one big deep breath usually isn't enough. If you find yourself starting to clench up or getting that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, take a moment. Sit (or stand) with both feet planted flat on the floor. Close your eyes. Breathe in for a slow three-count - one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand - hold for another slow three-count and breathe out for a slow five-count. Do this at least ten times.Now open your eyes. Better?2. MOVEI battled severe anxiety long before becoming an entrepreneur, and it was a revelation to discover how much regular exercise helps calm my mind.It doesn't have to be hardcore. I used to run, but now I go for brisk walks of about 30 minutes in the morning instead. Walking isn't quite as exciting as running, but can be even more beneficial (see links here, here and here) than more strenuous activity. Take a stroll on your lunch break, stretch or do gentle yoga before bedtime, knock out some jumping jacks while you're watching Netflix. Any of these things will help as long as you stay consistent (I shoot for three times a week). It's an investment that pays off if you keep doing it! You'll be amazed at how much it improves your outlook.3. ASK FOR HELPThis may be the easiest-said and hardest-done piece of advice out there. I have massive issues with asking for help; it's especially hard for entrepreneurs and even more so for women. We spend our entire lives internalizing messages to be quiet, be nice, don't make a fuss, figure it out. "Quiet strength" seems like an admirable quality until you think about the nuances of that subtly oppressive first word: quiet. Don't be quiet. Reach out. Ask a friend to spend some time with you. F…
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    • Airbnb's Work To Fight Bias And Discrimination
      Over the course of my career, I've learned that lasting change often begins with tough, honest conversations, genuine self-reflection, followed by bold action. In the last half century, we've made tremendous progress toward realizing our civil rights and equal opportunity goals. But we still have a long way to go. We need to talk about, and then take action to end, the discrimination, prejudice, and inequality that still exists -- not only in our laws, but in our schools, our neighborhoods, and our businesses. That's in part because the way in which bias manifests itself keeps evolving. At the beginning of this century, few predicted that the internet would become such a pervasive tool for cyber bullying or religious extremism, or would so often be used to communicate and enable discrimination and division. Airbnb is no exception. Their mission is to connect people from around the globe and foster a sense of belonging. But despite those good intentions, some Airbnb users have been turned away from booking accommodations because of their name, background or skin color. Understanding that one case is one too many, the company reached out to me and to Laura Murphy, the former chief of the ACLU's Washington legislative office, to work with them to determine how to greatly diminish -- with the goal of eliminating -- discrimination on its platform. I agreed to help because from the first time we spoke, Airbnb's leadership team was willing to have that tough, uncomfortable conversation, and because they had the humility and courage to ask for help in the first place. That told me that their goal was to fix the problem, not simply to respond to public criticism. Airbnb's leadership team was willing to have that tough, uncomfortable conversation. Throughout the last three months, under Laura's leadership, Airbnb has conducted a rigorous, thorough and inclusive review of its technology and its policies. The review included conversations with employees at every level of the company, Airbnb hosts and victims of discrimination, and outside experts. It also included outreach to civil rights organizations, regulators and federal and state lawmakers. The result is one of the most detailed and honest reviews of a company's role in fighting discrimination, including where efforts fell short, that I've ever witnessed. That review -- which I believe provides a model for our growing "sharing economy" and the role internet companies play in unintentionally…
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    • Computers Are For Girls, Too
      I remember three things about my first computer science class in college. First, improbably, the professor was named Ramm, as in "random access memory." Second, the class was about processors, and I only had a vague idea what a processor was. Third, it was the last computer science class for most of my female classmates, who quickly decided they'd rather major in something else.I never would have guessed that my time as a computer science student would turn out to be pretty much the high water mark for women in the field. The percentage of computer science majors who are women has gone down from 37 percent in 1984 to just 18 percent today. In other words, on average my daughters are half as likely to major in computer science as I was 30 years ago. My daughters are half as likely to major in computer science as I was 30 years ago.But the young women in this video are defying these odds -- they're pursuing careers in computer science and dismantling stereotypes about the field. I love hearing them talk about the sense of empowerment and joy that coding brings them. Kimberly got a standing ovation from her high school English classmates when she demonstrated a book review app she made. Kayla is preserving and sharing the rich history of her community with an app that customizes multimedia walking tours. Courtney helped design the landing legs on a rocket when she interned at SpaceX!The gross underrepresentation of women in computer