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AIs are being trained on racist data – and it’s starting to show

Machine learning algorithms process vast quantities of data and spot correlations, trends and anomalies, at levels far beyond even the brightest human mind. But as human intelligence relies on accurate information, so too do machines. Algorithms need training data to learn from. This training data is created, selected, collated and annotated by humans. And therein lies the problem. Bias is a part of life, and something that not a single person on the planet is free from. There are, of course, va...
Tags: Artificial Intelligence, Science, Syndication, Tech


How to Know When Index Funds Aren't a Good Deal

Index funds are the gold standard of retirement investing, because of their (typically) low cost, built-in diversification and tax efficiency. But not every index fund is created equal.Read more...
Tags: Index Funds, Indexing, Retirement, Investing, 401k, Ira, Money, Personal Finance


LIVE: Apple unveils its vision for the future of television (AAPL)

Apple is hosting an event on Monday where it's expected to announce a new video service and a news subscription package. It's part of Apple's big push to expand its services business as iPhone sales have declined. Apple's long-rumored video service is finally expected to debut on Monday. The company is holding an event at the Steve Jobs Theater at its Apple Park campus, where it's also likely to unveil a news subscription package, alongside some other announcements. The video service, which w...


The Hidden Mystery Behind Growth Marketing for Your Business

On a recent episode of the Mixergy podcast, I spoke candidly with host Andrew Warner about my path as an entrepreneur, the $150 million sale of my first company Wordstream, and, of course, all the growth hacks I’ve learned along the way. Growth Marketing Tips I’ve pulled out five of the growth marketing secrets I shared that every entrepreneur should know. Each of them will help you hone your vision and grow your business. Discover them now! 1. Differentiate Yourself and Stand Out When I wa...
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Apple TV gets an overhaul, is now available on third-party devices

As expected, Apple today announced a dramatic overhaul of the Apple TV service, adding new subscription TV services, in addition to bringing the app to a swathe of new platforms. Let’s start with Apple TV Channels. These are analogous with existing premium cable stations but adjusted for a digital audience that overwhelmingly prioritizes ad-free and on-demand experiences. Customers can choose the channels they want to subscribe to, rather than purchasing a bundle that combines dozens of stations...
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A mysterious syndrome that makes marijuana users violently ill is starting to worry doctors

A new study documents a sharp rise in emergency room visits linked with marijuana following legalization in Colorado. One of the key drivers of the ER visits is a mysterious syndrome characterized by severe nausea and repeated vomiting.  Called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS, very little is known about the condition. The only known cure for CHS is to stop using marijuana. Researchers still aren't sure what causes it. When she became so uncontrollably sick that she resorted to scaldi...


Learn where the clitoris is in 5 minutes with this free mobile game

More or less everyone knows what a penis looks like. You’ve probably come across a dick-shaped sex toy, seen many a penis doodling on school books, or you’ve witnessed one in the flesh. But not many people actually know what a clitoris looks like — and as a result, many women around the world are left unsatisfied by their sexual partners. Hoping to close the orgasm gap, Clit-me, a new interactive mobile game, takes a light-hearted approach to demystifying female pleasure. The game aims to debunk...
Tags: Gaming, Tech


Bee Well. Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Spotlight: Combplex Aims to Help Beekeepers Save the Hives

Highlights of student-led ventures participating in the LaunchPad Lift Cohort, part of the Blackstone LaunchPad® powered by Techstars® entrepreneurship program It’s getting harder each day to be a honeybee. Buzzing around pollinating our global food production is the fun part, but on the other side, these insects are fighting for their lives and dying at an alarming rate due to pesticide exposure, novel pathogens, and parasites called Varroa destructor—a giant tick that feeds on bees, sprea...
Tags: Accelerators, Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, LaunchPad, LaunchPad Lift Cohort series


Kidfluencers’ rampant YouTube marketing creates minefield for Google

On Feb. 13, JoJo Siwa posted a YouTube video from a Target store, detailing her plan to buy “every single item of JoJo merch” inside. She starts with clothes, piling her own trademarked shirts and dresses into a cart. “I literally got one of everything I could find!” Siwa says to the camera. “Now, let’s […]
Tags: Business, Retail, Television


Photos show just how dramatically less glamorous flying economy is today compared to the golden age of aviation

The advent of commercial air travel has changed the way humanity interacts.  The latest passengers figures released by IATA show that a whopping 4.1 billion people around the world took to the skies in 2017, up 7.3% over the previous year.  The arrival of jet-powered passenger flight in the mid-1950s really kicked things into the high gear. As the number of passenger skyrocket, so has the public's complaints about the shortcomings of modern air travel.  Here's a look a how flying in economy co...


