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  • The "Jobs to Be Done" Theory of Innovation August 31, 2016
    If you hire this book, Clayton Christensen says you'll be a better innovator.
  • The Importance of Continuing Education for Digital Leaders August 30, 2016
    Keeping up with technology is every executive's job, but it doesn't need to be daunting. Here are three strategies for staying relevant in the digital age.
  • To Foster Online Trust, Build a Community August 29, 2016
    A French ride-sharing company discovered six key elements needed to nurture user confidence, and its business.
  • The Case for Faith-Based Competitive Advantage August 29, 2016
    Few industries have undergone as much upheaval in the last decade as healthcare. Staying ahead of advancing technology, evolving regulation, and increasing customer advocacy requires continual transformation. It would seem an unlikely environment in which a faith-based organization could flourish. But for Robert J. Henkel, president and CEO of Ascension Heal […]
  • What Can the Cola Wars Teach Us about Brand Loyalty? August 25, 2016
    In mature product categories, the top companies usually compete fiercely for one another's customers. But they might be better off focusing on the fringe consumers who haven't yet picked a side.
  • In the Country of the MBAs August 24, 2016
    What you need to learn before you start studying management.
  • Not All Tech Destroys Jobs August 23, 2016
    As one McDonald's location proves, investing in expensive equipment that substitutes for some labor is a proactive, productivity-enhancing measure.
  • Ritual Questions Help Inform Effective Leaders August 22, 2016
    Disciplined probing keeps you and your team connected, curious, and learning.
  • Frontiers of Prosperity: Cuba in Pictures August 22, 2016
    A look at what the last Communist country in the Americas can offer international companies.
  • Reconnecting Cuba August 22, 2016
    With the U.S. and Cuba beginning a slow thaw in their relations, foreign companies are starting to venture into the island nation very cautiously -- as well they should. Besides the hurdles that include the U.S. embargo, a lack of clear investment laws, widespread poverty, and corruption, Cuba is a frontier market that badly needs a competitive edge in the g […]

  • EU 'net neutrality' may stop ISPs from blocking child abuse material August 31, 2016
    Voluntary blocklists will be, er, blocked themselves Analysis  A single paragraph slipped into yesterday's net neutrality guidelines suggests they don't quite deliver the consumer protections that many people think.…
    Alexander J Martin
  • Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that August 31, 2016
    God help humanity if WiFi goes down Running out of bog rolls or prophylactics and can’t be bothered to hot foot it to the local shops? Fear not lazy 21st century human for Amazon has found a solution to a problem that - for most of us - doesn’t exist.…
    Paul Kunert
  • African Ring of Fire to show up at annular solar eclipse August 31, 2016
    Set your watches for tomorrow's skylight extravaganza Tomorrow’s morning sky will be temporarily blotted by an inky blackness as the Sun disappears behind the moon, leaving a dazzling ‘ring of fire’ in an annular solar eclipse over Africa.…
    Katyanna Quach
  • Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses August 31, 2016
    Given final kiss in Glasgow as fitters climb on board The Royal Navy's newest offshore patrol vessel, HMS Forth, is now fitting out in Glasgow – and we're told she weighs as much as 120 London buses.…
    Gareth Corfield
  • Is VMware starting to mean 'legacy'? Down and out in Las Vegas August 31, 2016
    C'mon, marketing droids, tell me what's new VMworld  I love VMworld, as I do VMware. In the last few years VMworld has been “the IT show” if the infrastructure space is your thing. However, it is clear that something is changing and it is changing very quickly.…
    Enrico Signoretti
  • Cloudy biz Vesk suffers 2-day outage – then boasts of 100% uptime August 31, 2016
    HDD failure led to 'split brain event' – for systems and techies alike A failed storage controller caused a protracted outage at hosted desktop and cloud slinger Vesk - not that this factoid has made its way onto the company’s website, where it boasts of 100 per cent uptime for the past 1,583 days.…
    Paul Kunert
  • Speaking in Tech: Fancy a 30 hour work week? Ask Amazon August 31, 2016
    Plus: Uber, your burning-cash-as-a-service startup
    Team Register
  • Behold: Huawei evokes always-wise God Cloud – with Terminator users August 31, 2016
    Start prayin' Huawei Connect  Tech metaphors are getting ever more explicitly spiritual. Take Huawei, for example. Today Huawei waxed ontological as one of its time-sharing CEOs described a “digital brain… always wise, never aging ... evolving in real-time.” That sounds like a God-cloud.…
    Andrew Orlowski
  • Enterprise storage is a stagnant – and slightly smelly – pond August 31, 2016
    Graphing IDC numbers and looking the market ain't pretty Opinion  Earlier this year I was at HPE Discover in Las Vegas and talking to Calvin Zito about the latest IDC Storage Tracker results.…
    Chris Evans