science is not just a problem for the girls who are left out. It's a problem for all of us, because we're not benefitting from the creativity girls have to offer. There's a mountain of research showing that diversity makes for better companies and better products -- that we're more innovative when we work in teams with different kinds of people -- yet the gender diversity in tech has been getting worse for decades.One reason why is that somewhere along the way, society decided that computers are for boys. Or, as Aishwarya says, "guys in hoodies." And this toxic stereotype becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, virtually guaranteeing that computer science is indeed a male-dominated field.First, since girls aren't supposed to be into computers, they aren't exposed to computer science when they're young, and even if they are, they often aren't encouraged to pursue their interests in the field. That helps explain why only 22 percent of the high school students who take the AP computer science exam today are girls. Kayla…
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    • 37 Times Donald Trump Should Have Apologized
      Yesterday, Donald Trump read the following off a teleprompter in Charlotte, North Carolina:Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.It's a clever line. Hats off to Donald's speechwriter. But that's all it is: a line from a teleprompter.For most of us, an apology involves looking someone in the eye and taking responsibility for what you did. But Trump didn't even bother to tell us what he regrets saying or who he regrets hurting over the past year.Here's the truth: over the past year, Donald Trump has tried to insult and bully his way to the White House. He has fabricated lies and invented bizarre conspiracy theories to stoke racial animus and divide the American people. He repeatedly made racist remarks about a federal judge's heritage and attacked a Gold Star family because of their faith. He has preyed upon the most vulnerable and disparaged our men and women in uniform in his power-hungry quest for the presidency.Even after winning his party's nomination, he has acted more like a Bully-in-Chief than a future leader of our country.In Trump's warped world, it might be enough to vaguely say that you have regrets. But Trump owes the people he has attacked and bullied so much more than that. He needs to explain exactly what he regrets--and then sincerely apologize to the individuals, families and communities to whom he has caused personal pain.Here's where he could start:1.Slandering Mexican immigrants: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." [Campaign kickoff speech, 6/16/15]2.Criticizing former POW Sen. John McCain: "He's not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." [Politico, 7/18/15]3.Criticizing Fox News host Megyn Kelly: "I have no respect for her...You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." [CNN, 8/7/15]4.Calling children of immigrants "anchor babies" [Fox News (reported by CBS), 8/19/15]5.Questioning then-opponent Ben Carson's religion: "I just don't know about" the Seventh-Day Adventist church [Washington Post, 10/25/15]6.Mocking a disabled reporter: "'I don't know what I said. I don't remember!' He's going, 'I don't remember!'" [South Carolina rally, 11/22/15]7.Claiming…
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    • 5 Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Surviving A Plane Crash
      The odds of getting into a plane crash are low. Very low. In fact, your odds are only 1 in 8,357 of dying in an "air and space transport incident," as the National Safety Council calls it. In fact, you are more likely to die from a lightning strike than to face an aircraft evacuation. But, the reality is, every time you strap yourself to the seat in a metal tube as it hurls itself through the air, you are facing the possibility of an emergency evacuation.Recent events such as the crash of Emirates flight 521 are a reminder that as safe as air travel is, quick thinking flight attendants and a competent flight crew can mean the difference life and death. Long lines, tight spaces, and elbow rubbing with strangers is now the norm when it comes to air travel. Although packed planes only add to the chaos during an evacuation, with a little foresight and these tips, you will find yourself better prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency.1. Keep your shoes on during take-off and landing.Taxi, take-off, and landing are the most critical phases of flight. They are so crucial that flight attendants and pilots are prohibited from communicating with each other unless they are discussing an issue related to the safety of the flight. It is okay to slip your shoes off during flight, but putting your shoes back on prior to landing will prevent you from having to run barefoot across a jet-fuel soaked tarmac. 2. Do not drink or take medication to help you relax.Sometimes nerves, the desire to start vacation early, or down right fear of flying will cause a passenger to drink alcoholic beverages or take a prescription medication to ease the stress of air travel. And while a cocktail is alright, keep in mind that your blood will be thinner at the high altitude even after cabin pressurization, and this can make the effects of alcohol feel more pronounced. When it comes to prescription medications, make sure you discuss your travel plans and anxieties with your doctor. The chances of surviving a plane crash hinge on two things: the ability of the flight attendants to get the exits open and your ability to get yourself to the exit. Make sure you are sober-minded enough to think clearly and move quickly.3. Consider the type of aircraft.Every type of aircraft is different. Even if you fly all the time, you are more than likely flying on different types of airplanes and sitting in different seats each time you take to the sky. Every time you get on a plane, take a…
