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Arturo Vittori, Andreas Vogler, and whether Warka Water could be the future in the developing world

Arturo Vittori, Andreas Vogler, and whether Warka Water could be the future in the developing world

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The state of running water and sanitation in the world isn’t great, and while big names like Bill Gates and Matt Damon have donated time and money to the efforts, they can still be costly. The newest version of the Gates toilets cost about $2,000 to install and more to maintain, and with many water projects in Africa and other parts…

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Is Google going to have problems with search advertising as more people shift to mobile?

Is Google going to have problems with search advertising as more people shift to mobile?

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You’ve probably heard this by now, but if not: Google’s Q1 estimates were under the expectations, which doesn’t often happen with them. Income/profit was $3.45 billion (yes, a number that indicates you’re struggling) and revenue was $12.2 billion once you take out partner fees (for example, Google paying Apple to be the default…

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No NHL team has repeated as Stanley Cup Champions since the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings. Can the Chicago Blackhawks do it this year?

No NHL team has repeated as Stanley Cup Champions since the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings. Can the Chicago Blackhawks do it this year?

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If you consider the “four major sports” in the U.S. to be NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB, then the longest time has elapsed between back-to-back champions in the NHL. Consider: the last time it happened there was ’97-’98 (Red Wings). In MLB, it was ’98, ’99, and ’00 (Yankees). In the NFL, it was ’04-’05 (Patriots). In the NBA? Well, we’re…

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"Remember that I’m doing you a favor:" The Maddie Yates YouTube suicide note

“Remember that I’m doing you a favor:” The Maddie Yates YouTube suicide note

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Maddie Yates, a high school student in Louisville, KY, posted a video to YouTube on Monday around 6pm. It was, essentially, a suicide note; she killed herself minutes later, apparently. In the “world of social media” (which makes me sound like I’m 57), teens started circulating the video on Monday night/Tuesday morning. On YouTube, it reached about 10K views before it was taken down around 4:30pm…

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Robert William Fisher has been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list since 2002, yet might be living in his home state. Can we catch him?

Robert William Fisher has been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list since 2002, yet might be living in his home state. Can we catch him?

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Victor Manuel Gerena has been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list longer than anyone — 30 years! — but in all likelihood he’s either deceased or living a semi-quality life in Cuba, so the chances of apprehension may not be that great. William Bradford Bishop just got added to the list, but he’s 77 and likely somewhere in Europe, so again,…

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Let’s compare the 10 largest occupations in America in 1999 and 2013, shall we? (Pause for sigh.)

Let’s compare the 10 largest occupations in America in 1999 and 2013, shall we? (Pause for sigh.)

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Before, we’ve talked about where jobs might be come 2022 — so eight years or so from now. But what’s happened to jobs in the past decade or so? Well, check out this chart, courtesy of Pew:

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Here’s the original post. There are a couple of important caveats: (1) figures were not adjusted for inflation, so comparing 1999 to 2014 is…

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Could you apply blue ocean marketing/consumer-type strategies to the idea of leadership?

Could you apply blue ocean marketing/consumer-type strategies to the idea of leadership?

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You might have heard of “blue ocean strategy.” It’s a very b-school term in some ways, but basically it means this: rather than going head-to-head with your competitors on everything, carve out “blue oceans” of untapped market space. It’s all documented in this 2005 book and via this website. Some popular examples include Southwest…

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Is anyone these days doing the trailer better than David Fincher-associated projects?

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A trailer is probably 2:30 in length, give or take, but a good one is an art form, and a great one is amazing(and may have a positive affect on your revenue stream). Amazon Prime Video added a trailer function to its app on Roku, and I can’t tell you how many movies I’ve decided to watch (or summarily dismissed) via just that function alone. When I worked at ESPN, I always was in awe of the…

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