  • NAR: Pending Home Sales Index increased 1.3% in July, up 1.4% year-over-year August 31, 2016
    From the NAR: Pending Home Sales Tick Up in JulyPending home sales expanded in most of the country in July and reached their second highest reading in over a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the Midwest saw a dip in contract activity last month.The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signing […]
    Bill McBride
  • ADP: Private Employment increased 177,000 in August August 31, 2016
    From ADP: Private sector employment increased by 177,000 jobs from July to August according to the August ... The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis....Goods-producing employment was down by 6,000 jobs in August, following July losses of 5, […]
    Bill McBride
  • MBA: "Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest Weekly Survey" August 31, 2016
    From the MBA: Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey Mortgage applications increased 2.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 26, 2016. ... The Refinance Index increased 4 percent from the previous week. The seasonally […]
    Bill McBride

  • Just Another Example of How this Company is Going to the Dogs August 26, 2016
    Dogs are not people, no matter how much we treat them like it. And some managers aren't managers, even if they hold the title.
    Mark Anderson
  • Are There Any Redundancies in Your Organizational Chart? August 19, 2016
    Automation is great. And so is delegation. Both can help your business and help you focus on more important things. Just be sure to keep an eye out for redundancies -- situations where layers of supervision and automation have created inefficiencies by keeping a piece that just isn't needed anymore.
    Mark Anderson

  • Donald Trump Tries a Jarring New Style:... 01 Sep 2016 01:39 The New York Times Photo President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Donald J. Trump at a joint news conference on Wednesday in Mexico City. Credit Yuri Cortez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images He did not mock. He did not scold. He did not blunder. Instead when Donald J. …
  • Donald Trump Tries a Jarring New Style: Diplomatic 01 Sep 2016 01:36 International Herald Tribune Photo President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Donald J. Trump at a joint news conference on Wednesday in Mexico City. Credit Yuri Cortez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images He did not mock. He did not scold. He did not blunder. Instead when Donald J. …
  • Whore Next Door: Rentboy, One Year Later 01 Sep 2016 01:35 SF Weekly Last Aug. 25, I awoke to the panicked news that Homeland Security had raided the Manhattan offices of Rentboy.com, arresting seven employees including CEO Jeffrey Hurant and seizing documents, servers, and most of the gay escort advertising platform’s …
  • Apple and Google Face Long Battle With the EU August 30, 2016
    The EU just fined Apple over taxes. And that's not the only American tech company it's going after. The post Apple and Google Face Long Battle With the EU appeared first on WIRED.
    Klint Finley
  • How Apple—and the Rest of Silicon Valley—Avoids the Tax Man August 30, 2016
    Apple is not the only high-tech US firm taking advantage of tax loopholes in places like Ireland and the Cayman Islands. The post How Apple—and the Rest of Silicon Valley—Avoids the Tax Man appeared first on WIRED.
    Lee Simmons
  • Twitter Shares Revenue With Video Makers August 30, 2016
    The ailing social network hopes to get more people making videos for its service by applying a time-honored strategy. The post Twitter Shares Revenue With Video Makers appeared first on WIRED.
    Davey Alba
  • Microsoft Launches New Tools For Curbing Online Abuse August 29, 2016
    The company wants you to know that even though it isn’t always top of mind when it comes to online abuse, it is taking the issue very seriously. The post Microsoft Launches New Tools For Curbing Online Abuse appeared first on WIRED.
    Davey Alba
  • You Too Can Invest In Lawsuits. But Not Quite Like Peter Thiel August 29, 2016
    Legalist is an online service that lets you pump money in lawsuits. But that's not a new thing. And it doesn't make you the new Peter Thiel. The post You Too Can Invest In Lawsuits. But Not Quite Like Peter Thiel appeared first on WIRED.
    Davey Alba
  • On Women’s Equality Day, More Tech Companies Promise Change August 26, 2016
    Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft have signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge. But now comes the real work. The post On Women's Equality Day, More Tech Companies Promise Change appeared first on WIRED.
    Davey Alba
  • White House Proposes a New Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs August 26, 2016
    The Startup Visa failed in Congress. A new rule is the Obama Administration's last chance to pave the way for immigrant entrepreneurs. The post White House Proposes a New Immigration Rule for Entrepreneurs appeared first on WIRED.
    Issie Lapowsky
  • Facebook Gives Away Machine Vision Tools of the Future August 25, 2016
    Facebook wants to teach computers to see, so it's giving away its AI research for free. The post Facebook Gives Away Machine Vision Tools of the Future appeared first on WIRED.
    Klint Finley
  • Area Filmmaker Not So Thrilled Trump Used His Footage in an Ad August 25, 2016
    He filmed a train carrying desperate people hoping for a new life. Then Trump used the footage to send a different message. The post Area Filmmaker Not So Thrilled Trump Used His Footage in an Ad appeared first on WIRED.
    Issie Lapowsky