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    • Driving Growth Through Inclusive Entrepreneurship
      This week we recognize August 4th as Startup Day Across America, a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and the jobs they create. It's also an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that our entrepreneurs face and explore solutions to allow the best and brightest minds to succeed. Our country's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy.Our country's entrepreneurial spirit and innovative minds are the lifeblood of the American economy. America's startups are the driving force behind new job creation in the United States. In fact, companies less than one year old have created an average of 1.5 million jobs per year over the past three decades, fueling both local and national economic growth. From Uber to ZocDoc, startups are behind the technologies and services now a part of the daily lives of many Americans. And these companies no longer exist solely within Silicon Valley -- in fact, Texas ranks fifth highest on the Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship.While the United States continues to provide exceptional opportunities for private organizations to innovate, more can be done to ensure all entrepreneurs, especially immigrant founders, are set up to succeed in America. Representing the public and private sectors, we see this need firsthand. Congressman Castro's San Antonio is one of the top 10 U.S. cities in overall startup activity, and Unshackled Ventures works within our current system, investing in 16 teams with founders born in six different continents. More can be done to ensure all entrepreneurs, especially immigrant founders, are set up to succeed in America.Without the necessary support, too many innovators will give up, and too many brilliant ideas will remain unexplored.As a starting point, we must encourage an inclusive, collaborative entrepreneurship pipeline, so that all aspiring innovators across the country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and compete with larger corporations. When the playing field is level, the best ideas will win.We must also connect aspiring innovators with the tools and resources they need to build a startup. In some cases, the resources are already there, and it is simply a matter of linking entrepreneurs to the right network.Unfortunately, some of the country's most promising entrepreneurs are still struggling to break through. This is particularly true for the U.S. immigrant population. In addition to the challenges of the entrepreneurial j…
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    • 7 Principles Of Life That Everyone Knows, But Only A Few Follow
      Early 2015 I was pretty frustrated with my career. Just a year earlier I said goodbye to my entrepreneurial aspirations and took a job at an IT-research firm in London.Normally, that's a good thing. The pay was good, so were the benefits, and I had great colleagues. But it wasn't for me  --  I felt like I gave up entrepreneurship.And on top of that, my personal life wasn't great either. My girlfriend and I decided to end our relationship. And in that same week, my grandmother, who I loved dearly, passed away suddenly.I felt a lot of things. But mostly, I was felt like I didn't understand life. Have you ever thought about it? What is life? What are you supposed to do? It's not like babies are shipped with manuals that teaches them to be awesome human beings.For the first time in my life, I started looking for answers because I was tired of just living/existing without purpose. When I went back to Holland for the funeral, I also caught up with one of my mentors. The last time we spoke was over a year ago  --  before I moved to London.I told him the whole story, and he said: "Even though there's no right or wrong way to live your life, there are certain universal principles that lead to a happy, wealthy, and healthy life."Naturally, I asked him, "What principles?"In a Mr. Miyagi way he said: "I think you know the principles. Everyone does. But 99% of all people don't do what they know."That's about the best, and most bad-ass pieces of wisdom I've ever heard in my life.People hardly do what they say. That was also the story of my life. So for the next year or so I spent thinking, reading and researching to find the principles my mentor was talking about.I asked myself: What are things that people talk about, but they never do? Here's what I came up with until now.1. No Strain, No GainWe often talk about doing all kinds of crazy shit -- climb mountains, run marathons, skydive, start businesses, travel the world, write books, record albums, make movies, the list is endless. Just think about what's on your bucket list for a second. Now, can I ask you one thing? Why haven't you done those things? Don't shy away from hard things. Instead, train yourself to become a person that can endure difficulties.The answer almost always comes down to this: It's hard.Well, I hate to break it to you, but life is SUPPOSED to be hard!That's probably the most valuable lesson I've learned. Don't shy away from hard things. Instead, train your…
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    • Understanding Trump