Oracle customers fear Oracle's reaction if they use Amazon's or Microsoft's cloud, survey shows (ORCL, AMZN, MSFT)

Oracle customers want to move their software to the cloud but fear the repercussions from Oracle, according to a new survey. Customers fear that choosing a cloud that competes with Oracle's cloud may encourage Oracle to try and fine them for contract violations. The concerns are not unfounded, says one expert BI spoke to.  When done carefully however, there is a way to use Oracle on AWS or Microsoft's cloud. Large enterprises that use Oracle software know they want to move that software to th...
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Apple just announced Apple News Plus, a news subscription service for $9.99 a month

Apple announced a new subscription news service called Apple News Plus during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater on Monday. Apple says subscribers will gain access to articles from more than 300 news outlets and magazines for $9.99 a month, with family sharing. The Apple News update, along with Apple's new subscription TV service, is a big part of the company's plan to drive new revenue growth with new subscription offerings. Apple announced a new subscription news service, Apple News Plus, o...


YouTube disputes reports it will stop creating 'high end' original content and says a new slate of shows will be announced in weeks (GOOG, GOOGL)

YouTube's efforts to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are reportedly coming to an end, though the company is denying the claims.  According to a Bloomberg report on Sunday citing sources familiar with the matter, YouTube has canceled its plans to develop " high-end" dramas and comedies and has stopped accepting pitches for expensive scripted programming.  On Monday, a YouTube spokesperson told Business Insider that the company denied the Bloomberg report and that it has a "several ...


Here are the best answers we have to your questions about Apple's new credit card, news app, TV and gaming services (AAPL)

Apple announced a slew of new entertainment services on Monday. The event was filled with celebrity guest appearances, and felt like a cross between a Hollywood red carpet event and a typical tech news conference. Apple offered glimpses of its upcoming products, but left a lot of questions unanswered. Here's what we know with regards to the biggest, most obvious questions about these products. Apple held a star-studded event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters on Monday. It was a wild ...


IRS offers more underwithholding tax penalty relief, but taxpayer ire over smaller refunds lingers

We've got just more than three weeks before our 2018 tax returns are due, but most of us aren't in any hurry to complete this task. Through March 15, the Internal Revenue Service reports that it has received almost 76 million 2018 tax year returns. That's 2.5 percent fewer than this point in last year's filing season. In fact, the IRS latest filing season data shows that 9 of 12 tracked areas are still slightly behind last year's pace. Only visits to IRS.gov, tax returns directly e-filed by tax...
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Think For Yourself

I have written 3,925 posts here since starting this little venture, and what is indeed a labor of love. I have also written three books, recorded over 300 YouTube videos, and recorded over 100 podcasts. I have shared my thoughts, ideas, and opinions with people who care about sales, selling, leadership, success, and doing meaningful work. Dozens of times I have revised my beliefs and opinions, writing posts and pointing to the fact that my views have changed based on new information and experien...
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Here are Google CEO Sundar Pichai's 2 favorite video games (GOOG)

Google announced Stadia, a video game streaming service, last week. But CEO Sundar Pichai won't make much use of it — he's not a "big gamer," he said on stage at the grand reveal event. But there are two key games that he does say he enjoys a whole lot: "FIFA 19" and "Ashes Cricket." Google CEO Sundar Pichai isn't a "big gamer." He admitted as much when to took to the stage at the Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco last week to announce "Stadia," a big new project from Google to...


Benefits of Digital Transformation, Equipment Financing, The Future of Work and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

17 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Will AI Replace Managers? Nearly one in five small businesses think the hassle of selecting and implementing new tech isn’t worth the trouble, yet more than four in five think their business could benefit from new tech if it’s the right fit. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to AI in business, but that’s a good thing; no two small businesses are exactly the same and internal needs vary. For businesses with heavy clien...
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HP's blockbuster $5.1 billion legal battle against Autonomy's former CEO Mike Lynch is about to kick off

Hewlett-Packard's explosive $5.1 billion lawsuit against the former executives at software company Autonomy kicks off on Monday in London's High Court. The Silicon Valley firm acquired Autonomy for $11 billion in 2011, but subsequently wrote $8.8 billion off its value. HP has accused former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch and former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain of fraud and overstating Autonomy's value. Lynch and Hussain deny the claims, with Lynch countersuing for $150 million. Lynch was ...


Apple's big event was much different than any other, and it's a sign the company is moving in a new direction (AAPL)

Apple on Monday announced its long-anticipated TV service, news service, and gaming subscription service, among other new products. It's a critical move for Apple as it seeks to find new revenue streams to offset slowing iPhone sales. Its success could depend on whether the company can change its public perception from being primarily a hardware-first company to a media and entertainment powerhouse. Each September throngs of technology journalists gather in California to witness Apple's bigge...