  • In Business: Supportive partner = success at work August 25, 2016
    According to Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operating Office of Facebook and one of the most powerful people in the world - the most important career choice you’ll make as a woman is who you choose to be your life partner. Whilst men tend to assume they can have it all – a great career AND a great family - women don’t. And she puts that down to the uneven division […]
    BBC Radio
  • In Business: A Virtual World August 23, 2016
    A new technology is emerging which could change the world as significantly as mobile phones or the Internet. That technology is Virtual Reality. Up to now it’s mainly been used for fun - but things are changing. Adam Shaw investigates how VR could change our lives and revolutionise the world of business. Enabling us to be in two places at once and, for examp […]
    BBC Radio
  • In Business: How Safe Are Your Secrets? August 11, 2016
    Companies don't often like to admit it, but we know the spies are out there, attempting to infiltrate almost every sector of industry, eager to winkle out the most valuable corporate secrets. And they sometimes succeed, passing on the information to rivals whether at home or abroad. So what can be done to pursue the perpetrators and protect business fro […]
    BBC Radio
  • Global Business: Pitch Night August 4, 2016
    Trinitas Mhango is one of a new generation of young, would-be entrepreneurs in Malawi. She has a dream of making it big in business and she has a great idea - to mass produce and sell sanitary pads in one of the poorest countries in Africa, where millions of girls and women cannot afford proper sanitary management. The market research she has done shows it i […]
    BBC Radio
  • In Business: Return to Teesside July 28, 2016
    Job losses have plagued Teesside for decades and the area still has a stubbornly high unemployment rate. Ruth Sunderland grew up in Middlesbrough where her father worked as an engineer. In 1987 the company, where he'd been employed since he was a teenager, collapsed and he never worked again. Believing there was no future for her in her home town, she l […]
    BBC Radio
  • Global Business: Chattanooga - the High Speed City June 2, 2016
    Chattanooga has been re-inventing itself for decades. In the late 1960s Walter Cronkite referred to the city as "the dirtiest in America." Since then heavy industry has declined and, to take its place, civic leaders have been on a mission to bring high-tech innovation and enterprise to Chattanooga. In 2010 the city became the first in America to en […]
    BBC Radio
  • Global Business: Growing Malawi May 26, 2016
    Malawi, in Sub-Saharan Africa, is one of the world’s poorest countries with its GDP nearly at the bottom of the global league table. Successive governments have been riddled with corruption scandals, state-run services are in disarray and Malawi’s population is booming. It hit 17.6m this year, which the Finance Minister described as "scary" and is […]
    BBC Radio
  • In Business: Steel in the UK May 19, 2016
    Amid concern about the future of the Port Talbot steel works - and fear for the jobs of workers there - Peter Day looks at the history of the industry in Britain. When was the heyday of British steel, and what went wrong? Peter visits Port Talbot and also delves into the archives to hear stories from a time when manufacturing dominated the British economy. P […]
    BBC Radio

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