      There is a lot being written and spoken about Trump by intelligent and articulate commentators whose insights I respect. But as a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. More that half a million people have read my books, and Google Scholar reports that scholars writing in scholarly journals have cited my works well over 100,000 times. As a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon.Yet you will probably not read what I have to say in the New York Times, nor hear it from your favorite political commentators. You will also not hear it from Democratic candidates or party strategists. There are reasons, and we will discuss them later this piece. I am writing it because I think it is right and it is needed, even though it comes from the cognitive and brain sciences, not from the normal political sources. I think it is imperative to bring these considerations into public political discourse. But it cannot be done in a 650-word op-ed. My apologies. It is untweetable.I will begin with an updated version of an earlier piece on who is supporting Trump and why -- and why policy details are irrelevant to them. I then move to a section on how Trump uses your brain against you. I finish up discussing how Democratic campaigns could do better, and why they need to do better if we are to avert a Trump presidency.Who Supports Trump and Why Donald J. Trump has managed to become the Republican nominee for president, Why? How? There are various theories: People are angry and he speaks to their anger. People don't think much of Congress and want a non-politician. Both may be true. But why? What are the details? And why Trump?He seems to have come out of nowhere. His positions on issues don't fit a common mold. He has said nice things about LGBTQ folks, which is not standard Republican talk. Republicans hate eminent domain (the taking of private property by the government) and support corporate outsourcing for the sake of profit, but he has the opposite views on both. He is not religious and scorns religious practices, yet the Evangelicals (that is, the white Evangelicals) love him. He thinks health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, as well as military contractors, are making too much profit and wants to change that.…
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    • Between The Parades
      On public holidays, Americans salute their military. This Fourth of July will be no exception. In big cities and small towns across America, families will line the streets to watch Fourth of July parades, and sports stadiums around the country will bring veterans of all ages to center field, lighting up the skies with fireworks and paying homage to our military heroes. Then the fireworks will be over, the parades will have passed by, and most Americans will return to their daily activities, with little attention paid to veterans and families until the next parade.With less than one percent of American having served on the battlefield, most don't have personal connections to those who have served. And hundreds of thousands of those who have served are coming home: some 250,000 men and women in uniform are now transitioning each year to civilian life. Veterans and their families want a return to normalcy when they return home. But the military culture that serves to protect men and women while in service does not mesh with nor well- prepare them for civilian life. For far too many, their new neighborhoods are foreign, their families are estranged, and they are out of sync with what used to be home. Ask veterans what they want and most will say that a return to normalcy starts with meaningful employment. American corporations and small businesses have admirably set significant targets for hiring our returning veterans and veteran unemployment continues to fall. Yet 50 percent of veterans leave their jobs within a year and 65 percent do so within the first two years. Forty seven percent of post 9/11 veterans report they are not working in their preferred career field. San Diego's Operation REBOOT started by the National Veterans Transition Services, has become a model for how to help veterans achieve what they are looking for. The focus is not just on hiring but on finding the right fit. REBOOT personnel understand both the military culture from which veterans are emerging and the civilian culture that they are about to enter. At the heart of REBOOT's Centers for Military and Veteran Reintegration is a free, three-week workshop, designed to holistically address transition from military to civilian life. Going far beyond typical career transition programs, participants are given in-depth re-socialization training that culturally prepares them for civilian life after the military. They also undergo career assessments to help determine what…
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    • Stop Playing Games With The Pentagon Budget
      Defending the United States and its allies is serious business. That's all the more reason Congress should stop playing games with Pentagon spending. A good place to start would be to put aside proposals to add billions to the department's already ample budget. The Senate took a step in the right direction earlier this month when it beat back an amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that would have added $18 billion in Pentagon spending beyond the amount agreed to in last year's bipartisan budget deal. A good place to start would be to put aside proposals to add billions to the department's already ample budget. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has shown no such restraint. During the consideration of the defense authorization act, House Armed Services Committee chair Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) pushed through a proposal to steal $18 billion from the war budget and use it to pay for pet projects that the Pentagon hasn't even asked for, like 11 additional F-35s and 14 more F/A-18s. This raid on the war budget is fine for Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the builders of the F-35 and the F-18. But what happens when the war budget runs out of funds to support the troops in the field? Thornberry's answer is to let the next administration worry about it. The House inserted a $16 billion raid on the war budget in its appropriations bill, setting up a fight over the issue in the House/Senate conference committee on Pentagon spending that will convene later this year. