New chief, another one-word slogan for Microsoft; Ballmer walking on stage at a conference in 2006, sweat staining his armpits and chest while he passionately bellowed, “Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers!”

New chief, another one-word slogan for Microsoft

Published 05 February 2014 18:04, Updated 06 February 2014 10:20

Nick Bilton

You might remember a now-famous scene with Steven A. Ballmer, then the chief executive of Microsoft, walking on stage at a conference in 2006, sweat staining his armpits and chest while he passionately bellowed, “Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers!” Read more of this post

Rent poor households estimated at 27,000 to 31,000 in Seoul

Rent poor households estimated at 27,000 to 31,000 in Seoul

Ko Jae-man

2014.02.07 17:12:48

The rent poor refer to those who barely make their ends meet by spending most of their income on pricy housing rents. Generally, those whose housing rents represent over 30 percent of their total income fall into the category of the rent poor.  Read more of this post

Using data to pick the optimal start-up name? Whatever you do, don’t pick a name that starts with the letter J. Or K. Or Q. Instead, favor names beginning with T, O and A.

Using data to pick the optimal start-up name?

February 7, 2014: 5:04 PM ET

When analyzing data, be careful not to confuse correlation for causation.

By Tomasz Tunguz, contributor

FORTUNE — Naming your startup can be one of the hardest things to do when starting a company. Each founder must agree. The domain must be available to buy. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, investors need to like it because the first letter of startup’s name has meaningful impact on how easily the company will be able to raise money. Read more of this post

At GE, a push for innovation through partnerships; The industrial titan is using its investment arm to partner with outside companies to produce and commercialize new products

At GE, a push for innovation through partnerships

By Chanelle Bessette February 7, 2014: 2:37 PM ET

The industrial titan is using its investment arm to partner with outside companies to produce and commercialize new products.

FORTUNE — General Electric (GE) has a long history of developing, manufacturing, and selling products across more than a dozen sectors, but the industrial giant is using its investment arm to find untapped resources for innovation. Read more of this post

Secrets of the Brain: New technologies are shedding light on biology’s greatest unsolved mystery: how the brain really works.

Published: February 2014

Secrets of the Brain: New technologies are shedding light on biology’s greatest unsolved mystery: how the brain really works.

By Carl Zimmer

Van Wedeen strokes his half-gray beard and leans toward his computer screen, scrolling through a cascade of files. We’re sitting in a windowless library, surrounded by speckled boxes of old letters, curling issues of scientific journals, and an old slide projector that no one has gotten around to throwing out.

“It’ll take me a moment to locate your brain,” he says. Read more of this post

A Netflix for Books?

A Netflix for Books?

By Peter Osnos

The Book-of-the-Month Club (BOMC) was founded in 1926. In the 1980s, it was one of publishing’s most formidable enterprises, with millions of members across the country. It had a panel of distinguished judges whose choice of main selections assured a book high visibility and a substantial payment to the author and publisher. The mail-order book club business and its subsidiaries still function, though on a much smaller scale, having been sold and consolidated over the years into gradual irrelevance. But the principle of subscribing for content is again a hot subject, as digital dominance expands from video and music on-demand to the possibilities for books.  Read more of this post

Refresh’s personal dossiers take the work out of small talk; If the future gets its way we may never have to remember anything about anyone ever again

Refresh’s personal dossiers take the work out of small talk

BY JAMES ROBINSON 
ON FEBRUARY 6, 2014

If the future gets its way we may never have to remember anything about anyone ever again.

Immediately after speaking with Bhavin Shah, co-founder of Refresh, I downloaded his startup’s app, billed to be the only mobile service that provides “dossiers” of information about the people you know, meet and run into. After giving it access to a not inconsiderable amount of my personal information – calendar, email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – it whirred into life. Read more of this post

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