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11 Things You Didn't Know About Snapchat's Founders
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Snapchat, formerly known as Picaboo, has done really well since its July 2011 launch

Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO, and Bobby Murphy, co-founder and CTO, somehow found themselves just as famous for creating the revolutionary disappearing-image app as they are for turning down a $3 billion offer from Facebook. And they're not even 30 years old

We'll have to wait and see whether the $123 million in funding and the more than 400 million snaps sent every day will pan out for the co-founders — despite Spiegel's rich-kid reputation, a security breach that compromised 4.6 million users' personal information and no profit. Read more...

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February 12 2014

8 Romantic Subscription Services to Spice Up Your Valentine's Day
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Thanks to the Internet, you can literally wait until the last second to give a gift. But that also means you’ll never have an excuse to show up empty-handed again.

Luckily for you, instant online gifts aren't limited to gift cards this Valentine's Day. There are numerous subscription services that will prove your love on a monthly basis, whether it's lingerie or online cooking classes.

Here’s a roundup of our favorite subscription services that make for unique gifts for that special someone.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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February 11 2014

Why You Should Never Be Sorry for Your Selfie
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On Jan. 27, 2011, "#selfie" was born. Just over three years later, there are more than 75 million Instagram photos tagged #selfie and a National #Selfie Portrait Gallery. Furthermore, Oxford Dictionary crowned "selfie" its 2013 Word of the Year after being officially added in August

Its social media spotlight focused a lot of hatred toward selfies. Some critics cry narcissism, others complain about duckface and cringe at the inappropriate places some people feel compelled to take selfies (okay, that one's valid).

As people explore the limits and extraordinary possibilities of selfies every day, it's time to realize those single-subject pics won't be going anywhere anytime soon Read more...

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February 01 2014

9 Amazing Artists to Follow on Twitter
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Today's artists aren't limited to creating with paint or clay. Many of the most inventive people in the art world are thinking on a much larger scale and using unexpected materials in their work. And the best thing is that you can find many of them sharing their unique views of the world 140 characters at a time on Twitter

These nine people aren't just artists. They're also illustrators, authors, designers, speakers, bloggers and activists. They're great examples of how the art universe has expanded beyond museum and gallery walls to encompass many other disciplines. You may find yourself thinking about art and what it can be in brand new ways thanks to these folks Read more...

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January 21 2014

4 DIY Projects to Protect Your Tech
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If the only thing you love more than your cellphone is your hot glue gun, you might want to clear your weekend plans, because we have a few DIY crafts that will be right up your alley.

Put aside your half-knitted scarf in favor of one of these projects, which are as good at keeping your precious gadgets safe as they are at looking fantastic.

From your cellphone to your headphone cords, there are simple fixes that’ll keep all your gadgets safe from harm, all of which you can accomplish in one crafty afternoon. Here are our favorites Read more...

1. A Snazzy Laptop Sleeve

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January 18 2014

The 7 Most Beautiful Indie Games
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We haven't seen such a boom of innovation and great ideas in video games since the independent PC games of the 1990s. Dozens, if not hundreds, of beautiful indie games have impressed millions of eager players, and these seven are some of the most gorgeous artistic works small teams have produced in recent years.

These games span many platforms — whether you have a PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPad or even Linux, you’ll find something to check out here.

As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder — and seven is far too small a number to represent the diversity and creativity in the indie game scene today. Read more...

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January 17 2014

The 15 Hottest Dating Sites on the Market
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Online dating is so much more than Match.com and eHarmony. With the rise of photo apps like Tinder, it’s clear there are much quicker and quirkier ways to find your better half

Whether you’re looking for friendship, a random hookup or location-based love, there’s a slew of dating apps and websites out there for every kind of single. As we start 2014, here are the most popular.

1Grouper

Ever wanted to bring a wingman on your date? How about two? Grouper sets you up with a match, then lets both parties bring along two friends. The drinks are prepaid and Grouper tells you exactly where to meet up, so all you have to do is decide who should tag along. Who knows? Maybe all three of you will find a love connection Read more...

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January 15 2014

How to Know When You've Outgrown Your Home Office
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There are numerous reasons to run a business out of your home, with cost savings and an easy commute being the top two. However, there may come a time when the business outgrows the home. Common signs are when boxes of inventory overtake the dining room or you need to invite employees or customers to meet in your living room

Some people can work successfully from home for years, while others outgrow their home office faster than expected. Here are some of the warning signs that you’re ready to move beyond the home office Read more...