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has denounced Thornberry's maneuver in no uncertain terms, calling it a "terrible distraction" that "undercuts stable planning and efficient use of taxpayer dollars, dispirits troops and their families, baffles friends, and emboldens foes." To add insult to injury, Thornberry and his colleagues claim that they are robbing the war budget because there are insufficient funds for readiness -- the training and maintenance activities needed to sustain our armed forces. Yet an analysis by the Project on Government Oversight has found that the net result of Thornberry's proposal would be to cut operations and maintenance - the funding source for readiness activities -- by over $11 billion. Advocates of higher Pentagon outlays claim that the rapid pace of change in the world -- from the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino to the continuing threats posed by ISIS and Russian aggression in Ukraine -- has rendered last year's budget deal obsolete. T…
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    • Finding A Business Idea You Love By Trial and Error
      by Eleni Gianopulos"I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."Thomas A. Edison's quote reminds me of my father. Sitting around the dinner table with my family when I was growing up, my dad always admonished us to "Find something you love to do!"I eventually found what I love, though the route to starting my business was not exactly straightforward. Along each step of the way, I learned something that could benefit any entrepreneur, and maybe help you reach your goals a little quicker. Here's a quick tour of my journey and highlights of the lessons I learned from each experience. College degree, what's next? I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in psychology only because I held the most credits in that department. While I loved the psychology classes, I didn't want to work in that field. I didn't do well in school, nor did I really apply myself. Unfortunately, the gap year wasn't in vogue then, because I definitely would have benefited from one. I was jealous of friends and family members who had clear career visions. They knew exactly what they wanted to be or do from day one and plowed straight ahead toward their goals. (Though I have since learned that didn't mean their journeys were any easier than mine.)Takeaway: Don't be too hard on yourself. The stress and worry will cloud your judgment and get in the way of listening to your inner self about what is best for you.New York City callsI didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew exactly where I wanted to live! I moved to New York and got a job at in the jewelry department at Bloomingdale's. This felt comfortable because I'd held odd jobs since high school. The jobs I had growing up, while completely unrelated to the business I would eventually start, helped me understand hard work. I baby sat often, worked as a PeeWee golf attendant, was hired as a seasonal employee to wrap presents during the holidays (in a liquor store, of all places), and took part-time jobs in college at both a gourmet kitchen shop in Dallas and as a sales associate at a specialty stuffed animal store. I enjoyed working while in college in Dallas - certainly more than studying! And I was introduced early on to some very basic business practices: sales, month-end inventory, employee shift schedules and the absolute importance of reporting to any job on time. Takeaway: No job is too big or too small. Learn as much as you can, whatever you are doing. One day you wil…
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    • 4 Ways You Didn't Know Your Small Business Can Benefit From Online Auctions
      If there's one thing that most consumers who are online are busy with aside from work-related matters, it's browsing and shopping at online auctions. And why not? The feeling and satisfaction you get when you find great deals and awesome bargains is just simply unbeatable. For this reason, it will be wise for small business owners to take advantage of this opportunity and to utilize online auction sites to the benefit of their small business.1. Reduce your costsJust because you have the funds for buying equipment, tools, and business supplies does it mean that you'll automatically go to retail stores and get what you need from them. Before you make a purchase, why not search the web first to see if there's anything available at online auctions? You'll never know if there's another business or company who have posted their equipment and/or supplies online for a lesser price. If there is, it's always worth putting a bid because if you get it, it will mean lower costs for your small business. It's one of the best ways to save!2. Sell excess productsIf you have excess products sitting around your store, office, or home unsold, you can sell them through online auction sites so you can still earn some money from them. The profit you'll get may be a little lesser but that's better than earning zero, right? On the other hand, if people bid for your products for a higher amount, then that would mean huge and extra income for your business. Either way, it would be a win for you. 3. Test price range for newly launched products You may be working on a new product and you're not sure yet about the price you'd sell it for. What you can do is to try selling it first in a number of online auctions. Let's say that you've put it up for bidding in five sites. Check how much people bid for your product then compute for the average. The answer is the most reasonable price you can sell it to the rest of your customers. 4. Sell your productsSo you have a website for your business and that's mainly where your customers purchase the product that you sell. However, if you don't get that high number of visitors to your site, it could mean lesser profit for you - something which online auction sites can help you with. Because most of them receive more visitors and hits, you can benefit from their audience reach when you sell your product through them. Imagine if you sell your product in more than 20 sites aside from your small business website (and your physical store…