Appeal by Amazon’s Zappos on data breach suit rejected by U.S. High Court

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal by Amazon.com Inc.’s Zappos unit, letting a lawsuit proceed over a 2012 hack that exposed the personal information of 24 million customers. The online shoe and clothing retailer argued unsuccessfully that the customers couldn’t sue without proof of concrete injury, such as the impending misuse […]
Tags: Amazon, Business, Markets, Retail, Technology


Apple TV+, News+, and credit card: Everything announced at today’s event

Apple today held it’s latest special event, and if you ever thought Apple couldn’t put on a good show without new hardware, then this would be the show in which it proved you wrong. It pulled out all the stops introducing its new apps, including upgrades to its existing News and TV services, along with a new credit card and a game subscription service. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about Apple‘s new wave of software. Apple News+ The first major development revealed at the...
Tags: Apple


Why SSL Certificate in Domain is very important for e-commerce stores?

Today every business is having a separate place in the digital world. And, in this world of having several websites, the importance of data security is increasing day by day. Data security is one of the critical elements that help business persons in earning the trust of their users. If an e-commerce website user obtains, implements and uses the SSL certificate then he or she can surely protect the user data. Without an SSL certificate, it becomes difficult to keep the data of both user and webs...
Tags: Digital


Taking Notes on What You Read, Listen To, and Watch

We all spend a lot more time consuming content. Much of the material is empty calories, taking too much time with too little nutrition. But some of the content is nutrient dense, providing you with ideas and insights that, if executed or used in some way, will help you produce better results. While cotton candy content isn’t worth your time, the real content you consume is worth more of an effort to capture what you learned. How many blog posts or articles have you read that you wished you would...
Tags: Learning, Content Consumption, Content Creation, Note Taking


The best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy

Insider Picks   writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. The Nintendo Switch is a great gaming console, but it can be made even better with high-quality accessories. We recommend the Pro Controller, Orzly Carry Case, SteelSeries Arctis 7, and a few more great Switch accessories. The Nint...


Huawei's CFO was carrying a whole bunch of Apple products when she was arrested

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested carrying a whole bunch of Apple products, according to Bloomberg. Meng had an iPhone 7 Plus, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro, as well as a luxurious Huawei Mate 20 RS. The disclosure is potentially embarrassing for Huawei, which only recently punished two employees over a tweet sent from the company's account by an iPhone. One of Huawei's most senior employees is a big fan of Apple products, it would appear. Bloomberg reported that Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO w...


One airline has attempted to cancel its order for Boeing's 737 Max 8. Here's why it would be difficult for other airlines to do the same. (BA)

Garuda Indonesia became the first airline to attempt to cancel its order for Boeing's 737 Max 8 aircraft, a decision the airline announced on Friday. But other airlines won't necessarily follow Garuda's lead in canceling 737 Max 8 orders, said aviation analysts Henry Harteveldt and George Hamlin. The decision to cancel an aircraft order is a difficult one, due to Boeing and Airbus' dominance over the market for large, commercial aircraft, and the series of investments and decisions airlines ma...
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Long-awaited video service expected from Apple on Monday

Apple is expected to announce Monday that it’s launching a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. It’s a long-awaited attempt from the iPhone maker, several years after Netflix turned “binge watching” into a worldwide phenomenon. The new video service is expected to have original TV shows and movies that […]
Tags: Business, Entertainment, Nation, Technology, Television


10 Onboarding Best Practices Every Small Business Should Follow

Onboarding is the process where new employees get introduced to all the necessary behaviors, skills and knowledge they’ll need. In a nutshell, it’s the process of integrating a new person into your small business’ culture and procedures. Small Business Trends contacted Tawni Reed,  an HR manager at BambooHR. She supplied the fact that 31% of new employees quit in the first six months and small businesses can’t afford these high turnover rates. “The best of the employee onboarding programs we’ve...
Tags: Employment


'You are f***ing toast': HP published tech investor Mike Lynch's foul-mouthed emails as part of a $5 billion fraud trial

A $5 billion fraud trial involving Hewlett-Packard and the former executives at software company Autonomy kicked off on Monday in London's High Court. HP has accused Autonomy's former CEO Mike Lynch and its former CFO Sushovan Hussain of overstating the software firm's value. On Monday, HP published internal Autonomy emails showing Lynch swearing at colleagues. It said this showed that he was a hands-on CEO.  HP also argued that Lynch and Hussain perpetrated several "improper transactions" tha...