1. Your home office affects customers or clients.

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January 13 2014

10 Rockstar Teachers on Twitter
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More and more teachers are turning to the rapid-fire world of Twitter as a platform for professional development and sharing philosophies. It's a way for educators across the country, and even across the world, to share their insights. They can find support and encouragement from others in the demanding profession, or they can research new ways to bring tablets and web tools into their classrooms

Even though there are some limitations on teachers interacting with their students on social media, Twitter is still a powerful tool for educators to share tips, suggestions and ideas.

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January 07 2014

How to Pitch Your Business Without Being a Jerk
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As a new business owner, you’re inevitably going to meet people who can help you with your business — maybe it’s at an official investor meeting that took months to set up or a chance encounter at your local coffee house.

However, pitching your startup can be tricky business: You want to elicit interest and excitement, but without going over the top and turning people off with too much cockiness, desperation and long-winded descriptions.

After launching several businesses myself and hearing countless informal pitches from friends and clients, here are seven tips to help you build interest when talking about your company for the first time. Read more...

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January 01 2014

Where's the Best Place to Launch Your Startup?
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SaaS and app startups can literally be anywhere in the world. With the cloud, both sales and support functions are virtual — a top-notch software company no longer needs a large local sales force to sell its product via tons of in-person meetings. This opens up the possibility of launching your startup anywhere from Bozeman, Mont., to Tampa, Fla.

To find the best entrepreneurial hotspot these days, you might look at the top locations for venture capital investments or where the cost of living is lowest. But where’s the best place for you to launch your startup?

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December 27 2013

7 Gadgets to Create a Relaxing At-Home Spa
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A few hours at the spa can make all the difference, but finding the money or time for the trip might just cause you more stress. Luckily, you can pick up gadgets to recreate elements of the spa experience in your own home. That way, you can enjoy quality time on your own schedule

Whether you have a spacious house or a tiny apartment, you can find cool technology for calm. Here are seven gadget ideas to help you start relaxing your body and mind

If you have any favorite tools for at-home spas, tell us about them in the comments. Read more...

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December 26 2013

The Content Marketing Forecast: 10 Predictions for 2014
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2013 was the year of Red Bull. At every marketing conference, not a panel went by without a shout-out to the content marketing geniuses based in Santa Monica and Austria.

But as an industry, we owe it to ourselves to demand more and to look forward. 2014 is the year when the content marketing category finally matures and newer players in the space — brands, agencies, startups — help us achieve real scale.

The new year will also be a year of debate. We've seen unprecedented creativity in advertising and marketing, but is this amounting to real ROI for brands? Can brands continue to capture the attention of information-savvy consumers who demand instant gratification? Can marketers and investors navigate the confusing sea of content marketing startups, agencies and vendors? Spoiler alert: The answer to all three questions is "Yes." Read more...

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December 18 2013

The Pros and Cons of Being a Sole Proprietor
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Are you freelancing, running a consulting or side business, or launching a startup? If you're self-employed, you’ll need to tackle your business structure at one time or another, and that decision can influence how you pay taxes, what happens if you get sued and how much paperwork you have to deal with

By default, your self-employed business operates as a sole proprietorship until you select a different structure. As the simplest way to operate a business, the sole proprietorship has its unique benefits and drawbacks. Read more...

The Pros

Simplicity

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November 24 2013

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Mom
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Your mom deserves the best, and gift-giving puts everyone in high spirits. This holiday season, show your mom how much she means to you with one of these 12 gifts — or all 12, if you’ve really messed up this year.

At the very least, these gifts will provide you with some great last-minute alternatives, especially if that papier-mâché portrait of her doesn't pan out.

These gifts will help simplify and organize her day, or just make it more enjoyable. Remember: If Mom isn't happy, nobody is

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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November 19 2013

The 7 Best Kitchen Gadgets for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving
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Every year in late November, home cooks across the U.S. prepare for their biggest nightThanksgiving — the annual celebration of food, family and all the good things in life — brings out the gourmet chef in all of us. It can also bring out unprecedented levels of stress to create an epic feast for anywhere from four to four dozen people

To help prepare your meal and keep your sanity, think about adding a few of these seven useful gadgets, tools and time-savers to your kitchen gear.

When looking for the right Thanksgiving tools, one of the most important things is to find gadgets that will be useful year-round. Having great tools at your disposal can make cooking the most ordinary meals feel as special as that once-a-year celebration Read more...

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