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    • Why Entrepreneurs Make the Worst Significant Others
      1) You will need to adopt a new languageEntrepreneurs all use a mystical tongue of venture capital and startup lingo. This means you will be need to be able to decipher statements such as: "I just 5 at a 40 pre from a16z and Sequoia."Translation: I raised a bunch of money at a good valuation from cool people."We're doing a bridge note to get from our A to our B."Translation: We raised money, now we are raising more money before we raise even more money."What CSR model works best for a SaaS company?"Translation: How can a company that sells software subscriptions to companies seem like it cares about people?2) Chances are they will not make time for youLori Greiner from Shark Tank once said that entrepreneurs work 90 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week. When you launch a company it becomes your life because until you get big you obsess over making it big. Once you are big you obsess over staying big. There is never an end point. If you complain, you will likely get an answer that resembles Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network telling off his ex-girlfriend.3) You will need a higher alcohol toleranceEntrepreneurs are notorious alcoholics for throwing elaborate launch parties, drunk coding, and overall attempting to live obnoxiously. Most hangout sessions will be equipped with craft beer, meet-and-greets with wine, and parties with handles of Grey Goose. Overall, you get it that entrepreneurs don't have the best livers.4) Random people will become celebritiesIf you are lucky enough to bump elbows with the founders of Atlassian, Docker, Oculus, etc. you have just met the second-coming of Jesus in your S.O.'s eyes. People with 400 Instagram followers will be treated with the social influence level of Kendall Jenner. Metrics of coolness will root back to valuations, user metrics, press, and other factors that land on the list of least sexy cool things ever.5) Egos will be the normEveryone in entrepreneurship thinks they are either Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, or Steve Jobs or some mutant of the three. It is the sad truth. 1,000 downloads on the app store and a small check from a name brand dude automatically makes people think they are killing the game and living the first 30 minutes of their soon to be released blockbuster entrepreneurial movie plot.6) Networking events will become date nightSTAY AWAY FROM EVENTBRITE! Eventbrite is the cemetery filled with the corpses of networking events whose notifications will con…
      - 8 Jun 16, 11:01pm -
    • Reality Check: Small Businesses Must Be Using Social Media
      Image source: PhotoDuneAccording to the 2016 Small Business Technology Impact Study, small business owners should have a business website and social media involvement if they want to be successful. The study, which was conducted by Time Warner Cable Business Class, examined the ways in which consumers decide which businesses they'll choose to buy from."It's no secret that small business owners are hungry to get a prospect's attention, while keeping their current customers coming back for more," said Chase Sagum, CMO at BestCompany.The study will be eye-opening to small business owners who take it seriously enough to ramp up their online presence to help them connect with consumers.The 2016 Small Business Technology Impact Study FindingsSmall businesses need to have a solid online presence if they expect to be successful. 36% of people surveyed in the study indicated that they might choose not to do business with those small businesses that have no website. This is true for many industries.Small businesses need to be active on social media. It's crucial to respond to critical reviews to keep customers. The study found that close to one in five respondents will avoid small businesses that are unresponsive to critical comments about the business.The age of your customers should determine the ways you communicate to them online. The survey indicated that millennials typically want to know who the owner of a business is, more so than older customers. 73% of people in the 18- to 34-year-old segment want to see a business owner's photo with the company's history on its website. 63% of people 55 and older feel that the owner's photo and company's story is important.Keeping data safe plays a big factor in customer retention. A high majority of the survey respondents - 79%, in fact, - indicated that businesses need to do whatever it takes to protect the financial data of its customers.Further complementary findings were uncovered in the 2016 Small Business Marketing Trends Report, which was conducted by Infusionsoft and Lead Pages. Some of the most noteworthy findings of this survey include:Small Businesses Still Lacking Digital MarketingMany small businesses are surprisingly lacking in digital marketing. The Marketing Trends Report found that almost 1 out of 5 small businesses had no plans to invest in digital marketing of any kind in 2016.Many of them have a hard time charting their return on investment. Almost 50% of respondents of the Sm…
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